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

Chocolates galore in Brugges

Recent Dello Mano bride Tammy suggested that Brugges in Brussels was well worth a visit. So, in the name of chocolate  we ventured out on the hour long train trip  to Brugges which is the most quaint picturesque  medieval town with the added bonus of hosting some 53 chocolate shops! We were overwhelmedwith the long list of chocolate shops  so we made a selective choice … Continue reading Chocolates galore in Brugges

More Belgian Chocolate

It would be impossible to stroll the pavements of Brussels without being tempted by the irresistible magnetism of the very beautiful window displays. Following a little cobble road from the Grand Place the Mannekin Pis  can be found. This little iconic statue has  earned a reputation for being very small – many of the locals warning of this at the very mention of the statue. He is in fact … Continue reading More Belgian Chocolate

Belgian Chocolate Secrets Hidden in Brussels

As we posted yesterday, chocolate shops in the Grand Place of Brussels abound – some may say more than anyone could possibly need. There is in fact a crush of small and big name chocolate shops. Exploring chocolate shops with the locals however, many recommend a walking trip to the Sablon.  Definitely worth the walk from central Brussels, this quaint rather up market strip of … Continue reading Belgian Chocolate Secrets Hidden in Brussels