- fancypants Aug 12, 2003 04:29 PM
This new chocolate confectioner on Spring Street sounds fascinating. I tend to be more of a Mondel's buttercrunch gal, but I'm curious about these high-end goodies -- anyone been?
I'd be curious to see if anyone reports back on the "Vincent Gallo Chocolate":
"Inspiration comes to Chic Chocolatier Katrina Markoff through many mediums...this inspiration came to her from an experience with art, or rather, an artist, Vincent Gallo.
If you have had the opportunity to see a Vincent Gallo film, to listen to his music or to see his art you would know his measure...
Though, how does one go about translating Vincent Gallo into a chocolate? An artist such as he is quite difficult to simplify into any one element or ingredient. With Gallo, it was sure to be a complex undertaking. The chocolate piece must be quite contradictory, a piece that may not be understood by all palates, as well it should not..."
Vosges also carries a line of fantastically refreshing ice creams as well. The Naga, a coconut and curry ice cream is devilishly decadent and packs a flavorful punch of eastern spices. I'd also recommend the Red Fire. The chili that heightens this flavor is a combination of subtle and notable which really makes your mouth water.
Vosges originates in Chicago, they also have a store in Las Vegas. The Manhattan store, last time I was in, didn't appear to carry the full line of chocolate confections. I'm not a chocolate fan, but Vosges...ahhh...Vosges...how do I love thee!? As mentioned above, the naga truffle is beloved and possibly my favorite(if I had to choose). You should also try the flavored caramels if they carry them in your store.
They are yummy, of course, but if you are in that neighborhood, there is an even better choice. Right around the corner is Kee's - handmade and just as interesting in flavor, but different and I think better.
I adore these chocolates. I've only tried them in Las Vegas, but boy did I try them. Really unusual flavor combinations and they sound like they won't work, but they do. I wouldn't even try and compare these to every day chocolate such as Kee's - it's a completely different experience. I'd go to both for different reasons. For me tho, Vosges ranks right up there as possibly being my favorite. At least for the moment.