In Toto and more

Last Friday, I went to check out the cool De-Con-Structure exhibition at the In Toto Gallery in the Birdhaven Centre (66 St Andrews street). While I was there, the curator (who should be a model), Megan Kidd told me about some new places at the centre. I checked them out too. Must admit, I’ve driven past it before and wouldn’t have thought that all of these things are there!

It's a bit of a long post. But there are photos of pretty things, a dog, a cappucino (if Instagram is anything to go by this is apparently cool) and a stuffed porcupine to come... And teeth-cracking cookies!

The gallery
In Toto is a small gallery, which opened a few years ago. The current exhibition brings together Leanne Shakenovsy and Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum. Both of them challenge the way in which we view things in their own styles. Leanne uses glitter and layers; Pamela’s works are diagrammatic-type drawings. Their show is on until 9 June 2014, so go have a look.

The cute furry guy below is Louis. He belongs to one of the gallery's directors.

Missibaba + Kirsten Goss
Missibaba handbags and Kirsten Goss jewellery in one beautiful space. No need to say more.

Arbour at Birdhaven
This new eatery in the centre’s sunny courtyard has a French slant. It specialises in crepes and buckwheat galettes (a kind of firmer pancake), but there are a whole lot of delicious-looking options on the menu too. I had the a galette with marinated figs, honey, gorgonzola and walnuts (R75). It was simple and just perfect.

It’s chef and owner, Robyn Timson’s plan to eventually have the whole area covered in greenery to truly realise the meaning of arbour. It’s going to look beautiful.

Tinker Tailor
This little shop (there’s one in 44 Stanley too) sells great kids’ clothing and accessories – all locally made. I also loved all the wooden toys. They’re meant for kids, but man, I wouldn’t mind those wooden ice lollies and cookies.

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