[Translate] Somehow this year, time flew by and marketing started to talk about Thanksgiving and Christmas much earlier than I anticipated. Then when you look at the calendar, Thanksgiving is next week(!) and that officially kicks off the holiday shopping rush. To those of you who needs some gift inspiration, here’s my list of gifts that would be great for anyone in your holiday gift list. (more…)
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[Translate] Ironically, it doesn’t feel like spring in New York City but Easter and Passover is coming up. Here’s some gift ideas for this (fast approaching) holiday. Sweets When you think Easter, you tend to think chocolates, especially the Easter bunny. There’s plenty of these delicious sweets coming from many great brands across the U.S. Mariebelle has a beautifully whimsical (and delicious) assortment of Easter chocolates ranging from a large chocolate egg ($35) (like the size of an adult’s head) filled with chocolate eggs and set in a nest with a colorful bird and butterflies. It looked like a girl’s..
[Translate] Amedei is a cult, Tuscan chocolate brand founded in 1990 with the head chocolatier, Cecilia Tessieri. Probably a few of you might have come across these rare bars in the U.S. and certainly when you trek your way around Italy. These divine chocolates are something that would make you either speechless or have that moment of delight to and simply say, “Mmm…” Every chocolate bar and praline is made in small batches and every aspect of production is carefully watched and managed by Cecilia. I was excited when I heard Amedei opened a small shop selling their divine chocolates..
[Translate] Godiva’s Senior Chocolatier Chef David Funaro; my spread of Godiva goodies; Godiva chocolate liqueur with my glass of Simple Chocolate Martini I was invited to Godiva‘s New York City headquarters for the launch of their Lunar New Year chocolates with Godiva’s Senior Chocolatier Chef David Funaro. The spacious, streamlined, modern space are shared office space, an open kitchen and a model Godiva store so they could copy the displays to all of their shops around the globe. Along with tasting their standard but delicious line up of bonbons (as seen above) and their sweet Godiva chocolate martini. We were..
[Translate] The first real snowfall of the season had fallen yesterday in New York City and it’s almost the middle of December. I still can’t believe we’re nearing 2014. Since we’re all busy in some fashion and might be scrambling to buy gifts for our friends, co-workers and loved ones, here’s some food and home gift ideas. Wines, Spirits & Hard Ciders Various wines from Hahn Estates and Estancia Doña Paula Estate is a winery based in the Ugarteche, Luján de Cuyo, and Mendoza regions of Argentina that started in 1990. The 2012 Doña Paula Estate Chardonnay, Valle de Uco..
[Translate] 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..
[Translate] One of our most important and influential people, in my life at least, is my mom. Since Mother’s Day is a bit more than 2 weeks away (if you really don’t remember, it’s Sunday, May 12th) you still have some time to get her something before she’ll bite your head off. Here are some of my gift ideas: Chocolates Coco Délice Chocolates Coco Délice is based out in San Francisco, California, whose mission is to have great flavor and appearance, and utilizing the best possible, local ingredients. Their chocolates are French inspired by technique and dominantly French inspired with..
[Translate] Chef/Chocolatier/Professor Francisco Migoya at StarChefs International Congress 2012 Hudson Chocolates creates, arguably, one of the most innovative chocolates I’ve encountered in recent years. They use high quality chocolates in various cacao percentages and high quality, locally sourced, fresh ingredients. What makes this brand innovative is by the shapes, flavors, and textures of the chocolates. Hudson Chocolates co-owned by Francisco Migoya and his wife. Mr. Migoya is a well respected pastry chef who had worked in prestigious restaurants like The French Laundry. He became an Associate Professor at the Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park, NY) in 2005 and in..
[Translate] It’s that time of the year again to think about what to gift your friends and loved ones. It’s hard to believe that Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa is less than a month away! Here’s a list of food products that I would recommend to give to the gastronome(s) in your life; just click on the header links to jump to the section you want to read. (Please note: This list is in no particular order and all the photos of this gift guide is at the bottom of this post.) (more…)