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I have given chocolate assortment souvenir bought from William Curley to my family the other day.

Their review in fact was that the chocolate coting is on average rate, the eccentric filling is unlikely popular in Japan.

William Curley Chocolate Assortment

William Curley Chocolate Assortment

I should have chosen plain chocolate bars or chocolate sheets. It is cheaper as well.

They insist that they can buy delicious chocolate like the photos below in supermarkets in Japan at one tenth of the price!

Sepiart Chocolate
Sepiart Chocolate
Meiji Macadamia Chocolate
Meiji Macadamia Chocolate

Well, they are right. We do not need to check around to find better chocolate. But in London, I can not resist to find proper chocolate as it is difficult to meet delicious chocolate in supermarket in the UK, and particularly important, it is almost impossible to find such sensitive delicious cakes like William Curley’s in the UK.

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I have tasted Strawberry Mousse Cake with Sponge bought from Patissier Jean Millet recently.

Jean Millet Strawberry Cake
Jean Millet Strawberry Cake

I bought this in Japan, however, there may not be the same cake in Paris and other shops.

The taste of strawberry mossee and the sponge were light and berries were so sweet.

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Chocolate Market in Southwark, London

Chocolate Festival Market London 09

Chocolate Festival Market London 09

Outside the famous concert venue, Royal Festival Hall in Southwark, there was lovely market place for the chocolate festival. I took the photo above.

Other than the William Curley and the manufacturer of the chocolate for William Curley, AMEDEI, most of other stalls looked less sophisticated, however, they were like a lovely school bazaar festival.

William Curley at Chocolate Market London

William Curley at Chocolate Market London

AMEDEI at Chocolate Market London

AMEDEI 35% Cacao Milk Chocolate Tablets

 

Chocolate Market London 09

Chocolate Market London 09

Chocolate Market London 09

Chocolate Market London 09

Chocolate Market London 09

Chocolate Market London 09

Chocolate Market London 09

Chocolate Market London 09

Chocolate Market London 09

Chocolate Market London 09

Chocolate Market London 09

Chocolate Market London 09

 Particularly I was interested in the stall below, MANGARO Madagascar Chocolate.

MANGARO 1ER CRU DE PLANTATION

MANGARO 1ER CRU DE PLANTATION

MANGARO 1ER CRU DE PLANTATION

MANGARO 1ER CRU DE PLANTATION

I bought a milk chocolate shown on the left, with 50% cacao for £2.25.

I requested their business card to the salesman above but he did not say anything and started to deal with other shoppers.

Just after I tasted the chocolate and I felt slight different flavour, which I fancy I do not really like, but overall, it was delicious.

I have searched ‘Mangaro 1ER CRU DE Plantation’ on the Internet, presumably, it is produced by Michel Cluizel.

However, there are no word Michel Cluizel, no producer’s name or address written on the package. Only below is written on the back of the package.

“Ingredients: whole milk powder, plantation ‘Mangaro’ cacao beans, cacao butter, cane sugar, bourbon vanilla. may contain traces of nuts.”

The design of the logos and atmosphere are also different from the products shown on Michel Cluzel’s website.

I think it is worth tasting Michel Cluzel’s chocolate as well. It seems they do not have high street retail shops in the UK, so it will be delivered.

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William Curley

Below is copy of webpage on ‘Londonist’.

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Preview: London’s First Chocolate Festival At The Southbank Centre: 3-5 April

Chocolates by William Curley

This is a call-out to the capital’s chocoholics! A new Chocolate Festival is being held at the Southbank Centre next weekend. It’s free, and you’re all invited! Don’t wait til Easter to gorge on dangerous amounts of the deathly nice brown stuff. Pop down to the Southbank on Friday 3 to Sunday 5 April, and you’ll find dozens of stalls dedicated to everyone’s favourite food.

Taste Chocolate! How about Paul Wayne Gregory’s award-winning coconut and passion fruit bonbons? Or a little something sweet from Britain’s Best Chocolatier (third year running), William Curley? Or a chocolate-infused savory treat from Santa Fe Mexican food Drink Chocolate! Slurp down some delicious drinking chocolate from Choc Star and Ooh La La

Make Chocolate! Take part in a workshop making chocolate truffles from raw cocoa Study Chocolate! Let Healthy Chocolate UK teach you all about the health benefits of chocolate Mess With Chocolate! Artistry in Cocoa will be showing you how to include chocolate in savoury dishes… (Really? Seems like a waste to us…) Plus, there’ll be books about chocolate and book signings too. We’re not sure if they’re going to be signing the books in chocolate. But we think you’ve got the idea by now.

