December 2, 2015

elisavet’s borough market tips!


Borough Market, one of the oldest markets in London, can be a paradise for every foodie. It is located near the London Bridge and here you can find everything from oysters and top grade English cheeses to white truffle honey. If you are planning visiting on a Saturday, when the market is filled with traders, it’s better to get an early start from 8am-11am. Τake your time and have a chat with them about their products while you are looking for treasures around.”

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“Your first stop should be for a morning coffee! Monmouth Coffee Shop on the corner of Park Street is highly recommended for all those coffee lovers out there. Don’t be intimidated by the queue you might come across (specially on Saturdays), it moves really fast and while you are waiting you can  have some coffee samples to try. When you start wandering around take your time. This is part of the fun while you can check out prices and quality before buying anything. Sample some cheeses from world famous Neal’s Yard Dairy and some aged beef from the Ginger Pig.”

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Now as far as snacks here’s a small list with suggetions for you to choose from:
1. Hobbs Meat Roast with their roasted meat baguettes.
2. Nanna Fanny’s salt beef bagels, sandwiches and falafel wraps.

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3. Tapas Brindisa’s chorizo roll with peppers and rocket (they have a very nice spanish grocery store to check out as well).
4. Bake Ahead and their cheese, olive sticks and doughnuts.
5. La Marche du Quartier and their duck confit sandwich.

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6. Pasteis de Nata and their Portuguese egg tarts (make sure to eat them while they are still hot and custardy).
7. Backhaus Bakery for some of the best handmade German cakes you can find.

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“Everytime I visit Borough Market I find myself overwhelmed with all those beautiful ingredients and treats to choose from. I also realised that chatting with the traders can be quite helpful. They can guide you on which thing is better for you, depending on your taste, and also provide you with tons of information about their products which can be pretty useful.”

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“Try to remember that if you like to take any pictures of the products, always ask for permission. If you are a pet owner, you can’t unfortunately take it with you because dogs are not allowed in the market, although we spotted one wearing a Christmas garland.
Whenever you visiting Borough Market make sure to have fun, try different things and enjoy as much as you can.”

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Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL, Open for lunch: Mon, Tue 10am-5pm; Full Market: Wed, Thur 10am-5pm; Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 8am-5pm

words and tips by Elisavet Deleha, check out her Salad in a Jar, recipe too!

(all photos by Gertrude Gary Milk, post created especailly for

November 29, 2015

matina’s extra-ordinary world!


1. your ordinary side: There is no ordinary side, there is no routine. This ordinary term has no place in my reality.

2. your extra-ordinary side: It’s all over me, i can be comic or a member of the circus, a girl dancing with her umbrellas and her huge bows, always in different and quirky outfits. I’m on the bizarre side, I can’t conform.


3. what do you brew in the pot? Mostly magic! I always keep my mind busy. Creation, art, inspiration. I’m trying to find ways to express myself, to cause an upside-down mess. We have to bring  boundaries down and change the “must do” into “need to”. This “personnalité” has to be uttered.



4. had you the choice before birth would you choose to be a man or a woman? A woman, although I have my male side fully developed.

5. your most precious possession: I have no possessions, no object to call my own. I create things and they get sold, they find an owner that’s not me, they go away. This is why we make art.



6. a luxury that you owe to yourself and never abandon: A glamorous bubble bath is a luxury. I like everything that’s “glamorous” lately and everything that’s gold and lavish. Chocolate can be a luxury too.

7. a habit that can be translated into an obsession: Τhe word “habit” should be banned so does the habit itself. I can’t  stand the ordinary state of things. I just can’t.



8. what can drive you to crime? My mother, undoubtedly. 

9. a dream that visits you quite frequently: Babis, the plumber.  



10. what is art for you? Art is the creation, the simple application of human creative skill and imagination. It’s this feeling inside you that you can’t suppress. If one can’t express himself, he dies. There is no alternative to that.

11. what makes someone an artist? The real artist has to suffer. He has to make sacrifices, to be racked with pain for his own art. I can’t think of another way to achieve something. 

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12. is this reality enough for you? No artist is fine with his reality and his era, otherwise he wouldn’t be an artist right? I think I should have been born in the 60′s or maybe in Hollywood,or in a french cabaret doing my burlesque show. 

13. your worst fear: Censorship, lack of expression.

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14. what makes someone good in something? Practice makes perfect darling.

15.what has life taught you so far? A person’s health is their most valuable asset. It’s a cliche i know, but it’s true. Our mental health goes first of course. All sorts of bodily diseases are produced by ill and sorrowful minds.


16. a question you always wanted to answer: “How much does it cost?”


Matina is a figurative artist and a performer. She is the owner of a charming, little shop, bursting with creativity and talent. No words are enough to describe her intriguing character and her imaginative personality. Rainy days boost her mood and her atelier feels like Paris. Visit her on a daily basis except Mondays to find vintage clothes, accessories and her own creations. You will probably have a chance to see her performing, singing or dancing!

Matina Creations, 20 Lekka str, Sintagma, Athens. Find more on her Facebook page here

(photos by Gertrude, interview and post created especially for

November 27, 2015

the cosiest bedrooms


If you can’t get yourself out of this bed you are obviously not tired! It’s because of the cosy bedroom you have created, adding string lights above your head while you are buried under your pillows and your fluffy throws. For my the ideal bedroom is made of growing plants of the rainforest, layers of blankets and killims, pieces of art on the walls, burning candles and tiny lights. Dog and books are a must! How about you?

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A new comer to the cosy times? Here is a mini selection of the basics to begin with your bedroom  makeover!


go a mini shopping here: one. two. three. four. five. six. seven. eight. nine. ten. eleven. twelve. thriteen. fourteen. fifteen.

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(image sources: a.b.c.d)