Monthly Archives: November 2010

The Staffordshire Potteries

If you ever wanted to know about the heritage behind English pottery, and just so happened to also be a lover of Film Noir/New Wave cinema of the 50s – then this short clip  is the perfect “history-lesson-of-the-Staffordshire-Potteries” for you.   Its taken from  a 1946 film called ‘Five Towns’.

This clip is taken from the Staffordhsire Film Archive – visit the site to see lots more vintage footage from the area

The most stylish, film-noir’esque  history lesson on the  Staffordshire Potteries you’re likely to encounter.    The opening clip from this 1946 film ‘Five Towns’ shows just where our teapots are produced.


Around the world in 80 tea rooms. No.1 The Russian Tea Rooms, New York

A tea room of pedigree!  Founded by Members of the Russian Imperial Ballet  in 1927, according to the website “it has been a second home for boldface names and the intellectual elite—an exclusive enclave where actors, writers, politicians, and businessmen planned their next deals and feted their friends’ latest Carnegie Hall performances. The lively tradition and legacy of the Russian Tea Room is alive and well!”

Today its association with glamour and celebrity is still going strong, it has been the location for many Hollywood films including  Manhattan, When Harry Met Sally, The Turning Point, Tootsie and New York Stories, were filmed at the restaurant, as well as The Wrath of Con episode of Gossip Girl

According to Wikipedia in 1982, Madonna worked there, as a coat-check clerk.[

The Russian Tea Rooms, New York. Founded in 1927


High tea is a mix of interesting Russian Blinis and traditional sandwiches

  • Curried chicken salad with raisins and pecans;
  • Shrimp salad with rémoulade;
  • Smoked Scottish salmon with chive cream cheese and cucumber;
  • Artichoke with red pepper and a sun-dried tomato goat cheese;
  • Smoked ham and turkey with truffle croque monsieur;
  • N.Y smoked sturgeon with dill and sour cream;
  • Roquefort bleu cheese and pear with walnuts;
  • A tasting of two American caviars on Blinis

The Russian Tea Rooms,  150 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

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Confeitaria Colombo, Rio de Jainero

Around the World in 80 Tea rooms. No. 2

BRAZIL   Confeitaria Colombo, Rio de Janeiro.

Opened in September  1894 this spectacular tea room built on 2 floors was the 1st of its kind in Rio.  Frequented by a selection of writers, composers, actresses & political figures and bohemian intellectuals including Olavo Bilac, Rui Barbosa, Chiquinha Gonzaga, Villa Lobos, Virginia Lane, Getulio Vargas

Today, I used this teaset

At 110 yrs old technically I think this is more antique than vintage!

Today, I used this teaset

I was feeling the green & rosebud today.  I love the tree pattern on the tea cups.  Another 30s gem.

2 Crazy Cats

Yesterday I met 2 crazy cats.  Literally, I did a photo shoot at my friend Chris’ lovely house and we were kept company by her 2 kittens.

Normal cat behaviour?

One of whom I turned round to catch up on the sideboard ‘licking’ the cake  I had put down for a nano-second (to be fair it was only a ‘Tottenahm’ cake bought hastily from Gregs the Baker and  not a Pierre Herme Macaron, so it was no great loss.

And then he sat in the sink, for 30 minutes.  Like this.

The other kitty other seemed quite interested the teapots though, and snuck into one of the shots.

One for the press pack











They are now officially my 2 favourite moggies in North London.

Today, I used this teaset

I’ve taken very much to having tea in the afternoon.  It may look like I’m just playing house.  Ok, actually, it is nice as I do have a lot (like, A LOT)  of implements to choose from.   But its not play….honest…tea, is concentration juice.   It is V.v.important.

These are the sets I’ve been using this week.   (oh, and though it may look like I have 2 teapots on the go, one is actually a vintage coffee pot which I use as a hot water jug).  Brewed tea = pure hideousness.