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Artigiano Espresso Bar @ Paternoster Square, St Pauls


ロンドンに2店、Exeterにももうすぐ開店するというArtigianoは、コーヒーの品質にこだわりを持つ、らしい。コーヒー豆は、コーンウォールにある小さな焙煎業者・Origin Coffeeから仕入れ、通常のブレンドに加え、「旬」のブレンド、そしてドリップ式コーヒーを提供。エスプレッソマシンは予想通り、カスタムペイントされたLa Marzocco Linea。手作りの「こだわり」のサンドイッチやパイ、サラダ、ケーキやペイストリー等もある。エスプレッソバーのくせに、何故か地ビールやワインの種類も豊富なのだけれど、それは商売。イギリス人の好物を知っている。


tea‘ tea house is gone, and now Artigiano Espresso Bar moved in. Does this symbolize that coffee is taking over tea-drinking nation of Britain?

Independent coffee shop with two venues in London and one coming soon in Exeter, Artigiano says they care about quality of coffee. The coffee is sourced from Origin Coffee roaster from Cornwall. In addition to the regular coffee blend, a seasonal espresso and filter is also on offer. Espresso machine? Custom-painted La Marzocco Linea as you may predict. There serve also ‘artisan’ food  such as sandwiches, soups, pies, salads and some cakes. For some reason, another British’s favorites, craft beers & wines are available. It’s a business!

Ground floor seating is nicer with some precious sunshine in dark November, but was full with people in business suits at 3pm on weekday. They don’t have to be in the office? Downstairs is furnished in the same style, but felt more depressing for some reason. Maybe just psychological. However, this may or may not affect the taste of food and drink. M’s baguette with goat cheese and tomatoes and potato & leek soups were ok but not exciting, and my bacon and egg sandwich and were boring. Their ‘quality’ tea & coffee? Not so impressive…


Christmas Cards by Victoria & Albert Museum

クリスマスまで、あと10日ほど。私達もようやく重い腰を上げ、嫌々ながらもクリスマスカードを書きはじめた。今年は、V&A(ヴィクトリア&アルバート博物館オリジナルの「Winter Trees」(£7.50)と「London Design Festival」(£7.50)を購入。

「Winter Trees」(写真上右)は、18世紀に活躍したイギリス人テキスタイル・デザイナーのAnna Maria Garthwaiteの切り絵(右端下)と、日系アメリカ人彫刻家のシンキチ・タジリの壁紙「Louisiana(1955)」をモチーフにした、各6枚・計12枚セット。クラシックな図案に、落ち着いた色調が素敵。年配の親戚向けに使った。

打って変わって「London Design Festival」(写真左)は、赤・白・黒の3色を使った、明るくてインパクトのあるカード4種各3枚入り。London Design FestivalとV&Aが行ったコンペティションで選ばれたデザインを採用している。友達向けに使用。タイトルとデザイナーは、以下の通り(左上から時計回り)。

  • 「12 Days of Christmas(クリスマスの12日間)」by Dave Burdon
  • 「Why Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney(サンタは煙突の中で動けなくなってしまった訳)」by Maxine Stinton
  • 「St Paul’s(セント・ポール大聖堂)」by Metropolitan Mouse
  • 「Reindeer and Rabbit(トナカイとうさぎ)」by Kate McLelland

It’s only 10 days to go til Christmas, and we reluctantly started to write Christmas cards at last. This year, we bought two original V&A sets of cards; “Winter Trees” and “London Design Festival” (£7.50 each).

‘Winter Trees’ (right in the photo) contains 12 cards, 6 each in two designs: Papercut by 18-century English textile designer Anna Maria Garthwaite and ‘Louisiana (1955)’ wallpaper by Dutch-American sculptor Shinkichi Tajiri. Its classic designs with calm and serene colors are perfect for elder family and relatives.

“London Design Festival” on contrary is with four vivid and vibrant designs and simple tricolor of red, white and black. This pack of 12 cards (3 each) is the result of a competition organised by the V&A and London Design Festival. We used them for friends. Design titles and designers are as follows (clockwise from top left).
  • ’12 Days of Christmas’ by Dave Burdon.
  • ‘Why Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney’ by Maxine Stinton.
  • ‘St Paul’s’ by Metropolitan Mouse.
  • ‘Reindeer and Rabbit’ by Kate McLelland.
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