Coffee

Rye – the quaint medieval town

Posted on October 24, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Before booking my day trip to Rye, I actually knew very little about this town. My intention was to visit Dungeness, so Rye was not my destination. But after spending most of the day in Dungeness, I had some spare time and I decided to explore the town before heading home.
 

 

 
Walking [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Architecture, Travel, Britain, Architectural conservation, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, heritage, sunset, Rye, cafe


The London Coffee Festival 2016

Posted on April 11, 2016 by Toothpicker

 

 
I have never been to The London Coffee festival at the Old Truman Brewery before, but I was curious to see what was on offer this year. As a coffee enthusiast, I can't seem to resist coffee-related activities, and one of my favourite is coffee cupping.
Since I wanted to avoid crowds [...]

This post was posted in London, Coffee and was tagged with London, Coffee, The London Coffee Festival


Maze Hill Pottery's open studio

Posted on December 12, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
Top left: The disused ticket office-turned pottery studio; Top right: Lisa Hammond's beautiful Soda & Shino glaze pottery
 
London is full of hidden gems, not only they are off tourists' radar, but many are also unknown to Londoners. Since I live north of the river, I am quite oblivious to events that [...]

This post was posted in Uncategorized, London, Coffee, Shopping, British designs, Korean stationery, Trade fairs, Calligraphy, Traditional arts & crafts, Britain, Design, Portuguese art, ceramics & potteries and was tagged with London, British design, ceramics & potteries


Tokyo's coffee culture

Posted on June 22, 2015 by Toothpicker

Trend is an intriguing topic. Why is it that some trends remain local (within a town/city/country) while others spread and become global? There are of course numerous factors behind the spread of a particular trend, but the one that excites me most in recent years is the booming coffee or cafe culture [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Tokyo, Travel, Anything Japanese and was tagged with Coffee, Tokyo, cafes


Revisiting Hong Kong's Western district

Posted on June 8, 2014 by Toothpicker

The Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences 
 
Last year I wrote about Hong Kong's mid-levels and Sheung Wan districts, and within a year, the streetscape has changed immensely in this rapidly-changing city, so I have returned to see what is new and how things have changed.
My journey began from Mid-Level's Caine Road, the [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Hong Kong, Food & dining, Exhibitions, Architecture, Photography, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Markets, Street life and was tagged with Coffee, Hong Kong, shopping, museums, Colonial architecture, Shopping guide, Food & dining, street life


Eat, drink & shop in Shanghai French Concession

Posted on March 31, 2014 by Toothpicker

The former French Concession in Shanghai is a large and historical where you will find beautiful colonial architecture, Western-style eateries, cafes and bars as well as glossy shopping malls and independent shops selling fashion, gifts, furniture, design and home accessories.
This is not a comprehensive guide, it is only a rough guide to [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Food & dining, Exhibitions, Architecture, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Chinese design, Traditional arts & crafts, Shanghai, Design and was tagged with Coffee, Food & dining, art and design exhibitions, shopping, fashion, traditional crafts, chinese design, Shopping guide, Shanghai


Eat, drink and be merry in Andalusia

Posted on February 11, 2014 by Toothpicker

Dining out in Andalusia is a social activity with friends or with your local bartenders and neighbours
 
For some reason, Spanish cuisine is not as popular and as 'recognised' internationally as Italian cuisine. Perhaps it has something to do with its cooking varying a great deal from region to region, and that authentic [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Food & dining, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Markets, Andalusia and was tagged with Coffee, shopping, Markets, seville, Andalusia, Cordoba, Granada, tapas, Food & dining


Hong Kong's neighbourhood: Mid-Levels

Posted on May 26, 2013 by Toothpicker

Main: Government House on Government Hill; bottom left: Hong Kong Botanical garden; bottom right: View from Government Hill

 
Hong Kong's Mid-Levels has always been a prestigious residential area and only the English were allowed to live in the area back in the early colonial period! It was relatively quiet and 'unspoilt' until the [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Hong Kong, Food & dining, Architecture, Travel and was tagged with Coffee, Hong Kong, Food & dining, architecture


Hong Kong's neighbourhood: Sheung Wan

Posted on May 21, 2013 by Toothpicker

Main: Tai Ping Shing Street; bottom right: Xin Xin gallery
 
I often feel blessed to have lived in different cities around the world, which I believe helps me to be open minded about different cultures and people. Yet I have always felt like an outsider ( not always by choice), and never felt [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Hong Kong, Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Street art & graffiti, Street life and was tagged with Coffee, Hong Kong, shopping, Sheung wan, Food & dining, street life


Design & craft shopping in Dadaocheng & Datong

Posted on April 18, 2013 by Toothpicker

The beautiful ArtYard is a relaxing place for tea, coffee and craft shopping
 
Dadaocheng:
ArtYard ( 67, Sec. 1, Dihua St)- Converted from a historical building built in 1923 near the Xiahai City God Temple, the airy and relaxing ArtYard is consisted of a craft shop, art gallery, tea room and cafe. Some [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Paper craft, Taiwanese design, Taipei, Design and was tagged with Coffee, shopping, Taiwanese design, Taipei, Letterpress


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