Consider this a mini version of the EATING OUT series, a sort of small bites thing. Kafka Sweets & Gourmandises is a new coffee in Taipa island and as any recently opened f&b operation, it is still fine tuning details. However its unusual (for this city) sleek and minimalist design, the communal table and an enthusiast staff obliged me to give it a shoot out.
1. A valuable object that has belonged to a family for several generations
2. Heritage – inheritance
3. Something of special value handed on from one generation to another
This particular Heirloom it´s not a cafe, and its not fine dining. It´s an eatery. That is the leit motif of mexican Ashton Winkler & Indonesian Vivian Herijanto, co-owners and chefs of this lovely newish secret garden. To make you feel home at their intimate, enthralling and stylish little corner where everything exudes coolness. Pura buena vibra as we would say back home.
Holidays´ celebrations started quite early for us this year, we have had a non-stop social gatherings which I cannot complain about and Christmas Eve/Day were not the exception.
I meet up with Juliana for a casual lunch over noodles and pork chop but seeing that the eatery Miss Loh recommended was closed we opted for your typical all-sorts-of-chinese-esque-touristy-restaurant in Rua da Cunha or more commonly know as the sweet´s street. (I think my new love is stir fried french beans à la chinese)
To be honest this Pastry Shop with an ultra modern design was not on my list of Incortournables because as you can see on previous VG Editions I have a fondness for old school Pâtisseries. So, yes I think we can say in terms of pastries and desserts I heart vintage (and pedigree).
However I ended up at this sort of ultra-minimal-meets-girly-pink cake shop when Cristina Lasarte (from Buenos Aires to Paris food blog) proposed their cozy and zen salon de thé for the setting of a short but heart felted rencontre. As hundreds of other food writers and bloggers Cristina and I have an online friendship but wasn´t until this past June that we had the chance to finally meet each other. And so we did. We talked about family, expat life, our home countries and of course la Ville Lumière et les Gourmandises!. (As a side note I must say meeting someone from your online world on the real world is a quite bizarre but fun experience. I was so nervous when I first meet her!)
This small cantine (canteen) is located in the heart of Aix-en-Provence´s downtown. Asides its cool, cozy-boho-Orient-ish look it serves vegetarian, vegan friendly and gluten free fare. A new trend, the healthy eatery, that is slowly making its way in the country of la bechamel et la baguette.