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John Z | Nov 13, 2004 12:54 AM

After an absence of two years I returned to the Chocolate Show on Friday. When the show originated seven or eight years ago at the Puck building it was superb, and was still good for the next few years when it relocated to Metropolitan Pavillion. The current show is lacking in quality vendors. The best representation is Jacques Torres, but no free samples from him. At booth after booth all that is given away is bakers chocolate. I got my $20.00 worth from all the free Sandemans I drank. Payard,the cities best patisserie, was also giving away bakers chocolate. The most popular attraction was Mary's Chocolatier of Tokyo. For almost three hours I tried to get to the counter of this unique Japanese chocolatier, but the crowd was always too overwhelming,and not only were there not any free samples, but each individual piece of chocolate sold for $2.50. Finally just before closing the crowd had dissapated and I reached Mary's counter to find that they were sold out. The brochure that the all Japanese staff gave me is very alluring.

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