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January 14, 2009


Robin Kerr Drulard

All this talk of chocolate is making my tastebuds excited -- I think it's time to plan a trip to Paris!


Everything about this post is gorgeous! The shop interior looks like a place they'd sell precious jewels. This will definitely go on my 'must do' list for my next Paris trip.

from cali

I don't know which I want more: the goodies or the rose stem embedded walls! This shop is a feast for the senses.

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I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading this post and how green with envy I am that you can visit this shop whenever you want!

The interior is stunning, I want the rose stem embedded walls...

Keep them coming.

From Charlotte at Open House!


My mother was a restaurateur and chocolatier. She opened her post-Great Depression restaurant decades before I was born, and as ridiculous as it sounds, it became too successful too fast. Within a couple of weeks she´d seduced all the other restaurants´ customers away with the delectable aromas issuing from her restaurant door, and her natural but savory steamed and grilled foods, that businessmen claimed were not only delighting their taste buds but also curing their ulcers. Tragically, without proper infrastructure and reliable staff she couldn´t handle the crowds and sadly had to give up.

Her second passion, candies, were also a smash success. I remember her turning out all the glorious confections you can buy at the world´s best chocolatiers, in our big brownstone kitchen, all with natural ingredients. No chemicals or additives ever passed my mama´s hands. Clients came from far and near to buy. Those flavors, like her cuisine, prejudice my taste buds whenever I eat out or buy chocolates. Mama´s decision to cook for others and make candies arose from her disappointment in others´ efforts. Her battle cry after a disappointing restaurant meal or box of chocolates was always: ¨I can do better than that.¨ And, she did, without training or study. She simply possessed a natural ability to make good things to eat. Only France could and did meet her exacting standards, although she also enjoyed some of Italy´s delicacies.

Thanks as always for your lovely descriptions.


I love reading your postings, and share your love of Paris. Whenever I need a lift I turn to your site for the latest news and musings.


I just wanted to thank you for your information concerning Jacques Genin's new location for his wonderful chocolates and pastry. It was truly a memorable experience to taste (devour) the chocolate eclair with caramel filling--expensive, but worth every luscious bite and absolutely superior to every other eclair that we checked out.
Thank you again for your insights--I gather them together before I visit and they are indispensable.

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