Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Mariage Freres Tout en Blanc

Mariage Freres Tout en Blanc,watercolor, 7 5/8" x 10 1/2"

On the Monday after Palm Sunday I went for lunch at Mariage Freres in the Marais.
It was empty unlike the day before.
The sunny skylight, the ratan chairs and potted palms, help you imagine you're sitting having Afternoon tea with Somerset Maugham at the Raffles Hotel in colonial Singapore...
Not difficult at all

Everything is ROUND and shiny and reflective.
The Mariage Freres Naples yellow logo is all over the white, white porcelain.
The teapot is a veritable mirror, reflecting back yourself and the luxe surroundings.

Mariage Freres White tea, watercolor, 9" x 11 1/2"
Their book "The French Art of Tea" is brought to your table so you can choose from their 500 teas.
Aieeeeeee!
Thank Gawd the waiter assisted and suggested a white tea to go with my salmon.
Here's the description of my choice on page 43 of T2223 DOUYUN MAOJIANG:
The tender young leaves of this tea from the Douyun district of Gui Zhou Provice are covered with a very fine down, and must be handled with particular care.
Their silvery forms recall dazzling snowflakes (!)
The clear liquor yields a gentle, smooth, sweet aroma.
A distinguished tea.
Who could resist such a tea?
I ordered the Assiette de saumon fume de Norvege /plate of Norwegian smoked salmon..
Very fresh, acidic, light and YUM!
A Matcha Green tea bun thing arrived unannounced with my smoked Salmon.
Ahem...mushy in texture. I still don't know exactly what this was.
Did I mention that the Mariage Freres waiters are all very tall, very thin, and all decked out in colonial-whites. Are they all brothers too?
And they look like they've drunk tea every single day of their lives.
They're most helpful :)

16 comments:

  1. De l'extase au fou rire... thank you so much, Carol, for those watercolors and your reflexions about MF waiters. I wonder if you mean they look healthy or have stained teeth LOL

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  2. Anonymous8:20 AM

    Ahhh sweet Carol
    Your entry this am is very elegant, very "high key,' and your beautiful paintings are pristine, much like the white tablecloths in your pictures. And...could it be? I do believe I see your reflection in the pot, taking that final photo!?
    sjerseyboy

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  3. oh lovely, just lovely. sigh

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  4. Ooh I love your white paintings. Why don't I like tea? It's all so much more romantic than coffee.

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  5. Anonymous12:02 PM

    I do like this post Carol oozing atmosphere. I also love the photography and watercolours.
    Anne

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  6. loveitaly12:04 PM

    These are wonderful, Carol! That salmon looks wonderful (over limes?)Mmmmmmmmmmmmm! Lime is always good with salmon...

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  7. What a wonderful soothing beginning of the evening after a not so good day (this side of the Atlantic)! Made me forget and travel and have white tea with you, là, tout n'est qu'ordre et beauté, Luxe, calme et volupté.
    I think there's a train leaving Vienna around 8 pm, would bring me there just in time for morning tea. Will you come too, pleeease?

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  8. Ahhhh... tall, thin, dark haired men serving me tea. Are you sure you aren't writing this blog from heaven?

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  9. Violetta10:12 AM

    love all the reflections!
    Everythings so glossy there

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  10. French Toast10:14 AM

    Simply wonderful.

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  11. I recently tried Constant Comment's green tea with orange spices etc and it's yummy.
    Great photos...
    L-I

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  12. ShellyT10:17 AM

    Ah...je te vois in the teapot!
    What a dreamy place
    It feels so tropical ;-))
    ShellyT

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  13. Masako10:21 AM

    The perfect lunch!
    Masako

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  14. The beauty of white. My favorite color. Love the paintings Carol.
    Paintings of white or glass objects amaze me, you do both very well!

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  15. I think the keywords for Mariage Freres are

    Colonial Nostalgia.

    Don't you think?

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  16. Anonymous1:53 PM

    Anonymous said...
    Look at these fabulous teapots! Just great post to read!

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