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A one-two Parisian chocolate punch

Jean-Paul Hévin, Patrick Roger, Un Dimanche à Paris… I was certainly getting around to my favorite chocolatiers during my last weeks in Paris. But in the very last few days, I made visits to two brand new chocolatiers: Chloe Chocolat and Franck Kestener.

 

My own copy of Chloé Doutre-Roussel’s bible, The Chocolate Connoisseur (2005), is a tattered, stained mess from all the bonbons I consumed while reading about…

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Added by Sweet Freak on January 30, 2011 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Salon du Chocolat in Paris

This weekend is the Salon du Chocolat in Paris.



My advice is to go with a big appetite, big pockets and a big checkbook. There is lots of sampling and plenty of temptation.



There’s hot chocolate and chocolate spreads.…

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Added by Sweet Freak on October 29, 2010 at 12:19pm — 2 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

The Biarritz chocolate train

How do I explain this one? A sixth sense for cacao? An exquisitely attuned nose that enables me to detect almond paste from over 400 miles away? Faith that any place in France is going to have to-die-for bonbons?



When I booked my trip to Biarritz, I knew rugby, pelote and thalassotherapy spa treatments were big. But I had no idea that the region had a storied chocolate history. I swear.



It was only on the TGV from Paris, furiously… Continue

Added by Sweet Freak on May 25, 2009 at 5:24pm — 2 Comments

Manhattan's best 5 cups of cocoa

Because it's snowing in New York. Because it's the holiday season. And because it's one of the silver linings of winter: these are the hot chocolates you don't want to miss.



Jacques Torres

When you walk into Chocolate Haven Soho, the heavenly scent of chocolate is all around you. Belly up to bar and order my personal favorite: the peanut butter hot cocoa.…



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Added by Sweet Freak on January 24, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Nunu now open

Nunu has new digs from which to peddle its oh-so-lovely chocolates. Two years after starting the company, they have appropriately cute space on Atlantic Avenue, not so far away from Sweet Freak favorites Atlantic Diner and Betty Bakery.



The hot cocoa and tea are still coming, but all the caramels and ganaches are ready to be snapped up. Like the best selling hand dipped… Continue

Added by Sweet Freak on January 22, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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