Sunday, February 27, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
I was nervous, giddy and excited all at the same time when we went for lunch at Guy Savoy. And considering it's got 3 Michelin stars and consistently get rave reviews among the foodie community, I had very high expectations!
We were the first ones to arrive and felt like a royalty as the entire staff welcomed us at the reception area! Everyone was so warm and nice and made sure we were comfortable being this as our first dining experience at a 3 Michelin star restaurant!
Out came a serious of amuse-bouches beginning with this foie gras terrine and toast on a stick...
Then, we were served another amuse-bouche of lentil and truffle ragout. I thought this was really, really good... such intense flavor!
Lifting the cup was another surprise amuse-bouche of lentil spring roll.
We were already so amused with the amuse-bouches served so far long before the meal officially started.
To officially kick off the meal, I had the artichoke and black truffle soup for starters. It was so rich and oh so flavorful, I really don't mind eating this every single day!!
Brioche with truffle butter...
For his starters, the hubz picked terrine of foie gras and cannard in black truffle sauce
Midway through, a bread cart came in loaded with some artisan bread!
I passed on these carbilicous goodness which to this day, I still regret!
Then came the main course. I had the red mullet with liver sauce and some pickled herb that was supposedly marinated for over 6 months!
...The hubz had sea bass (scales included!) with vanilla-infused stock.
Shortly after, we were served a pre-dessert of lemon/pineapple meringue, grapes with rice pudding (weird but good!) and apple infused with something that was really good but forgot what!
For dessert, hubz had what the menu says "apple" which was really layers of apple compote, apple sorbet, apple granita, apple crisps and juice of can you guess what?? Yes, apple... what else? :D
He calls it a very expensive applesauce. :D
Meanwhile, I had dark chocolate biscuit and dark chocolate ganache topped with dark chocolate sorbet! It was served with black pepper. Yes, black pepper, I'm serious!
Just when we thought it's over after the 2nd dessert, out came this "chariot of sorbet"!
I picked a vanilla sorbet, caramel custard, chocolate macarons and 2 of the best tasting marshmallows I had in my life!
The hubz picked strawberry and vanilla bean rice pudding and sorbet!
After all that gourmet goodness, the final dish was this prune sorbet which was a perfect palate cleanser!
And that ends our 2 1/2 hours gastronomic adventure which we will both remember for a long, long time!
Our planned trip to Paris falling on Valentine's day was not a mere coincidence. Its to make up for our 8th year anniversary back in October which we spent apart and Christmas day eating Chinese takeout!
We sure did make up for it with the 7 days spent in the City of Love! It was our most relaxing trip ever! No planned itinerary but to eat, shop and walk along Jardin des Tuileries holding hands!
-- Saks Threads cashmere stole -- Target tights -- Chanel GST -- Banana Republic boots -- Linea Pelle belt --
-- Laundry by Shelli Segal coat -- Qi Cashmere dress -- Givenchy tights -- Louboutin "Picador" slingbacks --
More Paris posts to come, please stay tuned!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
I'm in Canada! My first time here!!
The VP invited me to attend a client assessment meeting somewhere here in Alberta and I was so thrilled for 2 reasons:
a) I've never been to Canada and;
b) this is my first time to be involved in this early stage of an engagement!
The meeting went well but I definitely have so much to learn in this business. For one, I do not know anything of what's going on in the business world enough to carry out an intelligent conversation with top level executives. Time to start reading Time mag or BusinessWeek so I have something else to contribute other than "Ahuh.." and "Oh, really!".
I felt so stupid and I prayed they would talk about the fashion trend or the consumer spending on shoes but they didn't. Instead, they talked about the GDP of China, education % attainment of India, inflation in Canada and... get this... predicted the top 10 economies in 2020. Hmmm.....
If I want to play this field, it seems I need some apps on my iphone other than Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Stylish Girl, My Closet and Photoshop Express.
Very well, I'm installing The Wall Street Journal mobile now as we speak... Oh but first, I need to enter today's calories in my MyFitnessPal app!
Ok, I digress. Argh. I need to do less of this digressing too because these CIOs and VPs, they seem to be very focused, you know. Kinda like how I am when I'm trying on Loubies and Blahnik's on sale at Neiman's. Yes, that kind of intense focus! Focus. Focus!
Ok, now focusing on my outfit (this is a style blog afterall!), I just realized I don't have enough business-y outfits in my closet. I spent about 4 hrs last night trying to think of what I'm gonna wear for a 2hr meeting today. Ridiculous!
My conclusion: I need a default, go-to, standard outfit for an occasion such as today. I wonder if the hubz would be so agreeable to me investing on a Chanel tweed suit?? Coz I feel like once I'm clad in Chanel from head to toe, talking about GDPs and growth rates and ROI's will just come easy! Heck I'm sure it will make me so confident I will even predict the economy of Pluto in 2030!!
-- Ann Klein suit -- Ann Taylor ruffle top -- Chanel-esque Stuart Weitzman cap-toe pumps --