arnaud larher, georges larnicol, hugo victor, laduree, maison du choclat, MOF, paris, patrick roger, pierre marcolini, royce li, shoko chocolates, world chocolate masters

Paris: Day 1

During the summer, a friend of mine asked if I can lend a hand while he practiced for the World Chocolate Masters. My immediate response was “Yes! When do I start?”. To me, it was an honour that a Brazilian Chocolate Master would ask for my help. So it began, throughout the summer and fall, we would practice multiple times a week, building showpieces and testing out recipes over and over again. 
As time passes, and multiple versions of the chocolate showpiece came and gone, we got closer and closer to the day of the competition. Being the good friend that I am, I had to go to Paris and support him!
I took a week off of work and got there a day before the competition, which means I had some pastry shop hopping to do.

Our first stop: Patrick Roger.

Chocolate sculptures of a festive pumpkin and a monkey is on display.

I particularly liked the little mini chocolate sculptures that they have here.

Here, you can find an assortment of tablets, dragees, caramels and pastries.

After exploring pastry shops all over the city in just a few hours, we decided to sit down at a cafe and share our delectable. Sitting in my chair enjoying a cafe Americano and some desserts made by some of the best in the city, it suddenly hit me, I’m in Paris!
You can’t come to Paris without visiting Laduree.

 
Richart specializes in mini chocolates and macarons

I got the best macaron I’ve ever had in my life in this story!

Hugo and Victor looks like a jewelry store. Everything you see is behind counters and glass. They specialize in seasonal caramels inside their chocolate. I don’t think I was suppose to take pictures here. 

Me in my Crooks and Castles Sweater in front of the Arc De Triomphe. #ghettoasiankidinparis
The rumours are true, the McCafe in Champs Elysees sell French Macarons.
Our last stop of the night. Ordered a Grande Macaron Isaphan at Laduree, ate it and then back to the hotel. 

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