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The best coffee and gelato in all of Rome?

Of all the things I expected to learn on my trip, learning where to get the best coffee and gelato in Rome never entered my plans. But there I was in Rome with an expert local guide (Vanessa Barg of Gnosis Chocolate) and that is exactly what I discovered. The New York Times recently also bestowed the best coffee on this place - saying that it might just be the most expensive in the world - when you add in the cost of the flight - and it would be worth it.



Near the Pantheon on the… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on October 27, 2009 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Europe trip in 2010

Going on a family trip to europe in January and february 2010 from Australia any must do's and see's of the chocolate world , going on a behind the scenes look of the Callebaut Factory. Going to the UK, Belguim, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Hong Kong on the way home. Any information would be great

Wallace

Added by wallace Macdonald on October 27, 2009 at 2:27am — 1 Comment

Day of Delicious



The biggest celebration of Dia de Los Meurtos or Day of the Dead in America is at Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles. Part art walk, part street festival, all souls are welcome. The tradition is rooted in the ancient civilzations of Mesoamerica (Maya, Aztec and more) and are the same ones that developed chocolate from their native cacao trees. People decorate alters with memorabilia, marigolds, candles, bread and sugar skulls to attract… Continue

Added by Susie Norris on October 26, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The New New European Chocolate Weight Loss Diet

The first time I traveled to Europe for an extended period of time (six weeks in 1986 - way before my interest in chocolate) I managed to lose quite a bit of weight.



One of the reasons why was that I spent the first two weeks in Germany (a culture not known for gourmet cuisine) and another was that I was working a nine-day trade fair (Photokina) and so was on my feet from 9am to 8pm every day with few options for eating. For the remaining four weeks I was eating at most two meals a… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on October 26, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Eurochocolate - my first chocolate festival

This is a tale of two attempts to see what Eurochocolate has to offer. On the first Sunday we arrived early at the park and ride area to find over 100 tourist coaches and a hlaf-mile long/4 people wide queue for tickets to get the bus to the town centre venue. There was, of course, a similar queue for the actual coaches.



We bailed on this and found the railway station - the plan being to say "hi Clay, we're out of here!" but the bus queues didn't exist so we parked and made it to the… Continue

Added by Duffy Sheardown on October 25, 2009 at 2:07pm — 3 Comments

candy boxes for my truffles?

where to buy them & what's best to use

Added by mike johnson on October 24, 2009 at 11:08pm — 7 Comments

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… Continue

Added by SU on October 23, 2009 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Soma chocolate in Toronto

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

Added by SU on October 22, 2009 at 5:04pm — 2 Comments

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Added by Hector Velásquez on October 22, 2009 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

CHOCOLATE BLISS TODAY

Hey, it’s today! My new book, CHOCOLATE BLISS: Sensuous Recipes, Spa Treatments and Other Divine Indulgences hits bookstores today (Barnes & Noble, Borders, your local independent). It’s a celebration of how chocolate touches the culinary heart of the world. Lots of info on tasting, health benefits, sustainable farming, gifting, plus recipes for brownies, cookies, marbled pound cake, cocoa chili, fondue; AND shopping tips on how to find great… Continue

Added by Susie Norris on October 20, 2009 at 12:10pm — 5 Comments

October Tour: Saint-Germain’s rich and dreamy chocolate trail

In honor of the Salon de Chocolat (which I didn’t go to this year) this month’s walking tour takes you to some of Saint-Germain’s best chocolatiers. After all, you can toss an M&M in any direction in the sixth arrondisement and hit a world-class chocolatier—especially now that Patrick Roger has opened two new boutiques there.



Start at one of them, 91 rue de Rennes, and see what magical window displays the creative chocolate genius has whipped up. After admiring the fantasies and… Continue

Added by Sweet Freak on October 18, 2009 at 4:32am — 2 Comments

Euro Chocolate Road Trip - London Day 3 and Sophisticated Pairings

Today is the official first day of Chocolate Week and now that Chocolate Unwrapped is over there is no official “center” for the event. For the next seven days Chocolate Week goes virtual with events scattered throughout the city at various locations including the shops of participating chocolatiers. My main chocolate-related goal for the day is to prepare for a pairing event hosted at the Westbourne Grove shop of Arisan du Chocolat.



