NYC is a city of many great things, and many great French things to be exact!
It was exciting to a part of the “French Your Day” event hosted at the flagship store of Le Palais de Thés in SoHo on July 1, 2013. As a press invitee, I was able to enjoy two hours before the trade guests. So here, I took the opportunity to learn more about already well-known French food/drink brands in the US (mainly New York) such as Canelé by Céline and Le Palais des Théswhile sampling their delectable treats. I also encountered other reputable brands at the event - Pommery Champagne, Baume des Anges ,Alain Milliat and Truffes Plantin, and I happily enjoyed tasting their products.
Le Palais des Thés selection of Iced Teas - Thé du Hammam Rooibos & Thé des Vahines Rooibos (caffeine-free). I enjoyed the Thé du Hammam Rooibos iced tea as the taste was quite similar to the black tea variety with the same name minus rooibos. Both were very refreshing and flavorful.
Canelé by Céline introduced its newest flavor, Truffle!
Truffes Plantin was one of the brands new to me at the “French Your Day” event. The savoriness of Céline’s newest creation surprised me at first since I’m usually accustomed to her sweet canelés. Since the black truffle from Truffes Plantin was the main ingredient, the richness and bold flavor of it was a game changer. It was like a meal in a bite. A big bite. While there were Céline’s trademark mini canelés, the new truffle was available in large and bite-sized portions. I can’t recall how many of this particular flavor I ate, but they were so delicious.
As you know, my appetite is great, I indulged in many of the other flavors (orange, caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate) and had no regrets!
More canelés and some Pommery Champagne to quench your thirst.
Pommery Champagne is available in Brut and Brut Rosé. I’m not a wine expert, but I can at least differentiate between the good & the bad, and Pommery is a goodie. You had the choice to drink it as is, or mix it with Alain Milliat fruit nectars or with Baumes des Anges lavender or verbena essence. After tasting several Pommery champagne cocktails and lavender/verbena infused San Pellegrino sparkling water, I got hooked on the latter. I asked where I could get my hands on those magical elixirs from Baumes des Anges to be sadly told they were only available for gastronomical use - meaning by professional chefs in high-end restaurants. Hence, I drank as much as I could - mostly of the San Pellegrino enhanced sort, because it would be my last encounter with that aromatic and theraputic essence for some time.
Baume des Anges in my sparkling water everyday, please.
More than one drop & you’re ruined. For professional use only.
These fruit nectars from Alain Milliat were the best I’ve ever had in my life so far. 100% all-natural fruit with pulp, the nectars come in Wild Blueberry Nectar (above), Apricot and Peach flavors (not pictured). You can enjoy them chilled on their own or added to your champagne to make a pleasant cocktail. You can also use them in your cooking!
Interesting Fact: You can find these nectars and Palais des Thés teas at my favorite little French dining spot, Cocotte in SoHo which is conveniently located up the block from here on 110 Thompson Street. TIP: Ask for Raphael or Chef Sebastién and tell them you were recommended by Leslie.
Press, bloggers, and photographers swarming the Truffle canelés.
Can you spot my friend, Niko, & fellow food blogger/photographer of the DessertBuzz blog right in the center at the Canelé by Céline table? I highly suggest you check out his blog if you also have a sweet tooth like me!
At the end of the evening, I had a happy tummy & big smile on my face. Success!
To learn about featured brands at the event, visit the websites below:
Les Palais des Thés - http://us.palaisdesthes.com/
Canelé by Céline - http://canelebyceline.com/
Alain Milliat - http://www.alain-milliat.com/en/
Pommery Champagne - http://www.pommery.fr
Truffes Plantin - http://www.truffe-plantin.com/en/
Baumes des Anges - http://www.baumesdesanges.fr/english.php
* For the full set of the “French Your Day” event photos, visit my Flickr here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjHKSiBX