Saturday afternoon, in the middle of a thunderstorm, Monsieur P and I took refuge inside the Nespresso shop/cafe on the corner of Mercer and Prince Street. It proved to be a good choice, with cozy deep chairs that swivel, low tables and…
…espresso, chocolate, and a vanilla macaron (by Macaron Cafe) to sooth our weary feet and rain-soaked shopping bags. He had the espresso and I ate all the sweets.
On each table they leave a copy of the Nespresso Magazine, “the exclusive magazine for Nespresso club members.” I’m not a member, but was more than happy to flip through the magazine while Monsieur P took care of work emails. This particular issue was #15, the London issue, and it successfully managed to champion the Nespresso brand while providing thorough coverage of who, what, where (and wear!) of London.
The particular article that caught my attention was “Afternoon Coffee.” Tea! Why wasn’t it afternoon tea? Well, Nespresso of course Monsieur P thought that was funny and winked in a way that suggested maybe I serve him espresso instead of tea for this weekend’s afternoon tea. He was also in strong favor of the page that proposed, “A timeless classic: scone, coffee and whisky. An afternoon tea fit for a gent.“
However it was the recipes I found interesting, including one for coffee with spiced syrup…something I’d like to try next time, replacing the coffee with a brisk black tea. The spiced syrup calls for cinnamon sticks, start anise, green cardamon, coriander seed, and peppercorns. Can you smell it already? And then there was another recipe calling for smoked salmon and piccalilli tea sandwiches. Have you heard of piccalilli before? I’m familiar with relish, but the term “piccalilli” is definitely new to me. The recipe calls for mixing cottage cheese, dill and pepper with the piccalilli, then layering with smoked salmon and cucumber for tea sandwiches on white bread. Many tea sandwiches on the “to make/eat” list and not enough time, I better get to work!
92 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012