Coffee before change

Before we get to work on changing a couple of things in this beautiful country that is Romania, we should all think about it very well over a cup of coffee. Perhaps coincidentally with awakening events happening in the city, the latest trend around Bucharest these days (along with barber shops, but i’ll get back on that one) is coffee shops openings.  Quite a few in the last year, among which Steam(new location on Bd Dacia),T-zero(just this month), Bloom, 5 to go, Origo, etc. You might find one in your neighbourhood at a closer look.

These are not just any coffee shops  but really cool places, with urban design, attention to detail and passionate people who know how to make coffee drinking a different experience than you’d have making coffee at home by your sleepy self. Its just awesome.

Someone said that  people working in corporations got tired of it and decided to take up a business on their own and coffee shops were at hand. Nevertheless, taking the courage to start a business, making it well and dedicating yourself to it is smth I for one admire and I think it  changes and awakens(literally in this case) the world bit by bit.

Here are some pictures of these places(with facebook contacts), go in  if passing them by,  if only to have a glass of water and get the vibe.

T-zero’s plant hero.







Enlightment in two quick steps

Ok art lovers who couldnt find the time lately to go check out the latest exhibitions in Bucharest(including me). I give you 3 more days to get updated. I’m only talking here about two exhibitions that end by 31 of October and that in my opinion, you should not miss.

1.”The ÉLÉVATION project@Hanul Gabroveni(ARCUB) is a unique and sensitive depiction of twenty-two Romanian artists realized by two photographers who explored Bucharest’s artistic scene.

For the two photographers, Pascal Gravot Haeberli (French-Swiss) and Franz Galo (French),“Bucharest Art” does not exist on its own. There are only twenty-two artists selected randomly,whom destiny incidentally brought together for a while, during a gentle exploration of the city. It is for this reason that we should appreciate ÉLÉVATION project, which is different from other initiatives that share the same theme, because the authors aimed, from the very beginning, not to judge artists’ value or influence, but to offer a glimpse into their evolution within a common workplace – Bucharest.”

Adrian Buga, art critic

My favourite work is the one with Ion Barladeanu but I’ ll let you discover that by yourself I won’t put a picture here, it doesn’t make sense if not seen in the space with the other works.

Another thing is that besides the exhibition you get to see , if you havent already, the amazing architectural space of Hanul Gabroveni (an old historical building) reinvented by ARCUB (The Cultural Centre of Bucharest).

(Nevertheless, if you just absolutely can’t make it to this exhibition you still have the chance to buy the Elevation  catalogue with all the works, and you can always visit Hanul Gabroveni if walking in Centrul Vechi, on Lipscani)

Stairs towards the exhibition
One of the works in the exhibition. Artist: Ioana Sisea
Artist Adrian Preda

2. Expanded space@MNAC (Str. Izvor nr. 2 – 4, The Palace of the Parliament, wing E4)

This one I havent seen yet but I will by the end of the week. Several artists take their view, through different mediums, on the city in continuous transformation. The exhibition is part of a project called Expanded Space, organised by Volum Art  association, and already at its fifth year of existence.  Expanded Space proposes the activation of the public space through temporary artistic interventions, be it sculpture , installation, performance or other.

Artists: Mihai Balko, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Tudor Bratu, Candidatul la Președinție, Iosif Király, Marilena Preda-Sânc, Studio Basar, Vlad Nancă, Vlad Petri & Gabi Basalici.


May art enlighten you!

Fat kid, carrot cake.

You know that fat kid inside yourself that makes you stare into the other’s person plate and gets you eating french fries at midnight and more than two pancakes in a row?

Well, that little chunky bastard just had me eating two carrot cakes the other day, from the BioBucovina Pastry shop in the heart of Piata Amzei (at the junction cross between Mendeleev and Tache Ionescu). I was walking by it quite in a hurry when the corner of my eye caught their window display and I paused abrubtely. Big, fluffy orangy triangles covered in sugar powder, with the tag : Carrot and orange pie. And it was only 4 lei. All I can say it was better than the one at Starbucks and that means something.

I liked it so bad that yesterday night I left my car in Amzei to go there today as an excuse and get another carrot cake! (well, that and having more than one glass of wine the night before). The little shop was open but they didn’t have the cake, maybe because it was Sunday and all,  instead I got me a sweet cheese pie. That was just as yum and next time I’m getting pumpkin pie or “Poale ‘n brau”(some sweet specialty from Bucovina).

Enough said,  if you’re passing by BioBucovina get something, go ahead, feed your fat kid, we won’t judge!



(sorry about the bitten cake in the photo but I couldn’t help it…)

Forward thinkers of Bucharest fashion

I’m just going to go ahead and name those designers without further ado:

Adelina Ivan, Ana Alexe, Imaculatura, Zarug.

These are the guys you want to go to if you want to have a conceptual futuristic wardrobe.

What does conceptual, futuristic mean, you ask?Imagine a perspective of the world made of lines, fine minimalist lines that you could draw from a constellation to another, lines that fall into perfect spatial structures, lines that happen to suit your body like a womb. Then fill those lines with beautiful materials in (mostly) neutral colours, sewn together to perfection, and there you have  it, your out of this world wardrobe.

And to go with that here’s a nice song:

Adelina Ivan
collage ima
collage zarug
collage ana alexe
Ana Alexe

The bus stop

In the bus station, mid day, she is reading a small book filled with small lines of what must be poetry. Now and then, she’s  taking a smoke from her cigarette, covering in fog the butterflies and flowers that seem to float around her silent universe, like an aura.  The guy near her is bathing in the sun with his eyes closed, allowing himself to confortably sweat at what must be 40 degrees temperature. That’s what they announced at the radio for today’s weather forecast.

I wish we had swings that make music,  like they do in Montreal….


Swings Placed Near Bus Stop Make Music When People Move in Harmony (Video)