See you there – we’ll be the ones with the embarrassing “are you saving that for later?” stains around our mouths…

The Chocolate Festival, 3rd to 5th April, 11am to 8pm (6pm on Sunday) at Southbank Centre Square. Yum. By ZoZo in Arts & Events,Food and Drink on March 27, 2009 1:45 PM 2 Comments 17 Recommended

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chocolate festival UK 2009

chocolate festival UK 2009

If I can go there, I will post a report.

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Fraisier

Fresh strawberries with a vanilla bavaroise, berry compote and Genoise sponge.

Fraisier William Curley

Fraisier William Curley

 

I have checked Website of the Patisserie Chocolatier, William Curley and found new cake, Fraisier ( left picture captioned from their website ) which I am sure I will love. I went to their cafe in Richmond the other day, but unfortunately, it had just been sold out by around 3:30 in the afternoon. I should have reserved it.

 

 

Instead, I have tried the tropical frout cake and raspberry chocolate cake below.

New Cakes William Curley

New Cakes William Curley

 I can taste they use specially selected ingredients and they are very light in taste and it reveals the quality of the cake, which can not be found anywhere else in London mysteriously, as far as I know.

 

I also found that they have got other cake and chocolate shops in London. As it seems the shop contact details are not in their website, I uploaded the cake bag below.

Cake bag William Curley

Cake bag William Curley

 For souvenir, I bought the Easter Egg Chocolate below, 70g at £7 each. As I have not bought proper chocolate recently, I have justified to spend for this by myself.

 

Easter Egg Chocolate William Curley

Easter Egg Chocolate William Curley

 

Easter Egg - almonds, ganache, milk chocolate
Easter Egg – almonds, ganache, milk chocolate

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Below is copy of event information on Timeout London website. If I am free, I may go out for this.

  • Chocolate Festival

  • Until Sun Apr 5
    • Critics’ Choice
    • FREE
  • Southbank Centre Square, Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XX
  • Southbank Centre Square

    Edible art by Paul Wayne

  • Outdoor festival featuring chocolatiers and chocolate companies including three-time Best British Chocolatier William Curley, as well as workshops and demonstrations on making truffles, bonbons and more.

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 And finally, the pictures below are taken in Richmond Hill.

 

 


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Fish Pie Cooking Experience

Recently Jamie Oliver started open new shop in clapham Junction, London. Half part of the delicatessen and kitchen tools select shop, we can have cooking lessons. We have taken one of the traditional English Fish Pie arranged in Jamie Oliver’s style the other day. Please take a look at the recipe and video for more details.

Actually I expected basic cooking experience, however, they in fact focus on detailed  points to make sophisticated tastes for example;

  • when to taste for salt, pepper and other seasonings in the process,
  • remove the gut running through the spine of the king prawns,
  • add milk to the butter off heat, mix, then heat – easier way to avoid developing balls in the mixture

etc, everyone can learn useful tips and cooking skills with joy.

When I tasted it there, I felt the porcini and lemon flavour was a little too much for me, but when I baked the raw fish pie on the next day and it was perfect, I guess I have addicted to Jamie Oliver now.

They will cook for G20 summit in the beginning of April, they are now famous all over the world! I can not resist to follow them.

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Ramsay on CH4

Ramsay on CH4

Today I watched the TV program Ramsay’s Great British Nightmares broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK on 30 Jan 09.

The celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay challenged to change bogus family operated restaurants in the UK.  The restaurants serve discusting stuff they procure from wholesale cash-and-carry such as retort pouched ready meals of ram shanks with full list of half-chemical additives, orange squash in artificial colour in jumbo-sized bottles for roasted chicken sauce, other ready-to-serve block meat stews and quick serving stuff come out of buckets which look like DIY glue buckets in kilos.

Ramsay tris to convince the restaurant owners who are seemingly proud of  their operations but insist of severe influence of economy crisis that all the related businesses and people in the local area need to cooperate to beat the downturn. As the local people would pay for what they are satisfied, if the suppliers and restaurants serve good products/service as well as impressive entertainments at reasonable prices, the restaurants and all others would thrive modestly even in the depressed period. The downtown bands who make loud squeaking noise are removed and pleasant lighting decoration area is installed instead to impress the restaurant atmosphere, the eccentric style wallpaper is painted in simple white which enhance the frames of the view through the windows and appearently the transformations are successfully done. Report on how they do after a year or more is of interest to me if they would show on TV.

I have reached this opinion that the Ramsay’s approach to work on the chain of the local reliance is similarly applied to other businesses, economies, foreign affairs and even the human lives in the universe.

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