Watch as we travel, taste and laugh our ways
to tea rooms & patisseries *pinky fingers up*.
-Jen and Flora
Super delighted by the new teacup I got for my birthday! It’s amazing how a cute cup can improve my tea sipping experience.
This one is from David’s Tea. I love it so much that I want to get the others in the collection. There’s three total: Honeydew, Robin’s Egg and Coral. These dainty porcelain teacups come with a matching saucer. Elegant, yet modern!
La Maison du Chocolat
New York, NY
Jen traveled to NYC to visit and spend time with siblings last weekend, and from our very brief catch-up chat, it was a super-packed and whirlwind of a time (very NYC, in my opinion). While there, they visited La Maison du Chocolat and even brought some macarons home for me to try! Macarons from La Maison are loaded with flavored ganache fillings. Jen arrived back to SF right in the middle of the warm October Indian Summer we’ve been experiencing, which softened the macarons just a bit, but popping these little guys in the fridge to firm up did the trick.
Oh. So. Good. I promised myself to not eat them all in one sitting, I think I managed to spread it out in the course of 2 hours. Oh well, it was worth it…
Pistachio, Hazelnut*, Raspberry, Passionfruit, Milk Chocolate, and Lemon
Darjeeling 1st Flush Red Black Tea
Brewing Time: 1 minute
Infusion: 3 cups
This is my first review on a darjeeling tea. A darjeeling is usually a black tea that originates from the Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India.
This tea has a light floral and sweet smell, but doesn’t taste overly floral or sweet. It’s crisp and light. If you leave the tea to steep longer than recommended, it does start to taste tannic and the bitterness is quite strong. MY MISTAKE! I’ll make note of that for next time…
But for now, this made the perfect pairing with my little wafer.
Fudge Brownie with Green Tea Mousse - doesn’t that just SOUND amazing?!!?
I’m a dessert person, by nature (not choice), and during our visit to Samovar, we opted to get the Brownie with Green Tea Mousse to go.
LOVE chocolate and LOVED my meal earlier in the day, but I have to say this dessert was a bit disappointing. The brownie was SUPER chocolatey and had a dense yet dry, crumbly texture. I prefer my brownies moist and chewy or even cake-like would have been better. The focus was really the coco here, as it was bitter. Sad face on that end, but I do have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the green tea mousse. It was DELICIOUS! The texture was perfect and flavor was delicate. You were able to clearly taste the genuine flavor of the matcha green tea. Only thing is the green tea mousse component of the dessert looked more like an afterthought or decoration (for color and fluff) versus being an actual part of the dessert to compliment the brownie.
Whatever the case, that dessert DID inspire me to make some homemade green tea mousse of my own. I’ll let yall know when I get to that. I’m not a cook by any means, so it’ll be a fiasco, I’m sure.
photo courtesy of: foodspotting.com