Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Shopping recommendations for meringues served with Gruyère double cream

Following my previous blog on meringues with Gruyère double cream, here are some supplementary shopping tips:

1. When selecting meringues, do NOT buy shiny ones. They tend to be harder. This brand below crumbles even before you put them in your mouth.

2. Most important is the selection of the cream. I once bought another brand sold at the famous Globus in Geneva. A BIG disappointment. The taste is ok, but the texture …

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lakeside restaurants along Lake Geneva are open.

Hurray, spring is finally here. All the lakeside restaurants along Lake Geneva in Haute Savoie that have been closed since October are now open. A great way to celebrate the end of ski season that was way too short this year. All the snow went to New York and Tokyo, but not in the Alps.

Friday, March 21, 2014

The photo shoot at Chocolatree

It's photo shoot time for Christmas catalog at Chocolatree where I work. They're doing 12 hours a day this week, so I went for a little visit yesterday. I walked into Frederic, a patissier grinding the edges of tart bottoms to make sure they are picture perfect.

Chocolatree photo shoot

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Nanashi - a faux japonais restaurant in Paris

Being a bit of a tourist in the 6th arrondissement around noon, I happily came across a sign that read: Nanashi - terrace - chirashi. I responded, "Oh joy, I'll get to eat Japanese food in the sun."


What I didn't know was this was one of these faux-Japonais restaurants, not because some Chinese family's making salmon rolls, but

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The best burger in Paris: Big Fernand or Blend

Christophe Michalak said, "Big Fernand is the best. The meat is this BIG."

The best burger in Paris: Big Fernand or Blend

I said, "oh no, the meat is tiny, I have a photo to prove to you. I think Blend is much better."

Thursday, March 13, 2014

David Toutain's long awaited come back

David Toutain's long awaited come back

Who doesn't remember Agapé Substance, which was THE talk of the town, where you found Michelin starred chefs dining day in and day out with a slew of journalists and TV cameras. And pff, suddenly Toutain disappeared one day. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Chocolatree : pastry and chocolate décor manufacturer

For those who follow the visuals of pastries and chocolates, there is a reason why today's products, from artisanal and industrial, look completely different from those of, say, 15 - 20 years ago. One is the advancement of decorations.


From transfer sheets on bonbons de chocolat and cake molds to edible chocolate molds and personalized logos on pieces of chocolate, there are companies that are supplying all kinds of material behind the scene. None of this existed 20 years ago.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

La Maison du Chocolat in Dubai Mall

Sandwiched between Hermes and Dior in the most exclusive corner of Dubai Mall is La Maison du Chocolat. It opened last November.

La Maison du Chocolat in Dubai Mall

How is it doing in terms of sales? 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Angelina's at Dubai mall

What does not exist at Dubai Mall? There is Magonolia Bakery, La Maison du Chocolat, Ladurée, Le Pain Quotidien, Fauchon Café, even Yoku Moku, and now Angelina's.


It's packed. People here just can't seem to get enough of anything that comes from either US or France.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

MOF Chocolatier 2014 qualification round

Compared with the dearth turn-out of the 2011 competition, this year's Meilleurs Ouvriers de France chocolaterie competition solicited 21 candidates. 15 arrived at Yssingeaux, the famed pastry school that's located 45 minutes from Saint Etienne, literally in the middle of nowhere.

MOF Chocolatier 2014 qualification round

For this year's selection round that took place on at the end of February, each candidate had to prepare:

Thursday, February 20, 2014

"Light" pastries by Mori Yoshida 7th arrondissement, Paris

Here in Paris in the luxurious neighborhood of 7th arrondissement is a new pastry shop by Mori Yoshida, a young new comer, who make "light" pastries that makes you say, "Wow, that was good, and I can go have dinner in two hours.

Mori Yoshida

Let me explain what I mean by "light".

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Genepi beer

Good to be back in Haute-Savoie: a break from a day of ski with some Genepi beer. 

Genepi beer

Genepi is an alpine plant, from which the French make digestif - a green liqueur. This beer is really worth trying.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Jean-Paul Hévin the King of chocolate in Japan

Bruno LeDerf once said to me, "Le japon, c'est Jean-Paul." And I well understood this statement when I arrived at the Salon du Chocolat Tokyo.

Jean-Paul Hévin the King of chocolate in Japan
His is not the little booths where the chocolatiers stand along side the sales people all day long in exhausting multitude of clients. He has a hall of artistic piece showcase that leads to his boutique, located next to a large temporary salon du thé.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Copenhagen dream at Isetan

A moment of calm at Isetan department store.

Copenhagen Isetan

Sure it's expensive, but how often do you get to take tea and a dessert served in beautiful Copenhagen porcelain tableware? © 2014 All rights reserved.

A cat café near Ueno Park

Last year, I passed by this cat café in Tokyo near Ueno Park, and it was closed. This time, the door was open, so
A cat café near Ueno Park