I went to the chocolate exhibition at the Marché Bonsecours last weekend. It was much smaller than last year in terms of number of stalls and in people visiting.
I found it disappointing this year. What I enjoyed best chocolate-wise was the Callebaut/Cacao Berry display where you could taste callets from various countries, with various percentages of chocolate. My favourite was the 72% from Venezuela.
I tried a macaron at Fanny and Marius. All I could taste was sugar; same with one from a place that was called "Deep (something)". Same with Christophe Morel. I also tried an extremely sweet raspberry chocolate there. This year really seemed like worse sugar overload than last year, even though I tasted much less. I was looking for Esprithé, with fond memories of their stuff last year, but they were nowhere to be found.
I did try a crunchy chocolate that I liked - caramel, even though I don't normally go for caramel.
I bought some rasperry jellies and some candied clementines (tasted like the cumquats I love).
While walking around overloaded with sugar I came across a stall that was selling foie gras. It was a small Quebec producer, and he was not charging for samples, unlike most of the others. The small plastic spoon of foie gras that he gave me was heaven after the sugar overload. I could not help but think I prefer it to even chocolate. Fortunately my wife was with me to buy me a couple of cans as a Christmas gift. The guy also had creme de foie gras, to ease people into the taste, he said. I am a diehard fan, and found it too mild.
I think I'll skip it next year.
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