Chocolate

Champagne!

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So lucky having participated in Salon du Champagne in Geneva, Hotel Kempinski. I tasted some extraordinary champagnes on the guidance of  best sommeliers of Switzerland and of the world.

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I asked from the best sommelier of the world 2013, Mr Paolo Basso, would he combine any champagne with chocolate. “Yes, only a sweet champagne, which generally are not very good quality.”

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What is your favorite champagne and what do you like to eat with it?

 

 

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Chocolate walk in Geneva

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This is only one example of the Chocolate Walks I organize in Swiss cities like in Lausanne, and this one in Geneva.

I guide the tourists through the most interesting chocolatiers, explain their background and anecdotes. And of course show also the city if you wish so. And if we have time from tasting the latest creations of all these chocolate magicians.

During the last chocolate tour we saw among the other amazing places:

  • Sweetzerland Chocolats
  • St Peter’s Cathedral in the Old Town
  • Ladurée’s new boutique
  • Chocolaterie Du Rhone  and its’ talented master Jean-Pascal Sérignat

 

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Sweetzerland Chocolats
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View from St Peter’s Cathedral
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Ladurée’s new opening

 

 

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And of course at du Rhone chocolatier the dark chocolates from Jean-Pascal Sérignat

 

 

 

And the answer is: Salami

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Yes, the Christmas Classic I have been preparing is now ready and delivered to the customer. It is Salami, A Christmas Salami. But a Chocolate one, according to a good Italian tradition. Dark Madagascar chocolate with nuts, almonds and raisins. Covered with icing sugar.  I used chocolate with fleur de sel and lime.

Doesn’t the plate look like a breakfast assortiment,  salami with  dark bread? I made still Ovomaltine chocolate bits with flaked almonds with extraordinary dark chocolates from Cuba and Haiti. And to finalize with vin cuit truffles,  cooked wine and pear jam.

I so wish that my customers will like my creations, I put my heart to this development and tried to imagine my clients’ Christmas fete by tasting my chocolates.

Part II: Christmas classics

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This is how my Christmas classics look after the next step. Now any clearer? An extra tip: they are originally from Italy.

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And that is so last year when the chocolate truffles were round!

These are my this year’s innovation: square truffles of cooked wine and pear with dark Madagascar chocolate with cocoa nibs.

Anybody familiar with vin cuit (cooked wine), with pears and apples and NOT wine? This is a traditional autumn delicacy in western, French speaking Switzerland.

Tomorrow more on the Italian speciality!

A Christmas Classic. But which?

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Making of a traditional Christmas classic. But what is it? Make your guesses! Swiss Sausage, Christmas Tree Decoration? Or something sweet?

Stay tuned  and follow the next steps to see the result!

 

Let’s get serious

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The bottles you see above in photos are of genuine Finnish vodka, Koskenkorva, with liquorice and salty liquorice, lakritsi and salmiakki, as we say. You wonder, what to do with chocolate?!

Well, cakes of course, which you see after in photos, decorated with white chocolate. These were one of my specialities  in this year’s Christmas markets.

Otherwise I’m preparing the chocolate orders to be ready for Santa Claus’s sack. And a Christmassy city tour to guide tourists in Geneva on their way to travel for skiing at Swiss Alps.  What a fabulous time!

 

Helsinki = Chocolate

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Helsinki:

November 7, 2014

Private chocolate tasting, crème de la crème, only the best.