I went to hear Mireille Guiliano last night chat about her new book, but Paris-induced jet lag hit me hard. I woke up midway in Barnes & Noble's to hear her say "I cut everything I eat in 1/2". I got home ready to hit the sack tout suite with my clothes on at 8PM, but first I thought I'd try "1/2" a chocolate "Mireille style".Chocolate's Theobromine isn't just a cure for heart disease and heart ache or persistent coughs or whatever they're claiming this second...
It cures Jet Lag too!? YAY!
I learned last May in Paris, when I was painting a ton of chocolate boxes, how to remove the inner contents without disturbing the ribbon on top. This is not a good skill to acquire! But last night I found out the inner contents of a La Maison chocolate box will help delay bedtime till 11PM!
I had to buy the box for my New York Chocolate Show display next week, so resisting the contents was not easy.
The true test will be if I can eat just 1/2 of one chocolate every night to overcome the ever present Jet Lag. I'll keep you posted.. These gorgeous displays are from the Paris Salon du Chocolat - all La Maison du Chocolat. Their new holiday "Cubism" collection colors are red and brown! All the shapes are square, circles, cubes - again Chocolate geometry!
Librairie Chantelivre on #13, rue de Sevres 75006, is just down the street from La Maison du Chocolat shop. Their window was a beautiful homage to La Maison during the show. The French are rightly mad for their chocolatiers - they are the best in the world!
Here's another chocolate cure from Bernard Cassière at the show. I was invited to have a choco mask done..hmmm. I passed and just took the picture below...
Mireille has a How French Are You test.
I clocked in at You're Almost French! (37-47 points)
Here's a sample question:
1. Your idea of the ultimate chocolate fix is?
a. A chocolate Entenmann's donut.
b. A Hershey bar.
c. Godiva truffles.
d. 1 or 2 pieces of high-quality dark chocolate.
This is easy if you've been reading Paris Breakfasts for a bit...