Saturday, November 21, 2009

Mariage Frères

from our dear friends who made me fall in love with kyoto's exclusive cha no ka, we were presented with yet another beautiful gift from t&m; this time not from japan's ancient capital but from the romantic city of paris.

mètis thè rouge; or rooibos tea from one of the finest french tea companies; mariage frères.

founded in 1854, mariage frères is france's oldest teahouse.
they obviously know all about tea because this brew is divine!
this blend of rooibos tea is only grown in the western cape province of south africa and is well known for its high antioxidant properties lack of caffeine and low tannin levels; perfect for a pregnant k-chan!

i must admit that i'm a huge coffee fan and need my daily fix(es) of caffeine, but this is a great tea to enjoy before snuggling into bed (unless you wanna be on a high and stay up (no pun intended!) half the night) on a cold night.

oh, and who wouldn't ooh and aah over the distinctive mariage frères canisters!?
i have a soft spot for this kinda thing. this beautiful canister will always have a place in my home!

although i would love to pull up a chair in one of mariage frères french tea-houses, unfortunately i don't see myself in paris anytime soon.
apart from one store in berlin, luck is on my side as they have a huge following in japan with a scattering of stores throughout the country and even a mariage frères restaurant in tokyo.

yet another memo on my must-do-when-i'm-back-in-japan list.


Mary said...

funnily enough we found a café in montpellier yesterday which serves 'mariage frères tea'.
i had a jasmine blend which was gorgeous.
i didn't have my camera on me unfort'ly but will be going back there soon for another cup and will take some snaps!

Luuworld said...

i'm a huge coffee fan too. don't really like tea, but this looks nice. wonder if i'd like it. oh well, not everyone's blessed with access to these exclusive and expensive things like you! lol.

ps- congrats on the baby in k-chans tummy! yay! :-D

marie said...

love mariage freres too.. miss being able to get it!

world of sekimachihato said...

* Mary
it all sounds so exotic from where i am (at my desk in the office...)
i found some beautiful cafes in paris when on holiday there.
would love to see some shots of the one you have found serving mariage frères tea

world of sekimachihato said...

you're a black coffee man, i know.
but yup, i'm sure if i poured you a cup of this tea you would thoroughly enjoy it, maybe not hooked, but you may just ask for seconds!

thanks. still find it hard to believe i'm gonna be a dad, maybe i need a stiff gin too!

world of sekimachihato said...

* marie
surprised you can't find this tea in melbourne!
if you ever come to hong kong i found out it is sold here.

GL said...

no pun eh. yea.

world of sekimachihato said...

* GL
wink wink.
trust you to pick that one up!

pascale said...

I love the can too! I have one sitting right in my kitchen. It's also a gift, I don't think I will buy it on my own :p

world of sekimachihato said...

* pascale
doesn't surprise me that you have one of these canisters sitting at home!
and i know what you mean about a "self purchase"...*wink wink*

jen laceda said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE Mariage Freres! My favourite is Marco Polo blend!!

world of sekimachihato said...

* jen
it seems everyone loves mariage freres tea!
i didn't realize how popular it is!!
mmm, i've heard a few people now comment on the marco polo blend, might just have to treat myself to another canister!

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