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It’s always a good time to go to Chocolatitudes, but if you have been looking for an excuse then you’ll be excited to hear about the forthcoming Raw Chocolate Making Workshops.

Micah Intrator of Chocolate Therapie will be sharing his techniques and recipes in a two-hour, €25 English-language workshop. Samples will be included.

For more details check his site: http://chocolatetherapie.weebly.com/events.html

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Breaking news: a new vegetarian restaurant has opened in Paris. Kitchen is from the same owner as Bob’s Juice Bar and has a lot in common. They are both easy-going veg breakfast and lunch places with interesting options for Vegans. Among cool décor and communal tables, you can enjoy the daily soup, a great green or fruity smoothie, raw Conscious Chocolates, the açai bowl and more.

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I was especially pleased to see that you can get a coconut with a straw, which is a rare pleasure to find in central Paris.

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The prices are reasonable, and they have some good takeaway items, like the delicious ‘sushi’ style roll that I picked up.

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My husband has been telling me I should spend more time in the Kitchen… now maybe I will!

Kitchen
74, rue des Gravilliers, 75003
Métro: Arts et Métiers
06 50 95 36 97

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ChocoLatitudes

There are some French food experiences that a vegan is never going to have, but there are some that we can really enjoy and one of them is drinking a delicious chocolat chaud. This week I went to a place that does a vegan hot chocolate that’s also organic and really, really good: the shop is called ChocoLatitudes.

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I spend a lot of time thinking about chocolate, but nowhere near as much as Laurence Alemanno the proprietor of this stylish yet totally friendly boutique. She has travelled the world’s chocolate-producing nations, much like Willy Wonka, and even did her PhD thesis on the cacao tree.

ChocoLatitudes is the mecca of chocolate: bars, candies, powders, fondue sets, decorative cacao pods, stylishly modern bamboo dishes, children’s chocolate books and even ‘choco vino’. I picked up carmelized cacao beans for myself, which are something very special, and a couple of Valentine’s heart chocolates on a stick for my two little cherubs. The shop also has a few tables and a counter to enjoy a hot chocolate and cookie [let her know you need a vegan cookie.] The hot chocolate is intense, dark, nutty and like nothing I’ve had elsewhere. It could almost have come from a chocolate waterfall. 5€ for the big cup, 2€ to get a small one at the counter. 

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They also carry Poppy raw chocolates: the owner recommended that the Maca one I bought would be a good one to share as a Valentine with my husband due to the alleged powers of raw chocolate and maca… oh those sexy Frenchies!

ChocoLatitudes is located on Rue Daguerre in the 14ème which is a very happenin’ street and well worth checking out even if you are from another part of town. They also hold chocolate workshops, and I should definitely mention that the bulk of the chocolate is fair trade and artisanal.

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Ok, now I need to go and eat some chocolate…

ChocoLatitudes

57, rue Daguerre 75014

Métro: Denfert-Rochereau or Gaî

01 42 18 49 02

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