Pastry Live National Showpiece Champtionship

On the final day of Pastry Live in Atlanta five teams of pastry chefs competed in the National Showpiece Championship. The teams had seven hours to build sculptures made entirely of chocolate or sugar. This year’s theme was video games, and Super Mario Brothers was a popular pick. The winners, who swept the Best Overall, […]

Valor: Spain’s Favorite Chocolate Available in the US

Quieres chocolate? Whether you answered ‘si’ or ‘yes,’ you’ll want to try the dark and milk chocolates from Valor, Spain’s oldest family-owned chocolate company. With a commitment to “bean to bar” and keeping their chocolates free of artificial flavoring and preservatives, Valor has become Spain’s leading chocolate brand. Starting with cocoa beans from Ecuador, Panama […]

Chocolate South: Handcrafted Treats with a Southern Flair

Now open in Atlanta’s Westside neighborhood, Chocolate South offers a selection of handcrafted chocolate indulgences using the finest ingredients. Architect by career and chocolatier by passion, owner Amy Stankus has been perfecting her chocolates since 2004. A native of Mississippi who has called Atlanta home since the mid-1980s, Amy infuses her southern heritage into both […]

Ice Cream with a View

The Amateur Gastronomer spent the month of August in Provence, France.  This is one of a series of articles on the region. I’m going to let you in on a secret: the best ice cream in western, or perhaps all of Provence.  But you have to promise not to tell anyone so it won’t get […]

Chocolate: Seed to Sweet Opens at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Bring your sweet tooth to the Atlanta Botanical Garden this fall for Chocolate: Seed to Sweet! The new exhibition is fun for chocolate fans of all ages.  After passing through a giant cacao pod visitors learn how chocolate is made, starting with the cacao tree and ending with candy factories. At this weekend’s grand opening […]

Cup-Free Inhalable Coffee

There’s a new way to get your coffee fix any time of day without burning your mouth or staining your teeth. Introducing Le Whif, a coffee that you drink by breathing.  With Le Whif you inhale the coffee into your mouth (in the form of hundreds of milligrams of tiny particles), and taste it without […]

An Interview with Chef Eric Ripert

Chef Eric Ripert needs no introduction. A French native and world-renowned chef, Ripert is truly a master in the kitchen.  Just one visit to Manhattan’s Le Bernardin where Ripert is executive chef will turn you into a passionate and devoted fan. You may not need an entire meal — I was hooked after a few […]

Meringue Kisses

Put off that New Year’s resolution to eat healthier for a little bit just so you can enjoy these delicious meringue kisses!  Light as air with a nice crunch, these cookies can almost pass as a guilt-free treat. This recipe from my mom has always been a hit with family and friends.  Just be careful […]