Thursday, March 10, 2011

Dallas: La Duni- Hall of Fame Desserts

Venezuelan Triple Chocolate Truffle Cake
Nutella Milk Chocolate Cake

 People often ask me where is my favorite place to eat chocolate desserts or what is my favorite chocolate.

These are impossible questions for me to answer, because I really don't have a true favorite.

I love all types of chocolate and am constantly amazed at how creative and ingenious people are in finding new ways to use this amazing ingredient..

I do have some special places I go for an immediate fix when I am in need.  One of those haunts is La Duni in Dallas.  Started by Dunia and Taco Borga, Dunia has become one of the finest pastry chefs in America.   La Duni's Nutella Milk Chocolate and Venezuelan Triple Chocolate Truffle Cakes are amongst the best I have ever eaten.

Cuatro Leches Cake

Although I just can't pick favorite chocolate treats, I do think her Cuatro Leches Cake is one of the best non-chocolate dessert I have ever eaten.  I think it has white chocolate in it and that's why I love it so much, but I'm told it does not...

When I opened my Current Energy store on Knox Street in Dallas a few years back, I had La Duni cater the grand opening party.  They made miniature bite-size versions of each of these 3 desserts.  No one left the party that didn't ask "where did those desserts come from". We had them again, this time in cupcake form, for another family celebration last year and again, these fantastic desserts were wildly acclaimed.

Definitely, La Duni is deserving of admittance into Joe's Chocolate Hall of Fame for their outstanding use of chocolate in cakes and other great desserts, too!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Addison, Tx: J. Dorian Chocolatier

It is with great sadness that I must report my friend and great chocolatier J. Dorian has decided to close shop, effective immediately.  Dorian, don't stay retired to long....
Great Chocolate by J. Dorian