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 [...]

2020-03-25T00:53:59+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|

Hot Chocolate at Brasserie La Belle Epoque, Lourdes, France

Today I was one of over 5 million tourists and pilgrims to visit the town of Lourdes each year. Yes, 5 million. Lourdes is a famous little place because of 14 year old Bernadette Soubirous who, back in 1858, saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in a cave (she saw the vision 18 times actually). It then became a centre for pilgrais. Now there are so many visitors each year, that Lourdes actually has more hotels per square kilometre than any place in France other than Paris (270 hotels). It was obviously low season when we went because not [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:51+00:00April 6th, 2012|EUROPE, France, Lourdes|

Hot Chocolate at Cafe de L’Europe, Pau, France

Opening a café on the main square of any town in France is a no brainer. Today it is 21 degrees Celsius in March and everyone is outside. We grab the only two free seats at Café Europe and order two hot chocolates. In France unlike many other countries, being a waiter is a respectable profession, one that is taken very seriously. The ones working here today show that it takes a lot of skill. There must be over 50 tables outside with 2-3 chairs per table. The three men carry trays taking and filling all the orders in an [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:51+00:00April 4th, 2012|EUROPE, France, Pau|

Hot Chocolate at River Blues, Pau, France

I can’t imagine that there are many cafes where you can have a good hot chocolate while watching Olympic level kayakers practice. All this with the Pyrenees in the background. River Blues is exactly that. Located on the second floor of the building half of this café/bar/restaurant is indoors with windows on three sides and the other half is a covered outdoor terrace with comfy chairs. From here you can watch, depending on the time of day, anything from elite kayakers to absolute beginners (20 euros for a lesson if you are interested!) The venue is the Stade des Eaux Vives, a [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:51+00:00April 2nd, 2012|EUROPE, France, Pau|
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