Hello February. Tulips, anemones, and ranunculus have pushed their way above ground in the garden. The last of the rhubarb compote poured over freshly-made vanilla bean pound cake, to make room for this year's preserves. Getting caught off guard by a craving for white tea and scribbling myself a bai mu dan, moonlight white, and silver needles shopping list. Staring at paint swatches to find the just-right shade of pale blue-green grey for the kitchen and dining room. That's what's been going on around here this week. How are things with you?
One of my favorite Portland coffee shops, Case Study Coffee started sourcing their own tea. I tried and really liked the Phoenix Dan Cong oolong from their well-rounded tea menu.
I love everything about Sunday brunch at Coquine, especially their perfect London Fog (Earl Grey latte), served in the nicest-to-sip-from Pigeon Toe Ceramics cups. Don't even get me started on the cardamom coffee cake...
Have you seen this Rifle Paper Co. 2016 Coffee and Tea calendar illustrated by the ever-talented Anna Bond? It features some frame-worthy prints and it's now on major sale.
I'm smitten with the French notion of a weekend cake or "gateaux de voyage." It's a small, durable, not too sweet cake that you can cut slices from all weekend or pack for roadtrips and picnics. This orange-glazed bay leaf pound cake from 101 Cookbooks baked in a small white stoneware bundt pan would do the job beautifully.
Note: My desk calendar (pictured above) is from Lemonade Paperie.