Would you like to visit the Salon du Chocolat this year – and get an insider view of the show and Parisian chocolate?The Discover Chocolate in Paris 2010 Tour package includes:Admission passes to the Salon – and no waiting in line to pick up your show passes.Personal introductions to top chocolatiers at the show. In 2009 this included Stéphane Bonnat, Francois Pralus, Jean-Paul Hevin, Sadaharu Aoki, Stéphane Glacier, members of the Cluizel family – and many more.Private dinner with Stéphane…See More
"Hi Kristen. Thanx for inviting me to be your chocolate friend. Didn't we have a blast? Wow-wee! Truly an amazing experience or many adventures all rolled into one. I have lots to report but think I'll just let it go for now. Let's do…"
"Yikes! What a HOT place to teach chocolate-making! in summer yet. I know, I know...air conditioning. Wish I could be there. I'll be catering a wedding in Taos, New Mexico at the time. Have a yummy time.
"Thanks for the comment, Jamie, and hope you like the book. I was recently in Paris and managed to visit some of my favourite chocoltiers, including a new one for me, Patrick Roger. Absolutely sublime! I'd like to do what you're doing one…"
"Thank you so much for writing to me and telling me about your book. I will order it today. I'm so excited! I want to keep in touch with you and later, when I'm moving more in the direction of completion with MY project, I'll run it by…"
"If you're compiling quotes, myths, anecdotes etc. about chocolate can I (a bit of self advertising here) direct you to my book "The Language of Chocolates", which is full of what (I hope) you are looking for? The book is available…"
"Hi Kristen. I just left a message for you, but on MY page.
Gordon has been in Europe teaching...don't know when he's due to return. See my message on my page, Jamie Jeffries for a few more details, OK?
"Yes, Kristin. Clay is in Europe teaching. I don't know when he will return. His trip was proceeded with a sad event, the death of his father. Under these circumstances, I understand why he's been out of touch.
I was freezing cold in my sundress, way up in San Jose del Pacifico in the Sierra Madre del Sur de Oaxaquena, 1973. I had no idea it could be so cold in Mexico, just having left Oaxaca City's heat. My 1st bowl of dark,steaming hot chocolate con agua, redolent of cinnamon & almonds, warmed my body & ignited my soul. It's hypnotic fragrance held me spellbound. Was it the elevation of 9,000 feet that made me woozy or was it the ancient drink of the Maya (later the Aztecs) that made my head spin like I was in love for the first time? All I know is that on that chilly morning a life-long love affair with Mexican chocolate was born. I later learned that it was the wooden molinillo, spun in the deft hands of Senora Valdez, that created the sacred foam adorning the top of my chocolate. I also learned that authentic chocolate didn't originate in tins from the Piggly Wiggly but from the roasted beans of cacao trees growing in Southern Mexico. Many years later, my love of chocolate led me back to Oaxaca and to the Mexican states of Tabasco & Chiapas where I met up with Elaine and also Susana Trilling's chocolate tours. Now I feel like I know everything about the precious cacao bean; from chocolate soup to chocolate nuts. Chocolate in all of its mysterious and elegant guises, from humble origins; always delicious to the last drop (and nibble).
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Thanks for the comment, Jamie, and hope you like the book. I was recently in Paris and managed to visit some of my favourite chocoltiers, including a new one for me, Patrick Roger. Absolutely sublime! I'd like to do what you're doing one day too - to go the the heart of the chocolate experience. That's where it all begins. Most of us only ever experience where it ends... Not that there's anything inglorious in that of course. I'd love to know how you get on.
If you're compiling quotes, myths, anecdotes etc. about chocolate can I (a bit of self advertising here) direct you to my book "The Language of Chocolates", which is full of what (I hope) you are looking for? The book is available from Amazon (and Lulu.com), and details can be found on My Page... Enjoy!
Jamie, how wonderful to hear from you! I, too, remember that evening and the great time we had. It would have been even better if you all could have joined us the rest of the time. It was a bittersweet trip for me, knowing that it was my last, but I will always remember it as havng been one of the best. If you will send me your address, I'll send you a calendar that Peter's Chocolate printed this year to commemorate that trip. Let's do keep in touch. I hope our chocolate paths meet again soon.