Le Smart Car

Is it called ‘Smart’ because it runs on chocolate?

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Next month, beginning in late November though December, I’m embarking on a cross-country tour of the US teaching my Holiday Chocolate Class from coast-to-coast. Come join me as I demonstrate my favorite chocolate holiday desserts…everything from savory appetizers to delectable chocolate candies and chocolate cakes…rich, French-inspired treats. You can view the class description and menus at Sur La Table’s Culinary Program pages. And be sure…

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Hermès

Oprah gave us all the okay to return to Hermès. She said it was all a misunderstanding and because one particular Parisian salesperson who was “rude and rigid” I, for one, am so relieved that it’s once again okay to shop at Hermès. If that one experience has been her only encounter with a rude salesperson in Paris…that’s a subject that deserves an entire episode!…

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One of my responses to the frequently-asked question, “Why do you live in Paris?” Je presente Le caramel au Beurre Salé…dark, bittersweet chocolate surrounding a pocket of sweet-salty oozing caramel, flecked with grains of fleur de sel de Guérande. They are amazing… Richart 258, Boulevard Saint-Germain Tel: 01 45 55 66 00

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Some of your are sharper than I thought and were very, very close. And thanks to Aude, I’ve added a new French word to my vocabulary: Nounours, or, Teddy Bear (ours means ‘bear’.) Brian thought they were the French version of Mallomars™and he shares my passion for the little dome-like marshmallow mounds resting on a disk of graham crackers finished with an über-thin dark chocolate…

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Guess What?

Anyone know what these are?… (Clue: They’re not what you think.)

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Latte Sal

I was never a big fan of milk chocolate. It was always too sweet, too bland, and never gave me that same chocolate rush of pleasure that a nice chunk of dark, bittersweet chocolate did. When I wrote my chocolate book, I heard from more than a few people, sheepishly, that they preferred milk chocolate. So I wanted to find out why a chocolate-lover would…

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I pass this café often when strolling up the rue de Chemin Vert, in the 11th arrondissement. Someday I’ll stop in at the bar for a café express since I’ve always loved the lettering out front. My local La Poste, a streamlined Art Deco masterpiece built in 1935, meant to suggest the speed and futuristic-optimism of the industrial revolution. Some would argue La Poste is…

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