Monthly Archives: January 2012

Paris exhibitions (Jan 2012)

Posted on January 29, 2012 by Toothpicker

Thierry Mouillé's "Brass Space, Pavillon 1" at Espace culturel Louis Vuitton
If I have to choose three cities that offer the most inspiring, original and diverse art/ design/ photography exhibitions, they would be Berlin, Paris and Tokyo (in no particular order), followed by either London or New York. London is not on my [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Photography, Travel, Paris, Art and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, paris, photography

Maison et objet (Jan 2012)

Posted on January 25, 2012 by Toothpicker

It was a last minute decision to go to Maison et objet in Paris (one of the largest trade shows in the world) because I am not very fond of attending trade shows. I have visited the show as well as Ambiente in Frankfurt a few years ago, but I didn't enjoy [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Business, Paris, Trade fairs, Design and was tagged with paris, Maison & objet, Trade fair

Clams & linguine alle vongole

Posted on January 21, 2012 by Toothpicker

Unlike most people, I am not a huge fan of pasta and I don't particularly like pasta with tomato-based sauces. My favourite pasta dish is linguine alle vongole, which is simple, easy and quick to cook but taste delicious.
Since I embarked on a 'meatless' home diet last year, I have been experimenting [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Cookery and was tagged with Food & dining, cookery

'Building the revolution' exhibition & House on the embankment

Posted on January 19, 2012 by Toothpicker

Visiting the exhibition, 'Building the revolution: Soviet art and architecture 1915-1935' at the Royal Academy of Art turned out to be quite an emotional experience especially when I saw photographs of where I used to live in Moscow. It brought back many memories but not all good ones.
Due to certain circumstances, I [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, architecture, Moscow


Posted on January 14, 2012 by Toothpicker

Apart from essentials, I rarely shop for fashion items these days. As someone who used to work in fashion and a shopaholic, I accumulated so much 'stuff' over the years that I simply ran out of room(s) to fit them all.
Then one day, I decided to sell all my unworn and barely-used [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, Shopping guide, Packaging, British design, Fashion, Design and was tagged with London, shopping, fashion, Packaging, F-troupe, British design

Forgotten spaces & William Morris exhibitions

Posted on January 8, 2012 by Toothpicker

William Morris - Story, memory, myth @ Two Temple Place (until 29th January)
It has been many years since I went to a William Morris exhibition, so I was quite looking forward to this. I had never heard of Two Temple Place before, as it turned out this neo-Gothic mansion was not opened to [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture, Art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, architecture, William Morris

Fernandez & Wells

Posted on January 7, 2012 by Toothpicker

Coincidentally, I happened to be at two different Fernandez & Wells branches within a week. I have always like their Soho branch, it's small, casual and I particularly like the fact that it's hidden away off the main street. Besides, apart from maybe Lisboa Patisserie on Goldborne Road, their Portuguese custard tarts [...]

This post was posted in London, Coffee, Food & dining and was tagged with London, Coffee

A new day, a new year, a new beginning

Posted on January 2, 2012 by Toothpicker

How should one spend the first day of the year? While most people were either traveling or resting at home, I decided to go to a meditation session to reflect on the past year.
Part of the session included a group walking meditation, which involved all of us walking backwards in a circle [...]

This post was posted in Buddhism & meditation and was tagged with meditation

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