Traditions: Friendship and Dessert

My yuzu religieuse Anne's mammoth sized mille-feuille Keeping the tradition alive!

How many times must you do something before it becomes a tradition? For the second consecutive December, the lovely Anne and I met for a little champagne and dessert at the Plaza Athénée. Our girlie chats in one of my favourite Parisian spots are something I greatly enjoy. We sat opposite ‘our’ 2011 table and what a difference a year makes! Last year, I cried into my champagne and sobbed about my life to poor Anne. This year, in-between mouthfuls of bliss, we giggled and shared positive plans for the year ahead.

To take home... Champagne, bien sûr ! Pretty flowers Festive outdoor seating Ice-skating rink in the courtyard of the Plaza Athénée

As if being in Paris with a friend wasn’t good enough, the food! Mon Dieu, the food! I’m all about the tea but I cannot even recall what I drank. Dessert at La Galeries des Gobelins needs no introduction but look at the size of Anne’s mille-feuille! That’s for one person! Naturally, a wee taste was called: the crunchy layers of pastry with vanilla cream highlight why mille-feuille is so popular around the world. My yuzu religieuse was sublime – creamy, tart with just a hint of sweetness. Topped with a velvet-like red rose petal, I like the merging of the Japanese flavours with the French pastry and seriously, how pretty is it!

I think we’ve decided that next year we’ll be donning ice skates and breaking out some moves but who knows. Ice skates or not, I’m looking forward to continuing our tradition of friendship and dessert.


  1. 14 January 2013 / 06:41

    Nothing better than spending time with good friends…but throw in some delicious food and thats heaven. I wish I could join you girls…Maybe this year I will. xox

    • Not Just Another Milla
      14 January 2013 / 12:42

      Maybe you’ll make it to Paris next December. There’s room at the table… x

  2. 15 January 2013 / 19:51

    Such lovely desserts! Always a treat to get together with friends over delicious food and drinks.

    • Not Just Another Milla
      30 March 2013 / 18:51

      Isn’t it just!

  3. 16 January 2013 / 11:40

    now that is what I call living!

    • Not Just Another Milla
      30 March 2013 / 18:52

      The good life in Paris.

    • Not Just Another Milla
      30 March 2013 / 18:53

      Thank you so much!

  4. 19 January 2013 / 16:13

    Milla, you have inspired me to discover more about the art of afternoon tea and pastries here in Malaysia, and I love what I’ve found so far. Here’s to a great year!

    • Not Just Another Milla
      30 March 2013 / 19:09

      That’s great! I love seeing how other countries interpret afternoon tea. It’s such a lovely tradition.

  5. 22 January 2013 / 09:07

    Love to hear about positive plans for the year ahead! Happy 2013!

    • Not Just Another Milla
      30 March 2013 / 19:05

      Thank you – hopefully see you soon!

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