Tires...and that roly-poly icon, all Michelin, of course---but also a respected and très discriminating travel and restaurant guide series- used worldwide---and now-a newly launched collection...that brought us downtown last week.
Like A Local" Series of urban/country books...that answer the call for more authentic traveling experiences here and abroad...something newbies and seasoned voyagers want in a world of mass marketing---where the same exact Starbucks coffee, Apple iPad, Gucci bag or H&M frock can be bought anywhere on the planet, ...and even 'unique' cultural experiences are cloned---replicated- for easy consumption.
|Easy on the palette Malbec and a crisp Chardonnay from Argentina|
A week later, we were once again reminded that many authentic international experiences can be found in the most multi-ethnic city anywhere, NYC---when we were graciously hosted by the family owned French luxury brand, La Maison du Chocolat...to attend an exclusive SAKE tasting/chocolate pairing reception at the family owned, French luxury brand of fine porcelain and les objets de la maison- with a chic flair, Bernardaud---
|To begin the cross-cultural tasting-guests received one of these beautiful Bernardaud Anno cups designed by architect Sylvain Dubuisson|
SAKE breweries....as revered in Japan as exclusive vineyards in France .... are also multi-generational, family owned entities.
|55th (!!!) generation of his family to run this 850 years old brewery, Mr. Gen-uemon Sudo, www.sudohonke.co.jp|
Magically, the sakes we were able to taste---paired flawlessly with the deluxe chocolates we sampled, provided courtesy of La Maison du Chocolat.
|Mr. Koichi Saura www.urakasumi.com -brewery founded in 1724|
|Mr. Katsuhiko Miyasaka www.masumi.co.jp -est. in Nagano in 1662|
We actually had a nice chat with Michael Olsen, the La Maison du Chocolat Boutique manager at the 1018 Madison Avenue locale...who clued us in on the hours' long process of of exactly sizing up correctly, which chocolate smoothly aligned with the textures and tastes of the individual sakes.
|"Masuizumi" Kijyoshu Sake|
Gee, that sounded like a fun day to us.
|"Masuizumi" Kijyoshu is uniquely made using already completed sake in place of water...a rich flavor that goes well with cheese (not a typical Japanese food), and desserts.|
Truthfully though, what doesn't pair well with the best chocolates in the world????
|Mr. Ryuichiro Masuda www.masuizumi.co.jp|
Bernardaud was SRO--- with many distinguished guests from the Japanese consulate included in the mix...
Lucky us, we got there early and had time to admire some of the artist designed Limoges porcelain and dinnerware collections that were displayed.
|Practical-this dishwasher/microwavable china collection transports us to a beach house somewhere...|
|Collection Marc Chagall|