Friday, October 7, 2016

MY FAVORITE DESSERT, AMAZING CREATIONS ...AND TEA TIME

 I'm going to expose one of my most passionate secrets,...I have a thing about...desserts! OK,...I've said it! We all have our favorite desserts, and I will share some of mine. I've marveled at the sweet artistry of the master patissier around the world. The great ones combine fabulous cooking skills, chemistry, color, and sculpture in their desert art. Nirvana is when it tastes even better than it looks! The cake above is probably my number one of all time; a cake celebrating our 40th anniversary. 

My number two favorite  is a Princess cake.  I find the Marzipan overlay totally delicious with the layers of spongecake, jam, and cream. 

Marla makes my very favorite Profiteroles, number three on my favorites list, with home-made cream puffs, vanilla ice cream inside, and covered with rich and warm chocolate. The Profiteroles at Brasserie Lipp in Paris are outstanding, but not in Marla's league.

 My favorite lunch of all time was at La Tour D'Argent. Dessert was beautiful!
  
 This dessert creation can be found at New York City's, Cafe Boulud Restaurant.


 Chocolate reigns supreme at this dessert at The Amber Restaurant in Hong Kong.



My good friend Philippe and I had been battling headwinds for hours while cycling to Carcassonne in Southwest France. We decided a Michelin Two Star restaurant was in order as a reward for such a tough week of riding. These are our desserts at the amazing Le Parc Franck Putelat..


 This wonderful creation can be found at the restaurant Auberge du Lac in Hertfordshire England.

 Artistry abounds at the Palace Hotel Tokyo.


Tea time is a favorite pursuit in many places around the world. High Tea at the Ritz Carlton in Hong Kong is taken literally as this is on the 103rd floor. What a view!



Wouldn't it be fun to have tea and sweets at the amazing Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Paris? 


"Oh the choices!!!" Tea and desserts at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong.


My very favorite "Tea" was on the Isle of Guernsey in the Channel Island. Just looking at this brings a rush of memories of having tea with my sister Patty and most recently with my niece and nephew, Suzanne & Steven. I took this image on the terrace of the Fermain Valley Hotel outside of St. Peter Port, Guernsey. The scones were perfect, the home-made jam delish, and the Guernsey cream was sublime! "Triple yumm!"



Let's go shopping; for sweets of course. Paris has a plethora of fine pastry shops, but I love Gerard Mulot on the rue de Seine in the 6th! Crowds actually gather to look at these creations!


The pastry shop at the Plaza Athenee in Paris is over-the-top fabulous!

Now that we are on an extreme sugar high we really should talk about....Macarons! Laduree in Paris arguably makes the best Macarons in the world. Years ago I remember going into Laduree on the rue Bonaparte to take a picture of their kaleidoscopic display of macarons. A lady at the counter told me quite strongly,..."Monsieur,....NO picture please!" It probably is easier to take pictures touring the CIA!


***The unique flavors of Laduree Macarons.



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