I'm bummed, I just heard that the department store that I go to buy the ficelle apertif from is closing in August. It is true that I don't always go, it is sort of out of the way, but whenever I am in the area, I like to pick up something from them. Oh well, at least I have until August and maybe someone will bring them into their department store.
Let's move onto chocolates...
Richart is a pricey chocolate from France. They also have a shop in Tokyo and were at the chocolate fair for Valentine's.
I didn't realize it but these bon-bons are tiny, less than an inch squared, but the flavors they pack are huge...well, most of them anyway. The Petit Richart set was reasonably priced so I got the No.1 set.
Caramel Coulis (top left)--caramel filling covered with dark chocolate.
Raspberry Ganache (top right)--nicely raspberry ganache covered with dark chocolate
Mandarin Orange (bottom left)--nicely flavored orange ganache covered with dark chocolate
Green Tea (bottom right)--no green tea taste...rather disappointing.
Darcis is a Belgian chocolatier. His bon-bons were simple and delicious.
Supreme Noir (left)--a puff pastry mixed with gianduja covered with dark chocolate
Coeur Blanc--white chocolate no filling
Passion--passion fruit ganache covered with milk chocolate, the passion fruit flavor grew as you ate this....nice.
Caraibe (far right)--milk and dark ganache covered with dark chocolate. This was a little smoky, but delicious.
And lastly, there were chocolate macarons....
Rigollot, another MOF, came out with these macarons for Valentine's day.
The top of each macaron had a dark chocolate disc and was marked with the letter of each flavor like an acrostic poem of sorts.
M = mure (blackberry)
A = agrumes (citrus)
C = chocolat
A = abricot (apricot)
R = rose
O = olive
N = noisette (hazelnut)
My favorite was apricot because it had bits of apricot in the butter cream filling. The one that was a disappointment was rose, it was a fake rose flavor, too perfumy.
This ends my chocolate adventures (for now). Hope you enjoyed them, let's get back to the kitchen and other adventures.
UPDATE: I just read that Darcis has opened a boutique in Osaka.