In a tea-room of the XXIst century...
It's five o'clock in London and Ceylon, all day long
on Chic Cityrats
Antique bench covered with a printed cloth from the Bucoliques collection, in collaboration with Jean-Daniel Savoye, interior decorator specialized in tapestry, cost estimate at +33 1 43 65 17 84
Let us settle down comfortably. This lovely bench stands next to the hearth. Its quaint, old-fashioned shape and fresh scenery baffle. Between past and present, between the garden and the living-room, only one thing's for sure: it's tea time.
Confit de macarons, orange-lemon or rose-violet, 90 g., 4,50 €
Flowery infusions (camomile, peppermint, verbena, balancing and refreshing) and black tea flavored with rose petals, leaf., 6-box kit, 9,90 €
This afternoon our lover is coming over for tea. We'll offer him this colorful confit de macarons and smile so hard it won't leave a doubt in his mind we prepared it ourselves. The black tea, flavored with rose petals, will taste so good there's no use for a love philter.
Crème Brûlée Honey Bath, 340-g pot and its honey spoon, 45€
Almond Coconut Milk Sugar Scrub, 340-g pot, 53€ (also available: Crème Brûlée, Clémentine)
Almond Coconut Milk Crème Body Wash, 42€ (also available: Crème Brûlée, Tarte au Citron, Crème à la Vanille)
Almond Coconut Milk Honey Bath, 340-g pot and its honey spoon, 45€ (also available: Tarte au Citron)
Only an hour left waiting for him - just enough time to doll up. First step: a honey bath from Laura Mercier's Gourmande bodycare collection, then a quick homemade beauty treatment with her almond and coconut milk line. We'll smell better than the tea cakes.
Aurélie Mathigot exhibition, 31 May to 23 June 2007
Printemps de la Maison, 64, bd Haussmann Paris 9°, +33 1 42 82 50 00
Aurélie Mathigot has granted the wish of every glutonette: absolutely fat-free pastries. They're exhibited in the eight windows of the Printemps de la Maison's first floor, on a trompe-l'oeil tapestry background. Only problem is, they don't taste so good - that is, unless you're a plushie.
Crochet-work tea set, Anne-Claire Petit Accessoires, 46€
Upon order at 107 Rivoli, 107, rue de Rivoli Paris 1°, +33 1 42 60 64 94
BUTTERFLY Louis XVI Pouffe, hand-carved beech structure, hand-shaped and polished plexiglas base, laser-cut butterflies, satin finish, Etc Créations, design by Magali Jeambrun, d 40 cm x h 42 cm, from 429€
In Anne-Claire Petit's crochet-work world, where the dogs leave for a holiday with the bears in a woollen car, there are also times when the menagerie is having an afternoon snack. All then sit down before Magali Jeambrun's butterfly pouffe to drink a warm cup of nice cashmere tea.
Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, The Many Little Meals of Rose Bakery, Phaidon, 192 pp., 100 color illustrations, $29,95
Rose Bakery, 46, rue des Martyrs Paris 9°, +33 1 42 82 12 80
Rose and Jean-Claude Carrarini used to work in fashion. They'd travel all over the world. The birds escorted them everywhere. Until they noticed that, just like the birds, what was on their plate for lunch interested them far more than the cuts and fabrics they had discussed all morning. Thus they launched an organic gourmet shop in London, a pionneering venture as early as 1988. And then flew off again before settling down, under the advice of the birds, in the Parisian rue des Martyrs, where they opened the very delicious store known as Rose Bakery in 2002. Rose let Phaidon in on one hundred of her best recipes, for extraordinary little meals from dawn till dusk - and after that still.
Roses couch end table, Vibieffe at Autour d'un Canapé, laser-cut pantographed metal, design Gianluigi Landoni, dim. : 30 x 35 x h 47 cm, glossy finish 511 €, gold finish 925 €
Autour d'un Canapé, 89, bd Sébastopol Paris 2°, +33 1 40 26 12 89
A very refined couch end table, for spreading one's feet while sipping a cup of white tea, or laying a Wedgwood teapot. You could also take it away with you, install it in the reading room, and lose yourself in the pages of Lewis Carroll before a steaming Oolong. Or in the park, where the sparrows will come to peck our biscuits.
Gardenia Eau de parfum, limited edition, 50 ml, 80€
Let's have tea on the grass, in the shade of a great elm. The early summer sun draws glories that fall through the wide leaves, it speckles the lawn with light. On the pond, the flowers of a gardenia drift between the busy ducks. In the background, white jasmine sparkles among the golden trees; close by, honeysuckle vines shake their fragrant bells.
Joyeux Anniversaire cushion 40 €, china rabbit 25 €
Home Autour du Monde, 8, rue des Francs Bourgeois Paris 3°, +33 1 42 77 06 08
Thanks to the indications found in a chapter of Lewis Carroll which we alone know about, we were able to locate a hidden entrance leading to Wonderland. Here is what we found upon arriving on site. We suspect the existence of a secret bond between these two objects. Should we place the rabbit on the cushion at a specific spot? Or the opposite?
Bottle of absinth 35 €, liquor-filled chocolate 3 €, extra dark chocolate bar 3 €, Leone
Lafayette Gourmet 97, rue de Provence Paris 9° +33 1 48 74 15 35
For an exquisite decadent tea, as the sun sets and the shadows deepen. Leone celebrates its 150th birthday, and that of Baudelaire's Fleurs du Mal, with a special coffret, only available in Italy. It includes an edition of the infamous collection, with traditional handmade binding. But the package's real attraction is a bottle of absinth, distilled the Belle Époque way. It comes with the appropriate perforated spoon to perfect the effect. The brand hasn't changed its recipe in any way since production started in 1874. The liquor is still strong, very strong... at 72°.
Now where on Earth did I put that damned laudanum?