Kinfolk ; a very cosy cafe with a strong artistic vibe,
curated by the local community, it is like packed with splashes of art here and there
vintage furniture and little kooky collectibles,
the coffee was delicious and the menu was like
your corner store cafe : simple but tickles your fancy
and from the sounds of it, it sounds just like any other nice cafes that’s
dotting all over our cities
but it’s not!
Apart from management, all of the staffs are volunteers!
The cafe redistributes its profits
to support development around the world that includes:
“ultifarious capacity-building initiative in Rwanda; an anti-child slavery set-up in Ghana; an education-focused project for young Indigenous Australians or a café that pioneers relationship-building and radical inclusion for Melbourne’s homeless, marginalized and disenchanted.”
please visit and show your support!
gasp. how did I not blog about this from my last trip?
Chin Chin the newest addition to Flinders LA
(well..not so new now.. since I’ve conveniently forgotten to blog about it!)
It’s trendy and vibrant, as one would expect from the heart of Melb city,
but the food will just knock your socks off!
Thai & Vietnamese inspired cuisines
with a fusion twist, it’s a delicious menu of refreshing
ingredients balanced with different spices, herbs and vinaigrette
a small selection of the amazing food they have to offer:
crispy barramundi & green apple salad w. caramelised pork, chilli & lemon grass
steamed dumplings of chicken, sweet corn & shiitake w. spring onion & ginger dressing
chin chin pork ‘roll ups’ red braised suckling pig w. pancakes, slaw & sour herbs
crispy sardines w. nahm prik pla yang & steamed veggies
soft shell crab
their menu / table mat!
& the GoGo bar in the basement is a must visit also!
125 Flinders Lane, Melb 3000
yay Joost is back again! This time at Melbourne Food & Wine Festival!
For those of you who don’t know him
(but you should, cause not only is he ever so talented but he is also drop dead gorrrrgeous)
he is a multi-disciplinary designer known for his ‘greenhouses’, vertical gardens and large scale public works.
As a 5th generation tulip farmer he has a grounded understanding of nature and eating according to what’s in season
His current greenhouse restaurant is back to deliver more beautiful food that is sourced as locally as possible and from sustainable sources
known for re-using ‘things that other people throws out’ and creating them into functional design objects,
e.g. cutting up gasoline & creating bowls planters! how wicked!
it takes a lot of creative juices to turn trash into nice, useful things
radish & pomegranate salad- so fresh!
this was to die for … clams with seaweed… oh too delish
how fun is this! put the topping on your own chocolate cocktail slab
loving Elsa Lambinet‘s playful design
propellor stirrer! too cute
to see more, visit here!
Pascale and Enzo are the loving couple behind
the imaginative french jewelry company Les Nereides
Channeling their love of travel and collecting quirky bric-à-brac
the couple began designing whimsical costume jewelry.
Their first store opened in Nice in 1980!
often inspired by remnants of vintage jewelry, dolls, photographs and
other nostalgic objects they found on their trips
so far I have collected a Little Red Riding Hood ring and a pair of
violet fabric scissors earrings … and of course:
there is just something about miniatures that makes me go ‘oh la la!’
how delightful are these!
the individual gold coins mark the
names of famous pâtissiers throughout French history
and some images from their website:
Their work has a unique handmade quality and a creative twist as to how
the jewelry will sit on the body
how funny are these? ‘hot dog’ and ‘fish & chips’ necklace!
Also loving their circus themes:
start collecting now!
A few snaps of recent finds!
going to make a great necklace!
Imperial Japan enamel fondue pot circa 1960s
Hattomonkey‘s ingenious flip of the traditional milk box ears
to create a Batman milk carton!
The kids must go gaga over these!
I also love these swearing / comic book pow-wow kick ass sleeves
and no surprise that I’ll dig these! paw
Hattomonkey was founded in Novosibirsk, Russia ’08
and they provide a clean, witty design palette with a playful twist,
one of the first creative studio I’ve come across that’s from Russia (with love!)
Just had to share these …
how eyemazing are these pantone coloured desserts?
Emilie from Griottes is so talented … pantone colours are even more delicious
when matched to real food!
I just lovvvvveee her work!
3D printed jewelry by ArchetypeZ
unexpectedly sturdy… it’s too cool for words!
the other night we stopped by the BVFDF over at Eagle farm racecourse
makes me really miss the vintage markets in Sydney!
foxy foxy … I kinda want one … $140!
retro mini suitcase purses!
these are everywhere now!
funny felted mannequins!
cute little Singer toys (made in HK!)
Porcelain Tree’s biz card is so cute! Printed on fabric
the smartest (and not to mention cutest) little shopping tote I’ve ever seen!
via The Die Line | designed by Gretchen Braun
Paul & Joe 2012 Spring Creation
they have really tapped into my love for all things that is (paw) cats
Designing a new chocolate box for Coffee & Chocolate
here’s a little mock up sample I made :
does the box look yummy? haha
ps. I’ve got some cooking chocolate slabs …
a fun morning of chocolate fonts making awaits !
I will be creating a series of interactive wedding invitations
in the coming days (yes they are for sale!)
you can also get them through my photographer friend Oliver Kuo when I release the lot!
this is just a quick mock up!
the real ones will of course be properly printed & diecut : )
Will & Grace …haha…guess what I’m watching late at night…
twist and shout!
don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com
for custom made invititations!
Look what arrived in the mail today! paw
aren’t these whizzpoppingly adorable?
you can get them here
this is concrete proof that if you smile at something
it will smile back!
finally had a day off yesterday, went wandering with my love around town!
we first hit a little breakfast joint called Pablo
price was great for what you’re getting! very fresh ingredients
then we wandered over to Black & Spiro just to feast our eyes on delicious patterns
we stumbled upon shucked espresso !