I usually keep several notebooks in my bag to jot down any thoughts or observations. Smelling blooming black locust treea–its flowers smell like jasmine, Indian incense and coconut water–next to a bakery makes me wonder if a toasted hazelnut note would work with a creamy jasmine note and which perfume on the market has done it already. So, into my notebook it goes. I taste a tart juice made from beets, pineapple and lime and think that it would make a refreshing sorbet. I write it down. Lately, I’ve added my camera to the things I carry around with me–my arms are going to be nice and toned by the end of the year! Using a camera to see the world around reveals a whole new dimension, and I find it fun to capture the moment. So, I’ve decided to supplement my usual weekend scented observations and discoveries with my photographs.
You never know where you will find a memorable scent. Two weeks ago I passed by Lucy’s Whey (425 West 15th Street In Chelsea Market) and was drawn inside by its beautiful display of roses and the lemony aroma of fresh goat cheese. I was rushing to a meeting, so I couldn’t really buy anything, but this time I returned for a proper exploration. Lucy’s Whey stocks mostly American cheese from small producers, and their selection is diverse and interesting. The aged Gouda from Holland’s Family Farm was a great discovery–sweet, smooth, with a rich caramelized aftertaste.
Florist shops smell so good–crushed stems and cool petals!
Or The 21st Century Thinker, I should say.
In Japan, the first food of the season (hatsumono) warranties a holiday of sorts, when friends and family share the gifts of the seasonal delights. It’s a tradition I would be happy to adopt. So, this week I had my first-of-the-season strawberries. We ate them with yogurt and sugar. They are still a bit watery and lack the sultry caramel sweetness that makes this berry so seductive, but I was still happy to savor them.
I’m very organized with my time, but my work space is another matter. I know exactly where everything is, but to most people it looks chaotic. My husband has been around me long enough to ignore it, unless I leave the samples on the floor. Nothing new and exciting this week–just retesting old favorites and the current fragrance top sellers.
What was your week like? Any scents, perfumes, food, books, movies, or anything else that caught your attention over the past week?