January 31, 2014

✿Calligraphy

I went to calligraphy class about 2 weeks ago. 
Madame Lauren, one of the owner of Tail of The Yak in Berkeley offers calligraphy class.  
I forgot to take photo of what I did in the class but I remember to take photos of beautiful flowers and sweets in class.
Beautiful flowers in gorgeous vases are on every table and some time they have incredible scent.   
Katherine makes beautiful and delicious sweets for the class every time !




✿Ohatsugama

           
Last Saturday, I went to Ohatsugama. 
It's the first ceremony of the year and we have a special way of having tea and also we have special new year meal.  
In this photo, my tea master, Yuko-san is making very thick matcha tea in a cup that's real gold inside. After Thick tea, we have thin tea in other cup. Each cups are specific for the kinds of the tea we drink. Of-course, the manner of making and drinking thick tea and thin tea are different.

Pretty Wagashi half in white and another half in pale pink.
Wagashi is Japanese sweets. Wa 和 means Japanese (also means peace) gashi (= kashi) means sweets or snacks.  We call western sweets Yogashi. Yo 洋 means Western (also means ocean).

This outside white and pink are made with Tsukune potato and it has sweet red bean paste inside.   

I love going to Tea ceremony but I can't eat Japanese sweets. My master and tea mates think it's very funny (weird) but I just can't eat them... I especially don't like sweet red bean paste... I love French sweets much more but it doesn't stop me not going to tea ceremony.

Osechi is the food we eat in new year. 
My tea master made so many kinds of Osechi food for us. 12 different kinds of delicious dishes in obento box.

January 05, 2014

✿Happy New Year

I send you much joy &
love peace chamagne fun
chocolate caviar & music 
now  & forever
Happy New Year !

I am taking calligraphy class again from Lauren.

                 
Each little things that Lauren has are so beautiful !

                 
All the students look for the break time to have these treats.
That day we had delicious salad and this beautiful desert which I forgot the name.

Katherine makes everything delicious for the class and this one tasted really really good !

Such a lovely way to spend an afternoon at Lauren's place !