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1 In Inspiration/ Travel

Vegan Tel Aviv, Open restaurants, Zakaim


The other week I visited Israel for the Open Restaurants programme, showcasing the food and restaurant scene in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. There were alot of highlights so I will have to divide the trip into a couple of posts. I’ll start it off with one of my favorite spots, Zakaim.


I’m very visual oriented so the fact that the Zakaim restaurant caught my attention isn’t really a surprise. The attention to detail and amount of love put into the creating of every corner of this place was just amazing.


The interior was all second hand and recycled.


Already from the outside there was a promise of the world behind the lace curtains with the stacked tin-boxes and chipped wooden table with wild growing plants.


The food was delicious. Beautifully presented in an unconfined sort of way. It had me eating almost all vegan for at least a week after returning home.

For starters we had this plate of fluffy hummus together with spicy pepper-salsas (the red one: matbucha) and carefully cut baby tomatoes. The bread was ofc warm.

The thing about the menu was that it had classic meat-references. Mushroom Shawarma for example, a hint to a middle eastern kebab-like dish usually made out of lamb or chicken but replaced with mushrooms. Or the Steak Lechem, the heart of arabic lettuce served with grated persian lemons and roasted sourdough.


The open kitchen had piles of uneven porcelain saucers with neat florals.


There were veggies literally everywhere, any nook and corner had some kind of root vegetable in it.


The sunny back garden.


Harel Zakaim, the owner and chef himself showed us how to stir up a vegan chocolate pudding. It was so rich in taste! My notes of the cooking above are a little indistinct though.. Anyways, the interesting part about him was that he was actually a butcher and chef specialized on meat dishes before opening Zakaim. Tiredness of the meat-industry however led him into experimenting with a vegan diet and had him applying the cooking techniques usually used on meat on vegetables instead. The rest is history.

The mousse was served with espresso, orange or sugared bananas by the way… yum!


The organic feel was present all over, even the fries were “hand torn” as said on their menu. In the pitcher above was a drink called “Shoshana’s Persian Soda pop” on the menu, it was basically a hand made syrup-based soda full of mint and lemon made by Harel Zakaims mother. Impossible to remake, this drink took hours to stir up and was perfectly balanced ingrediense-wisely. It was delicious: fresh, herb-y, sparkling and tasted very much like summer to a winter-ridden swede like myself.


The ceiling was patched with lace.


I loved the persian influences in the form of brocade velvety fabrics, crystal chandeliers and delicate curtains.


Perfect lunch spot.


Above is the menu favorit: flame-charred eggplant with tomatoes, chili, garlic, tahini and homemade challah bread.


I love this place! So inspiring in so many ways.

Zakaim Simtat Beit Hashoeva 20 / (Alenbi 98) / Tel Aviv, Israel / Tel. +972 3 613 50 60

1 In Fashion/ Inspiration/ Video

Films by Lolitas, trends in fashion and design















Two times a year, for the seasonal spring/summer and autumn/winter-collections, I make short inspiration-movies for the Swedish Fashion Council and their trend seminars. This is a job I enjoy alot, I love putting together films the same way I enjoy composing blog posts. Above are excerpts from some of the movies. You can watch the whole films in my Film-section. Tell me what you think if you have a peak.

0 In Inspiration

Butter Dessert Saloon Dubai

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Gorgeous cake wirth edible flowers, dehydrated pineapple and coconutcream. butter dessert saloon 3
The bestseller: 90s nutella sea salt-cookies.

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Petite cakes and customers.

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Sugary and spicey doghnuts.

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The sweetest doughnut gone cupcake and freshly brewed coffee in chocolate-dipped waffle cones.


I love Butter Dessert Saloon in Dubai for numerous reasons but mainly because:

a) the photos are amazing

b) everything looks absolutely delicious

c) combining classic Italian and french pastrys with arabic influences is a great concept

d) it’s creative af (dehydrated flower cakes with dried rosebuds and coconut is just winning)

e) the founder is a woman (Fatma Buhannad), she fueled her business through instagram and started delivering fresh baked goods to homes – a true entrepreneur.

If you need more convincing of the greatness of this dessert saloon the answers lie in the photos above and below. The only negative thing about this place really is that it’s to far from Stockholm.



The photos are from their instagram, the gif is from Buro 247.

2 In Inspiration

Spring in every nook and corner




Spring is around the corner. This is my favorite time of the year. Light creeping into every dusty corner of the apartment, small green buds swaying outside the window patiently. It is so wonderful and light and fresh, an indescribable feeling, certainly if you live in Stockholm.

Photos via pinterest, the middle one is by Ignacio Cadena.

1 In Inspiration

Max Bill, Chalet C7 in the Andes mountains and blue+pink


Chalet C7, a complete masterpiece in the Andes mountains in South America.

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Chilly blue: meet dusty grey pink. Don’t remember which collection the look is from, please tell me if you know :)


If a location could be poetry, this would be it.


Bubbly floor lamps by Bauhaus-designer Max Bill.

Light snow sheets, long skirts, expressive chairs, tucked in mountain houses and playful lamps. It’s as if we’re on a modernist excursion some 2990 meters above sea level. Oh, the joys of blogging!

0 In Inspiration

Früute, Tauba Auerbach and pillow fights


The most amazing cookie photography/packaging, by Früute.

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Tauba Auerbachs enigmatic light and color combos.


The sort of pillow fights that should not just be reserved for films and kids under 8.

Friday! The weeks are rushing past in such an unbelievable pace, I can’t believe we’re almost half way through november.. In Stockholm, everything is pitch dark by five in the afternoon, there are no more (fresh) flowers in the marketplace and the stores have snowflake decals on their displays. It’s ok though, I like this time of year. At least if you’re well-rested. Otherwise, I’m in coffee-poisioning-mode most of the day.

0 In Inspiration

Palais de Tokyo, Pink apples, Overly ordery

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I love anything with a “Palais” in it’s name. It sound so soft and smooth, like a dessert almost. Much unlike the word Palace, or Palats in swedish which sound like some hard, unapproachable material or something gore-texy. The space above, Palais de Tokyo, was just born for the word I just dissected a tad too far. I want painted curtains as wallpaper when I see it!


Things in order, never fails to be appealing.


The strangest/cutest apples I found somehwere on instagram. Pink apple pie must be a winning dessert..

What does a Palais, a OCD-shelf and pink apples have in common? Well not much, except that they could all be part of a regular day and make it a little more peculiar just by being what they are perhaps.

2 In Inspiration

Grey, black and bokeh lights

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Continuing on this sentimental/suppressed theme with a series of grey-black-white photos from the genius tumblr Life on Sundays. We’ve got some cement-basing going on, some thick linen fabrics and a black kitchen that was probably born (well, made in non-interior terms) for minimalistic cooking. Can’t go wrong. Unless you’re baking macaroons, what with all the flour swirling around..