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Holiday Gift Guide 2012 – Food Edition

[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…)

Sweeter Mornings with Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolates

[Translate] Work at the hospital has gotten crazy as of recent: Conference calls every other day. Running to meetings. The dreaded budget meetings (Ugh!) A particular few work colleagues who never seem to remember the answer to the same question they ask every week. (Really?) Clocks at work are not displaying correct times because its satellite (our atomic clocks are synched that way) is off and everyone is starting/arriving at meetings later. (Insert face palm) Thankfully, chocolate is my salvation from those hectic days. (And I like my job.) Ghiradelli Intense Dark Chocolate Bars As part of the DailyBuzz Food..

Delicious Chocolates at Chocolat Moderne (NYC)

[Translate] 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...

Visiting Neuhaus Chocolate’s Madison Avenue Flagship Boutique

[Translate] Inside Neuhaus’ Madison Avenue boutique; Chocolate molded teddy bear (part of their antique exhibit wall) Neuhaus is an international luxury chocolate brand that’s established since 1857 by Jean Neuhaus in Brussels, Belgian. This Madison Avenue boutique is the largest of all of their New York City boutiques and is their experience store, displaying their antiques and this international brand’s history. Neuhaus is known for their handmade praline but we have to clarify a little bit about the differences about the language of that bold word. Praline for us Americans would conjure images of confections made from nuts and sugar..

Visiting Neuhaus Chocolate's Madison Avenue Flagship Boutique

[Translate] Inside Neuhaus’ Madison Avenue boutique; Chocolate molded teddy bear (part of their antique exhibit wall) Neuhaus is an international luxury chocolate brand that’s established since 1857 by Jean Neuhaus in Brussels, Belgian. This Madison Avenue boutique is the largest of all of their New York City boutiques and is their experience store, displaying their antiques and this international brand’s history. Neuhaus is known for their handmade praline but we have to clarify a little bit about the differences about the language of that bold word. Praline for us Americans would conjure images of confections made from nuts and sugar..

La Maison du Chocolat’s Duo de Ganache Tasting – This Monday!

[Translate] Many of you know I’m a big fan of La Maison du Chocolat. If you’re relative newbies (or veteran fans, like me) to this luxurious French chocolate house, this is your chance to try out their limited edition Duo de Ganache which will launch on Monday, April 16, 2012! The complimentary tasting is available at all of their boutiques in the New York City area. Maps of each NYC La Maison du Chocolat boutique: Upper East Side: 1018 Madison Avenue (on E 78th St) Midtown/Rockefeller Center: 30 Rockefeller Plaza (on W 49t St, between 5th & 6th Ave) Wall..

La Maison du Chocolat's Duo de Ganache Tasting – This Monday!

[Translate] Many of you know I’m a big fan of La Maison du Chocolat. If you’re relative newbies (or veteran fans, like me) to this luxurious French chocolate house, this is your chance to try out their limited edition Duo de Ganache which will launch on Monday, April 16, 2012! The complimentary tasting is available at all of their boutiques in the New York City area. Maps of each NYC La Maison du Chocolat boutique: Upper East Side: 1018 Madison Avenue (on E 78th St) Midtown/Rockefeller Center: 30 Rockefeller Plaza (on W 49t St, between 5th & 6th Ave) Wall..

Easter Chocolates, Wines and Spirits

[Translate] Easter is coming around the corner very soon. For those who do celebrate this religiously and gave up chocolates or alcoholic beverages for Lent, I guess this is your list of things you could try when Easter arrives. For everyone else, this is something to indulge for that holiday weekend. Chocolates La Maison du Chocolat: Small Praline Egg Coffret As a longtime fan of La Maison du Chocolat, you can never go wrong with this luxurious French chocolate house. Their small praline egg coffret ($56) might be steep in terms of pricing but you’re getting superbly made chocolates. Underneath..

Brunch at Balaboosta & Emmanuel Hamon’s Confections

[Translate] 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..