L’Epicerie du Metropole is one of my favorite gourmet stores in Hanoi. I’ll stop by for chocolate or macarons on date nights, bread and fruit on normal days, or teas on special occasions like Christmas, New Year, or Tết.
I bought the Boutons de Rose (n° 1) not for myself so I’m not sure if it’s good or not, but the Vanilla (n° 15) is fantastic. I have a weak stomach (but I like sweets), so what I usually do with the tea—only when alone, of course—is brew a big pot of it, add a tiny bit of Equal and skim milk to it while hot, and enjoy. I know that adding fake sugar and skim milk to premium quality tea seems idiotic and ridiculous, but the stomach wants what the stomach wants.
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