Jacques Torres is a true artist when it comes to his chocolate truffles. They are 'ta die fawh' as is his lightly spiced hot chocolate. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting his kitchen and store in Brooklyn, New York.
Another genius chocolatier, Joel Durand, has his culinary workshop in St. Remy de Provence. His work surpasses even the remarkable Torres. I had the good fortune of making regular visits to Durand's shop while living near by in Aix-en-Provence. Both can be located on the Culinary Compass Map.
This is a short video of Monsieur Torres taking you on a tour of his kitchen. A must watch for any of you who are chocolate lovers. Below the video are photos I took on my recent visit.
France's 'Nutella amendment' causes big fat international row
November 12, 2012 - The Guardian UK: It is the sweet and sickly staple of many a French schoolchild's
breakfast: la tartine de Nutella, a dollop of chocolate and hazelnut
spread on a slice of baguette.
An estimated 235,000 tonnes of the
paste – reportedly invented in the back room of an Italian pastry shop
in 1944 – are consumed every year, around 100m pots in France alone.
wonder, then, that health warnings and government threats to impose a
fat tax, known as the "Nutella amendment", have caused a mini revolution
among Gallic consumers and sparked an international row. Read more at The Guardian or The Huffington Post.
This is the first of several episodes from Madrid that will go live over the next week. BEWARE, if you are in any way longing to be in Europe, Spain especially, then I implore you to not watch these videos.
Before a nice lunch plate of various types of cured jamon (ham) and maybe some pork cracklings, followed by a dinner comprised of grazing for various fishy things I felt it necessary to have a nice healthy breakfast. Take a look.