The Chocolate Hemisphere

In this month’s Hemispheres Magazine, the magazine of United Airlines, you’ll find my article about exploring the chocolate shops of Paris. I talk about many of my favorite places, why I like them…and what I recommend you get while you’re there!

Although the article is only available on United Airlines flights in October (so book your flight to Paris today!) you’ll find a special ‘Cyber Sidebar’ at their web site of great addresses for le chocolat chaud, the famed ultra-thick and rich Parisian hot chocolate.

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To read the bonus Cyber Sidebar on their web site, click on the bottom link-bar, the ‘Cyber Sidebar’.

It’s my carnet of hot chocolate addresses in Paris, some are justifyably famous and well-known, and there’s a few secret new addresses that you probably don’t know about, but should.

I acted on “insider information” from a few Parisians; at one very famous hot chocolate emporium, the saleswoman pulled me aside and secretly scribbled down a few of her personal favorites and handed it off to me…for research!

Next month, I’ll post the Parisian hot chocolate recipe given to me by a well-known pastry chef and served in his chic salon, which I’ve adapted for home cooks…you’ll be sipping le chocolat chaud all winter long.



UPDATE: Hemispheres magazine has changed hands and removed many articles in their archives. If you’re looking for my favorite hot chocolate addresses, I’ll be offering a directory of Paris sweet addresses in the near future.

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11 comments

  • but, but… i don’t live in the states! never mind, i’m printing out cyber sidebar, and keep an eye out for your hot chocolate recipe. ;)

  • if you ever need a taste-tester….

  • The 2005 Eurochocolate Festival at Perugia, Italy, takes place this year between October 16 and 23. For further details, visit http://www.eurochocolate.com

    David – shall you be going? Apparently it is a fantastic event and has been taking place every year since the 1900s.

  • Ooh – congratulations! I’ll have my sister pick up a copy for me, as she’s a flight attendant with United!!

    Can’t wait to see the recipe…my favorite way to prepare it has always been with the steamer attachment on an espresso machine. mmmmm…foam…

  • I eagerly await your recipe, David! I’ve done many trials at home, trying to create the Parisian hot chocolate that I’ve enjoyed from time to time, but the right balance of flavors still eludes me.

    Dreaming of that hot, bittersweet brew…

  • Darn it. I fly on United almost every month but in October I have no trips planned.

  • I shall look forward to the recipe! (:

  • You’ll find Michael Lewis’ Hot Chocolate Recipe from Wittamer in Brussels on my Recipe page, here at the site in the meantime. Enjoy!

    And John, thanks for your invitation for a chocolate vacation in Perugia, but I have too much work right now here in Paris.

    Yes, the Salon du Chocolate is in Paris towards the end of this month.
    It’s not bad…if you don’t mind paying 12 euros to be shoved aside by hoards of people grabbing and pushing to get a 1/4-inch piece of a free sample of chocolate. If you don’t live in the France, I suppose it’s a good way to see a lot of places under one roof with a like-minded mob of people (although many of the best places in Paris don’t participate, people like Bonnat and Le Roux often participate) and there’s some foreign chocolates that are intriguing from Tokyo (yum!) and Moscow (um…).

  • in any case, i believe salon du chocolat will be held at the end of the month in paris, isn’t it..?

  • On my flight to Atlanta last week, I read your article right off, (or did I do the 4 Sodukos first?), anyway, great read! On the flight back from WashDC, United announced your article by introducing you as ‘a long-time resident of Paris’. Loved all the shop descriptions and will want to tic them off next time I’m in Paris, avoiding all those Monday closings.