|Posted on July 21, 2009 at 10:44 AM|
My pastry chef sister Fuyuko e mailed me just before leaving Paris that I should check out Jacques Genin's new salon de the if I could get myself over to the Marais district. Jacques Genin's salon is breathtakingly beautiful. It is a bit daunting at first but the lovely marshmallows and caramels in the display case will lure you in. What's was most impressive were Genin's chocolates. Creamy and dense in flavors of caramel, vanilla, chinammon, mint, etc. The chocolates are packaged in a silver metal box. I am telling you, he treats these little chocolates as if they were jewels. I learned that in the old days, chocolates used to be sold in metal boxes because they stayed freshers. Genin is bringing back the good old ways. I bought the smaller box of nine chocolates. It was 10 euros for 9 tiny pieces but well worth it. I was instructed not to put the chocolate in my suitcase while travelling because the temperature of the plane's cargo section was too cold. So the silver box travelled with me in my backpack and stayed close to me during the 12 hour flight back to Tokyo.
While you are at the shop, do have a cup of tea, sit here and enjoy the tranquil space. I loved it. The teas are all Chinese green tea blended with herbs and flowers. It was very relaxing. You get two pieces of chocolate with the tea. Also, when you buy the chocolate, they will let you try a free sample. I ate so many chocolates that day, I felt full and happy. I skipped dinner.