Monthly Archive for September, 2009

sneak preview of pierre herme holiday pastry collection

I was invited to an “avant-goût” of Pierre Hermés’ creations for the upcoming holiday season, and all I’ve got to say is, “I LOVE my life!!!”  Like many of the Haute Pâtisserie in Paris, Pierre Hermé presents a collection of Bûche de Noel and other traditional pastries throughout the holiday season. Last week, in an amazing space decorated by Elle Décoration at the Cité de l’architechture et du patrimoine, he introduced his 2009 - 2010 Holiday creations. Among them were the Bûche Chuao (aka: divine flourless chocolate goodness), Bûche Infiniment Caramel (the name says it all), and the season’s highlight: the Bûche 2000 Feuilles, a festival of puffed pastry and praline in the form of a square log, with a funky lucite “Père Noel” sawing his way through it.

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Now, I love a Bûche just as much as the next girl, but you know that I’m all about the macaron-  and clearly Monsieur Hermé knows that too. The Pierre Hermé holiday 2009 macaron collection is a ridiculously amazing combination of winter fruits and spices. We tried the Macaron Agapé (with lemon cream and tiny morsels of gingerbread), Macaron Envie (with violet cream and cassis), Macaron Fortunella (kumquat and star anise cream, with kumquat confit) and my absolute favorite, Macaron Pomme Verte & Angélique (macarons filled with green apple and Angélique de montagne, which I later found out is a spice that’s also called lovage that’s typically used in Indian cuisine).

In addition to the killer Bûche de Noel and macarons, the collection also includes New Years’, Epiphany and Valentine’s Day treats, including the Flocon Ispahan (a large rose macaron, filled with rose petals and raspberry and lychee compote with fresh raspberries) and the Flocon d’Or (a spiced cake filled with candied prunes, figs, cherries, lemons, ginger with a lemon cream).  Pierre Hermé is also world renowned for his pastries created with exotic Black Truffles. For New Year 2010, he has created the Emotion à partager Truffe Noire, a light and airy black truffle and risotto sucré macaron cake filled with black truffle mascarpone.

Most of the Pierre Hermé 2009-2010 Holiday Collection are limited editions, with the Bûche 2000 Feuilles being the most exclusive. It will only be available from the 22nd - 27th, and 31st of December, and by pre-ordering only.  So be sure to sign up for their newsletter so that you can get in on some of these and other amazing holiday treats.

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a perfectly pink vintage parisian wedding

I discovered the most delicious Frenchy wedding eye candy today: A “Perfectly Pink” vintage Parisian-themed wedding, shot by Carla Ten Eyck, via Brunch at Saks:

pink parisian pumps

pink parisian pumps

vintage pink parisian theme

vintage pink parisian theme

vintage pink parisian tabletop

vintage pink parisian tabletop

Isn’t it adorable? (and yes, I do feel goofy using *that* word at my age, but really- ISN’T IT??) Check out more images from this shoot at Jubilee Events.

the new bridal collection from boucheron

boucheron brides

boucheron brides

Looky, looky at the new “Boucheron Brides” engagement and wedding ring collection campaign from, well- Boucheron.   It’s funny how tastes evolve as you get older. When I first got engaged 10 years ago, I would have fallen all over the “Divine Rita”- a ring that’s classically elegant, but also fairly contemporary at the same time. It makes me think of Audrey Hepburn…if Audrey Hepburn was a ring.  But now, say if someone were to surprise me with a little 10th Anniversary trinket (ahem!), I would automatically go for the “Quatre”- it’s unique, sophisticated and almost handsomely feminine (is that possible?). If the Divine Rita is Audrey, then the Quatre is definitely Isabella Rossellini.

Divine Rita : Audrey  Isabella : Quatre

Divine Rita as Audrey, Isabella Rossellini as Quatre