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 ^-^

Cognac, France | Château de Bagnolet

Sunday, October 5, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

15243831817_8770931800_cShall we take a peek inside…

15243584669_f4194ea314_cChâteau de Bagnolet? ^-^

15430377025_40d9a15c0d_cYou can read more about the history here.

15243836477_33482758d3_cThe Château was purchased by the Hennessy family in 1840…

15243618049_632e07f85c_c…it was a gift from Auguste Hennessy to his wife, Irène d’Anthès.

15427192611_d890d60eae_cAnd today, the Château houses family and friends (much like Veuve Cliquot’s Hôtel du Marc).

15407328856_9d968b0b3c_cThere are 11 rooms…

15274150357_9cf5ed5d20_c…each one just a bit different from the other.

15243759658_3660798ab7_cThe dining room is my favorite room…

15243782248_a275069c1a_c…because that’s where you’ll find langoustines…

15430371575_a6daa733a5_c…and magret de canard with wild trumpet mushrooms…

15243827167_d3d7f1fdd9_c…and moelleux chaud oozing warm cognac-laced chocolate.

15243825777_b6ecea2716_cBreakfast is best enjoyed in the garden room…

15243778188_6062e22df6_c…with tea and croissants, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and yogurt.

15243784548_b01a3c9095_cThe estate covers over 100 hectares…

15429999142_725381fa2d_c…but I think it is most wonderful inside…

15243576569_aa6e668595_c…with a hot cup of tea and good book ^-^

New York City | Tea Time Ice Cream

Friday, October 3, 2014 1 No tags Permalink 1

15243933767_27734bd42c_cMeet Tea Time, a tea infused ice cream ^-^

15407426876_50e66b2609_cI’ve been working with Eileen Fisher, Chambre de Sucre, and Davey’s Ice Cream to come up with this collaboration.

Here’s how it happened. Eileen Fisher is celebrating the company’s 30th anniversary this year. They brought on Lisa of Chambre de Sucre to create an exclusive tea blend. The celebration took place (last night!) at Eileen Fisher’s original 9th Street location. For the event, we wanted to work with a local ice cream company to infuse the tea into ice cream. And that’s where David aka Davey’s came in. The result is a limited edition run of Tea Time, a vanilla ice cream base cold-steeped with the 9th St. Blend (green tea with ginger root, lemongrass, and lemon myrtle). David also mixed in crushed butter cookies o_O

Best enjoyed with hot fudge and whipped cream.