parkway is one of those streets which seems to have had nothing that succeeds – restaurants and shops open and close, but suddenly parkway is becoming the heart of camden; the high street is full of chains, pret, office, american apparel – the fruit market on inverness street has been replaced by tat. but now there are more amenities on parkway – to support the long reigning sewing machine and hoover repair shop, chapmans, a greengrocer has actually opened. parkway greens is a welcome addition, with its vast varieties of fruit and vegetables it is a change to the numerous supermarkets that are in the area. its sad to admit, that i feel excitement at something like a greengrocers opening in my area than another fashion boutique! falla and mocaer, is a coffee and cake cafe run by two french guys and offers delicious home made cakes, as does the coffee jar opposite. yumcha offers a wide variety of teas and is housed in the original pet shop that was on parkway for many years. shimogano is a decent traditional japanese restaurant and market is great british food of good quality using fresh ingredients – look out for the special lunch each day which offers good value. and of course there is whole foods, though very expensive offers everything you need for the alternative health junkie.
Tags: coffee jar, camden parkway, independent shops, market, parkway greens, chapmans, falla and mochaer
Tags: only lovers left alive
went to see this film, only lovers left alive and although the shots are arty and tasteful, i nearly fell asleep! make sure you take lots of sweets to munch on or you will miss the fab locations – all very dark and sinister, its one long photographic dream. tangier is what our town vejer looked like many years ago before it became gentrified. i just finished editing the spain video with Joe – my short course in final cut pro last summer somehow all flew out of memory and i needed his help to add more frames.
i love lavender – this wonderful herb is not only great for its fragrance in your garden, but you can also use it in cooking. try making lavender ice cream. i also put a few drops of lavender on a handkerchief under my pillow every night to help me sleep, I just love the smell .
Tags: pancake tuesday, shrove tuesday
today is pancake tuesday! pancake tuesday always falls the day before ash weds and is therefore the last day before the commencement of lent. lent is a time of abstinence and penitence, when you give certain foods up, so pancakes are the last meal containing eggs, flour and butter, which were forbidden during lent. nowadays few people fast, but the tradition of pancake tuesday does live on. i have always used delia smiths classic recipe – foolproof, never goes into lumps and is delicious with lemon and sugar.
i have always tried in the past to give up wheat, sugar, red meat, but my willpower is not great – i now am a great believer that a little of everything is fine.
Tags: abigail aherne, another country, ceramics, eclectic, egg, frank, igigi, jacqui roche, james and till waters, reiko kaneko
i am always looking for beautiful ceramics – have a look at the delicate beakers and jugs by James and tilla waters. i also like the simplicity of the creamer jug from another country. love this colourful blue jug by reiko kaneko - jugs are something i can’t resist and i have jugs in all sizes and colours, some old, some new!
another of my favourite ceramicists is Jacqui Roche, who makes lovely cream porcelain ware, including this lovely porcelain rose. Jacqui also runs workshops for adults and children, learning to use the wheel and glazing pots – she’s inspirational.
there seem to be very few artisan shops left in london, i find that its essential to touch and feel the things that i want to buy and especially the scale – you lose all the beauty in a photograph online. fortunately there are a few shops remaining that still show interesting hand made ceramics – my favourites are listed.
mint is an inspiring shop selling beautiful ceramics and artisan products. egg is another source of inspiration, no website, but worth the journey. igigi in brighton is another favourite place of mine – and definitely makes going to brighton worth it. merci in paris is another shop worth all the travelling to – its got to be a must on your list of paris shopping – merci also gives its profits to charity.Eclectic is typically japanese , very white, minimal, very delicate in style but like a breath of fresh air, it stands out amongst the usual chain shops around town. of course there is frank in whitstable, abigail aherne in islington has an unusual choice of ceramics, including this very cute vessel with a face on it, perfect for an odd stem o flower.
abigail also runs one day workshops on how to practically style, dress and create the coolest seasonal home – her unique, but covetable style provides a wonderful, fun and inspirational day full of tips and innovative ideas.
my friend zara has moved to barnsbury, a bit of town that i am unfamiliar with – her street is a hidden gem surrounded by major high streets; and she is lucky enough to be close to sunday, a lovely restaurant/cafe that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. the menu is small, but the ingredients are fresh and seasonal – its worth going over there. i love the way that they serve their food in different vessels, individual teapots, all different types, it all adds to the charm.