I’ve been a long time fan of La Maison du Chocolat‘s sublime French chocolates and pastries, founded by chocolatier Robert Linxe in 1977. I even had the privilege to have a tour of their factory in Paris two years ago because they were aware of my fanaticism. Even though their name does mean (when translated from French) “The Chocolate House” they are more than just chocolates, they create the most sublime and beautiful cakes, eclairs and French macarons. Since we’ve known each other for a few years shy of a decade, they’ve known of my graduation from graduate school and..
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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 Street:..
Here’s the next edition of the holiday gift guide: it’s all about sweets. Chocolates, cakes, cookies, confections, and ice cream. Hopefully, you won’t go into a sugar high by just looking at the photos but these are a number of notable sweets that I like a lot. Have thoughts of other brands or sweets I should try? Please comment below and I might consider in the near future. A quick refresher as to how to look through this gift guide: Your computer/mobile device has to be capable of viewing Flash. (iPad and iPhone users, please view the PDF version of..
Last night was one crazy yet controlled chocoholic’s party at all three La Maison du Chocolat boutiques in New York City. The main party was the boutique in the Upper East Side on Madison Avenue, where the line for the general public to get samples of the pastry line was insanely long, going down half the block along Madison and wrapping around the corner of E 78th Street (seen here). The good things were for the people who hanged on and waited patiently, was that LMDC gave out cups of their sinfully delicious hot chocolate and if you were close..
As most of my readers know, back this past May I went to La Maison du Chocolat’s factory in Nanterre and probably remember my pastry tasting preview with their Creative Director Gilles Marchal. If you have either looked at that epic post or recalled it in your mind, I have mentioned that they’ll be bringing in their gorgeous pastries over to the United States toward the fall. Well, it is finally here. Chocolate and caramel eclairs, eclair boxes and caramel eclair innards I went to their press preview last week in their boutique and they said they are selling the..
A Chocoholic’s Dream: A Day with La Maison du Chocolat Factory Tour & Pastry Tasting with Gilles Marchal
The day I went to La Maison du Chocolat‘s factory in Nanterre, I thought I was Charlie from Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” The obvious differences were that I am an adult woman and I will not get a lifetime supply of chocolate (sadly). I would be, however, be bestowed by the presence of La Maison du Chocolat’s Creative Director, Gilles Marchal for pretty much the entire day. Think of it as a fashion equivalent of meeting Chanel’s current head designer/creative director, Karl Lagerfield. Both design their products for their luxury brand, collaborate with the heads of their individual..
Table setting Last week, La Maison du Chocolat kindly invited me to their chocolate tasting session called Paracours Initiatique: Tamanaco. It’s a nice, intimate setting in the back of their Upper East Side boutique’s café; adorned in handsome warm wood and a marble topped bar off to the right. Also, the adorable jungle-themed Easter decorations add a bit of playful flair to the grown-up setting. It’s edible, by the way. It’s made of molded, colored white chocolate with milks and dark chocolates. (more…)
[I’m interrupting the dinner portion of my belated birthday post. Hopefully, it’ll be up early next week.] The invite… Early last week I’ve received an invitation from La Maison du Chocolat. I thought “ZOMG!” If you haven’t known this by now, I love everything from LMDC, especially their chocolates, so it’s a reflex for me to RSVP. But I have to wonder, isn’t this considered bad timing to open a new luxurious boutique in this awful state of our economy? I wouldn’t know but I can’t say “no” a party. After work, I’ve hauled my butt from work (with Helen..
As promised from the previous post, here’s the recipe for my mom’s chocolate cake. It’s decadent, chocolate-y and nutty from the use of almond flour. Again, I had to make my own almond flour since the grocery stores I shop in don’t carry it. The other changes I’ve done was to add on the chocolate glaze that was left over from my brother’s cake and used Lindt’s Excellence 85% Cocoa Bar for the chocolate solids. What surprised me was the fact that it was easy to make. Recipe and a lot of dumping (more…)