Bienvenue Motards
Saturday December 19th 2009, 8:54 am
Filed under: Bourgogne/Burgundy,daily life,funny,photos,weird

welcome bikers mesvres france
What, you’re only welcome if you speak English? AND you’re a biker? Seen in Mesvres, France (Burgundy).

Christmas Window Displays and Fabrice Gillotte, Chocolatier
Thursday December 17th 2009, 12:54 pm
Filed under: art/culture/design,chocolate,MOF Meilleur Ouvrier de France,people,products,shopping

The grace and beauty of window design in France never ceases to amaze me all year long. But with Christmas being one of my favorite times of year, I MUST get out to see the festive displays. This is when true artistry emerges. The beautiful window display below is from Fabrice Gillotte, who happens to be a MOF of chocolate. Not only is he a master of his craft, his stuff is cute! And different. I LOVE his Santa.
santa chocolate from mof fabrice gillotte

santa chocolate from mof fabrice gillotte

santa chocolate from mof fabrice gillotte

santa chocolate from mof fabrice gillotte
Fabrice Gillotte, Chocolatier
21, rue du Bourg
21000 Dijon
Telephone +33(0)3 80 30 38 88

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Wine News: Not Very Jammy Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Friday December 11th 2009, 6:09 am
Filed under: food and drinks,Languedoc-Roussillon,news,products,shopping,tips,wine

From the nytimes:

NOTHING about Châteauneuf-du-Pape is sleek or polished. It’s a rough-and-tumble wine, sometimes ungainly and fierce, but just as often warm, open, generous and full of pleasure.

It can be intense and complex — it’s not at all simple. Yet it sometimes can be as friendly as a big good-natured dog. Occasionally, it’s too friendly.

I was thinking about the overbearing side of Châteauneuf recently after the wine panel had completed a tasting of 20 bottles from the 2007 vintage. For the tasting, Florence Fabricant and I were joined by two guests, Vanessa Treviño Boyd, sommelier at Adour, and David Gordon, wine director at Tribeca Grill, which offers what is most likely the widest selection of Châteauneuf in New York.

We found some wines we liked very much, yet on the whole the 2007s left me unexcited. Stylistically, they presented Châteauneuf’s too-friendly side. Châteauneuf is always a big wine, but these wines were huge — full of lush, opulent fruit with powerful, jammy flavors.

If you like fruit-bomb wines, you will love …

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Yann Tiersen Playing 6 iPhones
Thursday December 10th 2009, 7:48 am
Filed under: music,news,people


La Route des Liqueurs
Wednesday December 09th 2009, 5:35 am
Filed under: chocolate,food and drinks,shopping

la route des liqueurs alcohol filled chocolates from france
We’re getting ready to take off to spend the holidays in the U.S. so we’ve been frantically buying gifts and stocking stuffers. We came across these kitschy boxes of liqueur-filled chocolates. Unlike those little sugar bottles filled with God knows what liqueurs (we got those too!), these use dark chocolate without the sugar crust, they explain what the liqueurs are and where they are from in France AND they are in cute little shapes. Here’s what’s inside: Armagnac du Sud-Ouest (in an armagnac cork), Marc de champagne (champagne cork), Kirsch d’Alsace (cherry), Mirabelle de Lorraine (mirabel plum), Calvados de Normandie (apple), Cognac de Charente (barrel), Pastis 51 (bottle).

la route des liqueurs alcohol filled chocolates from france
It’s a fun gift and perfect stocking stuffer. You can probably find them all over the large French supermarkets like Carrefour, Auchan, etc..

By the way, these have the real deal inside, no watered-down anything.