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Diagnosis: Ecume des jours

What does “The Froth of Days” “Mood Indigo” and “A Streetcar named desire” have in common?  The tinge of hope.  The splendor of  dreaming violets, with a racing scent speeding into the periwinkle skies.  The welcoming pleasure within a garden of silken fleurs du sucre vanille.

When I saw an enchanting yet slightly perturbed wisp of melancholy in a photo called Ecume des jours?  I began to discover the book by Boris Vian called “The Froth of Daydreams”   In this photo titled  “Ecume des jours”  I was wont to ponder this photo collage of an Asian woman as the main feature in a collage dream like state, where flora and fauna was superimposed as her mind-cranial sacral area of her head.

I shall try to describe it?  Inside of this almost park which was cropped into her hair was the man whom wandered within a garden mirrored all betwixt the parts which made up her silhouette.  (If I could I would post it here, but I do not have permission from the artist.) As if women were trying to discover and recover her true nature. Don’t we all feel a bit Frankenstein?

It got my mind to wander into this novel called “The Froth of Days”  The title of the photo I meandered onto, on FB by a person named Astral Vibes.  I really love the poetic sensuality all encompassed in the title.  Alas?  What is the thread like Hawaiian leis of orchids which link these 3 themes above. “The Froth of Days” “Mood Indigo” and “A Streetcar named desire”  ?

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Does anyone ever reminisce about Vivian Leigh in A Streetcar named desire, when she says things like ” I depend upon the kindness of strangers” in her genteel fragile imaginary paradigm. How she may be busted flat in Baton Rouge but she can muster up a dull copper penny for a Chinese lantern made of paper to shield herself from the brutal bright, raw piercing light of a mere barbaric bulb.

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As if Stanley himself were that animal like villain, brutish bare and incongruous bulb, which she must curry favor with to no avail.  She feels more comfortable in the secrets of the shadows.  Of course we adore Marlon Brando strangely in his obscene yet clothed masculinity.  There shall never be another king whom became a man as he.  Alas, he is the sun itself in all it’s unabashed inferno.

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It’s uncharted and inflamed pure madness itself which drew Icarus to burn its winged dream. Be wary of too much light impure.  Perhaps the perfect women is 1/2 Blanche and 1/2  Stella? Stella which means stars.  The sun is the brightest star and if not for the pink moon of night?  All teal tinged froth azure, would become singed, and all flowers burned.

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Stanley: That’s pearls, Stella, ropes of ‘em. What is your sister – a deep sea diver?

The indirect shade, so forgiving.  So lush. The underlying mood and sincerity of those whom are ill is what Blanche speaks of, evokes a sapphire mood indigo.  Mood Indigo, the languid and bittersweet blue with its absence of light.  The absence of glaring and burning golden fire.  Flowers seem to burst either in the magic of dawn after a the earth has its mystical sleep?  Or, at twilight when in a grand flourish gust of music buds begin to blossom.  The sweetness of the earths imagination. Perhaps flowers are the kindest strangers whom always invite one to ponder beauty.

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When I think of Mood Indigo, it is one mood where we begin in a doldrums of  doubt.  Perhaps a hope dashed?  A love unrequited.  Then for a moment, the heart takes a vacation from its heartache and begins to daydream?  Here perhaps begins the recipe for escape.  Dreams chase the tail of the Cheshire cat, yet we need the sparkling glimmer of inspiration to spark us onto new passions? If we have enough faith we might pounce upon one of our daydreams to make them real.  This brings me to this novel called “The Froth of Days”  described here: 

