Sipping from Bean to Cup with Monsieur Txokola, Bayonne, France

One of the reasons that Bayonne is truly the capital of chocolate in France is that is represents all the different sides of the story. You can get the traditional (Casenave), the more modern takes (L.Raux) and they also have their own bean to bar chocolate maker, Monsieur Txokola. Two friends, Ronan Lagadec and Cyril Pouil started this a few years back and both have quite a lot of experience in the field of chocolate. You can watch the whole process of going from bean to bar right here in their tiny shop and both are usually on hand to [...]

2020-05-05T03:26:44+00:00May 5th, 2020|Bayonne, EUROPE, France|

Jambon, Gateau Basque, Izarra and a Hot Chocolate L. Raux Chocolatier, Bayonne, France

This morning I woke up wishing I was back in Basque country, so I thought I’d keep telling you about the hot chocolates I had there. So today we are back in Bayonne for another hot chocolate, this time at L. Raux Chocolatier. You may remember my post a few weeks ago introducing Bayonne, France’s capital of chocolate. This was a surprise to me too when I first found out. I had been to Bayonne before but never thought of chocolate, always of ham (Bayonne is even more famous for its Jambon de Bayonne, more on that later).  L. Raux [...]

2020-04-27T03:55:10+00:00April 27th, 2020|Bayonne, EUROPE, France|

Notre Dame Cathedral and a Hot Chocolate at Chocolaterie Cyril Lignac, Paris, France

Pretty much exactly a year ago today I was in Paris. I was walking around, almost running, trying to get to as many of the hot chocolate spots on my wish list before taking the TGV from Montparnasse to go to Bayonne. The plan was to cross the river Seine, say hi to some of the spots I used to spend a lot of time at on Ile de la Cite (including the spot where my husband proposed), walk over to the 6th to visit Chocolaterie Cyril Lignac and then basically run straight up Boulevard Montparnasse to my train.  My plan [...]

2020-04-17T03:54:13+00:00April 17th, 2020|EUROPE, France, Paris|

Hot Chocolate at Cazenave, Bayonne, the capital of Chocolate in France

First of all, I need to apologize to all of you. While I have been busy drinking a lot of hot chocolates, I haven’t been able to write them up and post them recently. I now have a bigger problem sitting in front of me, a few books with notes on the 300+ hot chocolates I haven’t written up in about 10 different countries where I have travelled doing research on the history of hot chocolate for a new book I am working on (more on that later!). So, I need to think of another way to share this all [...]

2020-04-17T02:20:47+00:00March 25th, 2020|Bayonne, France|

Hot Chocolate at Le Delice Imperial, Fontainebleau, France

Every time I have been to Fontainebleau in the past it has been crowded. Tourists arrive in bus and train loads to enjoy the beautiful forest of Fontainebleau (which has some great bouldering if you happen to be a hot chocolate drinking rock climber) and of course the historic and impressive chateau de Fontainebleau. But not today. Today it was cold, really cold and wet and just generally miserable. Even the local Belifontains (inhabitants of Fontainebleau are called Belifontains), were hiding, many of them in cafes warming up. While there was still a bit of sunlight, we wondered into the [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:32+00:00March 7th, 2014|EUROPE, Fontainebleau, France|

Hot Chocolate at Cafe de Flor, Paris, France

Café de Flor on Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris is an institution. One of the oldest and most well known cafes in Paris it was opened in 1885. Its main rival, Les Deux Magot which sits just down the street, was closed for renovations which meant that Café de Flor was very busy even at the early hour we went on a Saturday morning. Inside Parisians and tourists alike were enjoying their coffee with a croissant or demi baguette with strawberry jam. Outside to one side a covered area was full of smokers reading the morning paper while sipping their café au [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:32+00:00February 3rd, 2014|EUROPE, France, Paris|

Hot Chocolate at Charles Chocolatier, Paris, France

Once upon a time, it seems like quiet a long time ago, rue Montorgueil in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris was my home. I would wake every morning, walk downstairs to buy a fresh baguette and a pain au chocolate. In the afternoons I would walk up and down the street buying cheese from the cheese shop, meat from the meat shop, veggies from the veggie shop. Then in the evening I would meet friends for a glass of wine on one of the many terraces. This evening while on a long overdue trip back to Paris, we walked up [...]

2014-11-01T03:18:47+00:00December 16th, 2013|EUROPE, France, Paris|

Hot Chocolate from Jeff de Bruges, Pau, France (made at home)

While in France recently, I was browsing through the chocolates at Jeff de Bruges when I noticed they made these sticks with a bulb of chocolate at the end. The idea is that you stir them into a cup of hot milk to create your own hot chocolate using their signature chocolate. They had several flavours but I chose their dark chocolate because dark chocolate in a cup of hot milk always makes me happy. I bought one to try at home. The woman at the store said it was simple, boil some milk put the chocolate in the milk, [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:46+00:00October 29th, 2012|EUROPE, France, Pau|
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