Swiss Chocolate Guard

Founded in 1836, Sprüngli is one of Switzerland's best-known confectioneries, producing mouth-watering chocolates and pastries that make life worth living. 

Located on the second level of their flagship store in Zurich is an elegant salon where locals and visitors alike enjoy coffees, pastries and savory baked goods fit for the Swiss aristocracy. The space is reminiscent of a golden age salon de thé, with simple classic Alp interior design elements, accented by shimmering silver place settings.  

The restaurant is conveniently located on Paradeplatz - the main thoroughfare of Zurich - and is the ideal setting from which to kick off a day of sightseeing in this picture-perfect city. 

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Don't Forget Your Roots

The very first Ritz hotel was financed in part by Louis-Alexandre Manier La Postelle, a dear friend of Ritz founder, Cesar Ritz. Louis-Alexandre Manier also just so happened to have invented the liqueur Grand Manier. 

With such a sweet heritage, Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts put out a challenge whereby 20 pastry chefs from leading properties were asked to create a recipe for a keepsake cake that guests could purchase as souvenirs and take home. The winner? Yusuke Aoki of the Ritz-Carlton Toronto.

Aoki’s  “Signature Ritz-Carlton Cake” is a long, rectangular chocolate cake with ingredients made for the Gods: layers of chocolate, bitter caralment, orange ganage with candied fruit and Grand Manier. Check out the video below on how the cake was developed. The cake is now available at all of the Ritz-Carlton properties worldwide for purchase. 

Tuscan Chocolate For Dinner

Last night, Alisú skipped dinner and attended an intimate chocolate tasting featuring Manhattan newcomer Amedei chocolates. With origins in Tuscany, the fine chocolates are handcrafted by Cecilia Tessieri, the first female maître chocolatier in the world, who oversees the entire production process from bean to bar.  

The event was hosted by Francine Segan, an energetic and gracious food historian, Italian gastronomy expert and cookbook author. With an intriguing discussion on the history of chocolate (thank you, Christopher Columbus), guests sampled different Amedei chocolate variations available at their new store in the Flatiron District, alongside some unique savory dishes made with cacao (think white chocolate cauliflower soup). 

At the chic store, customers can expect delectable single-origin chocolate bars from exotic countries such as Peru, Venezuela, and Madagascar, bars with traditional Italian flavors such as Gianduja, and mouth-watering mixed-favored bars such as white chocolate with pistachio, and cocoa with peaches and apricots. The store also offers jars of "Crema Toscana" hazelnut and chocolate spreads worth eating with practically anything edible. 

Amedei's website also happens to be an excellent resource for cocoaphiles, filled with beautiful imagery, recipes, and information about chocolate tastings and other events happening in New York City and beyond.

We're still on a sugar high from last night and are dying for more! 

(Photo credit: Amedei) 

Chocolate on every Continent

On Valentine's Day (tomorrow!), Alisú will be celebrating the love of love. But more importantly, the love for artisanal chocolate. 

We've sourced a list of our favorite chocolatiers from around the globe where some of the creamiest and most mouth-watering cacao creations can be found:

Who knows? With overnight shipping, there may still be time to get some of these exquisite bites to your loved one by tomorrow.