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bridal shower

Bridal shower, a gift-giving party traditionally thrown by the maid of honour or a good friend, a celebration for the bride-to-be is  the most common in North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Here in Japan, it seems to be a thing that people have never heard of. I am so very lucky to have my maid of honour, who is my high school friend from Canada living in Japan as well. She planned a such a beautiful party. I had a blast. It’s a day that I’d always remember.

The theme was ‘British afternoon tea’. We had a bruschetta bar which included pan-fried baguette and three kinds of toppings such as a mix of tomato and basil, fresh ricotta cheese and a mix of avocado and shrimp.

It would not be a British-themed tea party without scones. I didn’t know what clotted cream was, though I am still not sure what it is. All I know is that it’s yummy and it can actually be found in the Japanese supermarket nearby. Mmmm…scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam…mmmm.

bridal shower advice treasure box

Here’s a couple of pictures of the advice box created by MK, my maid of honour. Sheep sticky notes for advices to be read next year in the year of sheep; pig ones to be read in five. How cute and adorable. And I got my very own BRIDE CHAIR!

bridal shower finger food

ブライダルシャワー(bridal shower)というの結婚を控えた女性にプレゼントを贈る北米で一般的なパーティーです。

結婚式前に女子同士集って質問やゲームをしたりして楽しむパーティーをすることです。結婚前の独身のひとときを女同士で楽しく過ごすという意味合いが含まれています。日本にはブライダルシャワーする習慣がないですね。日本人の友達は来る前に大体ブライダルシャワーという語彙についてネットで調べたそうです(笑)。

私たちはスウェーデンで式をするので、日本にいる友達はなかなか来られないです。式の前に日本にいる友達をブライダルシャワーに呼んで楽しい時間を過ごしました。


a bridal shower table

英国のアフタヌーンティーを主題としてスコーン、マカロンとケーキを準備しておきました。紅茶はもちろん v(^0^)v。ミニブルスケッタバーも準備しておきました。

高校時代からの友達、今も日本に住んでいるMちゃんがこのパーティーを計画してくれて本当にありがたいです。嫁だけの椅子まで作ってくれた。感動…

ゲームもしてきて、プレゼントももらってきて、大好きな親友と素晴らしい一日を過ごしました。

最高♥。

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Le Salon Jacques Borie

Amazing french desserts at Le Salon Jacques Borie
Amazing french desserts at Le Salon Jacques Borie

Yesterday, we were at Le Salon Jacques Borie located on the 4th floor of Isetan Department Store in Tokyo.

They had a cartful of traditional(at least they looked so to me) French desserts. Some I had seen, some I had never seen and some I felt like I may have tried before but couldn’t remember. My knowledge of French isn’t great. It was a small, fancy-looking cafe. Maybe I would call it a tea room rather than a cafe, but calling it a tea room doesn’t do it justification since the place was not in any way British.

Anyways, I am going to keep this post short. The place was a bit pricy. We chose 3 different kinds of desserts from the cart to share. There were three of us. Each of us got a drink, coffee or tea. It came up to about 7000 yen. Not cheap. But their desserts were insanely good. Part of the reason why they were so good was the reason that there were a lot of fancy dessert items that I’d never seen before. I love food, I love food that’s delicious but I really really love delicious food that I have never seen before.

A RING-SHAPED CAKE MADE FROM A CHOU PASTRY, FILLED WITH PRALINE CREAM AND COATED WITH FLAKE ALMONDS
A RING-SHAPED SPONGE CAKE, IMPREGNATED WITH A CITRUS AND SPICES SYRUP FLAVOURED WITH RUM

Found their English Menu online today. I didn’t not know what I ate yesterday. Someone please enlighten me, tell me what they are in French.

 

 

Did I ever tell you that I’d never seen so many French products before I got to Tokyo? Food, make-up, clothing, interior items and store exterior. French or French-inspired things are everywhere in Tokyo. Coming from Canada, I thought I would have seen my fair share of French things. But since I  lived in Vancouver,  it probably doesn’t apply. The name, Le Salon Jacques Borie made me assume that it’s a famous French franchise, but it actually wasn’t so. The waiter told us that Chef Jacques Borie is a famous chef in Japan. He is/was (at the age of 60-something, he might have retired) the chef at Shiseido Parlour. Shiseido as in the make-up brand Shiseido? You might ask. Guess what, I don’t know. I am still trying to find out if it is related to Shiseido the make-up company or not.

I was lucky today and got to take a photo with chef Jacques Borie himself.
I was lucky today and got to take a photo with chef Jacques Borie himself.

Located in Isetan Department store in Tokyo. I thought it’d be a great place to go and just have coffee when you get tired of shopping. It turned out to be a lot fancier than I thought. Such impressive desserts though. I would go again when I felt the need to spoil myself.

For expensive but insanely good desserts: http://parlour.shiseido.co.jp/lesalon/index.html

expensive but insanely good desserts at Le Salon