one of the best cake shop in Singapore

We get awarded to be one of the best cake shop in Singapore by timeout magazine.

This is what’s timeout posted about us.

This award-winning French pâtisserie carries a spread of sweets for your picking, but it’s best known for its rich, sinful cakes. Its black forest ($53/whole) is bursting with cherries and Kirsch – the fruit brandy that gives the cake its signature alcoholic kick, while its best-selling chocolate truffle ($53/whole) is a multi-layered confection of moist chocolate sponge infused with raspberry and dark chocolate mousse. To get a taste of its sweet treats, head down to its boutique for a selection of tarts, coffee, cakes and its made-to-order soufflés.

 

a big thank you to timeout for this article, it s always great to be noticed, making the best everyday is hard work, so when someone put you on list it s feels great.

We have new cakes coming out this month, stay tuned for more !

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what is bean to bar chocolate ?

What exactly is bean-to-bar chocolate? is it better than chocolate ?

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Bean-to-bar is a term used to inform the consumer but its use is currently not regulated at all. As I understand it, a bean-to-bar manufacturer oversees the chocolate production chain, from sourcing the beans to making the actual bars. Some may argue that a bean-to-bar chocolate-maker has to produce chocolate in small batches but there is no reason, in my mind, why the term should be associated with a specific production scale. At that point large corporation can call their chocolate bean to bar, it is not a quality label.
A bean-to-bar chocolate-maker will therefore be responsible for sourcing the beans before processing them through each of the following steps:
• Sorting
• Roasting
• Cracking
• Winnowing
• Grinding
• Conching
• Tempering
• Molding
Yet it is possible to buy beans which have already been roasted, cracked, and winnowing. At that point you just have to grind and you can call it bean to bar, avoiding the conching to save time and money.
The whole process takes days.
The next question would be: how do you recognize a bean-to-bar chocolate? My answer: all chocolate comes from a bean ! It is completely impossible to recognize .

 
all chocolate are made from cacao beans, but, it is not always made by the company whose name appears on the bar. I like to say that chocolate-makers express their personality by making chocolate and chocolatiers by making chocolate confections.
Now comes the trickier part. Some makers actually make chocolate from a product called “cocoa mass” or “cocoa liquor”, which is what you call cocoa after it has been ground and melted.

in conclusion the bean to bar chocolate is more a marketing trick than anything else, a bad cacao bean, poorly stored will make a poor chocolate, if the beans has been roasted , grinded poorly it will also affect the taste. a bean to bar chocolate can be extremely bad.

there is now the” tree to bar chocolate”…. for the one growing himself the tree, sometimes all that sound absolutely ridiculous.imgp5767

 

How to celebrate mother’s day

Mother’s Day is one of those celebrations we should take time out of our busy lives to recognize. After all, we all have (or had) a mother and without her, we would not be here today, she deserves all your love, respect, and attention. Depending upon what your mom likes, there are several fun ways to celebrate Mother’s day with her .
Breakfast in Bed

It may  not be the best idea, hopefully you won’t mess up the kitchen .Start her day by offering breakfast in bed. Make her favorite food such as pancakes, scrambled eggs or bacon and serve with a cup of coffee. Important: Leave a sweet note in the food tray to tell your mom that you love her most, add a flower or 2.
Pamper Her
Let her rest and relax, it would be great for your mom. Book a spa session for her in the nearby salon. Offering a relaxing massage, refreshing facial, pedicure, and manicure is best to pamper your mom on Mother’s Day. It would definitely help her avail some much-needed me-time and make her skin glow like sunshine.
Give Your Mom a break
On Mother’s Day, give your mum some free time. Encourage her to sit back and relax or go out with her friends and have some fun that she always wanted to do but couldn’t do somehow due to busy schedule.
Give Her Flowers and chocolates
After all mother’s day was created by flower shop. Flowers are always brighten up people’s mood and make them happy. A handmade bouquet, made by you, would be absolutely perfect to wish your mom on Mother’s Day and show how much you love her from the core of your heart.

Throw a Party
Throw a surprise Mother’s Day party at home with the help of your dad and siblings. Make your mom’s favorite snack and cocktails. She would be quite thrilled as she wasn’t expecting anything like that. Your love and care combined with a chocolate box will make it the most special and memorable day of her life.
Spend a Day Together

Spending quality time together is really important, take her to her favorite café or restaurant, or just go for a simple relaxing walk, spend time outdoor if possible, a picnic, bike ride can be lots of fun, or go through old family pictures, or just play some fun games at home. Have a great time together.

