When it’s as beastly warm as it has been here in Tokyo lately there’s nothing better than cooling down with a decadent frozen treat. My go to treat is Ladurée’s Coupe Ispahan which consists of raspberry sorbet, rose petal ice cream, chantilly whipped cream and lychee.
The power of a good dessert is simply undeniable and at the moment I only wish it could cure my winter cold. I’m usually not an indecisive person but the indulgent dessert spread at Ottolenghi has a way of making me completely flustered at the daunting prospect of selecting just one dessert to satisfy my cravings. I’d love to try everything, well almost everything with the exception of any and all cheesecake creations.
Now where else if not Tokyo could you expect to find specially themed Halloween donuts in September? The return of Krispy Skremes… starring Caramel Halloween Jack, Orange Chocolate Spider and Purple Potato Mont Blanc donuts is available in Tokyo stores from September 11th – October 31st.
If you’ve yet to spend any time in the charming/luxurious Sloane Square neighborhood I’d suggest venturing over on a Saturday to take full advantage of their tasty Duke of York Square food market just a couple of minutes walk from the tube station. Highlights include the freshly baked patisserie, desserts, breads, cheese and worldly cuisine on offer.
Homemade fudge that blew my tastebuds! As usual I wanted to try them all and couldn’t settle on just one flavor so ultimately I decided to go for a bar of chocolate marshmallow, maltesers, and a pistachio bar. Naughty but oh so delicious.
Although I find myself physically in Brighton it’s as if I’ve been transported to a foreign, exotic place when looking at and exploring the interiors of the Royal Pavilion. Think Taj Mahal meets Disneyland mixed with lots of chinoiserie and scattered empire style furniture. A bit of a hot mess stylistically which only goes to show the eccentricity and eclectic taste of it’s creator.
After wandering the long corridors of the Royal Pavilion a hit of sugary, indulgent ice cream seemed only appropriate. Queue Gelato Gusto located in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine serving “artisan gelato” which might just sound like a fancy name for ice cream but given their selection of flavors, they certainly earned the title. Stocking flavors as wild and unique as Turkish delight, red bull sorbet, banoffee pie, maltesers, and blood orange sorbet to name but a few.
Ah I wish I could have bought a big cup with at least 10 different flavors giving me the chance to try the most intriguing ones on offer but alas I settled for a cup with two generous scoops, one of their sea salt caramel and the other maltesers. Yum, worth a trip to Brighton in itself!
I even found Bond Street in Brighton – not London and the excitement started brewing immediately but ultimately the experience was short lived upon realizing that the luxury boutiques I was expecting were nowhere to be found.
For those of you that don’t already know, I absolutely adore all of the wonderful naughty things that people try to stay away from during their diets and that is pâtisserie. In all honest to god truth, could you say that your life isn’t that much better when biting into a really tasty tarte aux framboises, tart aux fraises, or gelato? I decided to treat myself with just this at Gucci Café in Ginza, Tokyo. On the dessert menu was black currant gelato with an orange tart. Total bliss!