Happy to be here, for the chocolate of course, but also to be a part of your social networking experiment. I've made lots of filled chocolates throughout the years, but my favorites are a burnt caramels, vanilla lavender creams and almond praline mice. I'll track down some photos and post them. I haven't made it to La Maison du Chocolat in Paris, but would love to. The NY store has had to suffice.
Unfortunately, no cameras were aloud in the factory so I have no pix from the experience. The factory itself, may now no longer be in use. When I was there they were already talking about a new facility, leaving their home of at least 75 years there. I forget how long, but it's definitely one of, if not the oldest chocolate factory in Russia. All of the chocolate I tried on the tour (only milk-free vegan) was excellent!
Finally! A social networking site for the real me! Thanks for creating this. I enjoy your site and your knowledge and appreciate your sharing. My fiance and I are amateur chocolatiers and as a plant biologist I'm all about chocolate origin. Looking forward to the conversations here.
Royal Treasures is all online so far. I hope (one day soon) to open a shop in California. You can visit my website at www.royaltreasures.com and see what it has to offer. All who have had the treasures want more and more and more. The recipies are all developed in our kitchens and I picked my color scheme (white and purple) for my packaging. I hope you enjoy.
Thanks for opening up a social network for chocolate! It is a wonderful idea.
Chocolate social network is a great idea -- and tomorrow, the world! Would be nice to have a place on our profile for our website, and also a place where we could each contribute our favorite chocolate links, books, etc. Perhaps that's the forums or groups, but some kind of book or link list could also be nice.