The Return of Chocolate
It’s been a week, right?
And I feel that you have sufficiently demonstrated, really, that it is ALL MY FAULT that we talk so much about chocolate on this blog. Although…Sébastien did note…in that SNICKER…that even without chocolate “ça parle de la bouffe sur ton blog” which means, basically, even without chocolate, all we ever do is talk about food. Yes, this means you, too!
Still, you did good in the comments, proving chocolate wasn’t your only interest, and we still haven’t even gotten to the roof tiles yet! So now…I shall have to Blame Me. You know that is not my forte, blaming myself. Still I shall assume.
Speaking of food and France, a quick mention of Ratatouille. I LOVED this film. So did Sébastien, to those who emailed and asked. It is FANTASTIC. Paris Breakfasts blogged about it today, and I could not put it better, so see her post for more enthusiasm.
Meanwhile, to make up for a week off, today we visit the windows of Chocolat with a capital C, the world of the Royalty of Parisian Chocolatiers, the world where one chocolatier can say of another, “I love his flennel-flavored ganache, but his dark chocolate ganache flavored with grapes flambé in rum is just a little too dated.”
I am not making this up!!
Who am I quoting? Patrick Roger, labeled “one of the rising stars du cacao ultracréatif“. [May I just mention, in an aside, that I love the way the French talk about their food? Du cacao ultracréatif. That’s beautiful, it really is. In its way.]
Good luck navigating his website, but it is gorgeous, so it’s fun to get lost in it. Here’s a tip: whenever one of those vertical strips appear in the chocolate passing by on his website, click on it to find more chocolate.
All of these pictures are from Patrick Roger’s windows on the Boulevard St. Germain, in May during the French elections. I believe the reindeer on one side of the door are just to be cute. What I love: if I have properly understood what he’s doing here, they are giant, solid chocolate sculptures of cacao beans that have been put together to make a reindeer.
On the other side is the really fun stuff: these chocolate “cacao beans” have been cut in half and caricatures of the presidential candidates painted on them.
I love it. Only in France. Politics and High Chocolate.
Or High Chocolate and giant 30-kilo reindeer crunching on daisies, for that matter. It’s not every day you see that kind of thing…
I WANT ONE OF THOSE REINDEER IN MY KITCHEN RIGHT NOW.