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Chocolate/goodie tasting tour of LA...tips?

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Diana Feb 11, 2007 01:29 PM

Next Saturday my hubby and I want to do a a day long chocolate/goodie tour of LA and SFV.
Any tips of where to go and what to get

I am DEATHLY allergic to peanuts and treenuts.

I though of hitting Leeda's, and Natas..but where else? Porto's? Boule? Chocolat? Comparte's? Breadbar?

Anywhere in the Fairfax Farmer's market? Asian dessert goodies?

  1. Chowpatty Feb 11, 2007 02:00 PM

    Definitely Boule. Breadbar is excellent, although I like their bread and croissants, don't know if there is much very chocolatey there - maybe chocolate croissants. Jin in Venice. Unfortunately with a nut allergy you will miss out on Littlejohn's excellent English toffee at Farmer's Market -- they do have fudge, dipped pretzels and a few things without nuts, but they're not quite at the same level as the English toffee. L'Artisan du Chocolat in Silver Lake is good, but if you've already been to Boule and/or Jin, it might be kind of repetitive.

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      mc michael Feb 11, 2007 02:08 PM

      Have some of the various truffles at Teuscher in BH: http://www.teuscher-beverlyhills.com/

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        Pei Feb 11, 2007 03:49 PM

        Don't miss the champagne truffles if you go. If things haven't changed, a mini champagne truffle comes free with purchase.

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          PseudoNerd Feb 11, 2007 08:13 PM

          since when?

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            Pei Feb 12, 2007 08:14 AM

            My mistake; that might have been at the branch in San Francisco; I just assumed it was chainwide policy.

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              slacker Feb 12, 2007 04:30 PM

              The first time I went to Teuscher (in BH), many many years ago, they were GIVING AWAY those champagne truffles, full size, to lure people in. Imagine that.

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                bulavinaka Feb 13, 2007 08:07 PM

                They used to be the only game in town for good chocolate truffles. And Pei - they did used to give out champagne truffle freebies back in the 80's, but I haven't been back since maybe '91 or '92, so I don't know if they still do... so you are at least partially right. The experience of a free anything in Beverly Hills? Priceless...

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        la_vena Feb 11, 2007 03:59 PM

        oh, you should try jin patisserie. check out this:
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/56656?query=zen%20tea
        or this:
        http://www.jinpatisserie.com/
        enjoy!!!!1

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          bonvivant Feb 11, 2007 04:47 PM

          I've heard good things about Madame Chocolat in BH -- they just opened. Have fun!

          1. Debbie W Feb 11, 2007 05:07 PM

            Does it have to be pastry or chocolate? To me, ice cream is the ultimate goodie. How about some place like Scoops in Silverlake?

            1. PseudoNerd Feb 11, 2007 08:21 PM

              Jin over Boule or Breadbar. Any day.

              Jin over Compartes or Boule (still...despite its having gone downhill), the only thing worth getting at Teuscher are the dark champagne and jasmine truffles

              lavender lemon bar at Cafe Surfas

              Bluebird Bakery in Culver City is ok, too, and not too far from Surfas. I almost want to say that the red velvet from Auntie Em's is better...

              Scoops, Pazzo Gelato, and Mashti Malone's over Hollywood Gelato (on Hillhurst), that gelateria on Robertson (I'm suddenly blanking out on the name), or any Pinkberry

              I've heard good things about Amandine for years...

              Cake House Wien and Cake House Galleria over any Japanese bakery, save, perhaps, for Chantilly in Lomita

              1. ipsedixit Feb 12, 2007 12:16 PM

                How about "chocolate" ice cream at Fosselman's? www.fosselmans.com

                You've got ...

                chocolate
                dark chocolate
                chocolate raspberry
                white chocolate
                chocolate chip
                dutch chocolate
                chocolate almond
                chocolate chip cookie dough
                mint chocolate chip

                ... and probably a few others I'm forgetting (and not to mention their fabulous chocolate syrup)

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                  tubbytoast Feb 12, 2007 08:41 PM

                  Kron Chocolate on Little Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills for simple, but excellent chocolates - but never on a Saturday, because they are closed for Shabbat.

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                    bulavinaka Feb 13, 2007 08:11 PM

                    Although it's probably no where near the other places you may be trying, I highly recommend Chantilly in Lomita. They create some of the most exquisite desserts I have ever tried.

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