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The Japanese penchant for applying an artistic touch to many things in life filters down to unexpected places!  The ice cream parfait, a layered ice cream confection designed to satisfy a sweet tooth, morphs into a delectable artistic experience of textures and tastes in the hands of a Japanese ice cream expert.  The Japanese seem to have a knack for discovering foreign items, adapting them to their own culture and making them better.  More power to them, I say!

Here are some illustrations of old French parfaits”


 In France, where the dish originated, parfait is made by boiling cream, egg, sugar and syrup to create a custard-like puree. The American version consists of layers differentiated by the inclusion of such ingredients as granolanutsyogurt and liqueurs, topped off with fruits or whipped cream.[4][5] The oldest known recipe dates back to 1894.[6]

Either type is typically served in tall glassware together with a long spoon known as parfait spoon. The classical parfait glass is stemware, with a short stem and a tall slender bowl, often tapered towards the bottom, also used for serving milkshakes.

Just wait.  Vintage Jeanette Parfait Juice Glasses Tall Ribbed Footed image 3

While surfing NHK, one of my faves, I followed an anorexic and perky Finnish woman down her yellow brick road of parfait obsession.  She jauntilly travelled Japan, so it appeared, only seeking out parfait specialists to sample their wares.  She looked as if she could eat nothing but ice cream and whipped cream for the rest of her life and not gain a half an ounce. To make her even more dislikeable, she of course spoke Japanese fluently!  Following her lead, I did some online sleuthing and came up with a parfait site that I decided is too good not to share with my readers!  Seize this late summer’s moment and dig in with me. First let’s find the perfect old parfait glassware, online of course.  They’re just waiting to be filled.

Do any of these options strike your fancy?  Please try and let me know if you were happy with the results, etc.  I’ve made a personal decision to try more parfeé outposts the next time I am residing in Japan.  There WILL  be a NEXT TIME!   More in person posts at that time, I promise. In the meantime, Happy Summertime Indulging!

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Dianne Vapnek

In an attempt to slow life's quickening pace, I'm writing to share my personal perspective on the aging process, its dilemmas, the humorous self-deception, the insights and the adventure of it all. I spent the bulk of my time in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, but manage to get to NYC a few times times a year. I've been a dancer/dance teacher and dance supporter almost all my life. For the past20years, I help create and produce a month-long creative residency in Santa Barbara for contemporary American choreographers and their dancers. It's been incredibly gratifying. This year, I decided it's time to retire! Big change. I also now spend several weeks a year in Kyoto Japan, residing for several weeks in the spring and the fall. I've been magnetically attracted to Japan for many years. Now I live out a dream to live there part-time.

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