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1. A quiet afternoon at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria. I come often for weekend lunch, but there’s something so nice about a quiet weekday afternoon. Whatever you do, don’t skip the

bottarga spaghetti


zuppa inglese

for dessert.

2. Never underestimate the power of a good candle. I usually have a candle burning on my desk in the evening. Right now it’s

Orchid Rain

from Jason Wu, a base of white orchids rounded out with Asian pears, goji berries, pomegranate, and pink pepper.

3. It’s a 10-minute walk from the apartment to my daily wine class at the ICC. My morning routine often includes a stop at Balthazar Bakery for croissants,

oat scones

, and that oh-so buttery

chausson aux pommes


4. I make 

marbled tea eggs

 by the dozen. Black tea, shoyu, dried mandarin peel, brown sugar, star anise, Sichuan peppercorns and hours of simmering on the stove. So easy, so rewarding. Going to turn the next batch into


marbled tea eggs.

5. I’m gradually making my way through the classic scents by Atelier Cologne. For rainy (and super cold) days, I reach for

Oolang Infini

. It’s haunting, mysterious with oolong tea and bergamot as the key notes. It also edges on the masculine side with smoke and leather. Totally up my alley…


they have a

matching candle


6. A steaming mug of hot chocolate is my go-to order at La Colombe. I love that it comes unsweetened. It’s almost bitter, but still creamy and intense. I add two little sticks of sugar: one white and one brown ^_^

  • anonymous
    March 2, 2013

    So funny – I was at Alimentari last Sunday – would have been great to bump into you! xo

  • Kathy YL Chan
    March 2, 2013

    Hi Amy! It seems like we go to all the same places! Buvette, Il Buco…good taste, hehe ^_^

  • anonymous
    March 3, 2013

    Thank you for the oolong scent tip! Do you know of any other tea scents? I ordered a sample and it doesn't quite capture the magic of tea for me. Big fan of your blog.Best wishes,Tana

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