A few years ago, a controversial article came out in The Washington Post, stating that Washington, DC was much like Paris, France. Blasphemy! How could stoic, stone, serious Washington, DC be compared to the city of lights, the city of romance, the city of food, passion, beauty and history? Cue accordion music. No!
But the longer that we’ve lived here, the more that we experience moments of Parisian-like wonderment in the District. When we heard about the new Netflix sensation, “Emily in Paris,” we simply had to watch it. And okay, the show isn’t perfect. It’s borderline, if not fully offensive at times. Whether you love it or hate it, Emily in Paris is #1 on Netflix, and, for simply transporting us to the French capital during quarantine — for some beautiful fashion and a few superficial laughs, the show is truly great. Alas, none of us can travel to Paris right now. Hence, here are our 10 ways (one per episode of season 1) to live out “Emily in Paris” in Washington, DC!
Please do not read beyond this point if you haven’t yet watched the show and want to keep the locations a surprise. We truly don’t want to give away spoilers and we take no responsibility if you keep reading 😉
This post was written in 2017 and updated in 2020.
Marou Chocolat: Faiseurs de Chocolat bars are fairly small in size with gorgeous packaging and a thin weight.The experience of tasting this bar was a definite time cupsoul and deserves some attention.
The package for the Marou, Tien Giang 70% single origin dark chocolate bar, is a beautiful rich purple colored paper with shiny gold lettering and cocoa bean drawings. Glimmering gold paper enveloping the chocolate bar peeks out from underneath of the purple wrapping, and it’s easy to slide the bar out slowly or simply to tear the paper right off. Unwrap the packaging from around the chocolate and discover the thin chocolate rectangle with diamonds.
This article was written in 2018 and updated in 2020.
The 70 percent dark chocolate bar from Dreketi, Vanua Levu Island, Fiji, by Soma Chocolatemaker had a big reputation to live up to…
- Time Cupsoul had never eaten chocolate from Fiji
- According to the brands’ packaging, Fiji’s national flag touts a cacao pod in lions paws (reputation signal and/or national pride, perhaps?) and also explains that, the Fijian concept of “vanua” means the land as an “extension of oneself; including one’s life, sustenance and culture”
- The tasting notes on the bar were listed as “chocolate, honey and grapefruit”
- The Soma Chocolatemaker chocolate molding is one of the most whimsical in the industry, notable for intricate details and a romantic rendition of the cacao forest (cacao pods, tropical birds, and cacao flowers)
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Coffee & THIS WEEK’S morning paper
- *DC/Local News: Cafe Chocolat is closing after 4 years in the District.*
- *DC/Local News: Get AI augmented treats from Colada Shop, Dolcezza and more at Artechouse this weekend. Yum!*
- This week, we wrote an article with 8 fresh ideas for how and why should you use cocoa nibs in your recipes.
- Love peanut butter?
- Synchronize your Hallmark Channel’s: A new romance about a chocolatier competition “for the upcoming Belgian royal wedding” comes to TV next week, September 8th. Filmed on location in Brugge, Ghent and Brussels!
- What makes a truly great restaurant menu design?
- All of us are eating chocolate during lock-down! Chocolate sales are going up.
- Celebrate this week’s Dia Nacional del Cacao and Chocolate/National Day of Cacao and Chocolate with one of these Mexican cacao bars.
- Podcast: How to feel better today using this scale.
- Mast Chocolate teamed up with Met paintings to create some unique chocolate bar packaging.
- Trending: The white chocolate avocado and chips chocolate bar.
- An ethically-sourced pitcher for your autumn table.
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Some chocolate dessert
- It’s September and we are so excited for autumn and all of the fall flavors. How about the photographs of this Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake? We will make this cake and serve it on a gorgeous handmade tray that’s food safe. #wishlist
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