Snapshots from Tokyo

15371002298_a494654d1a_cA quick recap of moments, memories, and meals from Tokyo ^-^

14936406804_82167081f2_cStraight from Narita airport to Kohaku for turtle soup and taro with truffles…

15533420366_526f211d30_c…and six hours later…waking up for a Japanese breakfast at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo.

15505445479_d074d4de63_cWe met Mihoko (so happy to meet!) for lunch (wish you were there, Hanya ^-^) and spent the afternoon exploring…

15371492130_6572c25093_c…before afternoon tea back at the Mandarin

15371465020_5e245e5edf_c…and dinner at Sushisho Masa.

15371238730_e0030891a1_cMidnight cocktails at Bar High Five (my first time trying a Bloody Mary o_O)

15533147896_a3d7d29969_cThe next day we visited Omotesando Koffee for granitas, shakeratos and this…

15533145006_c4cfb83f53_c…hot baked custard (imagine an extra custard-y canelé in cube form).

15370838857_6c629dd833_cWe also came across a location of Doughnut Plant, so had to try an Uji matcha doughnut.

15554160091_5567448421_cEarly evening at New York Bar at the Park Hyatt…

15667508386_13dfa1c574_c…what a magical place ^-^

15557664482_5e89ed4a3c_cDinner at Sushi Shin…

14936051614_afb625e790_c…and more cocktails at Star Bar.

Next stop, Kyoto ^-^

Afternoon Tea | Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

15371094587_324ec30087_c (1)Hello from Tokyo ^-^

14936931093_895133ba0b_cMandarin Oriental Tokyo is doing a tea collaboration with Helena Rubinstein

15371484420_bce3783469_c…to celebrate the launch of Life Pearl Cellular. The pastry team infused purple into a number of savory and sweet bites including purple potato tarts…

14936355044_5c9fa0ae74_c…and bacon quiche with roasted purple cauliflower.

15370488739_800c71ce0b_cSavories also include smoked salmon blini with ikura and caviar…

15370487369_3c63cd9b65_c…and ham and comté on whole wheat.

14936941383_8996040908_cInstead of committing to a full pot of tea, guests can order a different type of tea after finishing each cup. Also worth noting – MO Tokyo has two exclusive blends: Exotic Orchard (oolong and pu’erh flavored with lychee) and Mandarin Oriental Blend (oolong infused with citrus fruits).

15370980608_709723b4ab_cScones! Mini in plain and cranberry…

15554428611_c1804465e3_c…with clotted cream, blueberry jam, and lemon curd.

15371100457_8e752a1a71_cSweets include acai jelly and cassis mousse…

15557945282_897819f60f_c…blackcurrant tea and cherry macaron…

15557116905_d1f9ea1496_c…pear tart…

15533398746_dc34bfb38b_c…Trésor…

15370972318_04e065d328_c…salted caramel and chocolate crunch…

15371482280_326f72031f_c…and an itty bitty pumpkin pie.

15371492130_6572c25093_cTill next time ^-^

Tokyo | Lupicia and Tea ​Gelée

More treats from Tokyo! Big mahalo to Lisa for bringing these back to NYC. Did you know Lupicia makes Tea Gelée? Neither did I. Each Lupicia location offers certain specialties and these are found only at the Tokyo flagship. Drink it chilled or freeze and eat with a spoon à la Samurai Ice

They come in three flavors, each pairing tea with fruit: 

  • Oolong and Peach
  • Darjeeling and Apple
  • Green Tea and Grapefruit

Now if only they would do matching tea jelly in the style of Mariage Frères