Several years ago, as I was reading about the renowned Matcha Opera Cake at Pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI, I had a strong urge to fly to Paris or Tokyo just for a bite of it. Then one day I heard that Mr. Aoki has opened shop in Taipei. Frankly I'm a little bit jealous of the Taiwanese. They already have Paul and Boite de Bijou and now they have AOKI.
This week, Maki took great pains to ship me a Aoki's green tea goodie - a Matcha & Azuki Bean Cake - all the way from Tokyo! How did you read my thoughts, Maki?
You can tell from the lovingly wrapped package that such pride is put into every item that leaves the premises.
Of course, the thoughtfulness and sincerity of the giver cannot be ignored. I only hope these photos will do the gift justice!