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Food Styling Workshop at The Black Hen

A few weeks ago I spent a lovely morning at The Black Hen in Deloraine.  The Black Hen was hosting a food styling workshop, run by the lovely Michelle from Hugo & Elsa.

Michelle is a food stylist, cook, and author of a beautiful cook book I must buy.  If you have not been to The Black Hen, you must.  It is a beautiful shop, filled with wonderful things, beautifully styled and decorated.  Upstairs there is a wonderful area where the workshop was hosted.
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All of Michelle’s wonderful vintage props….my dream job, collecting vintage things 😉
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After we heard about some tricks of the trade, Michelle asked us to pair up and grab some fruit or vegetables to create a flat lay scene.  The type of image you might post to instagram.  I paired up with a lovely lady from Henry’s Ginger Beer and we grabbed some red peppers, some plates and off we went to select a board.  This one spotted my eye first so we started with that.  I found a lot of it was just trial and error, just keep going till you get something that looks pleasing to the eye.  We also tried “throwing” the vegetables which seems to have them land in the perfect position.

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  Similar view but with a green board

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Adding additional elements…

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Next we moved onto fruit…

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Michelle teaching some tips and tricks with the iPhone

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Some of the other ladies set up this scene

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Soon it was time for lunch.  We all pitched in and dressed the table, which was fun, using some of the food we photographed and props from around the room

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Before lunch was served Michelle talked us through some images she styled in some fabulous cook books.

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Then lunch arrived….

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Lunch was divine, and we had desert also.  We then moved on to styling some desert.

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Doing it the old way…

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I decided to fill a little pastry case with some strawberries.

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This little pastry travelled around the whole room trying to find a shot that looked nice…

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I gave up on the pastry and spotted some strawberries.  I put a few elements together and this was more pleasing to me.

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I had a wonderful day, and met some lovely ladies whom I am now following on instagram.  I can highly recommend the course, it was great to do something different and to meet some new people.

Mmmm…..Coffee at Milkbar

 

Another of my favourite coffee shops is the lovely Milkbar Cafe and Giftshop located at 139 St John Street.  Decorated with vintage/retro wears, and gives you the feeling of an old time milkbar, you can grab a coffee, lunch or shop in the gift shop at the rear of the store.

Also at the back of the store is a wonderful craft space.  In the past Milkbar has run various workshops, sadly I didn’t get to attend any.  Now the space is available to book out for any crafty get together.

There is a cupboard filled with toys to entertain any youngsters visiting which is really thoughtful. Milkbar has a cozy, friendly, relaxed vibe and I could sit for hours (which I may have done), drinking their delicious Ritual coffee!

Milkbar is on Facebook

and

Milbarcafe Instagram

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Mmmm Coffee….at Off Centre

Off Centre is a newly opened coffee shop in the Kingsway, Launceston. Just right around the corner from the cinema, which is fantastic because Off Centre is one of the few coffee shops that is open evenings.

It opens early mornings 7:30AM – 2:00PM, and then later from 7:00PM – 10:00PM

The other stand out feature is their weekly TUNESDAY (Tuesday evenings) which entails live music, coffee and cake. I am yet to experience a Tunesday as my kids need to go to bed, but one day I might get there.

I love the feeling of this coffee shop, the retro styling, and friendly staff. Of course the coffee is great, and if you frequent often you can stamp your own card along the wall of names.  Definitely on the list of must visit, if you are in town.

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