06 Feb2007

I was preparing to write a few chocolate posts for the the run-up to Valentine’s 2007, but thought it would be a good idea to check and see what I already had in the archives if I did a search on “chocolate.” Yipes! Imagine my surprise when nearly 2 dozen relevant posts popped up… I had no idea there was this much stuff already in there. So before I put any new chocolate posts, I thought I should summarize what is in the archives for any chocoholics out there who haven’t had a chance to browse through all the older posts…

La Maison du Chocolat & Royce – My favorite chocolate shop + 1
Il Laboratorio del Gelato – Superb Gelato in New York
Jacques Torres Chocolate Heaven – TV Chef’s store in NY
Hot Chocolate Made with Tablea – A local classic
Warm Chocolate Tart a la Payard – My all-time favorite
Chocolate Souffle – It’s easier than you think
Chocolate Truffles – Superb, but a bit of work…
Homemade Valentine’s Chocolates – Strawberries dipped in chocolate, etc.
Godiva – Their top of the line offering for Valentine’s 2006
Chocolate Coconut Cake – If you like coconut, this was divine
Outrageous Brownies – Four types of chocolate for a stunningly rich brownie
Cacao Sampaka and Xocoa – Two great chocolate shops in Barcelona
Escriba – The Best cup of Hot Chocolate I have Ever Had, Barcelona
Museu de Xocolata – Yes, a MUSEUM dedicated to chocolate!
Cacao – This is where it all comes from
Chocolate Gelati – Street food in Florence
Tartufo at Piazza Navona – Delicious dessert in Rome
The Kid’s Brilliant Tartufo – Homemade and stunning!
See’s Chocolate – Calories galore
Triple Chocolate Cookies – Add red icing for Valentine’s
Chocolate Pudding Cake – Death by Chocolate indeed
Whitman’s Sampler – A trip down memory lane



  1. Ria Salabit says:

    What a chocolatey round up! Thank you for putting together your links that would have taken me an hour to get back to.

    MM, I also need your good ideas. I have 500g of melted truffles in the fridge. Although they still taste great, chipping away at the mass as they melt in room temp. seems to detract from the chocolate experience. (In any case, we already did that with the first melted 500g. Teehee.) Do you have any suggestions how else I can use these? (Mix with cream… frosting…?)

    Many thanks!

    Feb 6, 2007 | 12:08 pm


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  3. Margaux Salcedo says:

    ooh chocolate! not big on the candy but hot chocolate i know and it’s lovely to find my favorite new york spots in your archives, brings back a ton of memories. my valentine’s 2004 was actually spent at payard where my (then) boyoyong and i enjoyed cups of french hot chocolate with a harpist playing live in the background. i see you have jacques torres too – love their aztec hot choco. la maison’s a little too up there for me. another fave that i didn’t see in your list is the city bakery. amazing hot choco there too and great muffins.

    i just got back from hong kong and of course had to get some royce. my friend dax’s all time fave is champagne. i tried their new potatochip chocolate. find it weird.

    oh, nana meng tsokolate’s selling heart shaped chocolates on v-day. check it out at glorietta iv 3rd level and at market!market! activity center. we put cashew nuts in em.

    the great thing about chocolate is … whether or not you have a valentine, it’s always great company!

    Feb 6, 2007 | 1:18 pm

  4. Maria Clara says:

    Thanks for the recap of your chocolate posts make life easier for me.

    Feb 6, 2007 | 1:44 pm

  5. Maria Clara says:

    Just an inquiry mind though how come one of my faves chocolatier Vosges Haut Chocolat of Chicago did not make it on your list? I love their fiery ancho chile chocolate truffles and curry and mango milk chocolate truffles. Godiva is always my fave.

    Feb 6, 2007 | 1:51 pm

  6. Jacob's Mom says:

    MM, where did you get your batiron? I’ve asked my mom to try and send me one as well as one of those metal pitchers (not sure what they’re called). Any info would be appreciated! Thanks.

    Feb 7, 2007 | 1:04 am

  7. Jacob's Mom says:

    Maria Clara — the Vosges Naga curry bar is my fave!

    Feb 7, 2007 | 1:05 am

  8. Marketman says:

    Ria, what about re-melting the truffles in a small pot with additional chocolate and making a simple chocolate fondue for berries, bananas or pound cake? Or melting them down and using them as a sauce for vanilla ice cream and some added chopped nuts and whipped cream? I suppose you could also chop them up and put them between bread and stick it in a panini grill and make chocolate paninis with truffles! Yum. Margaux, AHA! Chocolate is your weakness… And yes, I have been to Nana Meng’s and bought my chocolate pot and stirrer there… I thought Royce’s chips were a tad weird as well. Maria Clara, oddly, I haven’t had the privilege to taste Vosges of Chicago yet… hmmm, something for my wish list… Jacob’s Mom, Margaux Salcedo has the right idea…their family chocolate stalls, Nana Meng’s have what you are looking for…they have a stall at Glorietta Four and the metal pots and wooden stirrers…

    Feb 7, 2007 | 10:13 am

  9. joey says:

    Maison du Chocolat and Royce –> The BEST! :) I couldn’t agree more! Worth any hell or high water it takes to get them!

    Feb 7, 2007 | 1:51 pm

  10. MGR says:

    For the deadly hot chocolate…thick, rich, and pure:
    Angelina’s in Paris
    Cafe Florian in Venice
    Escriba’s in Barcelona

    For the candy bar (commercial):
    Dark chocolate: Amedei Chuao or porcelana
    Milk chocolate: still Amedei..sorry but this newbie inched a notch above the Swiss Callier

    Feb 7, 2007 | 2:28 pm

  11. Margaux Salcedo says:

    Hi Marketman, thanks for dropping by the shop and for tipping Jacob’s Mom about it! She sent me an sms today =)

    Feb 8, 2007 | 3:11 am

  12. mayumi masaya says:

    there’s rococo in king’s road


    the organic artisan bars are superrrr…

    Feb 8, 2007 | 5:06 pm


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