Pierre's carefully selected assortment includes not only his classic pieces, but also some very special Valentine's chocolates such as the Dark Cupid with Cognac Ganache, the Dark and Milk Double Hearts with Raspberry Ganache, the Dark Heart with Grand Marnier Ganache, and the White Truffle Heart with Praliné cream!
Boxed Chocolate Improves Sex Life!
According to a survey conducted in 1999, 29% of all American men believe giving a box of chocolate improves their chances of getting sex, and 8 percent of all American women agree. Silly stuff, but it does get our attention, doesn't it?
The point is that chocolates are a "HOT" item, and rightly so. For those of us that have been in the know all along, we can feel very smug about the rest of the world catching up with us. We've know about Love Snacks (see October 2001 Chocolate Diaries) for a long time!
Speaking of Love Snacks, Pierre's chocolates helped play Cupid this Christmas. Our good friend and webmaster, Hugh conspired with Pierre to place an engagement ring in a special chocolate bar with the message "will you marry me?". We also had a couple of other orders with notes asking us to send the chocolates right away because there was a ring going in the box! Oh the romance! We know that Elisabeth said yes to Hugh, and we're hoping the others went as well. Our best wishes to all...and don't forget your Love Snacks from time to time!
Conversely, we are able to send chocolates all around the country...and even the world. In fact, this past holiday season we sent Pierre's chocolates to almost every state and to several countries. Pierre even had a call from Paris! A recipient (with a very well known name) of a gift of Pierre's chocolates in Paris called to tell him how wonderful they were and would he please send a large box to her in Paris. Now, we know that there are wonderful chocolates available in Paris, so the compliment was truly appreciated! And on this side of the Atlantic, the compliments were profuse and appreciated also. If some of the comments are true, the lead sentence applies!
Mont Ventoux is an imposing mountain in the northern part of Provence. The town of Vaison-la-Romaine is nearby and not far from Vaison is a chocolatier that is really worth a stop. Last summer we were out exploring with some friends. It was Pierre and three women in the car. Pierre was intent on finding a small walled medieval village that he had read about. As he was driving out from Vaison, he was ordered to turn by three women shouting "CHOCOLATE! TURN HERE!" Pierre and his medieval village didn't have a chance. Three women had made a "chocolate sighting" and we were focused! Christian Chaloin's Chocolaterie is located in a small non-descript building set back off of the road, just southeast of Vaison. Not as diligent and less focused travelers would have passed it by. Our diligence was rewarded with tastings of dark chocolates filled with chestnut cream, ganache, noisettes, Chartreuse liquor and other delights. Like many chocolatiers, he also makes ice cream. Naturally, we had to try some and it was creamy, flavorful and excellent! Christian Chaloin, Artisan Chocolatier84110 Le Crestet Tel : 04.90.28.75.63 A good source of information on shopping in the area can be found on the Bonjour Paris website. http://www.bparis.com/.
Poulet A La Camarguaise
ingredients:1 3-3 1/2 pound chicken, cut into serving pieces
There are still a couple of weeks left open to rent our house in France. If you are interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Other pictures are available in the October 2001 Chocolate Diaries
A bientôt! Pierre and Rainey