50ml olive oil, 1 finely chopped onion (amount acc. to taste), 1-2 crushed cloves of garlic, 200g Arborio rice (risotto rice), 120ml white wine, 750ml hot vegetable stock, 20g butter, 50g grated Parmesan cheese, 10g of basil leaves (shredded), sea salt and black pepper
1. Put oil and onion in a pan and fry on low heat until soft. Add the garlic and stir fry for another 3 minutes.
2. Turn up the heat and add the rice. Fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the wine and cook for yet another 2-3 minutes.
3. Turn down the heat to medium. Add the hot stock to the rice, little by little (let it absorb), while stirring. When all the stock has been added, remove pan from heat. Add whatever taste you prefer (could be lemon zest of one grated lemon, +2 tbsp lemon juice and 2 medium, previously diced and fried aubergine or maybe pesto), also add the butter, most of the Parmesan and a pinch of salt. Stir well and put a lid on and leave for 5 minutes.
4. Sprinkle with basil and light roasted pine nuts before serving. Enjoy, and add salt and pepper according to taste.
Enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at Tokyo’s adorable dessert キューポット カフェ (Q-Pot Café) in Kita-Aoyama. For those of you who crave Japanese authenticity and/or want to experience part of their extreme かわいい (cute) culture, this is the perfect place to visit. Not only do the interiors remind me of the adorable teacup ride at Tokyo Disneyland but so does the tinkering background music.
For those of you who are not that familiar with キューポット (Q-Pot), it is a delicious Japanese accessory brand that specializes in the tasty and fun side of jewelry by immortalizing your favorite sweets and dessert into fashionable statement pieces for your wardrobe.
I’m rocking one of their pink macaroon necklaces that looks good enough to eat! If you’re curious to see more of their delectable accessories, just check out their website by following the link – here.
Q’s Sachertorte and Berry Macaroon.
Sometimes it proves a difficult task trying to distinguish the difference between what’s edible and not. The pink cupcake is actually an accessory for your cell phone as is the mint chocolate chip ice cream scoop and the yellow macaroon is a key chain. The chocolates are rings.
I tried their fierce ネックレスプレート (necklace plate) menu which included this absolutely delicious BisQuit Tiramisu dessert. I’m also in love with their fornasetti-esque plate!
My stylish lovable sister, who’s not the biggest fan of desserts sampled their リングプレート (ring plate) with a lemon macaroon and chocolates.
Even after straying from my faithful favorite Ladurée by trying Q-Pot Café, I must say that Ladurée still holds a special place in my heart. It’s perfect being able to try new cafés so that I’ll have a selection of choices to choose from depending on what mood I’m in. Enjoy!
Swung by the project store, lounge and restaurant Idol Tokyo, hidden away in Minami Aoyama’s Kotto-dori (antique street), to check out their latest selection of products and try their pub like food and drinks menu.
St. Tokyo featured a selection of fabulous ready-to-wear clothes, Byredo Parfums, and some very neon technology cases for iPads and cellphones so fierce and electric that you think you’d be able to charge them without even using cables and wires.
Me with Shinichiro Hamajima, junior creative director at Hologram inc,
Idol proved more than just a concept or project store as it had a bit of everything with a photo studio in commission, night club/party venues, a restaurant/café/lounge, foosball, and magazines to entertain with.
The food menu, entirely in Japanese, proved a tad bit difficult to read since I’m still a bit rusty. But, if you’re interested in grabbing a quick drink in an interesting atmosphere, the drinks menu was in English.
I enjoyed a deliciously refreshing Ty Nant sparkling water with a sausage plate and some french fries on the side.
For more info about Idol, check out the following link : Idol Tokyo
Recognize this, my faithful devotees? In an earlier post I wrote about my future home, featuring this palace as inspiration. I’ve passed the beautiful exterior many times but, this summer casually passing by with envy in my eyes didn’t suffice, so I headed in doors. This little summer retreat in Stockholm’s Djurgården, a former hunting park, was built in the 1820s for King Karl XIV Johan, the first Bernadotte. The palace has never been a year round residence.
The interiors were lovely as I had expected but it’s still just as satisfying to get it confirmed. Me and auntie saw the beautiful sights of Rosendal palace and garden.
After enjoying the sights, we stopped by Rosendal’s garden café, which much to our disappointment were out of essentially everything. I was looking forward to nibbling on one of their summery salads, but to no avail.
Welcome to a little bit of paradise, Chanel’s Le jardin de tweed (the garden of tweed) is conveniently located at the rooftop of their Ginza store. So, if you’ve had a tiresome day shopping at Tokyo’s most luxurious streets, this is the terrace to visit and replenish your energies.
The terrace design is sleek and stylish, offering either the option of basking in the sun and working on your jet setter St. Tropez tan or sitting under the safe guard of a parasol.
The stylish terrace offers café-style food with aperitifs and other deliciously elegant snacks. It is catered by Beige’s chef Alain Ducasse which is conveniently located a level down in the Chanel building.
The Champagne Perrier Jouët themed bar serves a range of summery cocktails including champagne of course, but also tea, coffee, and lemonade.
The fabulous view that features Tokyo’s very own version of the Parisian Eiffel tower in the distance, namely Tokyo Tower.
The food arrived in this fabulously simple basket and was presented in a very tasteful manner. I couldn’t wait to dig in and see what a Chanel menu tastes like. I nibbled on a small salad, some poisson (fish) bruschetta and cup of legumes (vegetables). For dessert some pound cake, rose and mint flavored marshmallows, a fabulous macaroon with possibly what tasted like hazelnut filling and some fruit. Such a scrumptious menu!
I couldn’t get enough of the dessert menu so I ordered an ice latte to enjoy with some Chanel chocolates.
If you find yourself in need of a trip to the ladies or mens room, you may find yourself searching for quite a while as the outside looks more like a stylish walk in closet than a restroom. A collection of Chanel perfumes is on proud display as is a classic Chanel handbag and some men’s ties.
The ladies room sign was by far the most stylish one I’ve seen to date.
The men’s room sign proved equally stylish with three Chanel ties in the colors of le tricolore (France’s flag).
Details from the Ginza Chanel boutique windows.
Visited the stylish Hermès boutique in Ginza where the white knight waving Hermés scarves greets you from the top of their very own building. He kind of looks like the French Napoleon riding his horse promoting the luxury brand. At 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, he is known as l´artificier.
This home away from home was created by architect Renzo Piano, who was inspired by Japanese lanterns. You might be surprised that an architect would go for a steel and glass construction in an unpredictable environment like Japan, where earthquakes and trembles are frequent features, but the building was constructed like a traditional anti-seismic structure, just like the old temples.
Inside, is a small lounge that’s hidden away in a secluded little corner of the otherwise vast boutique, which covers 6000m2. Dark and sophisticated, the lounge features a bar with chairs and comfortable club chairs in trademark Hermès leather.
With a selective menu featuring mainly drinks, I opted for a freshly squeezed healthy orange juice and chocolates. Unlike Gucci café, Hermès didn’t have the option of picking up one of their orange boxes filled with super chic chocolates to take on the go.