Hello everyone, Valentine's Day is coming!! I had the chance to do a presentation about chocolate at SUiTO. I moved to Belgium in 2011 and I've been working in the very first Neuhaus shop in the Queen Gallery of Brussels for 3 years. I could learn a lot about chocolate, Neuhaus, and other brands.
I'm happy that 11 Japanese girls participated to know more about chocolate history and chocolate taste; I had a very good time.
My guest could enjoy :
-Dark chocolate Praliné
-Manon vanilla fresh cream from Madagascar.
-Nougatine chocolate "Caprice".
I hope they enjoyed my selection and they know more about this delicious treat. I'm also glad I could make my original recipe of hot chocolate with handmade whipped cream. Please try it at home. I also gave 2 chocolates with a nice Valentine gift box; I hope they will find a nice person or themself to offer this little chocolate present.
Thank you very much I hope to see you again to other SUiTO FUKUOKA's events. Happy Valentine's Day!
Did you know ?
Valentin de Terni was a monk around the 3rd century. The emperor Claude the 2nd didn’t like Christian people but Valentin didn’t follow the rules and continued to marry them. He was soon sent to jail and could meet the daughter of the jail keeper named Julia. She was blind and was bringing food to Valentin every day. She asked him to describe the world so she would be able to make an image in her mind. One day people saw a strong light coming from the jail. Julia said “now I see, I see the world you told me!” this story went until Claude the 2nd‘s ears who decided to cut Valentine’s head. It was on 14th February 269. Julia put an almond tree on his grave that became the symbol of love. Pope Jules the 1st made a church in his name and about 1000 years later pope Alexandre IV made him a patron saint of love. Then this date was celebrate in the UK and became popular in the rest of the world in the recent time.
In France, for Valentine’s Day, flower shop sells about 7 times more flowers than a normal weekend and 80 % is roses.
In Japan, the tradition started in 1950 by occidental chocolate factory who affirmed the girls should offer chocolate to the men they love. After Japan, the tradition was spread to Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Today you have Tomochoco (for friends), Girichoco (Obligation, like for your boss or colleagues) and HonmeiChoco (the chocolates that girls give to the boy(s) they like).
This is a window from the Saint Valentin Basilica in Terni, Italy.
You can see Valentin marrying Sabino and Sérapia. The flower they are holding together is a symbol of life and happiness. The basilica is from the 13th century.