Matcha (Green Tea) Milkshake

This matcha milkshake is super easy to make and completely delicious. A little too easy to make, which means it can easily get out of control. Let's not discuss how jittery I am writing this after having 4 of these in less than 12 hours.

All you need to do is combine, then drink.


Makes 1 serving

3/4 cup vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup milk (I used soy milk.)
1 teaspoon matcha + extra for garnish (I used Organic Culinary Matcha* c/o Mizuba Tea Co.)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt (I used Maldon Sea Salt Flakes.)

1. Whish together milk and matcha.
2. Combine all ingredients and blend.
3. Pour into a glass and top with a little matcha. Enjoy!

*Mizuba is offering 15% off their Organic Culinary Matcha to Oh, How Civilized readers! Use code SoCivilized to get the discount. Offer lasts through July 31.

Giveaway // Macaron Trinket Boxes


How adorable are these ceramic macaron trinket boxes? One lucky winner will get all four of these sweet little keepsake boxes. They're 2.25" in diameter and completely cute.

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Posted on July 21, 2014 .

Ladurée Pique-Nique

Ooh la la. Ladurée recently came out with a picnic box. True to Ladurée's style, it is completely adorable and elegant. Since the Pique-Nique is only sold to-go, I met up with Kathy and we picked it up to have an indoor picnic at my cousin's place in Soho.

There are two Pique-Nique boxes; one in purple for $20, and one in the traditional Ladurée light green for $29. Each box comes two boxes inside. One with four tea sandwiches and a smaller box with three macarons. The $29 version comes with an extra club sandwich. (Uh yeah, that means that one club sandwich is $9.)

The other smaller tea sandwiches were a smoked salmon (I got two in my box.), Comté cheese, and a ham. No frills, but all came individually wrapped in wax paper. Very cute.

Lo and behold. Here is the club sandwich. This one, unlike the tea sandwiches, is on toasted bread. And yes, you get half a sandwich for the extra $9. I would recommend getting the $20 box.

As for the macarons, we each got to choose three. And all three were enjoyed with sips of Kathy's delicious matcha. (Check out her new online shop and see her post on our indoor picnic.)

On the weekends, you can just pick one up at the Ladurée counter, but on the weekdays, you have to place an order 48 hours in advance to 646-392-7868. 

Posted on July 17, 2014 .

Tea Sandwich // Foie Gras

This tea sandwich was inspired by the foie gras tea sandwich I had at the Shangri-La Paris. (See my post and photos of their version.) Creamy and sweet, Shangri-La's tea sandwich was so delicious that I wanted to create my own.



White Bread
Ready to Eat Duck Foie Gras 
Fruit Jelly (I used NINA'S Paris Apple Rose Jelly, but you can use any kind of fruit jelly.)
Sea Salt ( I used Maldon Sea Salt Flakes.)

1. Cut out circles out of the bread using a cookie cutter. Lightly toast.
2. Spread foie gras on toasted bread, spoon a dollop of jelly in the center, then top with microgreens.
3. Sprinkle with sea salt. Enjoy!

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Posted on July 15, 2014 .

Florence // Boboli Gardens

I've been to Florence a few times, but this was my first time at the Palazzo Pitti, which was originally home (!) to Luca Pitti, a banker in Florence. The palace has since been the residence to families that ruled Florence and it's now a gallery that's open to the public. Depending on the tickets you purchase, you can get access to different parts of the palace. I would recommend NOT trying to do everything in one day. It's just too much.

I went specifically to see the Boboli Gardens, which is a behind the Palazzo Pitti.


I'm telling you right now, the place is HUGE and Garden is even HUGE-R. As in 111 acres. On a hill. Bring water. Bring snacks. 


There are lots and lots of sculptures scattered throughout the Gardens. There are also lots and lots of stairs. I had no idea I was in for a hike. 


The views were worth the climb though. This is at the top of one end of the Gardens. I was exhausted already at this point.


These ice-cold water fountains were my friends. I was so happy to see them. Ahhh. 


There's this gorgeous long path called Cypress Avenue (Viottolone). Cypress trees line the sides of this stretch of land and it's quite breathtaking. Also breathtaking, knowing that it was ALL DOWNHILL. You know what that means? I would have to walk at one point, ALL UPHILL. 


As you walk down this Avenue, you'll see alleys that veer off to parts unknown. I didn't want to know, so I kept walking straight down the Avenue.


This is at another end of the Gardens overlooking Florence.

A gelato after the walk through the Gardens was VERY well deserved. I learned something about myself. I love parks, just not hillside parks.

INFO: Piazza Pitti, 1 | 50125 Firenze, Italy | +39 055 229 8732