Culture Shock


The “Toffee Buzz” Clif bar that I picked up in the states (as a travel emergency ration) versus Salted Butter Caramels from Jacques Genin that my houseguest left for me.

I don’t think I need to tell you which one won.

chocolate list

But if Jacques is willing to add a salted butter caramel energy bar to his list, I’m going to stock up on those instead, before my next trip.

Or even before.


  • Hi David ;

    My name is Antoine Im 22 years old , from Mexico city but living in the country, I was vewing the tv, Nat Geo and see a segment of a documental about u and i thing, why don´t say Hello around here and see ur blog, and I think that it´s great to know about some one who loves talk about his live and his form of thinking im sorry about my english XD im have no much time to practice, but well, im goin to walk around ur blog and learn some dishes to compart with my family with nothing else to say, nice day greetings and for compart ur experience with people who loves cooking =) im not a chef but is one of the things that i like to do in my free time XD ……….

    Viktor Antoine Bautista Puebla de los Angeles Mexico.

  • David, I’ve loved your blogs (along with other’s blogs) from the Caribbean!! What would be more perfect than sun, great food and people you have LOTS in common with — friends! NOTHING!.. Cheers to you, the fun, the gathering and the memories! It’s wonderful to experience the ‘delight’ with ya!

  • i’m sorry it came down to the clif bar. that’s a desparate situation.

  • oh no! Get that bar AWAY from those gorgeous candies. IMMEDIATELY!!!

    Seriously. Seriously…just do it. File 13. No one gets hurt. Do it yesterday.


    I believe I am the only person alive that has not seen the National Geographic doc. I’m going now to find it.

    P.S. Is Romain in there too? Gosh, I hope so. I am still trying to get a glimpse of the cute-meister.

  • I know the Clif Bar was just used as an inferior example of American vs French food, but, seriously, don’t eat it. The peanut product/samonella problem that has spread through many snack bars includes some Clif Bar products. They have been recalled because some of them used peanut ingredients from the accused factory.

  • Jacques Genin caramels… is that a tear I feel dripping down my cheek? Even almost two years later I can still taste those caramels. Absolutely the best!!

  • Welcome home! Wish I were there…

  • michaela: I’m sorry too. But they lured me in with the word “toffee”…

    Lisa T: Maybe if I cried on my toffee bar, the salt would’ve improved the taste : )

    Linda H: Unfortunately it’s gone (gulp!) but I did avoid buying peanut butter on my trip to the states, which I usually stock up on. Luckily I have some organic extra-chunky packed away from a trip a while back.

  • I had some salted butter caramels from a store in L.A. I can’t remember the name of it, the candy was a gift.

    They were among the best things I have tasted in my entire life.

  • a Nat. Geographic doc? Where?! Is it on the Web somewhere?

  • I went to Jacques Genin a couple of days ago and wanted to get a few chocolates for me and my husband. Darn it, but they packaged them up all pretty (which meant I couldn’t dig in) and my husband has YET TO OPEN THEM. Meaning I have been deprived!!

    Thankfully the guy at the counter gave me a bon-bon with my purchase, but that was definitely fewer chocolates than I wanted to consume!

  • Adrian: I think it was the Diary of a Foodie episode I did, which was shown on various networks.

    There’s a link to the episode you can watch online for free: Diary of a Foodie

  • My name is Carol and I’m a caramel-holic.
    And I can’t wait to get my FIX!!!
    Thanks David for the reminder..

  • That guest would have a permanent invite at my house. Heck, I would even name a candy dish after them! You know… assuming the quantity was generous. ; )


    ~ Paula

  • Thanks for the link you provided. I tried N.G., but came up with nothing…looked back on this section of your blog today and found it. Great fun!!!!!

  • yes, thanks much for the link, David!

  • What would you say.. Jacques Genin caramels vs Fouquet camarels? I stopped by Fouquest yesterday, and am wondering if its worth a stop by JG as well, if I’m going to be in the Marais for a falafel.

  • Could you add arrondissements for your recommendations?