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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016

In case you forgot the memo, Mother’s Day is coming soon (May 8th or 3 Sundays away from publication)! If you haven’t gotten or made anything for your mom, here’s some stylish or cool ideas for her. You can’t go wrong with giving your mom a bottle of fine Perrier-Jouët Champagne Brut Champagne. Notes of lemon, lime and fresh pear on the spice-tinged nose. Dry, offering tangy citrus fruit flavors and a touch of white pepper. Shows good clarity and bite on the finish, which leaves a bitter quinine note behind. This is great to have it served simply straight..

La Maison du Chocolat’s Spring/Summer 2013 Chocolate Collections

La Maison du Chocolat’s Duo de Ganaches: Andalouise & Yuzu La Maison du Chocolat is my longtime favorite, luxury French chocolate brand. If you read this blog long enough, I even went far enough to fly to Paris and have a tour of their impeccable chocolate factory back in 2010. Even though their Creative Director has left and Master Chef Nicolas Cloiseau took over last year, it’s interesting to see how Cloiseau would use his creative muscles and use the founder of La Maison du Chocolat, Robert Linxe, traditions. Keeping with the tradition of their annual, limited edition of Duo..

Delicious Chocolates at Chocolat Moderne (NYC)

At Chocolat Moderne: Tempered chocolate and lots of chocolate bonbons (seen here: Kumquat and The Devotion collection) About a week ago, I was invited to meet the founder and chocolatier Joan Coukos of Chocolat Moderne. When you arrive to the factory, it’s actually part retail and offices. The main door leads you to the chocolate making area where you will inhale the intoxicating aroma of chocolate. There’s a partitioned area of sorts where you would find a long table filled with mesmerizing gems of exotic, globally inspired chocolate bonbons and their signature coral colored boxes of flavored chocolate bars. Chocolat..

Brunch at Balaboosta & Emmanuel Hamon’s Confections

Brunch menu, Interior of Balaboosta & Coffee About three weeks ago, I met my friends, Emmanuel and Sonia Hamon, at Balaboosta for brunch. This lovely couple was visiting from Breton, France (geographically, it’s close to Brittany) for vacation. The slightly intriguing thing was that this is their first brunch experience since the French generally don’t have this meal or notion of what New Yorkers (or generalize this further, Americans) about this meal called brunch. I heard good things about Balaboosta so I might as well point them to this restaurant and hope they’ll enjoy it. To give you some background,..

Mariebelle Chocolate Boutique

Interior My friend and I visited Mariebelle in SoHo for a late afternoon cup of hot chocolate. It’s been a while since I’ve visited this boutique as there are so many different options as to where I can get my fill of chocolate – solid or liquid form – but I thought it’s about time to revisit. This boutique has the elegant, vintage look with the large chandelier that hangs in the center or the room and vintage print posters reflecting their current Valentine’s Day packaging on their chocolate bars and caramels. It’s very pretty. (more…)