All the Details V

1. The bar at

…where skrei is on the menu for a limited time.

2. A friend’s happy, happy birthday at MO Bar at Mandarin Oriental New York.

3. Morning croissant at

Dominique Ansel Bakery


4. A well-deserved facial at 

Erno Laszlo


5. My favorite cannolis in NYC…

…are from


. Huge thanks to Diana for bringing these from Bensonhurst :)

6. I’m loyal to Kiehl’s when it comes to lip balm, but recently I’ve been also using Aesop’s 

Rosehip Seed Lip Cream

 as second layer of protection (these crazy cold winter winds!) This doesn’t replace my Kiehl’s but I love the soft cream, and the faint rose and citrus notes are an added bonus ^_^

NYC | Gelateria Vivoli

In Florence, there is a beloved gelato shop called Vivoli. It’s been around since the 1930s. A family business, three generations in. I’ve had it on my must-visit list for years…but guess what? They decided to open here!

Here as here in NYC.

As in on the 6th floor of Macy’s. Enter though Broadway and 35th, take the express elevator to avoid the crowds. It’s Vivoli’s only location outside of Florence.

The best way to approach a new gelateria is to devour as many flavors as possible in one sitting. Start with Honey…

…and chase it with spoonfuls of Crema. A higher ratio of egg yolks to whites gives it this soft butter-yellow shade ^_^

Break for a cappuccino and then dive into a potent cup of Pistachio.

Pera, a baked bosc pear sorbet is simple and pure….

…while Croccante mixes in crushed, caramelized almonds into a crema base.

And if you get really lucky there might be a batch of coffee…

…but whatever you do, don’t miss the Riso!! love riso gelato. Both Otto and L’arte del Gelato features Riso from time to time. But at Vivoli it’s part of the regular line-up. Heaven. Creamy arborio rice pudding slowly churned into gelato. What more could you ask for?

Gelateria Vivoli | Macy’s Herald Square, 6th Floor | 151 West 34th Street, NY, NY 10001

NYC | The Modern’s Dessert Trolley

Want to take a look at the The Modern’s Dessert Trolley? A



I first wrote about this trolley for

Serious Eats

. It’s created by pastry chef Marc Aumont (who made

Want to see every single sweet?

Let’s do it ^_^

The trolley is extra cool because the methods and traditions are classic French, but the individual sweets draw from a number of cultures and countries. Think American chocolate chip cookies, nougats with Asian flavors, and Dutch stroopwafels.

Bottom Row

1. Chocolate Chip Cookies

2. Carrot Marshmallows – the little knots are an architectural nod to the sculpture garden at the MoMA.

3. Hazelnut-Chocolate Stroopwafels (like Nutella meets classic stroopwafel).

4. Pistachio Cookies and Chocolate Cream

The cream comes in these white tubes…

…squeeze and assemble your own sandwiches. The cookies are just perfect, so delicate and buttery. I almost prefer them plain. And by the dozen ;)

5. Amaretti Cookies, soft and chewy with nuggets of marzipan.

Middle Row

1. Apple Calvados Lolipops –

liquid inside


2. Cassis

3. Caramels

4. Caramelized Peanuts and Chocolate

5. Black and White Sesame Nougat

6. Banana-Nutmeg Pâte de Fruit – especially memorable because you don’t often see spices in pâte de fruit.

7. Lilikoi-Mango Macarons

8. Macadamia Nut Brittle

9. Caramelized Cacao Nibs…

…perfect cuts, all in the details.

Top Row

1. Bonbons. From left to right:

 – Vanilla and tonka bean

 – Lemon

 – Fennel

 – Pistachio and lemongrass

 – Saffron and honey

2. Sachertorte

3. Coffee Frappe

The perfect way to finish off the dessert trolley ^_^

The Modern

9 W 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

(212) 333-1220

Hermès Travel Set | Jardin sur le Toit and Jardin sur le Nil

How beautiful (and practical!) are these Hermès travel-sized scents?

Hermès normally offers Jardin sur le Toit and Jardin sur le Nil in a travel set of 4-0.5 ounce bottles. But if you fly ANA (business or first), the in-flight shopping offers a


set. Two each of Jardin sur le Toit and Jardin sur le Nil. Best of both worlds.

The eau de toilettes are unisex, and I tend to gravitate more towards these types of scents (like the

The Jardin collection is actually composed of four different scents released over a four-year period. It’s a shame they don’t offer all four scents in the set so you could have one bottle of each ^_^ Listed in order of creation:


Jardin en Méditerranée

| Summery with orange blossoms, bergamot, and fig leaves.


Jardin sur le Nil

 | Think lotus, green mangoes, and grapefruit.


Jardin après la Mousson

| Ginger, cardamom, coriander, pepper and vetiver.


Jardin sur le Toit

 | Fruity and vegetal, apple is the key note. Inspired by the rooftop garden of the Hermès headquarters (24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré).

Let’s have one more second to swoon over the packaging…

And if you’re curious, check out 

The Perfect Scent

. It’s written by Chalder Burr, perfume critic for New York Times. Half the book follows the story of 

Jean-Claude Ellena

 (the Hermès “nose”) and how he developed Jardin sur le Nil. Fascinating!

All the Details IV

1. Dessert at

Gotham Bar and Grill

. The stunning Sable Breton comes with braeburn apples and oatmeal crumble. Complete with a quenelle of maple ice cream.

2. An afternoon of espresso and good conversation.

3. Morning croissant from

Dean & Deluca


5. Lancôme’s

Bienfait Aqua Vital

, a hydrating cold weather blessing.

4. Panna Cotta at

Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

. Silky and supple, topped with 10-year aged balsamico.

6. And a proper 

Porter House

lunch with April ^_^