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SU replied to La Chocolat's discussion Which Ingredient Used in additional amount to increase chocolate taste and Health
"I'm a fan of espresso or coffee. Don't know about health benefits, though."
Nov 2, 2010
SU replied to April Susan's discussion Where can I find for purchase a wide selection of chocolate from a variety of different fine chocolatiers?
"Also Chocolate Covered - a store in SF (Noe Valley area, I think)."
Mar 22, 2010
SU is now friends with Annick Vliegen and Sarah Gross
Jan 25, 2010
SU replied to Richard Spangenberg's discussion Best Female Chocolatier?
"Or said a slightly less depressing way: its a male dominated industry that has been run in a particular way -- pathways via established training schools, I would guess for pastries because a lot of famous chocolatiers seem to have pastry background,…"
Nov 9, 2009
SU replied to Joshua D. Rector's discussion Where do I start as an aspiring chocolate seller?
"You could sell on an already established site like foodzie.com - it's like ebay for artisan food. I've been drooling over some of their options. That could give you web presence and be a stepping stone for your path to your own site with…"
Oct 29, 2009
SU replied to rebecca wamsley's discussion Best chocolate school
"Ha! I've lived in Buffalo for two years after moving from Oakland, Ca, where I had multiple artisan choc shops within walking distance. That there's known as fountain candy in these parts and it is loved. I stopped trying to make it work…"
Oct 29, 2009
SU commented on Duffy Sheardown's blog post Eurochocolate - my first chocolate festival
"You weren't imagining things. I had half a day to scan stalls with minimal crowding - no Amedei or Slitti present. But then of all the chocolatiers I visited in their home towns, only de Bondt had a stall. The others -- Mannori, Catinari,…"
Oct 28, 2009
SU commented on SU's blog post Ah, Italy. The food...the chocolate...
"only if you can hear me laughing maniacally...b'wahahahahahahah! I'm eating deBondt pralines as I type. So subtle, soft and good!"
Oct 28, 2009
Ilana commented on SU's blog post Ah, Italy. The food...the chocolate...
"can you hear me groan?"
Oct 28, 2009
SU posted a blog post

Ah, Italy. The food...the chocolate...

So here are the spoils of my Italy trip. Chocolatiers visited: Luca Mannori (the pastries, my god, the pastries!), Roberto Catinari (so....much to choose from), Paul de Bondt (why we were you out of honey chocolates???), and Vestri (could not have been ruder and hotter store). Chocolatiers visited who were closed Catinari & Salza (fie! fie on you both!). And of course, Eurochocolate.I actually came in under budget. I think. Still haven't totaled the receipts yet, but I ran out of room in my…See More
Oct 27, 2009
SU replied to rebecca wamsley's discussion Best chocolate school
"Augh! My eyes! Once again Jeff shares images that make me want to wash my eyeballs. You couldn't have cropped him from the chest down? :)"
Oct 27, 2009
SU replied to Louise Thomas's discussion Storing Chocolate
"I store chocolate in a wine fridge and plastic bags or boxes in case of occasional condensation on the fan. I'm in upstate NY USA. We are having a freakishly temperate fall so I'm also keeping some in a padded thermo bag (my traveling bag…"
Oct 27, 2009
SU commented on Duffy Sheardown's blog post Eurochocolate - my first chocolate festival
"Weren't the crowds amazing?! We were there on the 16th & 17th. When we arrived there weren't many crowds (I think it was the first day). I wandered around that evening cataloging stalls to visit, but the next day was packed! Completely…"
Oct 27, 2009
SU replied to Kirsi Hyytiäinen's discussion Online buying/selling?
"Actually, I'm not against buying food online. I did have one bad experience, but that was in the nature of an experiment anyway (and the issue was sugar content, not freshness). The trusted sources I've bought from -- Donnelly and…"
Oct 27, 2009
SU commented on SU's blog post Soma chocolate in Toronto
"The Distillery District is wonderful! My husband and I went around madly snapping pics of the all the Victorian era architecture and machinery remnants about. Very fun area. Soma's chocs rate very highly on my list, not everyone does a dark…"
Oct 23, 2009
SU posted a blog post

Soma chocolate in pictures

Lovely dark chocs!Just some pics of the packaging and goodies we bought.They had their machinery behind a glass partition with an micromini amphitheater seating so you could watch them smooshing beans.And the box - loved the design!And the cookies (which were gone in seconds)Oh, but how we the chocolates you ask? Friggin' divine. Strong, distinct dark chocolate taste perfectly balanced with a variety flavoring and without any acidity or cloying sweetness. One of the best balancing acts I've had…See More
Oct 23, 2009

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Dark
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Recently, munching on Patrick Roger bars with my husband while working from home. Bliss.
My favorite chocolate is:
Patrick Roger (currently)

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Ah, Italy. The food...the chocolate...

Posted on October 27, 2009 at 7:58pm 2 Comments

So here are the spoils of my Italy trip. Chocolatiers visited: Luca Mannori (the pastries, my god, the pastries!), Roberto Catinari (so....much to choose from), Paul de Bondt (why we were you out of honey chocolates???), and Vestri (could not have been ruder and hotter store). Chocolatiers visited who were closed Catinari & Salza (fie! fie on you both!). And of course, Eurochocolate.

I actually came in under budget. I think. Still haven't… Continue

Soma chocolate in pictures

Posted on October 23, 2009 at 6:34pm 0 Comments

Lovely dark chocs!

Just some pics of the packaging and goodies we bought.

They had their machinery behind a glass partition with an micromini amphitheater seating so you could watch them smooshing beans.

And the box - loved the design!

And the cookies (which… Continue

Soma chocolate in Toronto

Posted on October 22, 2009 at 5:04pm 2 Comments

My husband and I spent an afternoon in Toronto (we live in Buffalo) and we stopped by Soma Chocolates while we were there. I'd been dying to try them and as we only had time for one chocolatier (of the three possible) Soma was the winner. Let's start with some pictures of the store:





I'll post pics of the actual chocolates later. We just got back… Continue

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