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One day in Paris

Next week I'll be in Paris for a day. It'll be my first time, and I'm skipping the landmarks and museums in favor of chocolate shops. Any advice from those familiar with the scene would be appreciated. I'm currently planning to visit Patrick Roger, Jacques Genin, Jean-Paul Hevin and Michel Chaudun. I might stop at Maison if I pass one, but I can always find them in NY.

Any other places I should include? For those with more than one shop, is there a particular location I should visit?… Continue

Added by Brendan on March 2, 2010 at 7:56am — 3 Comments

Chocolate Packaging for sale

I just posted some unused chocolate boxes, bags etc. over in Classifieds. Will be very reasonable on price...I want my storage back.

Added by Brendan on September 20, 2009 at 8:46pm — No Comments

Not-so-trivial trivia

Here's a question for any seriously informed chocolate people. What's the story with the Smith (aka W.C. Smith) company? The used enrober market is peppered with Smith machines, and a quick search turns up enrober patents listed under a W Smith & Sons Inc. My search for info on the company that makes/made these machines has been fruitless, however. Are they closed? Were they bought out? Is the Smith line currently made/supported by another company? Is it some kind of national… Continue

Added by Brendan on February 21, 2008 at 5:59pm — 2 Comments

Standing Up for the Fondeur - a Missive

I've noticed a trend that disturbs me. There are enough misconceptions and unjustified biases in the chocolate world already; it's time this one was laid to rest. I've seen it time and again, in news features and in company literature. I saw it just now. As interest in fine chocolate rises and the number of domestic bean-to-bar manufacturers rises (thank goodness), I see it more often.

"We don't just melt other people's chocolates."

The sentiment is a fair one, but it's so… Continue

Added by Brendan on February 18, 2008 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

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