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Clay Gordon's Blog – October 2009 Archive (7)

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

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

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

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

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

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