Behind the scenes at Mariages Frères (Paris):
Henri: Edouard, have you noticed the spike in our sales for le Casablanca blend?
Edouard: Oui, oui. Johnny in marketing says a food blogger in California called the Single Guy wrote about how much he loves le Casablanca.
Henri: Oh. What is les blogger?
Edouard: Ah, people with nothing to do and sit around all day talking like they know everything about food.
Henri: Mon ami, you pull mon leg? You know Edouard, we should come up with another blend to tickle ze fancy of les Single Guy.
Edouard: You read my mind, Henri. But it must be something enticing et irresistible. Even more romantic than le Casablanca.
Henri: How about les orchid tea that we got in ze other day?
Edouard: Oui, and lets blend it with the essence of vanilla.
Henri: Edouard, you are a genius. I bow at your feet.
Edouard: Moi? Les nothing. But what shall we call it?
Henri: Black Orchid.
Edouard: Ah, brilliant. Now youre ze genius.
Henri: Ze nothing. Edouard, should we get les ham et fromage baguette for lunch today?
Edouard: Oh, no. Not again. Today I feel like croissant.
Henri: Ha, ha. Oui, et chocolat.
Letter to Mariage Frères:
Dear Tea makers at Mariage Frères,
I have been a longtime fan of your exquisite tea ever since I stepped into your shop in the Marais district of Paris. In particular, I have raved on my food blog about your Casablanca blend.
I never thought I would find another flavor to rival it. But I did. Your newest blend, seductively called Black Orchid, is a soothing sweet tea with the richness of black tea combined with the gentle fragrance of vanilla. Its my favorite tea now to make with my afternoon scone. I enjoy the fragrance of the tea so much that I must admit to sometimes just opening the canister and sniffing its contents.
Thank you again for a wonderful find. Please keep up the good work!
The Single Guy
Disclaimer: The above is fictitious and only happened in the mind of the Single Guy. The original Mariage Brothers were named Edouard and Henri, but of course they are now long gone. But their legacy continues.