Simple Celebration
Making a Mother’s Day celebration memorable and unique doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. It could be as simple as heading to your favorite local ice cream and cake shop and sharing quality time together.

Surprise Her with a Lovely Gift
Everyone loves to receive gifts. A mere drawing from a little one can be enough, if your saving is gone. If you know your mom’s choice, then it will be really easy to buy a gift that she would love. Ranging from cakes, jewelry, accessories, apparels, handbags and so on. There are plenty of gift ideas that you can offer her on Mother’s Day as a token of love, yet the best is the one you will make for her.

best coffee award !

We are very thankful for this best coffee award presented to Laurent s café  by wine and dine magazine.it recompense years of hard work, we all very  proud to receive this award.

the line bellow are extracted from wine and dine magazine.

The coffee scene in Singapore has come a long way from the smattering of cafes serving just a traditional cup of joy.
Increasingly well-travelled consumers are a lot more discerning about their coffee, and cafes have stepped right up to the challenge, offering specialty brews that are prepared with patience, dedication and a whole lot of craftsmanship. Some cafes even offer curated coffee flight experiences, where in-house baristas guide drinkers through tutored tastings, sharing details from harvesting and roasting processes to terroir and flavor profiles.
Thanks to these café owners and industry professionals, who are investing a lot of their time and resources into creating a higher quality experience at their coffee joints, we now have a vibrant and sophisticated café scene that we can all be proud of.
In this inaugural issue of SG Top Cafes featuring more than 100 cafes, we celebrate and thank these heroes for their hard work, commitment and, above all, their passion.
The sheer number of cafes made reviewing them a gargantuan task. Thankfully, we had a trusted board of panelists who scoured the island conducting incognito tastings.
We hope you’ll pick up a copy of the guide available at major bookstores now, and enjoy browsing through our list of the most noteworthy cafes in Singapore.
Before we go, here’s a shout-out to all the cafes who picked up one of our Special Awards (list below), and a big cheers to great coffee and even better conversations in the days and months to come!

why Easter eggs are made of chocolate ?

The first chocolate eggs appeared in France and Germany in the 19th Century, but they were bitter and hard.
As chocolate-making techniques improved, hollow eggs like the ones we have today were developed.
They very quickly became popular and remain a favorite tradition with chocolate-lovers today.

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The chocolate Easter egg
The chocolate Easter egg has developed from the simple type wrapped in paper to the beribboned variety wrapped in brightest foil and packed in a box or basket.
The first chocolate Easter eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th Century with France and Germany taking the lead in this new artistic confectionery. A type of eating chocolate had been invented a few years earlier but it could not be successfully moulded. Some early eggs were solid while the production of the first hollow chocolate eggs must have been rather painstaking as the moulds were lined with paste chocolate one at a time!
John Cadbury made his first ‘French eating Chocolate’ in 1842 but it was not until 1875 that the first Cadbury Easter Eggs were made. This may have been because he was not sufficiently impressed with continental eggs to wish to compete with them or because he was too busy with other aspects of his growing business. In fact, progress in the chocolate Easter egg market was very slow until a method was found of making the chocolate flow into the moulds.
The modern chocolate Easter egg with its smoothness, shape and flavour owes its progression to the two greatest developments in the history of chocolate – the invention of a press for separating cocoa butter from the cocoa bean by the Dutch inventor Van Houten in 1828 and the introduction of a pure cocoa by Cadbury Brothers in 1866. The Cadbury process made large quantities of cocoa butter available and this was the secret of making moulded chocolate or indeed, any fine eating chocolate.
The earliest Cadbury chocolate eggs were made of ‘dark’ chocolate with a plain smooth surface and were filled with dragees. The earliest ‘decorated eggs’ were plain shells enhanced by chocolate piping and marzipan flowers.
Decorative skill and variety soon followed and by 1893 there were no less than 19 different lines on the Cadbury Brothers Easter list in the UK. Richard Cadbury’s artistic skill undoubtedly played an important part in the development of the Easter range. Many of his designs were based on French, Dutch and German originals adapted to Victorian tastes. From Germany came the ‘crocodile’ finish which by breaking up the smooth surface, disguised minor imperfections; still used today by some manufacturers, this was the forerunner to the many distinctive finishes now available.

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trip to cocoa plantation in vietnam

I recently went to visit a cacao -plantation un sud Vietnam, we first traveled to HCM ex Saigon to go further south to Mekong delta, in Ben Tre area. This plantation is organise as  a cooperative, the profit made from the cacao is use to finance a school for disabled  individual, some of them are blinds or deaf.

by using this chocolate we contribute to a better environment .

