FIKA: MAY EDITION

FIKA: MAY EDITION Do you know who does fika well? Italy. Do you know what they call fika in Italy? Tutto il giorno. Which means ‘all day’. This isn’t true, but I imagine that they don’t need a specific word for taking a moment of your day to enjoy and take in the surrounding beauty, […]

FIKA: FESTIVAL EDITION!

April is the month of public holidays. The month of which immersing oneself into the minutiae of time management, reviewing of pay slips, improving schedule efficiency, dissecting interstate migration patterns and corresponding financial fluctuations brings joy and exhilaration to millions of Australians across the land as they find the perfect combination of maximum time off, […]

SELF PROPHETIC CHAIRS

I went to a dumpling bar the other week, and other than I like dumplings (and bao buns), the chairs were the winning factor in choosing this restaurant over the ramen bar next to it, or the Mexican joint a few stalls down. This is big. I really like dumplings, but I am existentially enraptured […]

FIKA FOR MY FAVOURITE SEASON

I know not all of us are summer people, and I used to be one of those. But now I’m not not a summer person, January is my favourite. Yes it’s hot and sticky and blah blah I don’t want to hear it because think of those loooong afternoons! There’s no errands to run, just […]

A VERY CHRISTMAS FIKA TO YOU!

I love traditions. I have new ones every year.  Part of their charm is the promise of a more meaningful season, a chance to slow down and enjoy the moments of the seasons: the first kiss of sunburn, ashflakes falling from a nearby bushfire, each one unique in its own way, and enjoy them with […]

FIKA BY THE SEA

Because of the long and warm November afternoon and evenings, the following fika guide was written specifically with a picnic at the beach in mind – but if the sea is not readily available to you, any body of water will do. A bucket of water. If you can find some sand, wiggle your feet […]

FIKAPAUS: SEPTEMBER EDITION

Have you seen this movie? It’s a documentary following Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief, and her staff as they put together their most renowned publication of the year – the September Issue. It’s basically what we do for the September Fika. Cut-throat decisions of which floral forward cake recipe to include, scouting trips to Morocco to […]

FIKA IN JULY!

Hej! Hur går det? Välkommen till mitten av vintern! It’s the kind of weather to get back to some swedish fika roots don’t you think? They know the cold. They soldier on. They look snow in the eye and say ‘Not today.’ That’s not true. Maybe they do but it snows anyway, and they carry […]

FIKAPAUS: JUNE EDITION

Winter in Australia is a time and place like no other. Where I live especially – right next to bushland, the heat of summer has burrowed deep into the trees, light glows like ember from the white eucalypt bark, and gum leaves like red and green feathers mimicking the lorikeets, or the other way around. […]

ROUTINE AND HIDDEN TREASURE

It’s Tuesday (for narrative purposes). You know this because Marg is wearing her puffy sleeved chequered blouse, tapered ankle length slacks in emerald green and New Balance sneakers. You know her name is Marg because you’ve heard “Thanks Marg, your skim cap is ready!” at least 398 times. She’s a newbie. Though she is unaware, […]

ROUTINE AND HIDDEN TREASURE

It’s Tuesday (for narrative purposes). You know this because Marg is wearing her puffy sleeved chequered blouse, tapered ankle length slacks in emerald green and New Balance sneakers. You know her name is Marg because you’ve heard “Thanks Marg, your skim cap is ready!” at least 398 times. She’s a newbie. Though she is unaware, […]

CAFE IDENTITIES: THE BEACH SIDE BAKERY/CAFE

You’re going camping. Not hard core, hike three days in and out mountain bring your own everything or you will surely die type camping, but a ‘pack the surfboards, bikes and an esky we’re heading to the beach’ type camping. And let’s just say you’re not going to be making your own coffee (though you […]