Condé Nast Traveler | Afternoon Tea in Hong Kong

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Happy Tuesday ^-^

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Head to Condé Nast Traveler for 5 Unforgettable Afternoon Tea Services in Hong Kong. From the Mandarin Oriental to the Intercontinental, Ritz-Carlton, Langham, and Island Shangri-La there's something for everyone (assuming you have an insatiable love for tea and sweets).

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Each place does something a little special, so make sure to keep an eye out for the following:

  • Rose petal jams at the Mandarin Oriental
  • Earl grey tea jelly at the Intercontinental 
  • Matcha bread at Island Shangri-La
  • Marshmallow macarons at the Langham
  • Foie gras sandwiches at Ritz-Carlton

 

NYC | Tea-Infused Desserts

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We have tea. And we have dessert. And then a few months ago I started noticing a lot of tea in dessert. Tea-infused ice cream, macarons, and pastries are common (especially in Hawai'i and Asia)...

...but tea-based desserts in NYC? It's about time ^-^

At Boulud Sud, Tyler Atwell uses gunpowder tea for a mint-tea mousse with pine nut biscuits and mint gelato.

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He uses chai to make this chocolate-chai cake with a black tea gelato.

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In the Dining Room of Gramercy Tavern, Miro makes a velvety custard with matcha and white chocolate. It's paired with strawberry ice cream and caramelized brioche. 

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For the Tavern Room, he does a nectarine cobbler with chamomile ice cream. 

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And at wd-50 there's a lemon-verbena mousse with rhubarb and buckwheat.

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Sunny makes grilled corn crème brûlée at Union Square Cafe. Lemon-verbena is infused directly into the custard...

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...and if you order the cookie plate, the same custard recipe is used for the crème brûlée scones! Don't forget about the earl grey truffles. 

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One thing is sure: matcha and strawberry makes a killer pairing. 

In addition to the matcha/strawberry combo at Gramercy Tavern, there's a matcha sable with strawberries in two forms (fresh and powdered "rocks" that melt on your tongue) at Gotham Bar and Grill. Comes with elderflower parfait and yogurt ice cream.

[full post on Gotham Magazine]

Afternoon Tea | Mandarin Oriental New York

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There's a new afternoon tea service at Mandarin Oriental New York...

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...they've revamped everything from the teas (including a new custom blend of black Ceylon tea and roses by Tealeaves) to the sweets and savories. 

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But! The beloved ginger scones are still the same. And that's a very good thing. 

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This time around they come with devonshire cream, jams and seasonal housemade preserves. It's rhubarb-strawberry this month...I'll be sure to check back again next month. 

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Ready for the sandwiches? We'll start clockwise from the top:

  • Greenmarket vegetables, goat cheese terrine, and shitakes on olive focaccia
  • Smoked salmon, caper-dill mousse, and osetra caviar on pressed pumpernickel
  • Egg salad with truffles and chives on checkerboard brioche
  • Radishes, watercress, cucumber, and sheep's milk cream on brioche
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Don't forget about dessert. They had these tiers customized for the tea service. 

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We'll start from bottom up with the almond and blueberry financiers...

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...and custard éclair dipped in chocolate. 

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On the second tier is a matcha and coconut tart...

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...and chocolate marquise.

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Chocolate in the form of macarons...

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...and a raspberry-mango tart.

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Till next time ^-^