About Coco&Me, this blog, & me

the Coco&Me stall at Broadway Market, Hackney, London, UK(Photo of how my table looked like back in Summer 2006. So much less than nowadays! ^^)
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Hello! First of all, a big *thank you* for taking your time visiting my Coco&Me Market Blog. I am a total newbie with blogging, & at first was slightly dubious as to who’d read anything I’d written – but, I am amazed to find out that, actually, many many people are reading this – from all corners of the world! I hope that the readers enjoy this blog as much as I love writing it. And please feel free to leave comments! I’d love to know what you think!

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About Coco&Me:

Coco&Me is a market stall, selling handmade chocolates & cakes, at Broadway Market, in Hackney, East London. Coco&Me stall is there every Saturday (come rain or shine, not even the vagaries of British weather will not stop me!), 9am til 4pm or until whenever I finish selling all my items! Coco&Me chocolates & cakes are made with natural ingredients, & the eggs used in the cakes are free-range. Each & every item has been made lovingly with attention to detail.
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About Broadway Market:

Broadway Market is an outdoor farmer’s style street market with a good vibe, very London, currently with about 80 stalls selling very tasty food, & clothing/ objects/ all sorts. I think it is the best market in London (ofcourse I’d say that!). The size of the market is just perfect – not too small that you’d finish your visit in 10 minutes, & not too big that you’d lose yourself. I’d say it’s great for people-watching too; – there’s the traditional Eastenders, the sophisticated locals (many are dog owners!), families with young children, some small amount of tourists, & the trendsy people with ultra sharp fashion sense. If you have never been to Broadway market, do investigate & you won’t be disappointed. It has a village-like atmosphere, full of ‘real’ London charm. As well as the stalls, there are enough shops, restaurants & galleries to satisfy the most discerning customer.

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About this blog:

I started writing in October 2006, exactly a year since I started operating my stall (read my first blog entry via this link). So much has happened within just this one year, so many interesting people I met, so much knowledge I gained, that I decided to write down this grand time in this online diary to keep tabs on. Also, I would like for Coco&Me to be in a constant process of experimentation – trying out new recipes & ideas – because that is what’s going to keep it fresh & interesting for me – I am hoping that doing this blog would serve to spur me on further to do more with this passion in me.

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A little bit about me:

I am a thirty-one year old Japanese, been living in London since the age of six. I originally trained as a Graphic designer & worked in that field for six years. The change of career started forming itself in Spring 2003, when I left work, & was stuck at home with a pregnant stomach that craved for anything/ everything chocolate & refined sugar (!). Since my figure was going side-ways anyhow, I gave in to this evil craving, big time… Which then evolved into the Passion (with a capital P) for making them myself. I would make truffles & handmade fondant filled bonbons for my girlfriends as gifts. Eventually, as I became quite good at it, I started to tell them of my far-distant (day)dream of owning a shop ‘one day’

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One winter day in 2004, my girlfriend A changed my life. She would also like to own a shop, with me!! – I tell you, I was ecstatic. Finally, I had an outlet for my creations…! (other than it ending up in my stomach all the time). We decided we’d see how we do as a non-commital stall holder, which was the best course of action, as eventually my dearest friend decided that she would like to stick to her design work afterall. It was a sad departure, but I am forever grateful of the chance she gave me to realise my dream. Without her initial participation, I would never have plucked up the confidence to actually do it.

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Right now, I am very happy with the Saturday-only stall setup. The current lifestyle makes absolute sense, as I can then still look after my toddler most of the week! Although…, the only problem is that I find each day too short for all the things I want to do… But one thing for sure, the possibilities lying before me are what motivates me to work hard – I mean, any wonderful thing could happen, right?

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Come & visit me!

For directions to get to Broadway Market, please go to their website on www.broadwaymarket.co.uk.

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Thank you!

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(This article was written on February 11th, 2007)
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Coco&Me - picture from the stallCoco&Me - picture from the stall

(the pictures above were taken May 2007)