Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Parisian Lunch

I figured it would only be appropriate to follow up London with Paris. We were only in Paris for about 12 hours. But that was plenty of time to eat, visit the Eiffel Tower and the Louis Vuitton store on the Champs-Elysees. ;) 

We arrived via EuroStar at 8am. It was gray, cold and raining. So when we got out of the train station we just ran to the nearest cafe for shelter and some food and so we could kind of get our bearings. 

I honestly have no idea what this cafe is called. But they had croissants and one of the things on my bucket list was to eat a croissant in Paris. So that's what I did.

Ermahgerd. Yes.

They brought the croissant and nice piece of baguette with butter on it. I literally have no words. 
All I can say is the hype over authentic French croissants and baguettes is very, very true. 

I also got a latte. With cute little sugar cubes. :)
My parents also got jambon et fromage omelettes. Also known as ham and cheese omelets. 

Fast forward a few hours later and we finally made it to the Champs-Elysees area. My cousin, Whitney, had told us about a restaurant called Ladurée. I had heard of it because of their macarons but I didn't know they had a restaurant too. As luck would have it, that was the first thing we saw when we turned onto the Champs. It was meant to be. Oh, and it had stopped raining by then too!

After we were seated, the first thing they brought was some bread with adorably wrapped butter.

My dad and I both ordered Steak Frites

And my mom got a sandwich with Pomme Frites and a side salad

Ladurée is famous for their desserts. Specifically their macarons. Ergo, I had to have some.

You got to pick which flavors you like so I chose:
Vanilla, Salted Caramel, Lemon and Raspberry
To die for.

 My dad got a chocolate eclair 

My mom got a strawberries and creme napoleon.

And of course, I got another latte.

Confession time: I saved the little chocolate (on the coffee saucer) and still haven't eaten it yet. :)

Voila! If you're ever in Paris I highly recommend visiting Ladurée and grabbing a croissant in a little cafe. The only thing I didn't get was a crepe. But I'll get one next time! ;)  


Monday, July 14, 2014

Afternoon Tea at The Savoy

Well hello there. I just recently went on my first international adventure to the UK and France. It was absolutely beyond amazing. I have so many pictures to share but I thought I would start out with one of my favorite experiences we had in London. As the title implies, Afternoon Tea at The Savoy!

So of course, since we were in London I had to have a proper English tea. It took us about a week to finally decide where we wanted to have tea but I think we made a pretty fantastic choice! The Savoy Hotel is a luxury hotel in London. Famous guests over the years include King Edward VII, Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Frank Sinatra and many, many more.
Yeah. It's incredible.

Sooo we arrived at the hotel and were seated in the Thames Foyer. It has a gorgeous glass dome in the center and flowers everywhere. Take a look.

Now for the actual tea part! The first thing they brought out was actually champagne. 

Is that not the most gorgeous glass? 
They let us sip on our champagne for a while before they brought the food and tea. 

The first thing they served was the tray of tea sandwiches and scones.

On top were blackcurrant and plain scones.

Then we had the finger sandwiches. 

Cucumber, Chicken Salad, and Ham and Cheese.

Then on the bottom we had spreads for the scones.

Orange scented cream, Cornish clotted cream and Strawberry preserves.

And here is a cup of Blackcurrant and Hibiscus tea.

After we had enjoyed our treats they brought out a tray of hand crafted pastries.

L to R: Chocolate basket with raspberries topped with a chocolate daisy,
Raspberry and white chocolate flower tart, Lavender eclair, Peach tart,
Chocolate basket with edible flowers, and Strawberry, rhubarb and white chocolate tart.

Here is what I chose. This is one of my favorite pictures ever.

My mom's choice.

And my dad's choice.

And just when you think there can't possibly be anything else, here comes more!
Here are the Lemon Poppyseed and Raspberry Rose cakes. 

Do you die a little? Because I do.

And to top it all off, when we were talking to the waiter earlier about what brought us to London, we mentioned in passing that it was my belated 16th birthday trip. Well, they came out with this after the cake.

I know, right!

Sponge cake with a dark chocolate espresso filling/frosting. Literally dead.

There you have it. If you're planning a trip to London and want to have a proper Afternoon Tea, I would definitely recommend The Savoy. Just remember to book a couple of months in advance. 
Also, my Paris and Scotland blogs will be happening soon too! So be sure to keep an eye out for those because they are going to be pretty great. ;)


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Shhhhe Said Yes!

Hello lovelies! Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a surprise engagement party. I was so thrilled when my fabulous friend, Catherine, contacted me a few weeks ago and told me about her sneaky plans to surprise her friends, Mary Kathryn and Chris.  I was even more excited when she asked me to lend a helping hand!

To say this girl knows how to throw a party would be the understatement of the year!  Catherine is from Atlanta, but she and her husband have lived in Savannah for a little over a year now.  Her event was a perfect blend of city meets low country.  She has a flair of her own that I'm going to call "Atlanta-Savannah Style!"   Everything was modern and sophistocated, yet relaxed and welcoming.  Rather than trying to describe it with words, let me show you! Feast your eyes upon the photos below.  Foodie heaven!

Appetizers to die for!  
She also created a scrumptious cheese tray adorned with raw honeycomb and grapes. It was beautiful...and delicious!  So delicious in fact, it escaped being photographed.

Caprese Skewers with Prosciutto

Chicken Salad Cups

Stuffed Mushroom Caps with a
Cream Cheese and Sausage Filling

Sliced beef
Rolls for the beef --to make sandwiches.
Super cute mini cupcakes from the 
famed NYC bakery,
'Baked by Melissa.' 
Personalized cocktail napkins.  Nice touch!

Waiting for the couple of honor!

And, yes, they really were surprised...
because Mary Kathryn
even brought flowers and wine. :)

Now, here are some shots of Catherine's gorgeous backyard setup!
It truly was a midsummer's night dream!

Tiki torches and paper lanterns 

High top tables and strings of light

Beautiful floral arrangements and candles for each table

The lights created a true "fantasy land" atmosphere!
And this fairytale party had a perfect happy ending--
a champagne toast to the couple, of course!

Congrats to Mary Kathryn and Chris! Also, my sincere thanks again to Catherine and her friends for allowing me be a be a part of this extraordinary event.  It was spectacular and one I will remember for years to come.