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You HAVE to check this out. Okay, you don’t HAVE to. You have free will. But if you don’t, you will be missing something special! Three words: Chocolate banana slugs. Discovered by Laume at Beach Treasure.
Your gift ideas are BRILLIANT. Why can’t I think of gift ideas like that? And, for the copper pots idea, there is no better place than Paris to find a good copper pot: E. Dehillerin. Now I just have to decide what goodies to fill it up with. Like, should it be a homemade cookbook & ingredients thing or a goodies-already-made thing? I like them both.
Meanwhile, speaking of goodies, I have been meaning to alert you to the presence of these:
in Target stores these days. You have to understand my excitement about these. In the world of European chocolate, I would put these on the middle-class to upper-middle-class of the chocolates, being mass-produced, fairly good quality, quite cheap and (therefore) accessible. IF YOU LIVE IN SWITZERLAND. They haven’t before this been available outside it, not that I have seen.
Here is how I discovered Frey: I was in a train station on the French-Swiss border where, fascinatingly, you could actually tell EXACTLY where the border was by the floor. On the French side, you had the normal grime you might expect from a train station floor. And on the Swiss side: seriously, sterilized operating tables are not that clean.
You would eat off it.
You would eat off it EVEN THOUGH YOUR VERY OWN FEET and the feet of many others just walked over it and you SAW THAT with your own eyes. You would still eat off it because it looked that clean.
I have a suspicion that the Swiss have trained bacteria to scoot around invisibly keeping everything in the entire country sparkling clean at all times. Either that, or they were just trying to be snooty to the French by having such an obvious line on their border between cleanliness and grimey-ness.
Not a good country to be a bad housekeeper in, that’s what I say. Unless my theory about brownie-like-bacteria scooting around cleaning is true, in which case, maybe it’s the place to be.
ANYWAY. Right there past the Border of Sparkling Clean was one of those train station shops.
And IN IT were…no, seriously…FORTY at least different flavors of a chocolate bar in a brand I had never even heard of before: Frey.
Forty different flavors. Boy, did my luggage get very heavy very fast.
My favorite turned out to be the Rum Raisin, which Target does not carry. Target only carries 8 or so flavors, among them Lemon and also Chili Pepper, neither of which are my thing, but they were fun to try.
The Tiramisu is quite tasty, if you ask me. I think Frey’s milk chocolates are better than their dark. The darker the chocolate the better the quality the chocolate has to be to keep it from a certain dryness.
Speaking of perfect gifts: a friend of mine, the one who went on that Switzerland trip with me, once got her father on a business trip to bring her back some Frey Rum Raisin just for me, as a surprise. Now THAT’S what I call a cool present. I haven’t seen that friend in six years and wouldn’t even know how to contact her anymore. Isn’t it funny, the sweet gestures you can remember and the people you lose touch with?
Anyway…I just love it that Target has started carrying Frey. A little bit of Switzerland right there for you.
Thanks for all the gift ideas!!