a visit with the 75 year old pig-tailed spark plug who is a legend in her own right: Denise Acabo – owner of the eclectic A L’Etoile D’or – a confisserie in the Moulin Rouge containing candy and chocolate from France that oftentimes exclusively cannot be found anywhere in Paris aside from her store. One example is the highly coveted Bernachon chocolate bars from Lyon Paris. These bars make you feel like you have hit the “Willy Wonka golden ticket” jackpot as Bernachon is not into shipping these bad boys out of Lyon, but somehow Acabo convinced them to sell to her.
Taste the Kalouga and you will see what all the hype is about – the salted caramel that bursts out with a slight burnt sugar taste. Lebovitz says what also makes these hefty magestically wrapped bars stand out is the fact Bernachon takes the extra step of actually making their own chocolate – a labor intensive process including purchasing cocoa beans, roasting and grinding them – whereas most chocolatiers in Paris purchase their chocolate before concocting them into brown masterpieces.
During dinner, Lobrano tells me a story where Pulitzer Prize-winning LA Weekly food writer Jonathan Gold calls him up at 3:30am and says he is going to pick him within the hour so they can go check out a Burmese breakfast place that is a few hours away. Gold, knowing Alec has traveled all over Asia and the world, wants Lobrano to validate whether or not the breakfast is authentic. Gold picked up Lobrano and they headed out. Hearing a brilliant food reviewer talk about his dining conquests with another brilliant food reviewer in an intimate dining setting just rivaled Denise Acabo’s chocolate caramel-induced orgasms.