 

removing the impurities, selecting the bean manually is a long process.

imgp5776cacao bean are stored in bags before after been dry .imgp5771imgp5759 the cacao bean after fermentation, the drying  process is essential to a good conservation, if too much humidity left, the beans will get spoiled. imgp5766

during the fermentation process, the beans are covered with banana leave, this operation is important, it s where the cacao will develop it s aroma.

 

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why should you offer chocolate to a girl on st Valentin

Want to win a woman and melt her heart? Present her with a box of chocolates or candy. This traditional romantic gift is a sure-fire winner in pleasing a woman. Women adore and crave chocolates at all times, all seasons, all occasions and for all excuses. “Forget love, I’d rather be in chocolate” must have been said by a woman.
Chocolates gives people a high of a different sort altogether and when your girl is eating chocolates you’ve gifted her, she’s also thinking of you. So you get associated with the high she experiences and the rich taste of chocolate. Quite a nice association, don’t you think?
With their brown color, chocolates look gorgeous and smell heavenly. Their flavor is greatly mood elevating and improves the taste of any ordinary dessert, drink or snack. A chocolate melts in your mouth as it has an apt melting point. It comes in variety of tastes like milk, dark and white. Women adore these wonderful flavors. As someone quipped tongue-in-cheek, “I think women like chocolate, coffee and men; though not necessarily in that order, but they’ve all got to be rich.”
Chocolate consists of a number of raw and processed foods that originate from the bean of the tropical cacao tree. It is a common ingredient in a variety of foods like biscuits, sweets, candy, ice-creams, cakes, pies etc. It was discovered by the early Meso-American civilization and cultivated by the Aztecs and the Mayans. The words ‘choclat’ is derived from the Aztec language, from ‘chocolatl’, the name of a drink made from roasted cocoa beans, chile and honey and considered an aphrodisiac. The cocoa tree is named ‘theobrama cocoa’ in which theobroma is Greek for ‘food of the Gods.’
And today, it is the favorite food of the fairer sex, as surveys reveal. A survey by Candy USA, exploring women’s special relationship with chocolates, America’s favorite flavor for desserts and sweets, found that most women not only enjoy chocolate regularly, they also do not feel guilty about consuming their favorite food. A majority of women preferred milk chocolate to dark chocolate. Sixty nine percent of women never felt guilty gorging on chocolates and sixty five percent enjoy chocolate candy or desserts regularly every week, while 15 percent enjoyed it daily. Eighty six percent felt that eaten in moderation, chocolates fit a healthy lifestyle and 52 % said that chocolates, consumption made them happy. Forty percent eat them as a pick-me-up and a majority of women have received chocolates as gifts on various occasions.

There are three varieties of cacao beans used in chocolates: Criollo, Forastero and Trinitario. Criollo, the variety common to Central America, the Caribbean and northern South American states, is the rarest and most expensive. Forastero is found in the Amazon basin has a classic chocolate flavour. Trinitario is a hybrid of the other two and originated in Trinidad and has a wide range of flavors.
Chocolates contain various elements, which are attributed different properties useful and harmful to humans and animals. They contain Theobromine, which is a weak stimulant for the human body but toxic for animals like cats and dogs. Theobromine is useful for cough relief. It also contains flavonoids believed to possess cardio-protective properties.
Chocolatespicture 018 contain Tryptophan, an essential amino acid that is a precursor to Serotonin, an important regulator of good mood in humans. But most of all, it contains what is called ‘Love chemical’ or’ Phenyl ethylamine.” It is the same chemical that is released when you fall in love, leading to a pounding of the heart, the feeling of a sudden gush of excitement. It is believed that it releases the chemical Dopamine in the pleasure centers of the brain. It is also responsible for the beguiling smell of the chocolate.
That is why chocolates are identified as aphrodisiacs by romantic lore. Chocolates also have other medicinal properties. 1) To treat emaciated patients to gain weight, 2) to stimulate the nervous systems of feeble patients, 3) to improve digestion and elimination of waste.
Giving chocolates as gifts on Valentine’s Day has become a universal and popular phenomenon. Women all over the world are wooed with red roses and luscious chocolates. But in Japan, curiously enough, the role is reversed. It is the women who express their romantic interest in a man by gifting chocolates. So on Valentine’s Day in Japan, neighborhood streets are transformed into colorful chocolate markets. To counter this day, a White Day is celebrated on 14th March, when men reciprocate their Valentine’s Day chocolates with soft, fluffy marshmallows.
Not surprisingly, chocolates and candy remain the number one food item that will melt a woman’s heart and soul anywhere around the world.