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Monthly Archives: March 2011
David Lebovitz visits Patrick Roger
Many of you likely read David Lebovitz’s blog. He does a lot with chocolate – specifically sharing information on all the wonderful chocolate shops in Paris, along with tips for eating and baking with chocolate at home.
This past fall David paid a visit to the workshop and Paris retail shop of Patrick Roger. You might recognize the name from Kerstin’s tour of Paris’ chocolate shops last spring. He recorded the following video whilst exploring the shops and garden of Roger’s operation:
A Visit to Patrick Roger Chocolate in Paris from David Lebovitz on Vimeo.
The longed-after chocolate martini recipe!
Many of you who came to our 3rd anniversary party (which was a roaring success – thank you to those who came and continue to support us!) tasted the chocolate martinis we were pouring that night. Rich and extremely chocolate-y, they are unlike any chocolate-flavoured cocktail you’ve tried. Kerstin first made a chocolate liqueur, and then topped that up with a bit more vodka for good measure. A few Valrhona Pearls to float on top, and voila! The perfect drink for your next party.
adapted from Scharffenberger
makes 3 cups
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (we used Valrhona)
1 cup boiling water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 cup vodka
Combine the boiling water with the cocoa powder in a bowl, stirring to dissolve the cocoa, and set aside.
In a saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Stir the sugar syrup into the cocoa mixture and add the vodka. Strain the mixture into a container with a lid.
Refrigerate overnight (it will keep for several weeks).
For each drink, pour 2 parts liqueur to 1 part vodka into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, and serve. If desired, float a handful of Valrhona Chocolate Pearls on top.
New study finds health benefits for those who consume chocolate.
A study by Elizabeth Mostofsky and colleauges that was published in the Circulation: Heart Failure in August 2010 found that women who ate high quality dark chocolate once or twice a week were less likely to have heart failure. Another reason to keep eating chocolate! Read the study by clicking here.
Third Year Anniversary Party on Saturday, March 5th.
This Saturday, March 5th, we will be having our 3rd year anniversary party. Come in between the hours of 5 and 9 to sample some new chocolate creations and help us celebrate with a Chocolate Martini! Everything in the shop will be 20% off (except for our sale items).
To RSVP for this event, send an e-mail to:
(If you don’t RSVP, you won’t be on the guest list, so make sure to RSVP. Also, if you are bringing friends with you, let us know how many!)