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(fos)

i was researching store fronts & work spaces on Pinterest when i came upon this gem of a project that made me smile. felt like i needed a smile today, and perhaps you do too. (fos) is a multidisciplinary design team, made up of Eleni Karpatsi, Susana Piquer and Julio Calvo, who hail from Spain. “fos” means light in Greek and melted in Catalan, a perfect name considering their first project – a wonderful “light” installation for vegan restaurant Rayen in Madrid.

In this project has been represented by a skin that covers both vertical and horizontal surfaces. The protected facade of the vegan restaurant Rayen at Lope de Vega street in Madrid has been illuminated for 4 days and nights by more than 250m of yellow tape, painted décor items, pineapples and… a lamp. A visual game between perspective and colored volumes that gained the looks.










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Clarke’s

i get a surprising number of emails from people around the world telling me they’re about to travel to cape town / south africa and do i have any tips, or “please can you make a cape town city guide post” – etc. well, truth is i don’t actually live in cape town. if you want to know the ins-and-outs of a sleepy town in the winelands, i’m your gal! that said i will be moving to the mother city one of these days (months) and i already spend a fair amount of time there – so that guide might be coming your way soonish.

in the meantime if you’re in the fairest town of the cape make your way to clarke’s bar and dining room on 133 bree street (a couple of doors down from birds and diagonally across the road from &union – you can’t miss it). we popped in there the week that they had opened and unfortunately there was no table for us (even though the kind hostess offered to send us a text in case anything opened). i admired the light fittings and was sad that i couldn’t partake in their “yum fries”. i will be dropping in there again soon, hopefully they will have a burger ready for me. HINT HINT guys!

they also have a facebook page if you’re into that. all the nice photos were taken by alexia webster.

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rose bakery

i would have liked to pop into rose bakery when i was in paris recently, which is a popular eatery for lunch & brunch on the weekends (the concept of which is apparently a newish institution amongst parisians.) i’ve read mixed reviews about it online, but i suppose with any really popular place you’re going to have your fair share of lovers and haters.

since i can’t actually go to rose bakery, i might buy their book – the food looks rustic & scrumptious. though i have to admit i’d buy the book based on the cover alone, which is probably not a surprise.

photos: Rose Bakery

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AmaZink

i’ve been meaning to tell you about a local restaurant i visited recently with some friends during the world cup, we went to watch the (heartbreaking) ghana / uruguay match there and it was awesome. amazink eatery is in kayamandi, stellenbosch and they serve yummy braai food such as generous portions of pap & wors (which i had, accompanied by delicious chakalaka and creamed spinach) and other typically south african meals. the place was packed, the vibe was great, the food was tasty, i had too many beers and when it was all over my friends and i were sold. next time you’re in stellenbosch make sure you pay them a visit.

all images from amazink

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the book club

this place looks really awesome, the book club is situated in a former victorian warehouse in the east end of london that’s been renovated into a new venue for eating, drinking, meeting & dancing.

bringing together wit, wisdom and enough food and drink to see you through from early breakfast to a nightcap at last orders at the bar, the book club offers a new cultural revolution to the east end’s social scene. the book club fuses lively, creative events and late night drinking seven days a week with an alternative menu of brain-teasing and mind-expanding thought for food in the form of workshops, talks, cultural showcases, parties, ping pong, pool  and the best in new music.

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superette

i finally got round to going to superette and it is as good as i’ve heard. went there on a saturday morning after a night of one too many margaritas, so was dying for a coffee and some runny eggs. i really hate crowded restaurants and was kind of dreading that it would be packed full of the same crowd that goes to the biscuit mill market, but luckily the atmosphere was super mellow and the staff were friendly & attentive.

i opted for the poached eggs and didn’t actually read the small print – so i was surprised by the mound of crispy bacon, four huge asparagus stalks, a baby marrow (with flower, yum), side salad and a generous chunk of bread… not to mention the perfectly cooked poached eggs. A+ guys.

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