Love Song by Mariage Frères and Veritas Macarons

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 6comments No tags Permalink 0

Good morning from a very cloudy and rainy NYC day. We’re getting my new desk set up (exciting) as well as a little tea cabinet for the apartment (even more exciting). Breakfast today is a pot of Love Song by Mariage Frères. This tea is part of their 2011 collection along with a few others. The traditional Mariage Frères packaging is classic but I do love the way they switch it up for new and seasonal collections. Always so colorful and sleek, you’d almost think it was a different company!

I was introduced to their tea in high school when a friend who I often afternoon tea’ed with gifted me the Mariage Frères Marco Polo tea for Christmas. She bought it from Neiman Marcus which was then the only place in Hawai’i which stocked Mariage Frères. It – Neiman Marcus included, all seemed so exotic at the time. The tea was an indulgence, so you could imagine how magical it felt when I visited their cafe in Paris with Pierre last fall. We’ll be back this year and partake in the full afternoon tea service.

One of the pleasures of waking up just a half an hour earlier that usual each day is the extra time it allows for a peaceful breakfast. Kettle on, a spoonful of loose leaf tea into the blue sky pot. And a few minutes later: breakfast. The Love Song comes in black and green tea versions. I prefer the black tea for Love Song simply because it holds up well to the strong flavors of almond (actual almond slices) and rose petals which are blended into the tea. The black tea Love Song is packaged in a pink canister, and the green tea in a blue canister, such a sight for the eyes!

And of course it is not breakfast without a bite on the side. Two fragrant vanilla bean macarons from the pastry chef, Emily Wallendjack who trained at Pierre Hermé. She certainly knows her macarons! A parting gift at Veritas where dinner yesterday began with a silky amuse of scallops and housemade lardo, lightly salted with rosemary. Did I mention that the mignardise plate also featured beautiful mini-saffron macarons and ispahan-inspired gelées?

Vavavavoom. Hope everyone has a good day!

43 E 20th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 353-3700

Mariage Frères
Several locations in France, Germany, and Japan.
Dean & Deluca, the Tea & Honey Store, and McNulty’s in NYC carries various Mariage Frères teas but you’ll need to order online for the Love Song.

  • K and S
    November 30, -0001

    sounds like a way to start the day! I still have coffee at least once a day :)

  • K and S
    November 30, -0001

    I start the day with tea or coffee then mid-day coffee or tea :) some days it is all tea or all coffee…

  • anonymous
    April 20, 2011

    I admire how relaxed you seem in your blog posts. You never fail to enjoy the moment. For me… I wake up running! As soon as my eyes pop open… I head for my computer and start working away {sometimes non-stop until well passed midnight}… which adds to my stress levels! This sounds weird… but you inspire me to want to slow down and enjoy life a bit more! haha. P.S. I had e-mailed you regarding an interview for my blog… & I haven't heard back. I'm not sure if the e-mail didn't go through and you haven't seen it. You write one of my favorite blogs… so I really REALLY hope you consider the interview :)

  • Kathy YL Chan
    April 20, 2011

    Hi Stephanie! Am glad to hear that I can inspire to slow down and enjoy life just a bit more :) I didn't get any of your emails, did you send them to: [email protected]? Will also check though my spam mail just in case it ended up there!

  • Danger
    April 21, 2011

    Kathy, not sure if you'd be interested, but they have Kusmi tea on (one of those daily sample sale sites by Daily Candy). Pretty good discounts. Enjoy! :)

  • Kathy YL Chan
    April 21, 2011

    Hi Kat! ahaha, do you start with coffee in the morning and then switch, or vice versa?Hi Danger! Awesome – I just checked it out…those ARE really good deals, like half-off! Thanks for the heads up.

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