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 [...]
Pierre Hermé Pastries
Pierre Hermé Pastries by Pierre Hermé, published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang. Is probably the most talked about dessert cookbook of 2012 after reading through a number of tweets from the food community.
Inside the book
There is substance behind this hype. This 288-page book is [...]
Slice of homemade Carrément Chocolat Cake
It shouldn’t be a surprise to most of you that I adore am obsessed with Pierre Hermé’s desserts and pastries. (I actually bought the same cake (different shape and styling) from Paris a few years ago.) I was craving the most indulgent chocolate cake (and I had [...]
Exterior, Interiors of Vosges Haut Chocolat in Lincoln Park, Chicago
When I visited Chicago, I had to visit Vosges Haut Chocolat mostly because this company is started and based there.
I came with a friend to their Lincoln Park, which is considered Vosges’ flagship. It is much larger shop than the one [...]
Inside the SoHo boutique
For the past three years or so, I’ve been a fan of the Chicago-based luxury chocolate brand, Vosges Haut Chocolat, under the ownership and the head chocolatier, Katrina Markoff. The main reason why I like Vosges is their bacon + chocolate collection, though everything else is fun to [...]
Ladybug & Bee Collection: Chocolate Ladybugs (left/top photo) & Chocolate Caramel Bees (right/bottom photo)
I’ve been on a search for a spring/Easter chocolate that both looks adorable and colorful yet has great quality and flavor. I remember hearing about John & Kira’s from a friend recently and many moons ago at the [...]