Tuesday, February 14, 2012

a day of chocolate (s)

Today is Valentine's Day, for those of you who don't know, it's a little different in Japan, which I've written about here.

Here's what I gave Satoshi...

A box of baseball shaped milk chocolates...

Here are some other chocolate items we've enjoyed...this Choco-chofu.

A chocolate mochi covered with a chocolate crepe. Satoshi brought this back from one of his business trips to Okayama.

To enjoy this you need to "nuke" it for several seconds, if you nuke it for too long, it gets too oozy and turns into a blob.

Blobby or not, it was delicious, chocolatey but not too sweet.

Belgian Cafe-Tasse's lait & speculoos, milk chocolate filled with a cinnamon ganache.

Cafe-Tasse's noir & speculoos, dark chocolate (54%) with a cinnamon ganache.

Either one is delicious. The ganache is more like a cream with speculoos (spice cookies) bits in it.

Italian Vestri's Vellutata, 30 grams of creamy chocolate hazelnut goodness.

This was delicious on toasted baguette.

Not sure what "vellutata" means, but it sounds like "velvety".

From my host-sister, an assortment of ice creams by Jean-Paul Hévin. There were 5 different ice creams in the assortment, Satoshi and I ate half of each on separate occasions.

One with vanilla & salted caramel bits, one caramel ice cream, 2 dark chocolate and 1 milk chocolate.

All were rich and delicious. (Thank you!)

Lastly, France's Bernachon's 3rd generation, Phillipe, has a line called "B de Lyon", I tried their Gingembre (ginger) tablette.

Dark chocolate (maybe 65%) with ginger gelatin-like sticks...the chocolate and ginger match perfectly though Satoshi said he would nix the ginger.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!


K said...

Yum, so much chocolate!!

Do you two also celebrate White Day?

jalna said...

Awww, so cute your present to Satoshi!

Spencer said...

I love chocolate and yours sounds like it was a great chocolate day!

Kathy YL Chan said...

anything speculoos is delicious! :)

K and S said...

yes we do K :)

Thanks Jalna :)

Thanks Spencer :)

true Kathy :)

Take care everyone.

KirkK said...

Hapy V-Day to the both of you!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Happy Valentine's Day Kat! Don't go crazy with amount of chocolates in this season... Satoshi-san takusan giri-choco moratta?

K and S said...

same to you and the Missus, Kirk :)

am always crazy with chocolate Nami :) giri-choco, Satoshi wa mada kaette kitenai kara wakarimasen...

Take care you two.

Japan Australia said...

Happy Valentine's Day Kat! Lots of great chocolate to celebrate! The baseball shaped chocolate looks really cute :)

Japan Australia

K and S said...

Thanks J-A, Satoshi was thrilled with it.

Take care.

Rowena said...

Sugar rush!

K and S said...

he he Rowena, you know me :)

Take care.

Hot Chocolate said...

Awesome...I also present chocolates to my customers and friends at valentine..

K and S said...

Thanks great Hot Chocolate!

Take care.

Deb in Hawaii said...

It looks like you had a very happy Valentine's Day--full of lots of yummy chocolate. ;-)

K and S said...

hope you had a nice valentine's Deb :)

Take care.