Spice-laden air over the Strait of Bosphorus in the Middle Ages

...pine and cedar pulled from the imagined court of Louis XIV, spice-laden air over the Strait of Bosphorus in the Middle Ages, river water and hashish of modern-day Rotterdam. Those are the ones people might actually, you know, wear. There's also the New Jersey Turnpike during a rainstorm, air pollution in San Francisco, and fresh manure in the French countryside.

— some of the smells at Urban Olfactory: What does history smell like?, an exhibit at SPUR Urban Center in San Francisco. The exhibit runs through 31 March. Read more at Now You Can Experience the Nasty Stench of Cities Throughout History at The Atlantic, or check out the details at the SPUR website.

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I blunder through more scents

I blunder through more scents. My attempt to describe a salty wine: ‘Pineapple’. A fragrance intended for a rugged, outdoorsy beefcake: ‘Ooh! Christmassy!’ At one point, I get so confused that I feel like I’ve just spent ten minutes sniffing a man. And I resort to the spittoon to avoid getting completely twatted. That’s right, ladies: I spit rather than swallow.

— Alexi Duggins of Now. Here. This. (possibly, the wrong person for the job) attends a Sip/Sniff wine and perfume event in London hosted by Odette Toilette and Berkmann Wine Cellars. Read more at Nose knows: how to find the perfect wine to go with your own scent, or read more about the event at Odette Toilette.

Notes of toffee and apple

Taking a cue from the designer perfume line’s Déliria fragrance, which features notes of toffee and apple, the first course of Nova Scotia Salmon incorporates citrus-cured apple and grain mustard. The second course includes guests’ choice of Atlantic Black Cod, served with carrots and roasted garlic fumet, or the Omaha Beef Tenderloin with smoked potato mousseline and Bordelaise syrup, both of which are inspired by the saffron, whiskey, lavender, and rose bouquet found in L’Artisan’s Skin on Skin.

— Los Angeles restaurant Patina is offering a Valentine's Day dinner inspired by L'Artisan Parfumeur's Explosion d'Emotion trio. Read more at Patina Partners with L’Artisan Parfumeur for Valentine’s Day Dinner at Haute Living.

Open me, smell me

What does Debussy smell like? It might not be something you've had cause to wonder, but it was the burning question when I took my seat to hear the composer's String Quartet in G minor on Saturday. On my seat was a small black box that said "Open Me", and inside the lid another message: "Smell Me". Just sitting and listening to music is so 2013. This was to be a completely multi-sensory experience.

— Lyndsey Winship writes about Bittersuite's synaesthesia-inspired concerts. Read more at Scented scarves, scampering fingers and ice: concerts the immersive way at the Guardian.