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.
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.