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Back from Amsterdam

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam

After a whirlwind 1o day trip to Amsterdam I am home! Definitely an unforgettable trip... not only was it my first time in Europe, it was also our first Bloesem Class that has taken place outside of Singapore. 

Together with Trisha Toh (our #instafood teacher), I spent 4 days meeting amazing students (who feel more like friends now) and sharing the joy of food styling and photography.. and whenever we were not teaching, we were exploring hotspots around town.. so look forward to some posts on that! We had to also visit cafes of course, treats for me and coffee for Trisha. 

So here are some snaps I thought I'd share of the trip... hopefully not giving away too much.. just a hint of what's to come..

Xo, Zara 

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam

 

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam

Yummy Stach chocolate eggs that were part of our Bloesem class goody bag. Have you tried poppy seeds in chocolate? They're delicious!

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam

Just walking around town.. exploring..

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam


Catering for the class was done by the 2 ladies behind Cousine - they're cousins so Cousine... get it? It's so smart, just love the name.

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam


Shop stops to come.. this city is full of amazing shops. Everyone we met had their own list of reccomendations, which was incredibly helpful but it also met feeling slightly disappointed that we could not squeeze in everything on the list, but I think we ended up pretty much covering most of the spots.

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam


And I'll end this off with this cutie who stole my heart..

All images by Zara Salahuddin

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Afterhours Taipei

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Welcoming our newest contributor Adinda of Wolves Table.. we are lucky to have her as our Taipei correspondent, sharing with us all the hidden gems and bringing us around her neighbourhood. Thank you Adinda for the beautiful first post and we look forward to many more.. of course in the mean time, her instagram is the place to go for more eye candy!

Taipei is the Queen (King?) of hidden cafes and tiny back alleys filled with 'secret' restaurants. If you stay here for a couple of days and only go where the crowds are going, you'll probably miss all the gems. Heck, if you don't speak Mandarin you'll probably never find it unless you accidentally bumped into one just by randomly passing by.

I know this because I've lived in Taipei for almost two years already and i'm still discovering new places to go, eat or hang. Places that are located in streets where I passed by a million times, but apparently never took that one left or right turn to find that one place. Kinda frustrating. But it also makes a wander through the city super adventurous.

Today i'd like to take you to this place called Afterhours. It's a popular place among people in the neighborhood. It's a cafe that offers a selection of tea, coffee, desserts, bagels, soups but also some Japanese interior goods. The left side of the cafe is dedicated to Japanese plates, pots and some cutlery. The right side is where you can find the seating area, Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese magazines for reading and where you can eat, drink, do some work or just relax.

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Trisha Travels: Around Barcelona

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around Barcelona

Sun-drenched beaches, boundless culture, unbeatable food, mythical architecture and dubbed as "the city of marvels" by many, Barcelona is indeed one of the most charming cities. Have a different perspective of this city through the eyes of popular Instagrammer, Trisha Toh. You will realise that Barcelona is also filled with many other amazing coffee, arts and architecture spots that you might have just missed! If you haven't taken a look at Trisha's London City Guide, you can have a peep here or the latest issue of the Bloesem Gazette

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around Barcelona

View the Barcelona City Guide after the cut..

Craving Caffeine 

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around Barcelona

Taranná Café 

Taranna is a small corner full of personality in the heart of Sant Antoni. This cozy place offers an amazing array of homemade cakes, healthy breakfast options and organic juices.

Carrer de Viladomat, 23

http://tarannacafe.com/

Federal Café

This laid back café located in the trendy and hip neighbourhood of L’eixample is a perfect place for breakfast or brunch. It brings natural light, stylish décor and friendly staff. Truly remarkable. 

Carrer del Parlament, 39

http://www.federalcafe.es/

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around Barcelona

Satan’s Coffee Corner

Do not let the name scare you, the café was named because like Satan, the coffee is dark. Serving probably the best cup in the city, this gem has made its mark as a well known name in the coffee scene of Barcelona.

Carrer de l'Arc de Sant Ramon del Call, 11

https://www.facebook.com/SatansCoffeeCorner

Flax and Kale 

This stylish and trendy place is a paradise for those seeking for a healthier way of enjoying food. The menu is tailored for the vegan and vegetarians as it explores some delicious raw options and uses vegetables in all of their dishes.  The fresh and cold pressed juices are the café’s biggest hit.

Carrer dels Tallers, 74

http://www.teresacarles.com/fk/

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around Barcelona

 Arts & Culture 

MACBA Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

Not to be missed! The MACBA houses some important works of international artists in changing exhibitions. The surrounding area and architecture outside of the museum is well-known for modern skateboarding.

Plaça dels Àngels, 1

http://www.macba.cat/

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around Barcelona

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around Barcelona

CCCB Centre of Contemporary Culture Barcelona

One of the most visited exhibition and arts centers in the city, the CCCB’s core theme is within the city and urban culture.  It features a mirror façade that reflects the courtyard at the top.

Montalegre, 5

http://www.cccb.org/ca/

Fundació Joan Miró 

Joan Miro was a respectable Catalonian artist and his work are characterized by its strong colours and simplified forms. The Fundació was built in a Mediterranean style with an emphasis on natural light from the sun in the exhibition rooms. 

