For some people this Friday is Friday. Not roses and romance and hearts and fluttery feelings. Not lingering looks and love and cherubs and chocolate. But fear not, whether self-imposed and you’re celebrating or inflicted upon you and you’re suffering, these will help.
Made by the artful and offbeat Dude, Sweet Chocolate, these potions give the perfect fix to the free-of-heart. Made to be mixed into martinis, drizzled on desserts, or enjoyed by the spoonful… or bowlful. I mean, who would know?
The past few years has seen a flurry of brand offshoots moving into the natural and garden markets: Anthropologie’s Terrain, William-Sonoma’s Agrarian– speaking to our growing desire to get back to the basics, to get our hands dirty, and to grow and make our own… in style.
The latest is West Elm’s newly launched Market. And a welcome addition it is. Speaking to the home and garden, Market offers “solutions for everyday living” with a beautifully curated collection for kitchen, laundry, garden, workshop, and body. Here are some of my favorites:
As with many things, it was the packaging that drew me in. Happily though, in this case, what lies within is equally enticing. Behind the signature yellow, silver, and black tins is Bellocq, the award-winning tea company and purveyor of evocative artisan blends.
Following the success of their Kings Road, London shop, Bellocq packed up and moved to the states, opening their new tea atelier in Greenpoint, NY. (Brooklyn) The luxury tea company takes their inspiration from British and Parisian tea culture, infusing it with an adventurous and modern spirit. The story of Bellocq is one of passion and discovery. Bellocq’s founders, Heidi Johannsen Stewart, Michael Shannon and Scott Stewart joined creative forces with a desire to collaborate on a shared aesthetic vision that captures their appreciation of traditional artisan work and a love of fine tea.
No. 22 Noble Savage – a handcrafted blend of Indian and Chinese black teas, juniper berries, Douglas fir tips, and wild blue cornflowers. Embodying the rugged soulfulness of the American Northwest this brew is earthy and reflective, producing an amber-hued liquor with a lingering, mellow finish. Yes please.
Thank you Bellocq for your exquisite work, inside and out.
For me it started with this cookie. The Hazelnut Whiskey Sandwich cookie. I’m not sure how I happened upon it, but I did, and as we know I like all things whiskey – so I investigated further. These brilliant creations are made by Whimsy & Spice, a confection shop in Brooklyn. Husband and wife team, Mark Sopchak and Jenna Park pair to create their distinctive line of handmade sweets. And distinctive they are – I am intrigued and inspired by their masterful use of flavors and their genius pairings…
But what really intrigued me were the marshmallows – and I’m not even a marshmallow person. Rose Vanilla, amazing (and pink to boot.) But there’s also Cardamon, Maple, Caramel, and Chocolate. Who’da thunk? Well, Whimsy & Spice did. How do they do all this you ask?
So you should give yourself a treat and try them, and if you want to really make someone’s holiday send them a gift box.
Laduree, the iconic Parisienne tea house and patisserie opened its first US location on Madison Avenue in New York yesterday.
Laduree first opened in 1862 at 16 rue Royale in Paris as a bakery and patisserie. Over the years its acclaim grew, not only for the fantastic creations within, but as the hub for fashionable and modern Parisiennes. At the beginning of the last century, Laduree created the first tea house – catering not only to society’s gustatory desires but also to their cerebral and social. Women, embracing their newfound freedom and modernism flocked to the tea house to be seen and heard… and maybe for a little something sweet.
In addition to creating the tea house Laduree is also famed with creating the French macaron. These small round cakes, crisp on the outside, smooth and soft in the middle were created by Pierre Desfontaines, second cousin of Louis Ernest Ladurée. They are a mixture of almonds, eggs, sugar, and magic.
The flavors are chosen each season not only for taste, but for color – ensuring that the collection is as visually appealing as it is delicious. Amazing. Seasonal offerings include Mint & Strawberry, Lily of the Valley, Almond Morello Cherry, and Madagascar Chocolate, to name a few.
Located at 864 Madison, between 70th and 71st, it is definitely worth the visit. For more information call 646-558-3157 or visit www.laduree.fr.