Froth on the Daydream
Book by Boris Vian
Froth on the Daydream is a 1947 novel by the French author Boris Vian. It tells the story of a man who marries a woman, who develops an illness that can only be treated by surrounding her with flowers. Wikipedia
Flowers are the stuff of angels.  Warm yet never scorching.  A bridge of hope in their inviting rejuvenating nature.  I would love to see this film and be healed with flowers.  Roses remind me that in the dense, damp, musky earth, so gravity leaden with geologic granite and fibrous bark of trees? That there is music which the melancholy planet speaks.  There is suddenly a counter force which defies the mundane. Suddenly there is poetry in spite of the  existentialist rancor of stony abyss. Roses!  Spring itself defies all logic. What is it that suddenly renews our little planet with chirping sudden blossoms and greenery supreme. Spring is nature falling in love. It dares to rise above hopelessness. About logic. All that was old is again renewed.  For me this is the froth of days.  Just as the most weary soul is suddenly revived by a 4 o’clock cappuccino.  The magic of meringue. The uplifting roar of caffeine. Those bewitching spells of molecules which send the spirit to rise above the mundane.  It is for this reason that I have devoted my life to the  the grande dame,  “Lady Camellia.”  Chanel grew enchanted by camellias as did Dumas.  In the secrets of the blossoms?  All the fairies know the humble yet powerful elixir of the camellias, which is Camellia Sinesis.  Camellia Sinesis of all the cultivars in the plethora of these round many radiating petals so perfectly curved is the most humble of all.  The ugly duckling in fact of their kind, which alone like Cinderella majestically becomes the life flowing healing within its leaves and blossoms.
It is where water and sky are sipped and we are suddenly revived. How brave is hope within a rose?  How daring it is to appear in the most scoundrel of vacant rubbish lots.  In Mexico, the virgin Mary is reputed to have shown her divinity by causing roses to grow in the most barren land, in order to prove that there is always powerful unseen forces at work upon Mother earth. I can’t wait to see this movie Ecume Des Jours but I shall buy the book as well. To be under the spell of which only beautiful blossoms can break the calcification of a hardened heart.  We witness perhaps God’s alchemical healing. Flowers are the rainbows of the earth after frightful storms.
  Most fearful matters of life according to Zen is merely transformation and celebration or resistance to change and the trail of thorns it entails.  If we refuse to add the creme of tartar of wisdom or the sparkles of salty wit in soda?  These most basic ingredients in life make the Willy Wonka Chocolate factory bubble. If we go to sleep each night with hate?  We are not a garden where fragrant little bells of ivory Muguet lilies can grow, but a twisted bramble inside of acidic honks, squeaks and squawks. It’s as if not following mother natures recipes in stubborn foolishness we become lead balloons!
Then the little squirrels and winged creatures can sense our metallic bitterness and scamper away to where the sun and the moon waltz.  I too am sick with the disease of which only flowers can cure.

Some how? There is no space, but only love betwixt the ocean and the sky.
The flood of clouds as effervescent as seltzery music. The horizon makes an algebraic impossible equation. The two azure atmospheric phenomenons of oceans and skies are one. There is no space in between the cerulean bodies except an eclipse of  froth like frosting.  Such spinning is the levity of love. It’s as if the angels have been baking and the mixologists potions stirring.

Théâtre Rambouillet Ecume des jours.

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A Nice Cuppa – » Be Tea Happy… The Simplicity of Pure Leaves

Be Tea Happy… The Simplicity of Pure Leaves

Posted by Fumiko Sasaki

October 10, 2008

Once upon time when camellia sinensis tea leaves came to the Western World, I sometimes wondered if the secret of multiple tea infusions was kept to themselves to sell us more tea! Save money and watch the waltz of the leaves…

Perusing various tea vendor recipes? Tea making can seem as though it was rocket science. Some of us like to relax and still make great tea. Tea making can be as simple or as involved as you like. As you experiment with premium loose leaf tea leaves, richer flavors will emerge, as well as the passion to acquire skills to create your perfect cuppa. My experience is that starting out with beautiful simple styles, you will develop what I call tea confidence!

Here is a fun steeping recipe courtesy of Ming Cha tea purveyors of Hong Kong. (They’re not selling tea in the USA officially just yet) The joys of connoisseur level teas are as delicious as they are more healthful. They can be a much more affordable luxury than you might imagine, by using cycle steeping or multiple infusions which your tea leaves will adore! Here is a tea happy simple recipe for loose leaf tea making. (The art of classical Chinese tea making of using tiny tea cups and small hand crafted pottery tea pots is a relatively elaborate ritual.)

If you sieve and pour all of the infused tea liquor out of the glass into smaller cups, decanting all of the precious tea liquor to the last richest drop,* your tea will reward you! ($) Not to stew but steep…. Premium teas should yield at least 3 infusions. Hand plucked leaves will not call you cheap! They long to unfurl with what is lovingly called “The Agony of the leaves.” Beautiful leaves can burst out of their plethora of dehydrated sculpting. Rehydrated back to life by repouring that spring water right back over them. This will release all of their unique nuanced florals, mysterious orchard notes or even, for example, savory spring snow pea nuances. Delicate as a collection of Monet paintings.

Discover the rich luxury of premium loose leaf teas by using simple principals of playing with H20 temp and increasing steeping times over each re-steep. All said and done? Everyone can make delicious tea imported teas.First Love White Tea from teacuppa.com As you do in your cooking, taste as you go! All you need is terrific tea, a heat source, and the heart or Mother of all tea, which is Water! I love experimenting with bottled spring waters such as Volvic, Fuji and more. Volvic is my personal favorite, brings to life the delicate nuances.Glass teapot-like terrariums are so lovely! Now that it is getting chilly, your H20 will not take too long to cool by 20 degrees. The cool breezes are here and cozy moments sipping await. We will be reviewing some wonderful premium loose leaf tea of all origins.

If you fancy getting a bit of a stronger flavor, simply add more leaves. Try 5 grams per 10 oz for starters. Let water cool a bit for white tea and greens. Experiment with steeping increments just as you would with your culinary whirls. Less is more infusion time wise to start with. White teas benefit from more lingering lengths. It is your canvas! Feel free to improvise and experiment. It is easy to brew loose leaves! Many of these wonderful recipes of Well Fed Network require intricate culinary skills such as baking a souffle!

