Own way of Inspiration: Interview with Simon Schmidt
In the midst of the overwhelming world of social media, there are still quite a few true treasures to find and Simon Schmidt is definitely one of them. Every project he approaches or caption he puts out there makes Instagram a better place. We couldn't wait to have a conversation about his creative processes, living in London and the importance of global union, especially in these challenging times. Simon is a German-born media curator and director based in London with a skill-set ranging from photography, styling to graphic design. Simon is hugely passionate about using social media as a voice to elevate conversation and evoke a narrative that represents the psyche of the young generation. Read on, every word is golden.
We had the pleasure to dine in one of London's freshest gastro gems in the hip neighbourhood of Shoreditch. Keen to know our first impression? Love at first sight sums it up just right; attentive staff, delicious-looking dishes served in pretty ceramics, a great dash of plants and flowers backdropped with concrete walls. Opened in November 2018, Pachamama East is focused on fresh seasonal produce, applying the bold flavours, aromas, textures and spices that make Asian food so utterly tasty. The restaurant offers a unique experience to its sister sites, which have developed a strong following for their vibrant food and ambience, as it is the first to explore the delicious spectrum of Asian flavours that are inherent in Peruvian cuisine. For those that are interested the behind-the-scenes secrets we've got great news; Pachamama East operates with an open kitchen. If you were wondering about the name though, Pachamama is an Andean goddess, revered by the Inca people of Peru. She presides over harvesting and is considered to be Mother Earth and Mother Nature. Connecting the people to the land, she is worshipped as a benevolent deity and it is believed if you treat the land well - the land will provide for you.
Top 5 coworking spaces
Coworking is a shift from traditional 9 to 5 working schedule; a lifestyle you may call it. It often goes in line with traveling and relocating on a regular basis, yet many time it’s just a preferred way of working whether you are a digital nomad or not. It’s also a hub full of creative people like you and us, filled with innovative ideas. From start-upers, designers, IT gurus, independent entrepreneurs or writers you may find inspiring stories to relate to. We have now collected some of our favourite spaces design-wise in Europe to work your day away. When traveling, you may find us in the prettiest coffee shops and coworking spaces with our laptops wide open busy emailing. The cosy atmosphere, neat design has always been an aspect when picking our temporary work station. Luckily, coworking spaces are booming and many of them makes us feel like we are in a proper Scandinavian design store without the customers mingling around. Many times these buildings include a gym, drinks bar, library, meditation room and a roof terrace that provides a lush view – all for your comfort. It looks like that we are celebrating the renaissance of work!
Local's Lore Picks: Top 5 restaurants in London
Spending just a couple of days in London as a traveler (even if you are a returning one) to fit in everything can be a real challenge. Just when you try to search the newest restaurants you will definitely find like twenty incredible ones opened since your last visit to the ever-changing British capital. We'd like to share our top 5 restaurants that are awaited (and hoped) to be discovered during our trip to London this weekend. The list includes the Michelin three-starred restaurant Sketch in Mayfair, which is famous for its high-quality dishes and unique pink interior. Bistrotheque is not new in London's gastronomy scene yet its loft-like dining area is on our minds for a long time. The newest, Omar's Place is an invitation to the most essential flavours and smells of the Mediterranean, tapas, selected wines and cocktails; a journey through countries bathed by such a mythical sea. This way we've just fixed a "sunny day" in London. PS have you tried any of the above mentioned gastro-treasures?
London Coffee Festival insight by Davide Pastorino
Can you guess how exiting the London Coffee Festival - the UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event was? We heard it really was a blast. We had the pleasure at Local’s Lore that a real local, Davide Pastorino – our London ambassador behind PRESS Coffee & Co represented us. The vibrant event was all about a massive celebration in the name of specialty coffee, artisan food, world-class baristas, live music, educational programs and the best vibes. The festival was rather busy and hot — he said, but the atmosphere was nice as always. He also added that the festival was a bit more commercial than usual. Davide’s favourite part was meeting people from the industry and friends he met all over the world during coffee trips earlier.