Friday, November 20, 2009


Tuesday, I started French language classes again.

My teacher was on maternity leave during the summer so she had a substitute come in, then I went to Hawaii during the summer, and went back to Hawaii in October, so I am starting mid-way through the Fall session.

No worries though, our classes don't cover a lot of information all at once, just a little at a time, so I don't think I missed TOO much.

I still have problems with pronounciation, but I am slowly beginning to be able to read and figure out what is being said.

After class, I had lunch at Daimaru Department store, they have a cafe called Galleria. I love their cappuccino.

Up until Tuesday, there would be a heart or leaf pattern on the cappuccino, I was pleasantly surprised to see this...a little chick!

After lunch I went to check out the Italian Fair at Hankyu Department store. They recently merged with Hanshin Department store, so I wondered what kinds of things they would have at their fair.

Competition for business is always quite intense between department stores, so they had several different Italian chocolatiers.

I bought some bon-bons from Giraudi, a chocolatier near Torino. The cremino (a hazelnut cream and dark chocolate square was creamy and not too sweet). The pistachio bon-bon had a pistachio paste inside but I thought it was a bit chalky...242 yen each (about US$2.42)

I also got some Majani chocolates, a Bologna chocolatier....126 yen each (about US$1.26) Apparently these chocolates were made when Fiat produced their Tipo 4.

Besides their Fiat chocolates, they also had these cute car shaped chocolates--cinquino (dark blue foil--dark chocolate outside with dark chocolate ganache inside), gippino (red foil--hazelnut ganache/milk chocolate outside), furgoncino (green foil--pistachio ganache/milk chocolate). My favorite was the cinquino.

via Giraudi, 16
Castellazzo Borimida (AL)

via G.Brodolini 16, 40056
Crespellano, Bologna (Italia)


Tamakikat said...

Bonjour Kat,

I was wondering if you would go to the Italian fair.

Looks like you had a good day 'visiting' France and Italy.

Like the look of the cappuccino and car chocolate-so cute.


Linny said...

The little chick is too cute!

Rowena... said...

Sheesh, I live here and I haven't even seen these brands of chocolate. Thanks for the link and address - they are going on my to-visit list!

K and S said...

Bonjour TK! I debated about going to the fair but gave in, in the end :0

Thanks Linny :)

Hope you like them Rowena when you try them :)

Take care everyone.

Debinhawaii said...

Good job with your French--you never cease to amaze and impress me! You just had the perfect day too with the coffee and the chocolates-yum.

K and S said...

Thanks Debinhawaii, I should try to do better with my craft projects too, have so many unfinished!

Take care.

tofugirl said...

That coffee chick is so cute! I don't know if I would be able to drink it, I think I would just stare at it :)

K and S said...

I think I was that way in the beginning Tofugirl, now as soon as I take a photo of it, I drink it :)

Take care.

genkitummy said...

your cappuccino is so cute!

K and S said...

Thanks Genki :)

Take care.