Parc de Montjuïc

http://www.fundaciomiro-bcn.org/

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around Barcelona

Festivals and Festivities

La Tomatina Tomato Festival 

The world’s biggest tomato fight which often takes place on the last Wednesday of August each year where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets.

http://www.latomatina.org/

Fiesta of Near Death Experiences 

The oddly named festival takes place as homage to Santa Marta in gratitude for allowing the participants to avoid death after a close encounter. 

http://www.spanish-fiestas.com/

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around Barcelona

Images courtesy of Trisha Toh.

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Trisha Travels: Around London

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around London

Travel is something we all love and we always feel that the Bloesem Gazette will not be complete without a nifty city guide for our readers. In the recent volume of the Bloesem Gazette, we had the pleasure to have popular Instagrammer, Trisha Toh, to take us on a virtual ride around 4 cities in Europe. We start off this week with a vibrant city bustling in their music, arts and historic scene —London. Be prepared for a visual feast as Trisha takes us to her favourite picks for cafes and other hotspots! Stay tune for more city guides by Trisha for the next 3 weeks!

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around London

View the London City Guide after the cut..

Craving Caffeine 

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around London

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around London

Workshop Coffee Co.

Opened with four locations, Workshop Coffee Co. serves excellent coffee prepared by friendly and knowledgeable baristas. Their sandwiches are tasty and ample in size.

Various locations

http://www.workshopcoffee.com/

Tap Coffee 

Short for Tapped and Packed, TAP has three outposts in central London, each with a familiar simple and relaxing vibe. There are just six coffee choices on the menu, with a simple list of teas and homemade pastries - definitely something for everyone.

Various locations

http://www.tapcoffee.co.uk/

Kaffeine

Highly regarded by the locals as one of the best coffee-bars in Europe, this laid-back café takes their coffee seriously and has friendly baristas that are pleased to share their knowledge with you.

66 Great Titchfield Street

http://kaffeine.co.uk/

Monocle Café 

Culture magazine, Monocle, opened its doors to their first London café, completing the London coffee scene with well-dressed staff that fully traverses Marylbone. The space itself is airy, bright and remarkably modest. The coffee packs a punch and so do their cakes and pastries.

18 Chiltern Street

http://cafe.monocle.com/

Monmouth Café 

Roasting since 1978, Monmouth Coffee maintains world-class standards for sourcing, roasting and brewing beans, and is still one of the most talked about coffee shops in London.

Various locations.

http://www.monmouthcoffee.co.uk/

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around London

Arts & Culture 

Natural History Museum 

One of the three large museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the museum is home to life and earth science specimens housed in a Romanesque style façade.

Cromwell Road

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around London

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around London

British Museum

A museum dedicated to human history and culture, the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court impressed me the most. Designed by engineers Buro Happold and architects Foster and Partners, the Great Court is the largest covered square in Europe.

Great Russell Street

http://www.britishmuseum.org/

British Library 

There is one main exhibition area called The Treasure Room where visitors can find a copy of the Magna Carta, original song lyrics written by John Lennon, drawings by Michelangelo and plenty of great historical items. It’s free and open to all.

96 Euston Road

http://www.bl.uk/

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around London

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around London

Festivals and Festivities

London Short Film Festival 

This celebration of short film is the most looked forward to event that showcases cutting-edge UK independent film makers today.

http://www.shortfilms.co.uk/

Coopers Hill May Bank holiday Cheese-Rolling 

The extreme sport of UK’s festivals, the rolling takes place on a grassy hill where dozens of contestants compete in chasing a 9lb Double Gloucester cheese.

http://www.cheese-rolling.co.uk/

The Alternative London tour 

Take the road less travelled and discover the London you won’t find in any guidebooks. Tour includes Street Art, Modern Architecture, Finance District and so much more.

http://www.alternativeldn.co.uk/

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around London

Images courtesy of Trisha Toh.

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The Working Capitol

Bloesem living | Around the Globe: The Working Captiol, Co-working space in Singapore

Dubbed the sexiest new working space in Singapore, The Working Capitol is a real stunner. We are in awe of the beautiful photography done of the space and we'd love to go down and have a look for ourselves! Singapore has so many up and coming spots to check out.. next time you start to think the place you live in is getting boring, we suggest you have another look around. There just might be something new that will inspire you.

Bloesem living | Around the Globe: The Working Captiol, Co-working space in Singapore

Bloesem living | Around the Globe: The Working Captiol, Co-working space in Singapore

Bloesem living | Around the Globe: The Working Captiol, Co-working space in Singapore

Bloesem living | Around the Globe: The Working Captiol, Co-working space in Singapore

.. Photos courtesy of The Working Capitol

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Fit for home

Bloesem Living | Truck Furniture in Osaka, Japan

I first spotted this beautiful image on Justin Chung's blog and the caption simply said: " Truck Furniture, Osaka, Japan." That was not enough for me, this shot was far too gorgeous. Of course I had to get to the bottom of it and see if this one gorgeous image led to many more. And of course it did.

Truck is a furniture store founded just outside Osaka, Japan in 1997 by Tokuhiko Kise and Hiromi Karatsu. Their aim was to make furniture that was classic and that they would love to have for themselves.

Well they definitely acheived their goal.. and much more. 

Bloesem Living | Truck Furniture in Osaka, Japan

Bloesem Living | Truck Furniture in Osaka, Japan

Bloesem Living | Truck Furniture in Osaka, Japan

Bloesem Living | Truck Furniture in Osaka, Japan

Bloesem Living | Truck Furniture in Osaka, Japan

Bloesem Living | Truck Furniture in Osaka, Japan

Image credits: Top image by Justin Chung, All other images via Truck Furniture.

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