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Holiday Gift Guide (2017)

[Translate] This year flew warp speed for me that it’s hard to come to terms with reality that it’s almost the end of the year! It’s the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season so here’s some of my picks for the holiday gift guide: If you really want to impress your giftee with one of the ultimate and most luxurious food items in the world—fresh truffles from Gourmet Attitude. When the delivery person walks up to your door with the package of these tubers, you can smell the intense, earthy aroma (prices start at $50 per ounce and up)...

La Maison du Chocolat Icons in XXL

[Translate] The luxury French chocolate brand started by Robery Linxe, La Maison du Chocolat is turning 40. And to commemorate its anniversary, they made their legendary chocolates large (like the size of an espresso cup’s saucer). They are nestled individually within custom-metallic boxes, the ‘Grands Carrés’ collection features three classic and three more contemporary bouchées. The classics Quito (a silky dark ganache tempered with subtle notes of milk and vanilla) and Salvador has the bright acidity of raspberry paired with this dark chocolate ganache with its round, fruity flavor. The Boheme is an airy, silky, lusciousness of milk chocolate ganache..

Spring Chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat

[Translate] Easter is coming up shortly and that means chocolate! For the chocolate connoisseurs out there who love their serious chocolate but have some bit of cuteness for the holiday from La Maison du Chocolat. Nicolas Cloiseau, Master Chef of La Maison du Chocolat, captures the playfulness of spring and select farm animals and created chocolate bars with their expressive eyes fixed in chocolate. Crackling, crispy, and crunchy textures of the light and airy pralinés of Nicolas Cloiseau reveals the gourmand appeal of each character for this collection. The one I have, seen above, is Monsieur Bunny hops all dressed..

Easter Sweets from Maison Kayser (NYC)

[Translate] This year from Maison Kayser, there’s a couple of options for your Easter table. For those who want to break bread (though not necessarily Irish), is a delicious oat baguette. The crust is perfect; crumb has a great chew and the wonderful oat flavors just shines through. (more…)

Easter 2016 Chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat

[Translate] This year for Easter at La Maison du Chocolat, the Master Chef Nicolas Cloiseau came up with a limited edition Daisy collection. This whimsical chocolate pieces are beautiful, whimsical and very delicate to handle. Of course, they are absolutely delicious. (Shown here is the egg from the Daisy collection, $45 each.) (more…)

Valrhona Chocolate Cake, Mango Ginger Lime Jam, White Chocolate Lemongrass Frosting

[Translate] I’ve been a long time fan of eating and baking with Valrhona chocolate. This brand creates one of the world’s finest chocolate in the small village of Tain L’Hermitage, France since 1922. They are dedicated to creating unique, artisan quality chocolate with complex, balanced and consistent flavors. This mission of excellence continues as the gastronomic traditions of the renowned Rhone Valley find expression in every mouthwatering taste of Valrhona’s superb chocolate. Valrhona has created a range of unique and recognizable aromatic profiles by perfecting techniques for enhancing the flavor of rare cocoa beans, grown on land masterfully selected for..

Holiday Gift Guide 2015

[Translate] Thanksgiving is coming and that means it’s the holiday shopping season. For those who are trying to decide what to give to your friends, family, or even co-workers, here are some ideas what to give them: These items are not listed in any particular order, except by category. For ease of navigation, here’s the links to jump: Chocolates, Confections & Baked Goods Wines & Spirits Coffee & Tea Other Items (e.g. cookware & savory food items) (more…)

Mind Blowing Chocolate Mooncakes From Pierre Hermé Hong Kong (IFC)

[Translate] Pierre Hermé Hong Kong opened its doors in May 2013 and so much buzz generated on that side of the world that it made me a bit envious, frustrated and lamented that Chef Hermé still hasn’t opened a boutique in the U.S. On the bright side, since Hong Kong was my first city on my long trip in Asia that I get to have my hands on the vibrant, jewel-toned macarons and chocolates. (Unfortunately, all of their HK locations do not sell the beautiful, delicious pastries like its Paris and Tokyo locations.) Entering its first location in Hong Kong..

Pierre Hermé Paris Aoyama – Pastry and Chocolate Heaven in Tokyo

[Translate] If you are a die-hard fan of pastry god (at least in my eyes but everyone else calls him the “Picasso of pastry”), Pierre Hermé, you should consider to go to Pierre Hermé Aoyama (Japanese website) in Shibuya, Tokyo. Reasons for this is because it is Tokyo’s flagship location; it’s bigger than its flagship in Paris on Rue Bonaparte (I’ve been there in 2010) and comes with a sit-down café called Bar Chocolat on the second floor. No other Pierre Hermé boutique has a sit-down café to enjoy the beautiful and sometimes wonderfully unusual flavor combination pastries and plated..