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Love Byron Bay creperie and chocolate boutique is dedicated to sourcing, creating and sharing a quality chocolate experience from Byron Bay, Australia. We'll cultivate your understanding of cocoa, stimulate the palate with a discerning appreciation, fire the imagination with unique chocolate encounters and share the passion for this legendary food of the gods. Exceptional chocolate infused with delicious flavours, irresistible aromatic characteristics and high quality cocoa. 

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Choc Travel : Mast Brothers new minimalist shop in Brooklyn, New York

Alison Campbell

New York chocolatier Mast Brothers has overhauled its store in Brooklyn to create a stripped-back space that allows visitors to view the chocolate-making process.

Encompassing 280 square metres, the Minimalist-style chocolate shop is located inside a building that once served as a spice factory and today houses various small companies. The building is located in Williamsburg, a former industrial area that has become one of Brooklyn's most desirable neighbourhoods.

Mast Brothers was founded in 2007 and is well known in New York for its high-quality chocolate bars that come wrapped in distinctive packaging. In addition to bars and confectionery, the company recently began selling non-alcoholic chocolate beer.

The refurb project was conceived by the company's in-house design team and echoes a store the company opened in London's Shoreditch neighbourhood earlier this year.

The team extended the retail space so customers can easily walk up to the refining room and view the chocolate making process. The space includes equipment such as stone grinders, which are used to grind down cocoa beans.

The team brought in three small stainless steel brewing tanks, as well as a draft system for the new chocolate beverage. "The beer is brewed in-house with freshly roasted cacao, cane sugar and water before being carbonated with nitrogen," explained the company. "The result is a non-alcoholic, lightly sweetened and refreshingly delicious beer with a creamy head."

In addition to the new store, the company has opened a "chocolate laboratory". Also located in Williamsburg, the space is "dedicated to experimentation and innovation, where the team will continue to research, test and develop new chocolates, recipes and products." 

Mast Brothers
111 N, 3rd Street
Brookyn, NY 11249, USA

Source: dezeen.com
Photos: Dean Kaufman

 

Choc Travel: 100% Chocolate Cafe, Kyobashi, Tokyo, Japan

Alison Campbell

Located in the Meiji Company Headquarters building, the 100% Chocolate Cafe is a beautifully designed space dedicated to all things chocolate. The interior, designed by the architectural firm Wonderwall, known for several Bathing Ape clothing stores and the Uniqlo megastore in Ginza, is stylish and modern with a ceiling resembling molded chocolate bars and a wall showcasing 56 different varieties of chocolate that can be bought by the square. 

Chocoholics can find something here to suit their taste in any form. The menu is extensive, with various kinds of chocolate cake, hot and cold chocolate drinks, frozen fresh chocolate and the 56 different flavors of solid square chocolate, including single-bean variants from around the world, fruit and herb varieties, and more. Among the more interesting blends are the cheese, basil or black pepper. There is also a daily chocolate rotating for the 365 days of the year.

The frozen fresh chocolate dessert is a delicious sundae with frozen white and strawberry chocolate in place of ice cream, raspberry sauce, fresh raspberries, and corn flake bits added for crunch.

There are even various flavours of chocolate milk. Most menu items and gift boxes can be purchased to go. A sampling of the solid squares, each in its own colored and simply labeled package, makes an esthetically pleasing and unique souvenir.

If you’re in Tokyo and looking for a unique space to get a chocolate fix, head over to the 100% Chocolate Café. It’s a short 5 minute walk from Tokyo Station. The 100% Chocolate Café is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Source: en.japantravel.com   

 

 

Choc Travel: Confiserie Teuscher, Zurich, Switzerland

Alison Campbell

Many connoisseurs consider Teuscher’s Champagne truffles to be the best in the world. In the late 19th century, Teuscher created the oft-imitated treat as a lighter summertime alternative to stronger liqueur chocolates The first of its kind, they are made with Dom Perignon champagne, butter cream, and surrounded by dark cream ganache made from 66% dark base chocolate. Each is then enrobed in milk chocolate, dusted with confectioner's sugar or dark chocolate and bracingly dry unsweetened cocoa powder.

Today, over 100 different chocolate creations are made in Zurich from original recipes and exported worldwide.

But it is not just their chocolates that Confiserie Teuscher is famous for.

Bahnhofstrasse is Zurich’s main downtown street and one of the world's most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues. The avenue stretches for around a kilometre, dotted with Tiffany diamonds, Bulgari jewels and the latest designs from Armani, Prada and Dior. In 2011, a study named the Bahnhofstrasse the most expensive street for retail property in Europe, and the third most expensive worldwide.  It is here that the Confiserie Teuscher’s flagship store has made its home.

In such auspicious company, Teuscher is the somewhat unlikely jewel of the crown, but it is here that they have made a name for their elaborate shop windows and interiors. Their exotic, colourful arrangements of chocolates and flowers on display in their storefront window draw onlookers from around the world. Inside the store, a rainbow of decorations, cookies, jams, ice cream and of course chocolate!

Next time you’re in Europe, make sure the Confiserie Teuscher in Bahnhofstrasse is on the top of your list.

www.teuscher.com

Choc Travel: The Chocolate Boutique Hotel, UK

Alison Campbell

Nestling in Bournemouth’s fashionable Soho quarter, the Chocolate Boutique Hotel is the perfect place to unwind. Here you’ll find a warm, friendly welcome, cosy chocolate-themed rooms and chocolate galore.

Sip chocolate cocktails, dip strawberries and marshmallows into cascading chocolate fountains and experience the fun and laughter of a chocolate workshop. Because sometimes just eating chocolate is not enough.

The story of The Chocolate Boutique Hotel began back in 2004, when the Wilton family were inspired to set up a chocolate business after seeing the first cascading chocolate fountain. They quickly snapped up the second and were soon hiring out fountains for film premieres and celebrity weddings. In 2006, the Wilton family saw an opportunity to expand and bought a 19th century grade II listed hotel in Bournemouth.  By Christmas 2007, restoration was complete and the world’s first chocolate themed hotel was born.

From the Maya and the Montezuma to the Aztec and Mocha, all the cosy chocolate-themed rooms are decorated in warm hues of chocolate, cream and caramel. Chocolate-tasting and chocolate-making classes ensure that chocoholics always leave satisfied.

If you are a chocoholic at heart......if you fantasise, eat, breath and sleep chocolate, where better to stay than a chocolate-themed hotel. 

http://www.thechocolateboutiquehotel.co.uk