Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

More on Easter in France

April 15th, 2016

Chocolate is king at Easter, in France as in the US.  But in France, while you can find chocolate bunnies, you also find bells (cloches) and fish/shellfish (fritures).  For the bells, it’s in honor of a legend that all the church bells return to Rome for Easter.  With the fish, it’s supposedly a reference to 2 New Testament miracles (when the inhabitants of Galilee had a catch so large that it tore the nets and another where Jesus -resurrected – appeared to Peter, after which he caught


Easter Treats!

March 27th, 2016

French chocolate makers outdo themselves at Easter.  Here are just a few samples (OK, the last one isn’t chocolate but marzipan) from some of my favorite chocolate shops in Paris!  


Easter Chocolates!

April 17th, 2014

Parisian chocolatiers outdo themselves at Easter with both eggs, figurines and, especially in the case of Patrick Roger, sculpture. If you are in Paris, check out the windows of any chocolate store you pass by for the eye candy – or enter the stores and buy something!   For those of you not in Paris now here’s a sampling of spectacular eggs .  Below are a couple of the more extravagant (and expensive) creations.  But rest assured all the stores have  affordable options for eating! Pierre


Bûche de Noël

December 19th, 2013

The bûche de Noël is the traditional Christmas dessert in many regions of France.  These days, all the well known pastry chefs and chocolate makers outdo themselves with elaborate versions – each year they bring out new creations!  But the traditional bûche has a closer resemblance to the yule log (linked originally to the winter solstice in ancient times) that it commemorates.  And many bakeries offer slices of their bûches so that even singles and couples can enjoy!  With so many fascinating designs and flavors


Salon du chocolat – Paris 2013

October 28th, 2013

Chocolate lovers rejoice!  The annual Salon du Chocolat will open its doors in Paris from October 30 – November 3 at the Porte de Versailles exposition center in pavilion 5.  Open from 10 – 7 daily, activities include tastings (of course!), demonstrations (chocolate and pastries), displays, a bookstore and more, all chocolate-related!  Chocolate in all its forms – bars, candy, pralines, pastries, fountains, breads, unprocessed, even dresses made from chocolate!    The 2013 expo has almost doubled in size to more than 200,000 square feet


Easter Chocolates!

March 25th, 2013

Easter inspires chocolate makers in France – their wares go way beyond chocolate eggs and rabbits to bells (in France Catholic tradition says that the church bells – which are silent during Holy Week – fly to Rome then, returning for Easter) and fish (in France April Fool’s is ‘poisson d’avril’ or April fish and since April 1st falls close to fish are also associated with Easter). Here for you viewing pleasure are several photos from Patrick Roger, one of my favorite chocolatiers in Paris


Valentine’s Day – Paris

February 14th, 2013

Valentine’s Day (Saint Valentin), more low key here, is celebrated in France not just with with chocolates but with Valentine-themed food!  Chocolates, macarons, even bread or pretzels! From Picard’s appetizer lips (foie gras with raspberry jelly) to Patrick Roger’s sensuous chocolate heart (in many flavors) to Jean-Paul Hévin’s chocolate stiletto.  Or La Mère de Famille’s chocolate love locks (riffing on the love lock craze on the Pont des Arts) to macarons to bread hearts!  Enjoy – even if you’re not celebrating Valentine’s Day in France


For chocolate lovers – Salon du chocolat Paris

October 30th, 2012

For chocolate lovers!  The annual ‘Salon du chocolat’ opens tomorrow in Paris and runs through Sunday (October 31 – November 4).  Celebrating chocolate in all its forms – gastronomic, artistic and cultural – it’s your chance to meet over 150 chocolatiers, chocolate artists and producers and plunge into the history of chocolate.  Not to mentions tastings! So if you’re in Paris this week, consider adding this to your agenda.  Porte de Versailles, 15th arrondissement. Metro: line 12, Porte de Versailles.  Adult admission: 13 euros.


It’s all chocolate – Easter sculptures

April 8th, 2012

Artisan chocolate makers outdo themselves at Easter – judge for yourself from these samples!


It’s all chocolate!

January 15th, 2012

Some of the best chocolate masters (chocolatiers) are artists as well as artisans.  Here are a couple of examples of chocolate sculptures by two of the best, Patrick Roger and Jean-Charles Rochoux.