L'Artisan Parfumeur launched six fragrances in 1978 under perfumer Jean Laporte (who left ten years later to form Maître Parfumier et Gantier), if you can believe Wikipedia on the subject. One of them, Vanilia, is a magnificent essay on the floral genesis of vanilla, and therefore of course was discontinued in favour of the syrupy, inferior Havana Vanille. Another, Mure et Musc, remains one of their most popular scents, though I don't see the appeal.
Click through on the photos for the scoop on the New Amsterdam Market's artisanal Valentine's Day events, the Mermaid Inn's enlightening new oyster app, and your last chance to get tickets to The Village Voice's Choice Eats. [ more ... Read Post
This week in Eat Cetera: Trigo transforms into Bar Artisanal, tour the Meatpacking District in a rickshaw with a Thai Princess, and brace for the new Taste of the Upper West Side. ... Read Post