After all that rain on Friday the 13th, we had a LOT of sun, so much so that the temperature was said to be 20C (68F) to 25C (77F). I think Spring is coming soon, but then I looked at the weather forecast for the week and it looks like the temps will drop again on Tuesday...
Back up to the 4th, I went to Umeda to check out the chocolates at the department stores. I went with the intention "only to check out the names" of the chocolates for Camprini, but ended up buying some chocolates, actually 6 different things.
So, here are the first two.
A la Reine Astrid is a French chocolatier that has a shop in Tokyo. They didn't have a chocolate map of their bon-bons, so they let me take a photo of the descriptions that was in their showcase.
Mirabeau (top left)--a tonka bean praline with milk chocolate. This one had a heavy hazelnut flavor.
Pale Argent (top right)--Dominican cacao with a dark ganache, there was hints of berry and some tobacco.
Lamoignon (bottom left)--roasted almond hazelnut paste, I liked the roasted flavor really deep.
Lady (bottom right)--caramel ganache + gianduja, nice caramel flavor.
Serge Alexandre is a Belgian chocolatier who has a shop in Japan (Fukuoka).
I loved the packaging, it was an origami bag.
Open it up and there were the two bon-bons.
Praline Pistache (left)--almond paste, roasted pistachios with dark chocolate. This had a nice roasted flavor.
Le Coeur Chocolat (right)--a raspberry dark ganache covered with white chocolate--the flavors were balanced.