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Unami

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When opening a brick and mortar shop I would use these images for my inspiration board ... 

They are from pop-up shop Umami Mart. Normally a Japanese food blog and webshop importing speciality and luxurious Japanese kitchen  ware. They were part of Popuphood, an initiative in Oakland (outside San Francisco), giving stores six months free rent in dead areas of town to invoke new life and growth and hopefully allow the new shop owners to sign a long term store lease after the test period. 

The shop was designed by Arhoj.

 

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Fenny reporting from San Diego

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**report written by Fenny from F for Fabulous

I was in Los Angeles last month joining my husband to a conference. While being there I got a headache of how big LA is. It is way too big or maybe I am just not so city girl :) While I was having a headache in LA I suddenly thought maybe it's better for me to do road trip to smaller city, I saw San Diego brochures and they caught at my eyes, the town that rich with color and influence of Mexican culture. I love colors, I love spices and I love cultures, so here we (me and my husband friend who turned out to be a good buddy trip) were, drove our rented Ford to the big freeway to San Diego.

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Well, we got lost and end up parking our car at Target and we took red trolley to the San Diego Old Town, our first spot.  My daughter wasn’t traveling with me, so we skipped the famous San Diego Zoo, Sea World and Lego Land. You may opt for this if you have a vacation with family though, and definitely need more days to stay at the town as the Zoo alone is huge to explore. We only did a day trip and me being my self, I always love to explore the old town part, so we skipped downtown and few touristy places. ...................READ MORE>>>

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We initially did not want to be so tourists, we only want to take our time to explore. But believe me, if your sense of direction is as bad as ours (even with GPS) and you only have one day to explore (as greedy as us), then go with Old town trolley tour. it really is the best choice.  The trolley stops at major attraction and you just easily hop in and off, there are local tour guide too, and they are really friendly people.  As I mentioned we skipped a few places, because I really wanted to spend more time at Old town, but you got to go to the San Diego port if you can, it has a beautiful view. We spent an hour  to take pictures with the  ‘Pirate of the Caribbean’ ship look alike and visited the unique gift shop to buy fridge magnets J.

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Our next stop is Hotel del Coronado area. The hotel built at 1888, many famous people stayed there before, including Charlie Chaplin. Till now it still maintains high standards. If you have more budget, the alfresco restaurant in front of the swimming pool is worth a try as it facing magnificent view of Coronado beach.

Coronado is a small island connected via the bridge to the main town of San Diego, it belonged to Mexico long time before, so the Mexican influence is particularly strong over there. I visited a cute little shop called ‘Earth, Wind and Sea’, they have a nice collection of home décor, stationery, jewelry, etc. Remind me of mini Anthropologie (one of my favorite shops in US). After lunch we hop in to our next destination Balboa park.

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We theoretically did not stop at balboa park, we sat in at Trolley to drive around and listened our guide explained about the park because the park is so huge and will take may be two days if we want to explore what inside there, so rather than my heart ache because so much to explore but so little time to do in the same day, then we decided just to stay inside the trolley . There are bunch of extremely nice museums (drool) at the park, also where the Zoo is located too. I saw many locals brought their own picnic and sit there enjoy the warming sun. Nice! 

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Then here we were at our main focus of destination, San Diego old town. The Trolley first stop is actually at the old town, but at that time we decided to explore them the last when the trolley brought us back. I’d rather feel disappointed with the old town market, because the things that they sell is repeatable, few shops sells the same things, also most of it we can find it here in Malaysia. Again, we skimmed through the market for a while then we walked further down to about 10 minutes to Fiesta the Reyes near by the San Diego Old town Historic park. And I really love Fiesta de Reyes. There are many specialty shops that worth to explore surround the courtyard restaurant –Casa de Reyes. The restaurant is the main landmark, serve Margarita in the very huge glass.

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I spend quite some time at the vintage toys shop and bought a musical instrument made from wood for my daughter. I also loved visiting the Olive shop, where everything is made from olives and it really smells good.

But if you are really not a shopping person like my travel buddy, you can just cozily sit in any corner of the courtyard, drink a margarita and enjoy the nice succulent plants at all over de Reyes.

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On the way back to the station near the Historical park we visited the candle shop. It is cute little shop that once again smelled so good. There are so many fragrances to choose from. There is also a great candy shop nearby the candle shop selling yummy fudges. We ended our Old town exploration by having a tea in “Coffee and Tea house” (yes that the name), I was overwhelmed by choosing their collection of the teas. Oh… their chocolate cake is also heavenly. 

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And if you wanted to stay till late you can opt for Ghost tour too but we chose to be back with red trolley to where our car parked, and spent the entire evening shopping at Target before we went back to LA to meet my husband for supper. It was a lovely day trip and definitely I am in love with the town.

Note: Link to all the shops and restaurants at Fiesta the Reyes is here and link to Old town trolley tour is here.

 

Thank you dear Fenny from F for Fabulous.  