Tea making skills are much easier than you may believe! We don’t scare easily here at “A Nice Cuppa!”

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A Nice Cuppa – » Adjustable Cozies for any Cuppa!

Adjustable Cozies for any Cuppa!

Posted by Fumiko Sasaki

October 30, 2008

Halloween Costumes for your Nice Cuppa?

The world of take-out cuppa’s according to Jenna, the designer of these very cute and terribly functional adjustable hand protectors

“The Cozy Corset Cuff was a result of an ‘I can do better than that’ moment. Sure, the cardboard sleeves provided by coffee shops protect our hands from the heat of our morning latte, but they lack the pizzazz our favorite drink deserves. Not only that, but they never stay on the cup, so they soon end up in the trash can. If one coffee doesn’t fit all, how can we expect a piece of cardboard to be everything for everyone?

Enter the Cozy Corset Cuff. Made from two insulated layers of coordinating 100% cotton fabric, it reflects your personality while protecting your hands. The Cozy Corset Cuff is reversible and adjustable to fit your mood on any given day. Put one around a venti caramel macchiato on Monday, a strawberry-raspberry Italian soda on Wednesday, and a pint of Cherry Garcia on Friday—it will fit and protect equally as well on any cup.”

Great holiday gift for those who suffer from burnt fingers and rushing about trying to wake up at the same time! Cozies in an rainbow of colors, patterns and ribbons. $12.00 a chic cuppa. I’m surprised they didn’t use these in the oh so coutour movie with Meryl Streep as the dragon lady of “The Devil wears Prada.”

 

 

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Brittiny

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October 30, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Those things are adorable! I want one! I’m thinking about getting one for another tea drinking friend of mine for Christmas.

Thanks for posting about them! 🙂

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Lainie Petersen

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October 30, 2008 at 4:55 pm

I SO want one of these! Thanks for sharing!

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Abbey

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October 31, 2008 at 5:40 am

So Cute!! I love ‘em!! I think I might just need to get one! 🙂

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Fumiko Sasaki

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November 2, 2008 at 5:24 am

Hello Abbey!

You deserve one! Queen of Pica’s and more cuppa’s than Alice in Wonderland!

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Fumiko Sasaki

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November 2, 2008 at 5:27 am

Thank you for reading.

I am glad we all have a

great new, must have!

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Cindy for Muse in the Kitchen

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November 4, 2008 at 3:26 am

Love These!! That is just brilliant and makes an ordinary cup of take out coffee look like such a luxury. Sheer brilliance these are.

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A Nice Cuppa – » Whistling Dixie at the Modern Art Museum…

Whistling Dixie at the Modern Art Museum…

Posted by Fumiko Sasaki

March 12, 2008

Eva Kettles

My quest for the perfect tea has also led me to find Eva Ziesel. Eva Ziesel has made a significant contribution to making this world a little bit curvier in her 100+ years on earth. This kettle caught my eye today as I was traipsing through the Modern Art Museum gift shop.

Noted industrial designer Eva Ziesel got together with Chantal to create this classic. It is a whistling-Dixie, ergonomic, tad Doctor Seuss curvy designed kettle! It holds 1.8 quarts, and has a seamless body and spout. If you simmer, boil and shimmy a lot of H2O, as we citizens of not only the caffeine bubbly do, you will love this kettle. Its clever handle fits so cozily in the hand and keeps the snippy burning steam far from ones’ knuckles.

Eva knew just what she wanted from her clever kettle. She was slightly sight-impaired when designing this unique kettle, which I find myself early in the mornings as well too! All the more reason for a safe and curvy option. The opening is large enough for easy filling with precious life giving waters. Its flat base makes for quick firing to a boil and the soft to the touch, stay cool handle ensures secure pouring.

Eva’s kettle is featured at the MOMA (The Museum of Modern Art) store online. If you would like to know more about this remarkable woman, you can check her out here. I doubt I will ever be lonely with tea pots and kettles, which seem to be almost dancing, as I cat nap before waking to sip tea.

EVa’s whimsical wares

Eva’s “Pinnacle” Line of Tea wares above available here along with Kettles

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caleb

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April 1, 2008 at 3:34 pm

I could listen to these tea kettles whislte all day long! That silver one has such a modern design! Talk about functional art.

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Fumiko Sasaki

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April 9, 2008 at 5:08 am

Dear Caleb,

Thank you for reading my bubbling tea kettle mention of talented Eva Ziesels aka architectural DR Suess ladies imaginative and functional contributions.

Caleb is also the name of a very soon to be talented tea master and son of the owners Michael and Winnie Wong of the illustrious The Tea Gallery in N.Y.C. Emperor of tea fresh tea scents.

Thank you kindly for reading!

Fumiko Sasaki R.

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