As regular readers will know, we are huge fans of Paul.A.Young (particularly his salted chocolate caramels) and we love the sound of his forthcoming kids’ workshops. Held at his Islington chocolaterie, they are every Tuesday and Saturday mornings throughout August and with only 4 kids per class (plus every child must be accompanied by an adult over 18), they will really be able to learn something about where chocolate comes from and how to make it, all under the watchful eyes of some very skilled chocolatiers. Places must be booked ahead and we’d advise you do so pronto. (P.S If this sounds tempting, you can learn how to make those sea salted chocolate caramels in a class on 22nd August at the Soho Branch – yum!)
We always like to bring a little something when we visit friends for the weekend or longer. If you’re stuck for inspiration, here’s our list of what we like to take with us:
This Fornasetti Floral Candle smells divine and looks great long after both the candle has burnt out and you’ve finished your visit. £99 from Liberty.
How could anyone not love this Magicians Apprentice Glass Tray by John Derian? £99 from Liberty.
Chocolates always go down a treat, especially these sea salt caramel truffles from Prestat. £11.50 from Liberty.
We’ve rather fallen for this lovely cushion by William Yeoward, £75 at Designers Guild.
Or how about three delicious ‘Aged to Perfection’ cheeses (Epoisses de Bourgogne, Mimolette and Montgomery’s Mature Cheddar)? £40 from Fortnum and Mason.
If there’s a good weather forecast, these Boules are one of our favourite presents. £59.99 from The Conran Shop.
This book of Legendary Costume Balls is a gorgeous addition to any coffee table (and one that most of your guests won’t have already). Bals: Legendary Costume Balls of the Twentieth Century
Around £87 from Amazon.
And finally, these bio-degradable, non-flammable multicoloured sky lanterns make a wonderful after-dinner surprise. £20 for a pack of ten from Notonthehighstreet.com.
Last year, we took upon ourselves the task of tasting almost every single chocolate-coated sea salted caramel in London to find the best ones to celebrate our launch with. The best was, without doubt, by Paul a Young and luckily, as the shop was in Camden, it took a slight trek to quench our sea salted caramel thirst. This week, however, the talented chocolatier has opened a second branch in Soho. A mere hop and a skip for us to chocolate heaven – what bliss! Oh and did we mention, he sells divine brownies and ice cream too?