Monday, November 13, 2006

Paris Hearts SALON DU CHOCOLAT

After double posting this weekend I thought I'd finished with chocolate for a bit. I even thought of not posting today. But four days at the New York Chocolate show gave me a sense of scale. The average Parisien is mad for chocolate and has been crazy for chocolate longer than we New Yorkers can lay claim.
Over 100,000 people attend the Paris Salon du Chocolate for 5 days.
The individual stands are HUGE - long displays of chocolate like you've never seen!

And walls of buyers too. Ah, the decisions...
Every Paris arrondissement has it's small local family-run artisanal chocolate shops and they've been around for ages. Residents are loyal and buy chocolates weekly as they buy baguettes daily from the local boulangerie. And don't forget the small chocolate shops all over France!

The space at Porte de Versailles is similar to the Javits Convention center in size and height.

A lot of serious discussion goes on about the chocolate.

It may take me a week to get through all my chocolate show stories. Be patient.

Then we can forget chocolate and move on or not :)

29 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:26 AM

    Another WOW WOW WOW!
    Awesome the French devotion to chocolate. We have a lot of catching up to do..
    I've never seen SO MUCH chocolate!
    KK

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  2. you made my weekend and now a great way to start a Monday with more fantastic photos and descriptions! so many thanks for the peek in the show, YUM!!!

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  3. Anonymous12:03 PM

    MERCI! many of us never get tired of seeing more CHOCOLATE!!!

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  4. Oh Lord, how I love chocolate!!!!!!!!!

    I swear the chocolate on this blog is so intense that I can smell it through the screen!!!!

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  5. LOL...I'm not sure why you feel the need to rush on to some other topic. Lol!

    I'd be perfectly happy to have you continue the rest of the year with these lovely chocolate pictures!
    :o)

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  6. Are these trade shows or a retail show? I can't seem to tell or are they a bit of both? Regardless, both seem over the top fantastical!

    I wish they had fountains of paint at Namta.

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  7. MY TEETH ARE TINGLING WITH ALL THIS LUSCIOUSNESS DISPLAYED BEFORE ME!!! GORGEOUS PHOTOS AND THE CHOCOLATE -- WOWZA!

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  8. Forget chocolat and move on???? hee hee of course , you jest!!! I nearly cry from the sheer joy of visiting your blog! It looks like I am not alone ! Gotta love it!!!!

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  9. i recall a long line of people waiting to be served in a chocolate shop in Paris. Also a bread shop. The line went down the road.

    I thought "this just has to be the best way to eat"... The French are certainly the best when it comes to food and wine!

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  10. noooooooooooooooooo q ricooooooooooo!! yo quieroo

    re da mi blogg :)

    soysharontate@hotmail.com

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  11. Anonymous7:22 PM

    I agree with one and all we sure do have alot to catch up to in all of life hear food living art ect.
    Linda

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  12. OH MY god!! You have the coolest food blog!! Those paris chocolate fashion are AWESOME!!

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  13. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME BESIDES DRIVING ME {{{{{CRAZY}}}} for the love of {{{{CHOCOLATE}}}}ONE GOOD THING AT LEAST I AM not GAINING WEIGHT WITH ALL THIS!

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  14. I'm on a soup diet (just for one day) but all I want now is chocolate.

    That's it! Tomorrow, I'm going on the chocolate diet.

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  15. I want to go there SO bad!

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  16. Oh my God those truffles look good. (drooling)

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  17. I can't stand it! J'adore le chocolat. :-)

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  18. Anonymous12:45 AM

    hey!you have like THE best blog i've seen so far. i can drool,smack my lipsand imagine all that chocolate without piling on any more weight. keep it coming. i'm a sucker for chocolate and proud of it!!

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  19. One can never move on from chocolate - it is always pleasantly lurking in the thoughts and memories of a true chocophile. Please, do not ever permanently move on to other subjects - chocolate is such a lovely and varied one ;)

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  20. hey, the chocs look yummilicious =)

    take care!

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  21. Wow! I've always wanted to go to Paris, and now I want it even more.. Chocolate<3

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  22. I vote for NOT!! Gosh the French really know how to celebrate chocolate. Here in Geneva it's all too civilised!

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  23. Those Truffles!
    What a lovely watercolor that would make
    paired with some lovely red wine!

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  24. Your pictures are killing me! I had to make chocolate-covered strawberries right away just so my tastebuds won't over-salivate...

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  25. Your blog is very beautiful,love your watercolors and of curse all the pcitures posted here. I love chocolate too.

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  26. A fabulous post. My mouth's watering.
    Angela

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  27. I love your paintings and chocolat! Thank you for sharing the amazing photos. ~longing to go to paris someday, even now more than ever!

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