One more chocolate cake reason to visit Bvd. St. Germain 7th

If you are in the vicinity of the Musee D’Orsay you must pop by to this amazing artisan pastry store. Located in a beautiful angular  corner position  on the very grand Boulevard St. Germain in the 7th is Gosselin Phillipe. Gosselin are  Patissier/Boulagere par excellence. They are also listed as a Traiteur which in the local parlance can mean a few things such as  eating … Continue reading One more chocolate cake reason to visit Bvd. St. Germain 7th

Chocolate Blanc Style

With so many chocolate stores in Paris it makes sense to ensure differentiation . Richarts have set a sophisticated and clean style that sets their presentation apart. We visited Richart’s chocolate shop at both 27 Rue Bonaparte in the 6th and also 258 Boulevard St. Germain. Joseph Richart began making  chocolate in 1925 in Lyons (France).  A second generation are now responsible for continuing the … Continue reading Chocolate Blanc Style

All it’s Cracked Up to Be

When  you are in the infancy of a business,there ‘s generally one rule…. it’s “one in….all in”.  It’s  an all consuming affair for the founders , their immediate family and in a lot of cases their extended family. Lots of our extended family are not  “blood relations”  but they may as well be. It is well documented  in many cases  that the ability for a … Continue reading All it’s Cracked Up to Be

The House Of Chocolate

The House of Dior,  Chanel, YSL and Cartier are all Parisian institutions.    And  yes… there is a chocolate equivanent aptly named La Maison Du Chocolat  (The House of Chocolate). This French chocolate institution was founded in 1977 by Master Chocolatier Robert Linxe and is now probably one of the most well known chocolate shops in the country. There are 10 locations in Paris and … Continue reading The House Of Chocolate

Not Chocolate, Just bread…Period.

I’ve followed Poilane for years.They’re probably the most famous bakery in France. I’ve followed them not only in food journals and magazines but far and wide because of mentions in books like Seth Godin’s Purple Cow. Godin, makes note of the  differentiation achieved by Poilane amidst many other bakers and so I was keen to go along and see just how bread can be different … Continue reading Not Chocolate, Just bread…Period.

Chocolat…It’s French for Heaven

This was the most unexpected surprise of our Chocolate pilgrimage. We were just strolling down the Champs Elysée from the Place De la Concorde on our way to the  Arc de Triomphe.  We planned to have side trip to “Fouquet” on the avenue  on the recommendation of Charlotte (a  Belgian chocolate fanantic we met in Bruxelles ) to share a hot chocolate and people watch. ” Quatre … Continue reading Chocolat…It’s French for Heaven