Afternoon Tea | Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

Sunday, October 19, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

15371094587_324ec30087_c (1)Hello from Tokyo ^-^

14936931093_895133ba0b_cMandarin Oriental Tokyo is doing a tea collaboration with Helena Rubinstein

15371484420_bce3783469_c…to celebrate the launch of Life Pearl Cellular. The pastry team infused purple into a number of savory and sweet bites including purple potato tarts…

14936355044_5c9fa0ae74_c…and bacon quiche with roasted purple cauliflower.

15370488739_800c71ce0b_cSavories also include smoked salmon blini with ikura and caviar…

15370487369_3c63cd9b65_c…and ham and comté on whole wheat.

14936941383_8996040908_cInstead of committing to a full pot of tea, guests can order a different type of tea after finishing each cup. Also worth noting – MO Tokyo has two exclusive blends: Exotic Orchard (oolong and pu’erh flavored with lychee) and Mandarin Oriental Blend (oolong infused with citrus fruits).

15370980608_709723b4ab_cScones! Mini in plain and cranberry…

15554428611_c1804465e3_c…with clotted cream, blueberry jam, and lemon curd.

15371100457_8e752a1a71_cSweets include acai jelly and cassis mousse…

15557945282_897819f60f_c…blackcurrant tea and cherry macaron…

15557116905_d1f9ea1496_c…pear tart…

15533398746_dc34bfb38b_c…Trésor…

15370972318_04e065d328_c…salted caramel and chocolate crunch…

15371482280_326f72031f_c…and an itty bitty pumpkin pie.

15371492130_6572c25093_cTill next time ^-^

Thailand | Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Monday, October 13, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

15353682911_de2114e71a_c (1)Down in southern Thailand is a town called Krabi…

15170296248_192892f389_c…and on the west side of Krabi is a place called Phulay Bay.

15356502802_b9d8fe52e6_cIt’s the very first Ritz-Carlton Reserve property (the second is Dorado Beach, and a bunch more are coming next year).

15358526712_089a940125_cThe villas are gigantic, and each bed could easily fit five.

15170288848_b7e3aecce1_cAnd though it’s tempting to sleep in…

15170257758_76830314a2_c…don’t miss breakfast ^-^

15353680851_6e091d9361_cBecause that’s when you’ll find tons of local fruits (mangosteen! pitaya! papaya! all with a squeeze of lime)…

15356850155_a0318f1837_c…and southern dishes like this hearty, sweet Thai spinach fried with eggs and fish sauce. Best with a big bowl of rice ^-^

15353667331_66297fc95c_cJust as important as breakfast are fruit/herb tisanes created on property. Like bael fruit tea…

15170089069_3c4e45e250_c…and another made of steeped roselle. Super tart and bright.

15356848305_36c3a1849c_cPandan and honey shots are offered at breakfast…

15170166990_6c022df6ed_c…and Phulay Bay’s signature tea is one that combines sweet ginger with a blend of herbs.

15356834925_b4118a48f5_cThe spa has a raw bar (ideal way to unwind post-treatment) featuring cold-brewed safflower and chrysanthemum

15353656921_f1c41f4c6d_c…don’t worry, I made sure to take notes for brewing/drinks recipes. Will share them soon ^-^

Snapshots from France | Bordeaux and Cognac

Saturday, October 11, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

15430045672_84356a7495_cHappy Sunday from Kyoto ^-^

15243594379_7e96d08266_cI’ve been in Japan for the last week…though still have adventures to share from Krabi and Charleston (stay tuned :). For now, favorite bites from a quick trip to France.

15243802638_c60f911fe9_cBuckwheat, foie gras, and eggplant at Le Prince Noir in Bordeaux.

15243848497_4a1346473d_c…followed by local trout and brown butter…

15243848917_9fe682bc72_c…and celeriac and black truffles.

15407334436_3c03c91b18_cFor dessert, omelette á la norvégienne for two.

15427203781_bba777fb6c_cA tidy cube, flambéed with brandy and split tableside.

15243850277_5d51e7a897_cDefinitely putting this place on my need-to-return list.

15243754538_3b80decba4_cThe sweetest prawns and risotto at L’Atelier in Cognac…

15243817057_1f0dc28fa6_c…roast chicken with trumpet mushrooms at L’Yeuse.

15427168701_b05b85030f_cAnd Bordeaux poached pears with speculoos cream at Bistro de Claude.

P.S. Second photo from top: a wall of eau de vie in Cognac! Wish I had something like that at home ^-^