pierre marcolini-brussels visit

OH LA LA les chocolats! Visiting again brussels was very touching..Pralines in Belgium are sublime chocolate confections. A beautifully sculpted chocolate shell conceals a center of filling which explodes with a surprising texture and flavor in your mouth. Many chocolatiers still make their pralines by hand. Every town and even small villages have chocolate stores with luxurious pralines. I have tried all of them Neuhaus, Godiva , Corne
Leonidas..etc..But I had tried Marcolini chocolates; entering the shop felt like one of the finest boutiques,the chocolates were beautifully displayed making you not be able to resist.Marcolini is not the typical Belgian chocolatier in that he enrobes his chocolates by hand (dips the centers in chocolate) instead of shell-molding them. His flavors are full-forward (i.e., pronounced and flavorful), but at the same time beautifully refined and elegant. He uses a minimum amount of sugar so the pure flavors of the chocolate and other ingredients show through—even the milk and white chocolates are never cloying. In these respects, Marcolini is French rather than Belgian in style; and even among French chocolatiers, his level of flavor complexity and finesse is achieved only by a handful of greats.All of Marcolini’s chocolates are packaged in elegant black boxes made of beautiful paper, created by the Belgian luxury leather goods designer, Delvaux. They’re too lovely to discard when the chocolate is gone. Aesthetes will think of ways to repurpose them.

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