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January 5, 2010

(some photos i snapped at hurwundeki cafe in london)

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when i was in grad school, my friends and i played a lot of shufflepuck (ann arbor has 2 places with tables). that bottom photo made me think of it today … such good times. maybe i should try to start a shufflepuck craze in london…

today, 2 video links that i’m really enjoying:

++ this video, “letterpress coasters” — i’ve watched this multiple times. i think it’s perfect.
++ on the subject of: seasonality, process, authenticity, etc.  — this fits nicely with my thoughts re: honest, sustainable eating in the interview i posted yesterday. i’m going to visit st. john restaurant here in london very soon and i can’t wait.

17 Comments
  1. January 5, 2010 8:03 am

    lovely shots – i like the look of that cafe a lot.
    m recommends the bone marrow and welsh rarebit at st john!

  2. January 5, 2010 8:34 am

    Gorgeous. Would you kindly arrange for that table to be shipped to my apartment? Thanks. Thanks, also, for the interviews with Fergus Henderson and Dan Barber. I read something by Alice Waters recently that got me thinking seriously about authenticity when it comes to food, writing, and all creative expression, really. It’s in her foreword to the Tartine cookbook:

    “The word authentic has been overused by food writers, who have turned it into a catchall term of praise for just about anything that tastes good, especially if a grandmother is hovering somewhere in the recipe’s back story. But whenever I see this word, another similar word springs to mind – author-and the food I recognize as authentic is real food that is unmistakably its creator’s own, as genuine as a manuscript in its author’s own handwriting…”

    p.s. – There ain’t nobody here but us chickens.

  3. marthasnail permalink
    January 5, 2010 8:45 am

    what a gorgeous cafe. i’m in love with the top shot. looking forward to checking out the video links, too!

  4. January 5, 2010 8:55 am

    These photos are wonderful, just the eye candy I needed to go with this morning’s coffee. Thank you.

  5. January 5, 2010 8:58 am

    Oh, can’t wait to hear your thoughts about St John. One of my favourite restaurants in London. Last time there I had one of the best meals ever, with a fantastic parnsip soup !!

  6. January 5, 2010 9:30 am

    that looks lick such a great place! i love the old tins on the table.

  7. January 5, 2010 9:42 am

    lovely light you achieved here…it makes the wood in the tables so warm and inviting, just like the seasonings set out ready to use. i remember many happy times played over a table like that with friends – the smack talk, the fun, the laughter. those are treasures to be stored up to remember in the silver years. and just think the stories you can tell your children about the wild shufflepuck tourneys and how you started a craze.

  8. January 5, 2010 10:11 am

    happy new year, brian! I really like the light in these photos. i wonder when the sun is planning to come back to gothenburg… you seem to have found it anayway.

  9. January 5, 2010 10:38 am

    Wow you have a wonderful blog! Love it!!! Glad I stumbled on it. Happy New Year.
    xo Nina

  10. January 5, 2010 11:15 am

    Hi Brian: Here’s another letterpress video you may enjoy. It’s actually about a style of street posters from Brazil called ‘lambe lambe’ which are amazing but I also like the relationship between the three friends/printers and the funky old studio.

  11. January 5, 2010 12:12 pm

    that light!

  12. January 5, 2010 12:22 pm

    love the photos (and the caf!)…

  13. January 5, 2010 5:21 pm

    Thats awesome how they set their tables. Looks like your eating right at home.

  14. repeatpress permalink
    January 5, 2010 5:30 pm

    Hi Brian – thanks for linking to our video, you have a great looking site. Love the photos of store signage and text – keep up the good work. Mike/repeatpress.com

  15. nina permalink
    January 5, 2010 5:40 pm

    hi brian. the old nina here, now there are two of us! just wanted to say that i love your redesign of the site. it looks so slick and clean (not that i disliked the way it was before!) congrats on one year of “the blue hour”! i think i have eagerly read and savored just about every post of yours since except for the wee beginning, which means i’m going to make a point to visit your archives soon!

    these photos are so comforting and cozy! thanks for sharing.

  16. Jean Prescott permalink
    January 5, 2010 5:53 pm

    The visit to the print shop made me long to return to work…but not enough to actually do it. I’m hypnotized by presses, even small letterpresses, and when I still worked in the newspaper business, watching, listening to and feeling the press run at full tilt was one of the most exciting experiences. Truly. The noise, the smell of the ink, everything about it. Oh, and the photos? Love the lovingly lived in cafe. *heavy sigh* I really am an Anglophile, I suppose, and I hope to get to London before I drop off the twig. Leave the light on for me.

  17. January 5, 2010 11:42 pm

    i would love to sit at that table -this cafe looks lovelly!
    i’ve been really enjoying your london shots and am always looking forward to seeing more!

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