NYC | Bouchon Bakery Café

We already talked about the wonders of Bouchon’s Chocolate Soufflé

…and even the Olive Oil-Grapefruit Cake (hubba, hubba!)

This is a seasonal special with layers of rosemary-scented olive oil cake and grapefruit curd. Finished with a torched meringue top, grapefruit sorbet, and pine nut crumble.

But there is more! So much more. Like this Blood Orange Cheesecake (such perfect segments)…

…and a trio of Profiteroles…

…with warm dark chocolate sauce drizzled tableside. Thank goodness the Profiteroles (along with the Chocolate Soufflé) are always on the dessert menu.

And if you wish to take decadence up another notch, order the Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Drenched in just enough toffee sauce, served hot. That quenelle of cream on top? It’s not only whipped cream, but whipped and mascarpone cream. Together.

Let’s finish with tea…Chai and Assam in the form of cake.

Layer by layer, top to bottom: yuzu gelée, coconut cream, assam tea sponge cake, milk chocolate ganache, and almond sable. Chai sauce and chocolate sorbet to complete.

Bouchon Bakery Café

10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

(212) 823-9366

Honolulu | About that Sunset

I don’t have a proper desk in Hawai’i. So I work from different places. At the breakfast table, in bed, and even in my sister’s room when I need a change of scenery.

But my favorite place to work is our long kitchen counter.

Because when I turn around just past 6pm each day…I see this. Yesterday’s sunset was especially memorable. I snapped this photo from my seat. Then closed the computer and walked out. Iced tea in hand and feet in the water. The sun was so big and close. Almost close enough to touch…

Afternoon Tea at Four Seasons Lana’i, The Lodge at Koele

The last time I had afternoon tea at Four Seasons Lana’i, The Lodge at Koele was in December with Pierre. They offered a special Holiday Afternoon Tea which we enjoyed in the bar room. This time I came with mom for the Traditional Afternoon Tea…

…which we took in the Great Room. So pretty ^_^

We spent the weekend on Lana’i…look out for a post on both Four Seasons properties soon (one by the bay, one at the lodge).

Tea is from Tealeaves. I’ve mentioned it before, but this Vancouver-based company rules the hotel industry (read this article). You’ll find their teas served at St. RegisRitz-Carlton Central ParkMandarin Oriental New YorkThe Lowell Hotel, etc.

Organic Emperor’s Jasmine” for mom, ” Thunderbolt Darjeeling” for myself.

Let’s start with the savories…

…whipped goat cheese and orange marmalade on brioche.

A macadamia nut egg salad topped with quail egg…

…and a smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwich.

Scones and macarons on the same tier. Two cranberry scones each. Served warm…

…with cranberry jam, devonshire cream, and lemon curd.

Vanilla bean macaron with blueberries and cream.

Then time for a little Tea Toddy break. Brandy, honey, and black tea…soothing!

And back for more desserts!

A moist carrot cake flecked in gold leaf…

…chocolate-dipped choux filled with chocolate pudding…

…and a shortbread fruit tart.

Don’t forget – Koele Lodge also offers a Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea (for kids) and Golfer’s Afternoon Tea (amazing golf course). Think mini grilled cheese, pb&j, and cupcakes. Single bite apple pies and jalapeño corn muffins. We’ll be back ^_^

Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, The Lodge at Koele

1 Keomuku Highway, Lanai City, HI 96763

(808) 565-4000

NYC | A Vishrâm Massage and Tea at The Pierre

The next time you stay at 

The Pierre

…put an in-room massage at the top of your priority list. The Vishrâm massage (you get rubbed down with kewda, frankincense, and brahmi oil) is out of this world.

But the part I love best comes

after

the massage. Tea!

Delivered on a sliver platter. Flowers, lemon, and a beautiful tisane combining tulsi (holy basil) with jaggery, a pure, whole cane sugar. Fragrant and soothing.

We’ll have to try making this at home ^_^