The holidays are upon us and as usual, the time since summer vacation has flown by! We have been busy getting ready to open our new café and chocolaterie. As in most construction projects, there have been many delays. We had hoped to open before Thanksgiving, but alas that didn't happen. So, now we are optimistically hoping to open before Christmas. Our fingers are crossed!
Even with all of the activity, our main focus remains to make wonderful chocolates. Last year a special customer requested that Pierre make a toffee covered in dark chocolate. He came up with a fabulous toffee which we have named "Les Pavés", because they look like the paving stones you find in France.
Les Pavés have been very popular locally, and now we are happy to introduce them to our customers online. Les Pavés are crunchy, pecan nutty, buttery toffee pieces covered in dark chocolate. They are packed in attractive 9 and 3.5 ounce bags as well as a very special green Satin Box! Each one is tied with a beautiful ribbon and will make an elegant and much appreciated gift.
Our last night was spent in Albuquerque. We had a very good meal at The Artichoke Café on Central Avenue (505-243-0200). We had salmon with roasted veggies and saffron rice, and a homemade ravioli stuffed with Swiss chard, spinach and ricotta cheese, served with a tomato butter. We shared an excellent bottle of Chateau Trignon Rasteau 1999, and our bill came to $63.90 before tip. Albuquerque is not very interesting, but The Artichoke Café is!
We mention the Hotel Ibis, because many of the connecting flights from Marseilles leave between 6:45am and 7:30am. It is much more convenient to stay at the airport hotel with such an early take-off. In France, you can call 04.42.79.61.61 to make a reservation. Usually there is someone that speaks English at the desk.
We hope each of you enjoyed a Thanksgiving with family and friends and this newletter finds you well. We send our best wishes for a happy holiday season, filled with good health and