November 22, 2003

Ugh...Chocolate OD

POST #    582

Me, Jeannette, Jacques, Jessica, Rachelle - All sporting super sexy hairnets.

About one month ago, some friends and I went on the Forgotten NY tour of Brooklyn Between the Bridges. After the tour, we went to Jacques Torres Chocolate. Jessica, the mysterious, had a bad experience with one of the employees there and Jeannette contacted the store to complain. On his website, Jacques says his employees are “definitely willing to extend some pretty amazing customer service," but during our visit, this was not the case. To apologize, Jacques invited us over for a tour of his store and chocolate factory.

This morning, Jeannette, Jess, Rachelle and I went down to Jacques Torres Chocolate in DUMBO for the tour of his chocolate factory. For Rachelle, this was obviously heaven (she loves the chocolate). The store, which opened in late 2000, was a gamble for Jacques because at the time, DUMBO was still very industrial. It's hard to imagine that just three years ago, there were few retail stores in the DUMBO, because now the area is thriving.

All the chocolate at Jacques Torres is made on site with a bunch of machinery imported from Europe. Last year, the store turned about 23 tons of chocolate into 50 tons of retail goods. Business is so good in New York, that Jacques has decided to open a store in Manhattan. For those of you outside of New York, you can order chocolate on their website. They have a computer dedicated to shipping out all orders received on the Internet. During the tour, Jacques showed us a bunch of his products and let us sample some of his creations. Besides a cup of "wicked hot chocolate," I had a chocolate covered cornflake, a chocolate covered pretzel (which Jacques also loves), a chocolate covered apricot, a chocolate covered orange, and a chocolate cookie. Yes, that is an insane amount of chocolate, especially since I had nothing before the tour.

A special thanks to Mr. Jacques Torres for taking time out of his schedule and honestly does care about how his customers view his store. Jacques was the most cordial chocolateer that I've ever met (that I've only met one is a minor detail).

- Rachelle's entry on the chocolate extravaganza.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink at 2:36 PM



Your level of gayness has reached a crescendo.

Posted by: JK at November 23, 2003 1:16 PM

oh wait, I just looked at the movies you have out from netflix.

Add another bang of the cymbol to the crescendo!!

Posted by: JK at November 23, 2003 3:44 PM

yeah, that legally blonde 2...really bad.

a guy thing wasn't great either.

Posted by: tien at November 23, 2003 3:49 PM

i appreciate tien's "sensitive side". :) and the fact that he can appreciate a visit to the chocolate factory and the REAL coolness factor of the experience.

it was great to have you along, dude!

Posted by: jeannette at November 23, 2003 7:06 PM

yeah, sensitive side!

Posted by: tien at November 24, 2003 9:14 AM

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