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April 2009 Blog Posts (10)

Academy of Chocolate Part 3

At this point I'm just going to advise everyone against using this organization of crooks.



After again asking them about the feedback, the only reason I approached them in the first place, I waited two months and nothing. Not a peep from them, how long does it take to organize some notes? In two months, I've been able to organize 10's of thousands of pages of documentation, what is their issue? (You know, I hear there is this thing called a automated data processor, Madison Ave calls… Continue

Added by Robert Shea on April 29, 2009 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Great in Pears

I’m sure that most of the planet is aware of the great combination of pears and blue cheese (roquefort, stilton, gorgonzola). What is it about this pairing works so well?



In describing the flavors associated with “the blue” flavors of these cheeses, common descriptors are “sweet caramel, spicy, peppery, nutty, fruity”. Detecting these flavors in a cheese is the joy of eating it. Missing that element of taste would defeat the purpose of buying blue cheese! With these flavors in mind,… Continue

Added by holycacao on April 28, 2009 at 11:45am — 5 Comments

Learning about Green Acres Farm in Bocas del Toro

It's fascinating hearing how someone from California can uproot and run a plantation and chocolate making in a solar powered space in Panama. Dave Cerutti and his wife are doing an amazing job with ecotourism and chocolate making and have a lot to say. Check out the interview for more info www.buckscountychocolateshow.com on 'The Journey of The Pod tab'.

Added by Gretchen Tartakoff on April 21, 2009 at 9:57pm — No Comments

Dueling cakes

It’s been sixteen years since I’ve seen my friend Bessie’s cousin, Bessie, but I had the chance to catch up with her this weekend at Jean-Paul Hevin's salon de thé.



We were modest and French enough with our meals—quiche for Bessie, salad for me, wine for us both. Less so with dessert. It’s a chocolatier, after all—my favorite one at that. We had to have chocolate cake.



For all its poshness, the salon has these weird oversized, laminated menus with pictures and descriptions… Continue

Added by Sweet Freak on April 14, 2009 at 2:30am — No Comments

A chocolate virus strain in Africa?

I don't know much about this topic but it doesn't look good.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/5119145/Diseases-hurting-chocolate-crop.html


Added by IslaReina on April 12, 2009 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

How to decorate for Easter

Last year I was excited for Peeps from Bethlehem. This year, I’m enjoying the over-the-top molded chocolates in Paris.



To be clear: I’m not sampling every chocolate bunny or chick—I have to show some restraint. Besides, seeing the elaborate window displays around town is almost as satisfying as tasting the edibles within.



Michel Cluizel has chocolate eggs by the… Continue

Added by Sweet Freak on April 12, 2009 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

A Rare Tour at 10 Guittard Road



I must share with you one of the most incredible tours of anything I've ever been on, a rare tour through the Guittard Chocolate factory in Burlingame!



Mark Hodgson, Pastry Chef Instructor at City College of San Francisco has been working with me on product development for the last few months. He works with someone who is friends with Gary Guittard. It's always who you know and that allowed Mark 25 spaces for a tour of the factory.… Continue

Added by Christine Doerr on April 6, 2009 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

The mixing bowl: Rachel Zoe Insler



The first time I bit into a Bespoke truffle, I was instantly smitten. But the first time I met Rachel Zoe Insler, I was wowed. She's got the smarts and talent of a chocolatier trained in London, but the cool down-to-earth vibe of someone who's passionate about the city and can cop to… Continue

Added by Sweet Freak on April 5, 2009 at 3:53am — No Comments

Press Opportunity: Mother's Day Gifts in/to Australia.

Please do not reply to this blog post or to me. The contact information is at the bottom of this post. If you have something, please reply directly to that e-mail address.



Summary: Mothers Day Gift Ideas for Australia



Category: Lifestyle & Entertainment

Name: Kirsty Lawson

Email: kirsty@prezziexpress.com

Title: Editor

Media Outlet/Publication: Prezzi Magazine

Anonymous? No

Specific Geographic Region? No

Region: Australia &… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on April 3, 2009 at 8:01am — No Comments

Poisson d'Avril

To the French, April 1 is “Poisson d’Avril.” The idea is generally the same as April Fool’s—to play practical jokes on others—but they do so by attaching fish to unsuspecting others’ backs (á la a “kick me” sign).



But what really interests me about the French interpretation of the “holiday” are the chocolates everyone gets to celebrate. You can find dime store bags of molded fish, clams, seahorses and the like—either in milk, dark or white chocolate. But the top-notch chocolatiers… Continue

Added by Sweet Freak on April 3, 2009 at 5:45am — No Comments

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