The event is called Sophisticated Pairings… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on October 17, 2009 at 12:30am — 5 Comments

History of Sweetest Day thanks to Wiki

These photos of the Founders of Cleveland's Sweetest Day were first published on page two of the Sweetest Day Section in The Cleveland Plain Dealer on October 8, 1922.



The images show the photos of the 12 Candymakers who "Arranged the Details of The Sweetest Day in the Year and Planned It's Success." The Candymakers' names are (from left to right) C.R. Canter, A.E. Barton, R.T. Fuller, J.J. Wilsdon, R.H. Sheehan, W.A. Katzenmeyer, A.A.…
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Added by Gwen Borders on October 16, 2009 at 6:36am — No Comments

Off to Paris and the Salon du Chocolat

Tuesday, October 13



The weather in London finally lived down to its reputation on the Tuesday I am scheduled to take a late-morning Eurostar from St Pancras London to the Gare du Nord in Paris for the Salon du Chocolat. After the hotel's quaint excuse for a breakfast (brown toast except there was no brown toast – again), brown (bran) flakes, orange "juice," and instant "coffee," I shouldered my bags and descended into the London Underground during the height of rush… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on October 14, 2009 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

2nd Paderborn Chocolate Festival

For those in Germany, or within drving distance, the 2nd Paderborn Chocolate Festival opens Thursday night Oct 22 with a VIP reception in the town hall. The show runs then from Friday through Sunday. Last year's event welcomed over 20 000 visitors. This event is a showcase of german chocolate and this year features musical performances, chocolate sculpture, photography and fashion. I will be in attendance and will report "von ort" as we say in… Continue

Added by Warren Laine-Naida on October 14, 2009 at 3:30am — No Comments

Euro Chocolate Road Trip - London Day 2

There is a lot to like about London – but hotels are not one of those things.



The hotel that is hosting Chocolate Unwrapped – The May Fair – has a very nice lobby with a happening lobby bar scene at night. I suppose you could call it a boutique hotel. And I am sure that the rooms are very nice, but I am equally sure that they are quite small for what they cost. And that's the dilemma of hotels in London. In the US in most cities I can go to a budget hotel brand and even for a modest… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on October 13, 2009 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

Euro Chocolate Road Trip - London Chocolate Unwrapped

The whole Idea of Chocolate Week in the UK has been to build awareness for the growing artisan and high-end chocolate world in the UK (not just London) and drive foot traffic into the stores rather than taking people out of their workshops during the busy holiday production season and gathering them all together in one place for the public to parade in front of.



This year the organizers decided to add a small trade show component to Chocolate Week – Chocolate Unwrapped - as a way to… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on October 12, 2009 at 4:30am — 5 Comments

Euro Chocolate Road Trip - Off to London

Day 1 - October 9, 2009



It's 6:00pm and I am finally in the air en-route to London via Toronto. I left for the airport earlier than I normally would have because it's the Friday of a holiday weekend (Columbus Day here in the US; the connection to chocolate is that Columbus was the first known European to see cacao off the coast of the island of Guanaja on his third voyage to the New World in 1503 – it's Thanksgiving weekend in Canada) and I expected traffic out to La Guardia airport… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on October 12, 2009 at 2:00am — No Comments

Chocolate Festival Today SF Peninsula!

There is a Chocolate Festival Event today in Belmont on Alameda de las Pulgas - north of Ralston - looking forward to hearing reports about it!

Added by Marilyn on October 11, 2009 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Saturday in San Francisco: a visit to Tcho

It took me a whole week to find the time to get to this blog — and I'm still waiting for Tom to email me the pictures (he's in Indonesia again) — but our tour of Tcho last week was so special that I want to share it.



John Kehoe is Tcho's sourcing director. He and Tom met about 5 years at a Fair Trade conference, and in the year and a half that he's been with Tcho, we've… Continue

Added by Eve on October 10, 2009 at 3:46pm — No Comments

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