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I’m sure you will all agree that it’s not Christmas without some chocolate. Right? Imagine being served some unique, tasty chocolates at the next party, or unwrapping a beautiful chocolate art piece under the tree…are you still shopping for some great chocolates? Here are some suggestions from me:

Chez Christophe Chocolaterie and Patisserie

I still remembered the first time I knew about Christophe was at the CONNECT Show 2013 and he was on stage doing a live demo. It was quite fascinating to watch pieces of different size and shape being created and put together. Ever since then, Christophe has received a number of awards, including most recently taking Gold at the 2014 International Chocolate Awards World Final in the White Chocolate Ganaches and Truffles category. And his shop has appeared on many media and bloggers’ list. Now he’s on mine!

Putting together the showpiece

Last Christmas, I visited Chez Christophe’s patisserie in Burnaby and saw this display of how the showpiece came together.

Chez Christophe Christmas 2013

This year, Christophe is offering a different Christmas Collection (more…)

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Last week Chocolate Arts launched a brand new, enhanced take on high tea – they call it the Haute Chocolate service. I was invited to try it out and my friend JX has joined me for some girly time. The good thing about this is that you don’t need to make reservations ahead of time, so it can be a spontaneous date with your favourite girl(s), or an afternoon chocolate break from a stroll around the city.

Haute Chocolate at Chocolate Arts

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For $15.95, the Haute Chocolate service includes a carafe of hot chocolate along with 4-6 house-made chocolates, pastries, petits fours and pâte de fruits, as well as a small piece banana bread with butter and seasonal jam.

For hot chocolate, you have endless options. You can select its classic house blend of semisweet or bittersweet, or the spiced chocolate with chipotle, cardamom and cayenne, or you can go to its collection of chocolate chips, sample some of them and pick out your favourite. It’s not an easy choice. Here are a few that we’ve tried: Lactee Superieure (38%) gives you the rich milk chocolate flavour; Madirofolo (65%) has a good balance of semi-sweetness; Alto el Sol (65%) has a hint of banana because the beans are grown near banana trees; Araguani (72%) is a single-origin dark chocolate with a rather complex flavour, slightly sweet and fruity. In the end, I chose the Araguani for its fruitiness. The hot chocolate comes with whipped cream, or vanilla or raspberry marshmallows. If you chose neither, which I think is a silly thing to do, you will receive an extra piece of chocolate on your plate. OK, maybe it’s not so silly anymore.

Chocolate ChipsSampling Chocolate Chips

The next difficult decision is to choose one piece of chocolate from its display case to add to your plate. There were caramels, truffles, chocolate bonbons, and some seasonal offerings that they rotate every few months. I chose the Fleur de Sel Wafer.

Chocolate Display CaseChocolate Display Case

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The longer we’re in the blogging community, the more interesting things we find out about our city. Recently we received two media releases about two different events in November. At both events, you will be treated to a culinary experience while watching food-related movies. How fun!

FEAST: DOXA Documentary Film Festival’s Annual Gala Fundraiser

DOXA was recently voted number 2 in the Best Local Film Festival Category by Georgia Straight readers for the second year in a row. The 11th Anniversary DOXA Documentary Film Festival will take place May 4-13, 2012 and they are holding its annual fundraiser on Saturday, Nov 5.

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2011

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Roundhouse Community Centre (Davie St & Pacific Blvd.)

The evening promises a culinary adventure for all the senses. Each course will be served along with specially selected wine pairings as guests enjoy preview screenings of five delicious new documentary films:

  • Smokin’ Fish – a new film about a Tlingit businessman reconnecting with his culture through food
  • Ingredients – a film about the localvore movement and sustainable food production
  • Florent: Queen of the Meat Market – a film about how a restaurant can support a community
  • A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt – a documentary of the celebrated chef at New York’s Corton Restaurant, Paul Liebrandt
  • Kings of Pastry – a film about the high stakes world of French patisserie.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit the DOXA website. Tickets are $40 each.

Soufflé au Chocolat Movie Premiere and Ultimate Chocolate Tasting Buffet

Soufflé au Chocolat’s producers have teamed up with some of the world’s greatest chocolate masters to bring you this original evening of entertainment and pleasure, the first of its kind in Vancouver. Tantalize your senses with a French feature film that explores fine cuisine, romantic relationships and pushing the boundaries of coupledom, all before diving into the sinfully sensual and bountiful world of Cacao-Barry chocolate.

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2011

Time: Movie starts at 7:30pm

Location: Empire Granville 7 Cinemas, 855 Granville Street, Vancouver

Movie will be followed by Q&A with directors and actors, then a Chocolate Tasting by Greg Hook of Chocolate Arts and international gourmet chocolate suppliers Cacao Barry of France.

More information about the movie can be found at www.souffleauchocolat.com, or click here to purchase tickets online. Single tickets are $25 each or you can buy $40 couples ticket in-person at Alliance Française (6161 Cambie St.) or Highlife Records (1317 Commercial Dr).

 

They both sound yummy! Hope you can make it to at least one of them, treat yourself to some good food while supporting the local arts and movie industries.

 

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