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.
Today my day begins earlier than I would like (8:00 am) but I have a very exciting day ahead, which is the only reason I manage to drag myself out of bed. The weather is bleak and it’s just a matter of time before it starts to rain. Over breakfast I catch up on any emails that have arrived over night, make a few adjustments to my calendar to accommodate for a last minute meeting before final project presentations on Friday and get my daily dose of celebrity gossip through usmagazine.com. I then hop onto the tube and head over to Bond Street where I have been invited to a guided tour of Sotheby’s auction house. Currently, they are in the process of setting up their latest exhibition and preparing for their upcoming Important Russian Art auction which will be exhibited on:
- Fri, 31 May 13 | 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
- Sun, 02 Jun 13 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
- Mon, 03 Jun 13 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
before the actual auction takes place on June 3rd, at 6:00 pm. It’s an exciting opportunity to get a glimpse behind the scenes as long rows of art sit on the floor awaiting to be hung by technicians. I got more than I bargained for as some quite cheeky, scandalous anecdotes were revealed as were stories about the history of the house.
Since I’m in the neighborhood of Mayfair, I figure why not visit a few galleries while I’m at it. So, my journey begins by stopping by the 147 Richard Green Gallery where I manage to spot a portrait that I instantly recognize as a large Johan Zoffany painting. What a thrill! The last time I was up close and personal with a Zoffany was last year during the (link-) Royal Academy Society Observed exhibition. Afterwards, I head on over to the Bvlgari boutique on New Bond Street, which is currently (until June 29th) showing their stunning Masterpieces exhibition. After catching it on display in their (link-) Ginza boutique in Tokyo during winter break, I figured I had to see this one in order to compare. The London exhibition proved much smaller and more intimate, featuring a range of glittering archived jewelry that I had yet to befriend.
By 2:00 pm, I’m at King’s Cross being given an introduction to the art market. So far it’s proven to be absolutely fascinating and at 3:00 pm there’s a guest in attendance, fine art consultant Matthew Hockley Smith who gives an invigorating talk on his experience in the art world. After, I feel just about ready to take on the world! I receive an email message filling me in that sales from Tokyo are up and my jewelry line is doing well.
I’m not sure if it was the rain or a looming cold but afterwards I decided to head directly home in order to spend my evening indoors relaxing in hopes of avoiding the bug from hell. My go to cure: delicious hot Marie Antoinette Ladurée tea, lots of fruit, Chopin music tinkering in the background with the scent of my new Cire Trudon La Marquise candle flickering in the distance, a long hot shower and then plenty of sleep.
Feeling inspired and motivated after seeing the Table of Marie Antoinette article in the Japanese Best Flower Arrangement magazine, I decided to create my own version of the table of Marie Antoinette. Featuring my favorite macaroons from Ladurée and my lovely Cire Trudon Marie Antoinette candle which I picked up earlier this year in their Paris boutique. Yum to both! What say you, a table fit for a queen?
Deciding to be adventurous, I tried a new delicious tea from their menu and fell in love! I’m not kidding when I say that the Eugénie tea tasted just like candy which of course worked in perfect harmony with my divine rose and raspberry saint-honorés dessert. I already have a large box of their tasty royal French Marie Antoinette tea at home so adding another wasn’t a difficult choice to make. Luckily, they coordinate with one being in their lush pink color and the other in a delicious mint green.
Out of the Ladurée Saint-Honorés desserts I’ve tasted the heavenly rose and raspberry as seen above and the similarly delicious pistachio griotte. Next on my to do list is tasting their classique but that will have to wait until next time.
Spent a wonderful afternoon in Ladurée at the luxurious Mitsukoshi department store. The interiors are a Rococo heaven with dazzling chandeliers and large golden mirrors. Fabulous in other words.
Needless to say, I indulged myself and had the best time ever! No guilty conscience here. An absolute must try is the Ispahan ice cream pictured above. It will blow your mind!