Kerstin’s News

  • The Tokyo Salon du Chocolat

    It’s been 8 years since I was in Japan last and have been enjoying every minute since our arrival 2 weeks ago(hence the long pause in blog postings). One of the things I was really looking forward to was getting at some good chocolate in Tokyo. All my European favorites are here including Hevin, Marcolini,…

  • Marou Chocolate, bean to bar in Ho Chi Minh City

    Marou Chocolate, bean to bar in Ho Chi Minh City

    (After visiting Hoi An and Nha Trang, we headed back to Saigon for our final first true cacao encounter in Asia) Back in October we were contacted by Samuel Maruta, a chocolate maker in Vietnam, who had seen our blog. He had invited us to visit his operation in Saigon. Over e-mail we were able…

  • Chocolate in Hoi An

    Chocolate in Hoi An

    It’s been a while since I’ve had chocolate and the bar of Beschle 64% with pistachios and salt that I purchased in Singapore was polished off weeks ago. I am in Hoi An, a picturesque but touristy town in central Vietnam which for hundreds of years served as a major port to Portuguese, Japanese and…

  • Vietnam

    The food in Vietnam is amazing. I don’t know how I can even begin to describe my feelings as I taste one delectable dish after another. In short, I feel like I’ve come home. It’s a strange feeling since I’ve never been here, nor have I ever really tasted proper Vietnamese food save the odd…