I just flew to the islands yesterday…and will be here for a full month. Am excited to get started on new projects (more soon!) and visit my favorite local restaurants. Sushi ii! Izakaya Gaku! These’s nothing so wonderful as spending the holidays back home.
For today, a post on Condé Nast Traveler about Finding Tea in Kyoto.
There was a Pierre Hermé afternoon tea…
…and dinner at Arashiyama Kitcho. The restaurant is located at the base of the mountains, next to Ooi river. It was such a treat to visit on a rainy autumn night. I didn’t appreciate how special that was at the moment.
Hot water and pinch of salt to start…
…and when that happens…I am happy for days. Such was the case at the newly opened Ritz-Carlton Kyoto ^-^
The property collaborated with Pierre Hermé for their classic tea set (when hotels do afternoon tea collaborations, it’s usually a limited edition run). There’s also a Pierre Hermé boutique in the property, so you can count on a fresh selection of sweets.
- Momijigari | black tea with apples, apricots, and autumn leaves
- Moonlight Osmanthus | black tea with osmanthus
- Chestnut | green tea and chestnuts
- El Nino | black tea and chocolate
We had the Moonlight Osmanthus (detailed post on osmanthus soon!) and Chestnut tea…both so full-flavored and delicate.
They did a number of Pierre Hermé signatures in miniature:
- Ibiza | pistachio dacquoise biscuit, orange mascarpone cream, orange marmalade, praline mousse, and nougatine
- Plaisir Sucré | hazelnut dacquoise biscuit, praline crisps, milk chocolate ganache and chantilly
- Ispahan | rose macaron, rose petal cream, raspberries, and lychee