Afternoon Tea Party with Le Palais des Thés and Flour Bakery

Scenes from a Sunday afternoon tea party hosted by  and Le Palais des Thés. Does this space look familiar? It should. We’re at the James Beard House.

Here’s a peek in the kitchen. That’s Joanne Chang-Myers on the right (gorgeous and talented) and her crew from Boston. At the bottom left are her famous sticky buns. Three trays! Here’s the recipe.

Equal parts sweet and savory, beautifully displayed and constantly replenished. I’m noting down the entire menu…good inspiration if you want to host an afternoon tea.


  • Miniature Buttermilk Biscuits with Sage and Parsley
  • Miniature Breakfast Pizzas with Bacon, Caramelized Onions, and Quail Eggs
  • Country Ham–Vermont Cheddar Hot Pockets
  • Miniature Egg Sandwiches
  • Open-Faced Smoked Salmon Tartines
  • Bite-Sized Quiches
  • Tea Sandwiches:
  •  – Roast Beef and Crispy Onions
  •  – Roasted Lamb and Goat Cheese
  •  – Hummus and Sprouts
  •  – Chicken and Jicama
  • Wheat Berry, Feta, and Walnut Salad with Organic Greens


  • Miniature Banana Breads with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Miniature Sticky Buns Miniature Pavlovas with Cream and Fruit
  • Assorted Tartlets:
  •  – Lemon Curd
  •  – Chocolate Truffle
  •  – Caramel–Nut
  •  – Milky Way
  •  – Fruit
  • Miniature Lemon–Ginger Scones
  • Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Bean Cream Puffs
  • Chocolate–Butterscotch Pudding Parfaits
  • Miniature Croissants
  • Miniature Brown Sugar, Oatmeal, and Cranberry Muffins
  • French Toast Soufflé Bites
  • Miniature Pop-Tarts
  • Miniature Cinnamon Cream Brioche
  • Miniature Homemade Oreos

Whew! Can’t believe we ate all that ^_^

Cocktails to drink. Champagne, lemon, Peychaud’s bitters, fresh raspberries, and a bit of Flour Bakery’s raspberry syrup. Fun fact: the syrup was “invented” from the extra crushed raspberries used in their Lemon-Raspberry Cake.

My favorite bite was the mini French toast soufflé on the bottom left.

The meal was paired with three teas from Le Palais des Thés:

Am off to make  for dinner – hope everyone has a good Sunday night.

A Boston Ice Cream Tour: JP Licks, Emack & Bolio’s, Picco, Toscanini’s, and Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream

Steph is visiting from Boston soon and I believe it was around this same time last year when it was the other way around and I was visiting her in Boston. I recall the weather being so hot one day that all we could do was eat ice cream.

And that’s exactly what we did.

We started at JP Licks

…a scoop each of Mint-Oreo and Kugel Pudding Ice Cream with Hot Fudge

…hot fudge on the side of course ;) Always nice to control where the fudge flows.

A short walk took us to the doors of Emack & Bolio’s

…you can’t go wrong with their Mud Pie, java ice cream with Oreos and chocolate bits.

And then we moved on to Picco

…where a sundae composed of Dark Chocolate Ice Cream, Raspberry Chip Ice Cream, and fresh Whipped Cream

…was the end to an excellent lunch of spaghetti chitarra and a half-half pizza. Two seats at the bar and lots of iced water please!

Post lunch we walked to Steph’s apartment in Back Bay (so much bigger than the tiny NYC apartment we used to share) for a little nap and air conditioning before heading over the bridge to…

…the famed Toscanini’s in Cambridge. So many options!

But our heart was set on the Black Bottom (consisting of chocolate pudding, ginger and molasses) and Afternoon Tea Ice Cream. I mean, tea ice cream folded with bits of soft vanilla cake? How could you not.

I made a return trip for the Burnt Caramel Ice Cream the following day, heheh.

A short bus ride took us to Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream where we found …

…a generous scoop of pistachio-studded Kulfee Ice Cream to be the perfect finish to the day.

JP Licks
352 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 236-1666

Emack & Bolio’s
290 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 536-7127

513 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 927-0066

899 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 491-5877

Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream

1255 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 492-7021

Boston, Part V: Mike & Patty’s

When I mentioned to Carey that I’d be in Boston for a few days, she declared that I must go to Mike & Patty’s if nothing else. Read her post for Serious Eats here.

And how true that was.

Of all the pizza, fresh lobster, fried clams, bread pudding and clam chowders we ate, the only thing I couldn’t have done without is the Bacon and Egg Fancy from Mike & Patty’s. The “restaurant” was wedge into the corner of a small residential street and only a five minute walk from our hotel. We had NO IDEA it was so close the first time we visited, so we hopped into Zubair’s car, plugged the address into the GPS. And made the 30 second drive.

“We’re here?”
“We’re here!”
“Aw, now we have to pay for parking.”
“Let’s drive it back to the hotel garage.”
“That’s going to cost another $30!”
“Aw man.”
“Yeah. Aw man.”

