Bellocq Tea Atelier by angela chang


When friends from out of town visit NY, I feel obligated to show them around — I want them to experience the city (and all its nitty gritties). There's a reason why New Yorkers loathe tourists, who are more than satisfied by the novelties of Manhattan; the city may be fashionable, but it can't cure mediocrity. Yet, people who don't find NY the least bit enchanting sadden me. Venturing outside of the bustling city, I would excitedly recommend studios and that are "Made in Brooklyn"; among them, Bellocq Tea always comes first.

Fascinated by tea, I paid multiple visits to Bellocq, a tasting and design studio hidden away in the banks of industrial Brooklyn. Not only am I allured by their blended loose leaf teas but also by the hand crafted furnishings, the well curated ceramics and the quaint decor; these ingredients provide me with a dose of inspiration. 

朋友來紐約玩時都會覺得有義務帶他們走走,想讓大家感受到紐約的真實風貌。說到這個,紐約客厭惡觀光客不是沒有原因的,觀光客們滿足於曼哈頓上僅有的一切,但時尚街頭也不過如此,紐約令人著迷之處另藏許多,而今天介紹的Belloq Tea只是其中之一。

Belloq Tea位於Greenpoint Brooklyn工業區, 外面是紅磚瓦舊工廠 — 絕對看不出來裡面是精緻的茶葉沙龍!是紐約街上許多迷人的小店和咖啡廳裡都找得到的茶葉牌子。自己對於茶和一切相關事物一直都很感興趣,但讓我一來再來的原因不只是Bellocq的茶葉,從手工的傢俱裝潢,樸實的茶具陶瓷,和他們隨這季節變化的擺設等;讓我每過一陣子就想來被他們inspire一下。


Upon entering, visitors are greeted by the aromatic scent of tea, followed by an elegant vintage interior and a wall of gorgeous gold canisters. Filled with whitewashed wood, upholstery covered in dusty pink velvet and greens growing in every corner, the sitting room is a vivid dream of how I imagined my perfect studio to be. Tints of orange and gold flickers in the corner of your eye, its the candle light and reflections of the silver and gold canisters — an impossibly beautiful color palette. Pity that they do not serve tea/ beverage in this great ambiance. Instead, the space provides me with a cup full of enchantment; Bellocq is a tea studio that I'd want to linger in for as long as possible.

一進店裡,迎門而來的是撲鼻的茶香和滿牆的金銀茶罐,轉角擺放著精心挑選過的茶具和瓷器,接著隱約看到後面的房間,是個讓人不自主的發出驚嘆聲夢寐以求的角落,冷灰色的磚瓦牆配淡粉的鵝絨和白色木製傢俱,環繞在旁的是種種得綠色盆栽,鮮豔的橘紅不時閃爍在眼角中,是房間裡點滿得蠟燭和金色茶罐的反光 — an impossibly beautiful color palette。可惜的是他們不提供座位以及餐飲服務,純屬商店,讓你帶著小小的遺憾想在這裡逗留久一點,在完美氣氛中嘗一杯Belloq的魔力。

Bellocq Tea  [Greenpoin, Brooklyn]
104 West St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Milk and Roses by angela chang


This weekend my roommate and I set out to find a nice cafe to linger for the afternoon. The result was this new found gem - Milk and Roses, that is just off the Greenpoint subway in Brooklyn. Milk and Roses is an European-fairytale styled cafe walls lined with books stacked up to the ceiling. A grand piano sits in the center of the room and is surrounded by vintage leather sofas. What's more is behind the kitchen there is a backdoor that leads you inside a little greenhouse with one facade built using a whitewashed garage door. And through the greenhouse spacious garden awaits with picnic tables and trees, inviting guests to indulge in anafternoon getaway from the loud streets of New York City. 

這個禮拜我和室友的目標是尋找新咖啡廳適合度過一整個下午,於是發現了這間布魯克林的Milk and Roses,有著簡樸外觀卻能帶領顧客體驗世外桃源的魅力。從踏進店內的瞬間就像翻開一本書,開始讀起故事的序目。琳琅滿目的叢書,鎮店之寶的老鋼琴,溫醇的咖啡香與顧客們喃喃的說話聲交織,穿過廚房旁的後門是他們的溫室小木屋,最後是木屋外的後花園,有著野餐桌和即使是秋末了還綠著的花草樹木,有種離開了紐約城市的不真實感。別於大多紐約的咖啡館,在Milk and Roses更能享受一段屬於自己安靜的時間。

Milk and Roses Restaurant
1110 Manhattan Ave. , Brooklyn, NY 11222