The Specialty Coffee Aesthetic | January 13, 2010

I'm really loving the current aesthetic trend in specialty coffee houses and roasteries in melbourne. A mix of factory and science lab. Stainless steel, wooden crates, army greens, amber jars... The juxtaposition of cold, clinical metals and warm, comforting woods. I swear, if not for an unavoidable caffeine aversion I would be hanging out at these places all the time.

Above: St Ali's Outpost at 9 Yarra St, South Yarra. Designed by Hecker Phelan Guthrie Interior Designers, whose impressive portfolio is definitely worth a perusal or two. I love everything they do! (Photos by Thom Rigney)

Below:  Market Lane Coffee in Shop 13 Prahran Market- 163 Commercial Road. Designed by Claire Larritt-Evans. Check out more pics of the project on her blog. I just love the attention to detail.

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posted under: Drink, Interiors, Melbourne Chic

Apple Week at A Field Journal | November 18, 2009

One of my favourite blogs of all time is A Field Journal. I'm sure many of you have seen it before and are well aware of just how truly inspiring it is! Through her breathtaking photo-styling and the most adorable creative projects, Livy conjures up a perfect little world in which to get lost.

Last week was 'Apple Week' where Livy provided some tempting autumn-inspired apple recipes accompanied, of course, by her signature gorgeous imagery.

Feast your eyes on these: Apple Cider, Candied Apples, Caramel Apples and Apple Crisp. Yum. Yum. Yum.

posted under: Desserts, Do It Yourself, Drink, Entertaining, Food

Organic Elderflower Pressé by Belvoir Fruit Farms | November 13, 2009

I think I've just found my new favourite beverage! I am totally smitten with this Elderflower Pressé by Belvoir Fruit Farms. It really has quite an unusual flavour and is bubbly and refreshing- perfect for a sunny summer afternoon. I don't even know what an Elderflower is, but I thank god for it.

And yes, the packaging is heavenly and quite possibly a contributing factor to my reverence for this product. I am now really keen to try the other flavours in the series. Melbournites- you can find these at The Essential Ingredient in Prahran Market.

posted under: Drink, Entertaining, Typography

The Cutest Containers | November 03, 2009

The cutest food/drink containers in the prettiest colours...

Top: Superb branding for New York Cafe "Moomah" by Apartment One. Via Unruly Things

Bottom: The cutest little cupcake wrappers from The Cupcake Wrapper co. Available here.

posted under: Desserts, Drink, Food, Parties

Vintage Striped Straws | October 07, 2009

How inspiring are these photos of vintage striped straws! By Hungrygirl. Via Parcel Post. Love their look in combination with milk bottles!

posted under: Drink, Parties, Photography

DIY Ice-Cream Soda for a Party or Wedding | September 11, 2009

DIY Ice-Cream Soda

DIY Ice-Cream Soda

Inspired by Jordan Ferney's brilliant wedding concept for an Old Fashioned Soda Bar, I set out to create these fun, retro-inspired label designs for soda bottles that hark back to the glorious era of soda fountains! These can be used for your party or wedding to create your own Soda Shop or to add a gorgeous beverage stand to your Ice-Cream Parlour theme. Guests can select from a brightly coloured array of flavoured sodas to make their own delicious Ice-Cream Sodas!

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posted under: Desserts, Do It Yourself, Drink, Food, Free Stuff, Parties, Vintage Style, Weddings

Afternoon Sugar Fix: Rose Syrup | July 31, 2009

Rose Syrup

Growing up in a family that originally hailed from Singapore I was extremely blessed to be exposed to the wonders of Rose Syrup. I love this stuff!

Rose Syrup apparently originated in Singapore and as far as I'm concerned, Singapore's T.G Kiat and Co. is the best brand to get! Established in 1935, the company have obviously tried to retain an air of tradition in their branding with their awesome vintage label.

I have yet to find a syrup that compares and we've only found one asian grocery store in Melbourne that stocks it. If you've never tried the stuff, I urge you to hunt it down. I think it's the perfect summer drink, a unique idea for entertaining and definitely the perfect afternoon pick me up!(In fact, I"m having a glass right now!)

Simon Johnson Rose Syrup

I recently found Mymouné Rose Syrup online from Simon Johnson (above)- It's a Lebanese brand. I've never tried it before but I'm intensely curious to see how it compares. It also has a pretty cool label! If anyone has tried it please let me know if it's any good.

Happy friday afternoon!

posted under: Drink, Entertaining, Vintage Style

Hand-drawn Lettering | July 29, 2009

Grill'd Menu

I'm really digging some of the hand-drawn lettering goodness coming out of Australia these days- especially from Grill'd. Their takeaway menu (above) and the wall art in their stores (below) are simply awesome! For more of their illustrative/typographical craziness check out their website.  If anyone knows the illustrator responsible for this, please let me know!

Grill'd Wall Art

(image credit)

I'm also a huge fan of the Hudsons Coffee wall art by Kleimeyer Industries (below). All very inspirational! :)

Hudsons Coffee Wall Art

posted under: Drink, Food, Typography

DIY Vintage Tea Cannister Labels- Free Download | July 03, 2009

Vintage Tea Labels

As promised in my previous article on DIY Authentic Vintage Herb Labels, I've also created four tea labels for your collection- English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Chamomile and Peppermint. In the photo I've used amber jars from T2 Teas. Download the labels below and please view the article on DIY Authentic Vintage Herb Labels for instructions on how to create the vintage paper effect on the labels.

FREE DOWNLOAD - Vintage Tea Labels

posted under: Do It Yourself, Drink, Free Stuff, Vintage Style

Elizabeth Wilson: Duvel Belgian Beer Packaging | June 18, 2009

Eizabeth Wilson: Duvel Belgium Beer Packaging

A novel approach to Belgian beer packaging- targeted at females 18-30. Check out this and the other interesting works of Elizabeth Wilson.

posted under: Drink
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