Paris Fashion Week with its 9 days and an average of 10 shows and 5 presentations a day is exhausting! A TV presenter even told me on Sunday that he felt “abused” by the Fashion Week! Whilst it’s slightly exaggerated and it’s obviously amazing to discover the upcoming collections of la creme de la creme of designers in magnificent Paris, I certainly need a well-deserved break or rather a Parenthese after such a long period of intense work.
La Parenthese is Park Hyatt Paris Vendome’s version of the British afternoon tea, a real gastronomic institution. New to French palates but a classic for Park Hyatt Paris Vendome’s international clientele, the Parenthese is available from 3.00 to 6.00pm at La Cheminee, the hotel’s salon located between the Michelin Star restaurant Le Pur, the bar and the heated terrace which welcomes cigar smokers and a pop up chalet in Winter.
I personally love fire places in hotels which I find cosy and relaxing and which give me the impression to be in a second home, rather than at a hotel. Aside from the fireplace, Park Hyatt Paris Vendome looked after every details to ensure that their guests certainly feel at home. One of these details is the hotel’s unique and exclusive interior perfume which infuses the reception, restaurants and every rooms and suites of the palace, just like in a sophisticated private residence. All these details help busy residents to unwind and recharge their batteries, just like me today.
La Parenthese, alike British afternoon teas of London palaces, offers a selection of sweet and savoury dishes such as seasonal fruit tartlets, little dessert creams, French toasts made with brioche, homemade chocolate and hazelnut spread and cakes as well as quiches and canapés. This delicious sweet and savoury selection is complemented by a choice of roasted coffees, Mariage Freres teas and hot chocolate flavoured with Tonka beans. For guests looking for an even more luxurious experience (like me!) or who want to celebrate a special occasion they can upgrade their culinary experience with a glass of Brut, Rose or White Champagne.
I’ve personally took full opportunity of this well deserved Parenthese; enjoying the delicious dishes of award winning Pastry Chef Fabien Berteau, whilst contemplating the fireplace and sipping Rose Champagne. After this well deserved break I’m now ready for a very last meeting with a designer before heading back to London for more meetings, private styling sessions and photoshoots.