August 6, 2006
You are lucky Nicholas Zukin. I envy Your access to US chocolate but otherwise I'm lucky too. WE have a few shops in Stockholm with an impressive selection but I've not counted how many different bars they sell.
"Porcelana: The Holy Grail of Pure Criollos" (Maricel E. Presilla)
July 4, 2006
February 25, 2007
Although many stores carry chocolate and some even carry some of what some people consider the good chocolates such as Godiva, Shaarfen Berg, etc. there now are stores popping up that specialize in fine gourmet chocolate. One such store is Cioccolato in St. Louis, MO and you can order on online from them at http://www.iluvchocolte.com. They carry a large selection of very good imported chocolates, such as Neuhaus, Michel Cluizel, Chocolat Bonnat, L'Artigiano and many more.
October 13, 2009
Originally posted by Chrissie
Wow, Edinburgh (UK) really is rubbish for high end chocolate. The only places I've found that carry any really good bars are Harvey Nicols, Valvona and Crolla and Jenners. Even then they only have a handful and they are really overpriced. I have to get everything online :(
I'm soooo jealous!
You should also be able to get Plaisir du Chocolat. It's a decent high-end chocolatier (they have a shop here in Manchester as well, but they're based in Edinburgh) and in addition to their chocolate confections, they sell remoulded bars from Valrhona, El Rey, and Cluizel along with Callebaut. I'd stop short of calling them in the very highest rank of chocolatiers but that's only in relative terms.
Interesting that Harvey Nichols up there is poorly stocked. Here in Manchester the shop is very well stocked with a variety of high-end chocolates: Domori, Amedei, and Valrhona lead the way (and they appear to have the entire Amedei line in addition to most of the Domori one) along with several other reasonably decent brands. One entire row of shelves is given over to chocolate. Maybe with a little prodding you can get them to increase their stock if you suggest regular custom.
July 4, 2006
I have tried some Plasir du Chocolat, they have a concession stand in Harvey Nichols aswell as their main shop on the Royal Mile. I noticed their remoulded Cluizel, El Rey and Callebaut bars but they're marked up quite a bit and I don't like their packaging.
As for Plasir's chocolates, truffles and dipped fruits/nuts I think they are a bit overpriced too and not all that special. The designs on the chocolates do look pretty though. However, I would much rather order from L'Artisan du Chocolat and have to pay the additional costs for postage as their creations are far superior in my opinion.
Harvey Nicols does have a few of the Domori Cru bars and the Chateau line but each bar is about £1 more expensive than ordering online. The Amedei is slightly less overpriced though, as is the Valrhona. I suppose the most frustrating thing I find is that their stock never seems to change and I never seem to come across anything all that interesting.
I'm thinking of making an order from websites based in other european countries such as http://www.xocolat.at or http://www.intveld.de to be able to source something different like some Slitti, Bonnat(which I can't get here anymore), the Domori Chacao and Kamba ranges, Guido Gobino/Cuba Venchi Gianduja, Laurent Gerbaud, Chocovic etc. It means paying more postage though. Need to save up!
I also find it frustrating that I can't source some of the USA chocolate bars that get such good reviews like Guittard and Theo.
I think I probably have unrealistically high expectations about what I should be able to obtain. I should be more content with what I have available to me which shouldn't really be grumbled at! I'm going to stop complaining now.
March 2, 2007
I've been reading this board for ages, and rely on it heavily for my chocolate research! Anyway, I am the chocolate buyer at a new store in Portland Oregon USA (also online) called The Meadow [url]http://www.atthemeadow.com[/url]. We carry over 200 (mostly dark) chocolate bars, and are adding more every week. Our latest additions are from De Bondt Cioccolato Originale, an intense, very beautiful bar in the Italian Tuscan tradition. De Bondt has been commented on a few times here, but I have yet seen any reviews.
Like some other Tuscans, the 60% tastes like a 72%, and it only gets more intense from there. Nonetheless, the 80%, for all its ferocity, is quite enjoyable. I’m still working on the 90%, which is mind-blowing but daunting. I would love to get some reviews from readers!
Originally posted by bobvilax2000
Does anybody know a good store in the states, or in Ohio, that I could get fine chocolate bars from? Is anybody here even from the states? The best that I've found is a 60% Feodora bar that I bought from Tops Market (If that means anything to anybody). It's good, but many say that It's mediocre compared to others. Buying online doesn't seem reasonable since I would end up spending crazy amounts for shipping. Any help is greatly appretiated.
A good site to find good imported chocolate, such as Michel Cluizel, is http://www.iluvchocolate.com. They ship and do not charge extra for warm weather proctection. Usually if you place an order by Monday you will have it by Friday if not sooner.