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Chocolates for the Holidays

on December 07th, 2012
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Sophie Gayot - Hasty Torres

Chocolatier Hasty Torres with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

If you are planning to spend the weekend chocolate shopping for the holidays, allow me to make a suggestion. Log on to chocolatier Hasty Torres’s website where you will find some 100 chocolate items in twenty-three different flavors. Her nickname is Madame Chocolat, as she is the wife of Mr. Chocolate, Jacques Torres. (Remember the chocolate kitchen ovens he created at Le Cirque?) From bonbons to chocolates in the shapes of watches, shoes, purses, Santa Claus, Christmas trees, Hanukkah items, holiday glitter truffles and much more, the result will surely be a sweet ending.

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Maya Museum in Cancun (courtesy of Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Maya Museum in Cancun (courtesy of Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau)

While some believe that the end of the Mayan calendar also indicates the end of the world come December 21, the city of Cancun has a different idea. And to prove it, a museum dedicated to Mayan culture has just swung open its doors on the Yucatan Peninsula.

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Cave A Vins - Restaurant Citrus Etoile Paris

The wine cellar of Citrus Etoile restaurant in Paris

by Sophie Gayot

If you want to know the answer, listen to me being interviewed by David Wilson on the 175th episode of his show Grape Encounters Radio that aired last Saturday.

You’ll also hear our discussion about the birth of American cuisine bistros that I am witnessing throughout the U.S.

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