Be sure to visit early in the morning to watch as scores of flaky chocolate-filled croissant are rolled out on a walnut countertop with a maplewood rolling pin.
– December 16, 2023
Picture it: You are visiting a town with small shops on the main stretch. You enter the warmly lit door with the bakery sign. You stand there drinking in the ambience of the glowing wooden counter & tables where people sit drinking hot beverages with pastries in front of them. The heat from the ovens mixed with the smell of fresh chocolate crossiants is intoxicating. Even after you have purchased and eaten four treats you can still smell the fragrant crumbs clinging to your hands.
This is a soft scent, the kind you have to get close to to really investigate. It’s not overly sweet but it does have that warm baked good note lingering around. I am enamored with this!
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Looking down, you see a scattering of breadcrumbs strewn on the packed soil and straw at your feet. A waft of candied apple and pancakes embraces you, as you follow the crumbs on the path. The scent intensifies: sugared nuts, crushed candies, hot gusts of chocolate, and you find yourself standing before a small booth constructed of cakes, pastries, sweet breads, and a cascade of candy tiles. Shards of clear sugar glint in the ambient firelight of the Midway, and an old woman emerges from the shadows within. She extends a gnarled hand to you and rasps, “Oh, you dear, what has brought you here? You look like skin and bones; a strong gust of wind would spirit you into the air. Do come in, and visit with me. No harm shall happen to you.”
A calming, affirming fragrance to help motivate Santa through the daunting tasks which await him year after year: sugar plum lavender marshmallows.
A bounty of chocolate coins! Dry cocoa and golden amber!
years of anger following
hours that float idly down —
drifts its weight
deeper and deeper for three days
or sixty years, eh? Then
the sun! a clutter of
yellow and blue flakes —
Hairy looking trees stand out
in long alleys
over a wild solitude.
The man turns and there —
his solitary track stretched out
upon the world.
– William Carlos Williams
A solitary track stretched out upon the world: grey amber and white oud, ti leaf, vanilla ash and white sandalwood.