Ladurée Haul

By | April 18, 2014

As you have probably read from my entry about my Ladurée experience, we also got some mementos that day. This time I’m gonna show you the rest of the boutique and my small haul.

Souvenir display – Tea boxes displayed behind the counter

Shelves of candles and parfums

Got 2 charms which came in these dainty little boxes

Even the paperbags and bill looked dainty!

Rose Keyring (¥2,808)

And this Violet Bag Charm (¥3,024) with a life-size macaron for my aunt who loves purple

Here’s my lovely keyring in use ;)

And lastly, the icing on the cake, the cherry on top: THE MACARONS

A box of 6 macarons (¥2,376 – ¥350+tax/piece)

Flavors from L-R: pistachio, rose petal, salted caramel, vanilla, citron, Marie Antoinette

And yes, in case you’re wondering, their macarons aren’t overrated. Melt-in-your-mouth, like the flavors are slowly spreading out your tongue. They’re the best I’ve tasted. By far.

Ladurée Salon de Té in Nihonbashi, Tokyo

By | April 15, 2014

Ladurée has always been one of the cafes I have wanted to try for so long. When I went to Japan, it was undoubtedly in my itinerary. The branch we visited was the Salon de Té in the Mitsukoshi department store in Nihonbashi. The store I actually wanted to try was in the Mitsukoshi Ginza branch, but my mom mixed it up with the Mitsukoshi in Nihonbashi. She’d make a bad tour guide. :))

A wide array of beautiful pastries

These red pastries are eye-catching

Initially, I only wanted to buy some souvenirs and a box of macarons, but we went inside the salon for some tea. The interior of the salon is really beautiful. It’s got some sort of a Victorian vibe to it.

Clockwise from the top: Ispahan, Butterfly, Saint Honoré Rose Framboise

Saint Honoré Rose Framboise (¥1004, ¥907+tax) Rose petal, rose water Chantilly cream, raspberries compote with fresh raspberries on puff and choux pastries

Butterfly (¥1015, ¥918+tax) Macaron biscuit, poppy mouselline, citron flavor and fresh strawberries

We also bought some souvenirs and macarons (which I will write about next). I will be honest that the price could be a little over the top. We paid ¥15,000+ (Around $150) for two key-chains, 6 macarons, 3 pastries and some tea/coffee. This is a luxurious place afterall — but is definitely worth it for such a luscious delight.

Honten Honkan B1F, 1-4-1,
Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
〒 103-8001
Tel: 03-3274-0355

McDonald’s celebrates spring in Japan

By | March 22, 2014

In celebration of the 2014 cherry blossom season, American fast food giant, McDonald’s has released a limited edition hamburger yesterday for the Japanese market called the Sakura Teritama.

The hamburger features a teriyaki pork patty with a fried tamago, lettuce, sakura radish mayo sauce and topped with a pink sesame bun.

In addition to the spring-inspired hamburger, McDonald’s Japan also served limited edition beverages called the Sakura Cherry McFizz and the Sakura Cherry McFloat starting March 14. The drink consists of carbonated drink with cherry-flavored syrup. Also, for the real spring feel, one of their stores near our place looked like this.

This is the Sakura Teritama. I don’t want to show what the burger looked like because honestly, it was far more uninviting than those shown in the ads, but it was good nonetheless. And yes, the buns were pink. Because where else in the world would you find a burger with floral sauce and pink buns?

You can still get your taste of the Sakura Teritama (if you’re in Japan) until March 23.