When the weather has been as glum and uninspiring as it has been for the past few days pampering both belly and spirit feels extra important. As tempting as it is to spend all day in bed, I unfortunately have plenty of work that’s keeping me out of it. A healthy and hearty breakfast with plenty of fruit (nature’s candy) gets me going in combination with a warm cup of mao feng green tea and some classical opera playing in the background.
Fresh off the printing press is famous French and multi Michelin starred chef Alain Ducasse’s new book J’aime London that helps readers to navigate the culinary map of London through a selection of 100 culinary destinations. Ducasse has included some of his favorite bistros, bars, cafes, bakeries, markets, and luxury restaurants that should delight everyone from food specialists to even the pickiest of foodies (the latter category applies to yours truly).
I recently picked up my own edition of the book with the hopes of making a dent in the enticing food destination list. However, the choice as to which destination I should visit first has proven more challenging than I initially thought with so many tempting choices. The beautiful pictures of the food, drinks and interiors certainly hasn’t made the task easier.
Now that I’m back in London it’s time to catch up on the things that I’ve missed out on whilst I’ve been away. This includes catching up on my reading of The World of Interiors and House & Garden (my go to indulgence whenever I tire of the fashion magazines), among other things. I don’t know about you but for me beautiful, inspiring atmospheres act as an instant pick-me-up, they’re also filled with plenty of exciting ideas with what to do with your interiors and where to look for those key pieces.
Chanel’s Le Jardin de Tweed (The Garden of Tweed), housed on the rooftop terrace of the Chanel Ginza building lets diners take in the spectacular views of Tokyo’s premier luxury shopping district while sipping on Perrier-Jouët champagne and munching on everything from delicious cheese platters to a light meal with dessert. Well worth a visit if you’re ever in town!
If you really want to maximize your multitasking skills you can forgo the lovely shade provided by the parasols and work on your tan while both dining and socializing.
A succulent cheese selection from France that makes my mouth water just at the memory…
Ginza Sakura Box including a prosciutto salad, freshly baked focaccia, roasted pork with mustard, potato puree, marinated salmon and vegetables, beet-flavored ricotta cream, and for dessert a mango and vanilla matelasse and sakura macaron.