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Expressions of Interest: Leading a Summer Sessions Workshop

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With so many expats unable to leave Vietnam over the coming Summer Vacation, the Eastern & Oriental Tea House & Coffee Parlour will host Summer Sessions – workshops for adults & children  in a range of arts, crafts, hobbies & interests. In nearly all cases, we can provide the use of our facilities for free, in order to keep the cost of workshops affordable & accessible. You can teach just about anything, from Fashion Design to Crochet; or perhaps you want to run a club, like a book club or a board games club; maybe you’d like to offer a support group. We’re open to any ideas that are fun, educational & inclusive. If you’re interested in leading a workshop or club/group, please register your interest here

Embroidery Workshop to Promote Vietnam’s Native Flora & Fauna

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This week the Eastern & Oriental Tea House & Coffee Parlour hosted 2 free embroidery workshops for beginner & intermediate crafters, led by Kate Lamteva. Participants learned how to embroider the Vietnamese native pine. This workshop was proudly sponsored by the Hue Essential Hub, promoting Hue’s unique fauna & flora. With the assistance of social enterprise Virico,  the Hue Essential Hub is a hothouse for ethnic minority group producers in the Hue hinterland. Virico assists producers to maintain traditional farming and craft practices, while promoting sustainable living and production processes. Virico products are available at Emporium Hanoi: 39 Xuan Dieu St, Tay Ho & inside the Intercontinental Hotel, Westlake, Hanoi.

 

Save the Sao La Acryllic Painting Workshop

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Experienced art teacher Alina Razghonova taught participants how to paint Vietnam’s critically endangered miniature antelope, the Sao La. This was a free workshop hosted by the Eastern & Oriental Tea House & Coffee Parlour, proudly presented by Virico & supporting the native flora & fauna of the Hue region of Central Vietnam. In order to prevent the extinction of the Sao La, Virico is working with forest-dwelling tribes in the Hue hinterland to develop alternative and sustainable sources of income via the Hue Essential Hub so that people do not need to turn to wild animals as a source of food. Many of the products produced by the Hue Essential Hub are available at Emporium Hanoi – 39 Xuan Dieu St, Tay Ho & inside the Intercontinental Hotel, Westlake, Hanoi.

Acrylic Painting Workshops by Alina

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Now that the Covid-19 social restrictions have been lifted, we are again hosting acrylic painting workshops by Alina.  She offers one-on-one tuition and supplies all materials and equipment, and at the end of every workshop, participants walk away with a finished piece of art!!!

Ritsumeikan University Briefing

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Japanese institution Ritsumeikan University held a briefing for Vietnamese students and parents at the Eastern & Oriental on 10th October. Supported by Noritomo Hato, Director of the Vietnam Office, Hong Anh Cong spoke about course offerings, admissions procedures, visas, scholarships, accommodation options and the cost of living for Vietnamese students studying in Japan.  Visit http://en.ritsumei.ac.jp/ for more details.

Embroidery Workshop with Kate Lamteva

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You’re invited to participate in another Embroidery workshop facilitated by stylist, model and fashion designer Kate Lamteva. The class will be held on Sunday 15th September from 10am to 1:30pm at the Eastern & Oriental tea House & Coffee Parlour. Register here or email Kate : kate.lamteva@gmail.com

Free Art Folio Workshop by California College of the Arts

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California College of the Arts is a private, non-profit school located in the San Francisco Bay area offering over 20 undergraduate programs in the areas of art, design, architecture and writing.

Come learn more about the portfolio requirement and get tips on how to build a strong portfolio for art school.

Thursday 5th September 6pm to 8pm @ the Eastern & Oriental tea House & Coffee Parlour

26 Quang An St, Tay Ho

Free entry

 

Visit https://www.cca.edu/ for more information about courses & entry requirements at California College of the Arts

Why does my coffee taste bitter & how to fix it

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There appear to be 4 main reasons behind bitter coffee. Here’s a summary:

 

  1. You have ground your coffee beans too finely. The increased surface area of the coffee, when it’s finely ground, means that more bitterness will leach out once you add hot water. 
  2. You’ve over-brewed it. Coffee made in a French press is particularly susceptible to bitterness. Once you’ve brewed your plunger coffee, pour it out into a thermos so that it stops steeping. Problem solved!
  3. The water’s too hot. Ideally, use water that’s heated to between 90 and 96 degrees celsius
  4. Did you clean your coffee equipment thoroughly? If there are traces of yesterday’s coffee in your coffee machine, there’s a good chance your brew will taste bitter.

 

Summer Modelling Shoot

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This week our back entrance & courtyard became the set for a summer modelling shoot by Emporium Hanoi with stylist Kate, model Van, make-up artist Elvira & photographer Hoang