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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NOTE: Winner will be contacted by email and comments/follows will be verified. If winner does not respond within three days of being contacted, another winner be chosen. Good luck!

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

Giveaway // Adagio Teas


I'm so loving this iced tea set from Adagio Teas. The glass pitcher is sleek and elegant and the cups are the perfect size -- not too big, not too small. Thanks to Adagio Teas, TWO lucky winners will get a glass pitcher, four glasses, and six quart-sized tea pouches. These tea pouches are made just for iced tea. It's a giant tea bag of loose tea, perfect for cold brewing, which I prefer for iced teas. (See my previous post on hot vs cold brewed iced tea.) I cold brewed the Peach Oolong, added in some ice, sliced peaches, a little bit of mint and simple syrup. This drink is summer.

To cold brew, just fill the pitcher with water, then drop in the tea bag. Put it in the fridge for a few hours, or overnight, and you've got a refreshing iced tea! Done and Done!

NOTE: Winners will be contacted by email and comments/follows will be verified. Good luck!

Posted on July 7, 2014 .