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I scream

Black Vanilla, morris minor, library protest,
Black Vanilla is the new coffee and ice-cream shop in Blackheath village. It bills itself as a boutique bakery and gelateria. The decor is modern, stark, bright, and shiny. The coffee was good. In a previous life I spent many hours taming steaming espresso machines. It’s harder than it looks. Theirs had just the right amount of foam. Having said that, so does Hand Made Food’s, whose milk tastes better, and they have much more space to sit down. But no ice cream.

The seating area feels really cramped. A huge amount of space is taken up by a pastry table that could just as easily be a shelf against a wall. The entire serving area feels as though it is intruding on the seating space by about half a metre.

The ice creams (no, I’m refusing to call them gelato) look amazing, but I haven’t tried them yet.

Sitting inside, the cost of a latte and a cappuccino came to £5.95. This seemed pretty steep, but I’m sure the rental in that location on the high street is horrendous, so they should be given the benefit of the doubt. The staff are a mixed bag – one woman – possibly the manager/owner seemed friendly and efficient. The Italian(?) man making the coffee did an excellent job. The other girl seemed a little confused as though this was her first part-time work, and she hadn’t had to deal with customers before.. Not rude at all, just a little forgetful.

On a Saturday afternoon the place was heaving with customers. It’s a great location, and right now it seems to be pitched at exactly the right level for the high street crowds. As I was leaving the library protests, there was a brilliant juxtaposition: some wealthy looking girls walking down the high street with their conspicuously-consumed tubs of ice cream in their hands, slack-jawed and gawping at the Morris Minor blaring dub reggae about the library cuts. Welcome to South London.

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The Blackheath Igloo

The Blackheath Igloo on eBay

I can’t believe I missed the Blackheath igloo! It happened like this… Rubyeva sent me a post with a link to this eBay page. Spammers often do this, so when the page wouldn’t open on my silly phone, I assumed it had been removed. Today I finally managed to open it, and discovered the Blackheath Igloo, several days too late to actually go and admire it. I am distraught.

Anyway, the mysterious eBay user “123taharris” actually went ahead and made one! I assumed the snow would be too powdery, but clearly not! If Blackheath gets some more snow, we should organise a concerted effort to rebuild it! Maybe a whole igloo commune!

To “123taharris”: I am so impressed… I’d thought about doing exactly the same thing, and wrote about it here last week, but like many of my best laid plans, it never actually happened.

They attempted to sell the igloo on eBay as

Beautiful single storey, open plan eco-apartment. Use of original materials throughout and employs state of the art natural ventilation methods. Backs on to Blackheath with stunning views straight from the doorway. Stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Free of council tax, water and electricity bills. 5 mins walk from Blackheath station and all conveniences.
Viewing by appointment only. No reserve. Buy now to avoid disappointment (i.e, melting.)

Which makes me smile. Didn’t sell, which is a shame, as they were offering the proceeds to a charity.  There are a more photos of it on the eBay page.

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