 

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Anisa reporting from Portland, Oregon

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Anisa and I 'e-met' (i like this, to me, new word very much) via her wonderful shop Makhool Loves You...where you can always find one of kind, different pieces, when I aksed her to join us for the Bloesem World Tour she responded very enthousiastc, so I'm very happy to show your her great information about her her favorite spot in Portland: the Clinton neighborhood...enjoy!


My favorite neighborhood in Portland is the Clinton neighborhood in south east.  It's off the beaten path,  quaint, charming and tucked away on a bike path, in a beautiful residential neighborhood.  Most of the home owners in and around Clinton have restored their homes to the original character of  Craftsman or Victorian style.  The businesses that would bring you out of your way into this neighborhood are mostly amazing restaurants, dotted with a few vintage boutiques, and one great spa. **For breakfast you'll want to head to Broder, sorry no website, for Scandinavian fare. Portlanders and Scandinavians share similar food tastes, and you can get wild berries, wild mushrooms, wild salmon, and world famous Stumptown coffee all right here. It's very hygge. **A few blocks down from Broders you'll find Zenana Spa, they cater to new mothers, but I would like to point out that I had the best pedicure of my whole life here, so don't miss out. **Before you head to your appointment at Zenana stop into The Press Club, they carry a wide range of design magazines, pick up a few up to take to the spa.  If you are hungry, you're in luck because they are a crêperie, a wine bar, and a coffee shop. **After your spa appointment head over to Division Street and grab a table at the kitschy and adorable Pix Patisserie. Choose something decadent like "The Royale With Cheese", it's a chocolate mouse praline with a slice of creamy French Brillat Savarin.  Or you could try the Amélie, winner of the Patis France Chocolate Competition. **After you've had your dessert you might want some dinner, I would reccomend Pok Pok, Thai street food.  Or if your in the mood for something a bit fancier try Lauro Kitchen, for Mediterranean-inspired fare.  {Thank you Anisa}

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{originally posted on July 7, 2008}

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Victoria reporting from San Francisco

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It's truly fun to go from place in the world to the other in just a second via our marvellous internet...yesterday we visited beautiful Denmark today my dear blog friend Victoria from the wellknown sfgirlbybay blog is introducing us to a great store in San Francisco...I've only visited SF once in my life and it may not come as a suprise to you but that city really touched me...if you ever have a chance...then GO but before you do, don't forget to visit sfgirlbybay, Victoria writes with so much passion about her city and seeing her images will get you in a even better mood...
 


"Nest is one of my very favorite places to visit in San Francisco. It's quite like a French flea market with lots of multi-cultural, cosmopolitan flair. The shop carries gorgeous home decor accessories with a unique, vintage look, all found under one Fillmore Street roof.
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Nest has great coffee table books, the most beautiful vintage furnishings, delicate etched glassware, soaps and candles, colorful, bohemian and luxurious bedding, quilts, pillows and hand knit throws, in French, Moroccan, Indian, Chinese and a variety of other ethnic styles.
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A wonderful spot to pick up unusual, one of a kind gifts. Nest is definitely one of those places that's truly unique and just a great place to visit, even if it's just for the eye candy and the loads of inspiration you'll find.

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There's everything you weren't expecting, including lots of kitschy Parisian knickknacks and souvenirs, girlie jewelry and feminine clothing and accessories, from around the world including Paris, London, the Far East and even our local flea markets, all gathered on buying trips by mother and daughter team, Judy Gilman and Marcella Madsen. Definitely a must see on your next visit to San Francisco."
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{Nest, 2300 Fillmore Street, San Francisco , CA 94115, 415.292.6199}

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{originally posted on May 28, 2008}

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Victoria and Angie Cao

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And here is Victoria's second gorgeous post ... one of her favorite San Francisco photographers for interior design, Angie Cao...

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"Angie Cao is one of my very favorite lifestyle and interior design photographers. Based here in San Francisco, I met Angie when she photographed designer Eszter Rabin of Emma Rose Papery's home and I  fell in love with her work then and there.
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I then invited Angie to shoot my apartment for Apartment Therapy's House Tours book,

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and then again for an article on my place in Australia's Real Living magazine.
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She manages to make everything look so sublime, calm and peaceful, with just lovely natural lighting. Angie shoots commercially, but her photos don't look commercial and I find them completely inspiring. Angie says she began her love for photography while attending an all girls Catholic school, where without boys as a distraction, she focused all her attention on her photography.
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She eventually found herself with a degree in advertising photography from the prestigious Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California. I hope that one day Angie compiles a book of her work, as it is certainly one that I would want gracefully displayed on my coffee table. For more about Angie and to see more of her work, you can take a look at her online portfolio on her website."

{Thank You Victoria  for these superb posts}

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Hi and welcome to Bloesem! My name is Irene Hoofs and I started this journal in 2006 wanting to share my passion for design, art and craft with you. New to Bloesem? Here are my 10 favorite posts to get you started. Or would you like to see the necklaces I make?