So we found meter parking on the street for $2. Still can’t believe I wasn’t smart enough to look up direction online ahead of time. Hee.

Mike & Patty’s is only open for breakfast and lunch and embodies everything you could imagine of a top notch neighborhood spot. Solid coffee. Great food. And most importantly, extremely awesome and friendly properties. There are but six seats in the “restaurant.” It is tiny beyond words. And the food is pretty darn amazing.

This is the Bacon and Egg Fancy I mentioned.

It might not look like much, but the taste, everything together in a single bite, is nothing short of incredible. From bottom up. Toasted multigrain bread. House mayo (addicting with a heavy hand of paprika), red onions, cheddar, and avocado. I love how its just so simple, but if you made it at home it would never be nearly as good. The crunch of warm toasted bread, both sides mayo smothered, cut by thin sliced onions, melting cheddar and creamy ripe avocado. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

That was the “fancy,” which implies that there’s an un-fancy, or rather a “classic” on the menu. This was what my sister had for breakfast each time we went. She likes her food straightforward: bacon, egg, and cheese on an english muffin.

Home fries on the side. These needed a bit more ooomph.

Mike was sweet enough to serve up a slices of pretty awesome peameal bacon, an unsmoked bacon popular in Canada. Mike is from Toronto, and trying to popularize the bacon he grew up with.

Here we have the Grilled Banana Sandwich. Crazy huh? Slices of pain de mie are smothered with cinnamon honey butter, grilled super crispy. Sauteed bananas in the middle. Powdered sugar. You decide, breakfast or dessert. Either way, it’s most certainly a morning wake up call for the sweet content alone.

One morning, after too many plates of fried clams, I decided to cleanse my system with a bowl of Greek Yogurt with Blueberries, Granola and Maple Syrup.

But then I saw dad’s golden, stuffed Breakfast Torta, and quickly traded him. Heehee. The “somewhat Mexican breakfast sandwich” coupled eggs, salsa, and cheese with refritos, roasted poblanos, potatoes, AND avocados on a toasted seeded bun. Quite a mouthful.

I wish I could have packed up Mike & Patty’s, the entire restaurant, in my suitcase and drive it back to NYC. I’d plant it on the northeast corner of 13th Street and 2nd Avenue (currently home of the NYEE). That way I could pass by each morning on the way to my bus stop, pausing in for hot coffee and one bacon & egg fancy.

Happy Sunday ^_^

Mike & Patty’s
12 Church Street
Boston, MA 02116-5514
(617) 423-3447

Boston, Part IV: J.T. Farnhams (Essex, MA)

It took us 60 minutes to get there when it should have only taken 30 minutes. We got a bit lost and found ourselves in the forest, on unmarked street, and finally, a fruit stand with a very kind proprietor that pointed us in the right direction.

Soon enough, we made it to J.T. Farnhams in the town of Essex, with lobster on the mind.

I’ve heard this place gets quite crowded during peak dining times, but we were here at an odd hour, and there was just us and two other tables.

The daily specials board

Order at the counter and get your…

…lemonade here…

…ice cold and fresh squeezed.

Here is the lobster, fresh! Glorious! My parents were especially delighted because you can never get lobster like this in Hawai’i. You can get the lobster boiled or fried, but because we were eating a ton of fried food on this trip, we kept it simple and pure, opting for the boiled route.

We ate a trio of lobsters and shared some other dishes including this bowl of clam chowder…

…fried clams…

…which came with fries and onion rings…

…and then a lobster roll (with even more fries)! Fresh seafood is a awesome sight indeed ^_^

Happy Tuesday!

J.T. Farnhams
88 Eastern Ave
Essex, MA 01929
(978) 768-6643

Boston, Part III: Regina Pizza

I woke up late one morning and the whole family was gone. It turned out they had left to go eat clam chowder for breakfast. Without me. Rumbly tummies wait for no one. That’s the price you pay for being a sleepy head, heh.

Later in the day, we met up for lunch at Regina Pizza in the North End. I don’t know about you but I REALLY REALLY love pizza. My sister was upset because they had only been in NYC and Boston for five days, but already we had consumed pizza on four separate occasions.

Photos as follows:

“The Giambotta” pizza. Per the menu: “Our finest creation – it’s the pizza that comes with all the traditional toppings – a full three pounds! In Italian homes when they’re having a giambotta, they’re going to have mama’s best combination. Molta Bene! (Anchovies upon request).

We ordered anchovies on half the pizza because mom and I LOVE anchovies. Dad and sister not so much.

Spicy olive oil to dip the crust…(though I saw one guy literally douse his pizza in the oil).


…and yes! Right onto my plate ^_^…

…don’t think I forgot your upskirt shot!

Ok, off for ice cream with Zubair. Hope you are having a super Saturday ^_^

Pizzeria Regina

11 1/2 Thacher Street
Boston, MA 02113-1539
(617) 227-0765