Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tea Dream Comes True!

Afternoon Tea at Laduree

My dream to have afternoon tea at Laduree in Paris came true last week! 

I loved having afternoon tea at Laduree's Royale Tea Salon.  It was the most elegant experience of my entire holiday and I loved dining with all the fashionable French people!

I'm still too jet lagged to do a proper write-up on this elegant experience. 

Do stay tuned though...
 for pretty photographs and my story of having tea at Ladureee coming soon!

PS:  There are two new summer macaron flavors just introduced that I was able to try in Paris:
Strawberry Mint and Melon. 

They were lovely but my favorites are still Chocolat and Citron (Lemon). 

Au revoir for now.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Keep Calm and Drink Tea!

Tea Break

I'm on a "Tea Break" holiday in England...
enjoying afternoon tea everyday. 

I'll be back soon. 
Until then, as they say in England...

Keep Calm
Drink Tea

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hail Britannia!

Time for Tea

If you love tea...

you can never have too many teapots!

Emma Bridgewater's Union Jack teapot has been on my "wish list"
for a very long time. 

During the Royal Wedding weekend, a US stockist, Joann Hudson ran a "Royal Sale" on all Emma Bridgewater pottery.  I treated myself to a new teapot and even though it's not commemorative china, I think it's a wonderful souvenir for me to remember the Royal Wedding.

I love that it's hand-decorated and made in Stoke-on-Trent, England...
also known as The Potteries!

It arrived yesterday and I love it! 

(In the photo:  Emma Bridgewater Union Jack Teapot and Spode Blue Italian Round Platter)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Laduree Dream

 Marie Antoinette Tea
(All the way from Paris!)

I'll be in Paris in a few weeks...

and it is my dream
to have afternoon tea at Laduree.

(All the way from Paris)

Laduree is always one of our very first stops in Paris.  My husband and I just adore their French macaroons and their beautiful shops certainly let you know, that you have arrived in Paris! 

Through the years, I've sneaked a peak at various Laduree restaurants and tea salons around  Paris but I have never had tea at one. I'm hoping that this trip to Paris makes my dream of having tea at Laduree come true!

Laduree Treats

I've already had a taste of how wonderful Laduree's afternoon tea is going to be.  My dear friend's daughter who lives in Paris brought me Laduree's Marie Antoinette The` (tea) and macaroons when she came to California last year to visit her mom. 

I have felt quite spoiled at home drinking my Marie Antoinette tea. Just as you would imagine, this black tea has rose floral notes and comes in a pretty pink canister.  Marie Antoinette most definitely would approve!

Now let's just hope I can get a table for two
and have my Laduree dream come true....

Be sure to watch this beautiful clip from Laduree's web site called
 The Laduree Dream

It will have you dreaming of Laduree,too!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Happy May Day!

It's May Day!

Look what's growing in my garden....
Liberty of London Flowers!

 My Fabric Flower Garden

I've been a bit crafty lately making fabric flower pins.  I upcycled one of my Liberty of London for Target scarves into flower pins to wear with my Liberty of London scarf to England in a few weeks.   I can't wait to wear them to tea or to a garden party!

There is inspiration and tutorials all over the Internet to get you inspired to make your own fabric flowers. 

I like to make mine with a brooch back that has a pin and an alligator clip
so I can wear them in my hair or on a pretty cardigan. 

Hand-made Liberty of London
Fabric Flower Pin

Enjoy May Day...
and don't forget to wear a flower in your hair!