"The truth is, I wanted to use Marcona almonds, but the best Marcona almonds are fried and slabbed in oil. Oil and chocolate do NOT mix. So I found an alternate smoked almond and added sea salt. The smoky note sort of emulates the fried taste. Little did I know I would develop the cult following…chocolate + salt."
STAY: Gran Hotel La Florida—Set atop Mt. Tibidabo, with super views from the stainless steel pool. The city's most glamorous hotel is a twenty-minute commute from town center.
LIVE: The third floor—The perfect combination of hotel suite and private residence. Beloved by insiders like fashion photographer Mario Testino.
TASTE: Espaisucre—Chocoholics take note: this sweet stop pioneered the concept of the dessert restaurant. Try the three–dish sampler.
SAVOR: Mercat de la Boqueria—Chefs head straight to Pinotxo for a café con leche and a custard pastry. Be nice to the bow–tie wearing gentleman behind the bar; he is famed proprietor Juanito Bayen.
TRY: Ca L'Isidre—Llorenç Petràs, Spain's most important mushroom and truffle expert, tipped us off to this little known gem. Its ever-changing menu highlights fresh and seasonal market fare.
SHOP: La Manual Alpargatera—The ultimate espadrille shop. Each pair is handmade in hot colors and cool styles. A favorite of Penelope Cruz.
SEE: Mercat Santa Caterina—Inside it's a gourmet market with 60 vendors. Outside, it's a design dazzler with an undulating mosaic roof of vivid tiles.
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Living in Paris, Katrina learned the Parisian ritual of purchasing chocolate and pastry daily. We use exotic and ephemeral ingredients for all our products.
Care: Keep this box of haut-chocolat in a cool, dry place until serving.
Consume by listed expiration date.
Processed on equipment that also processes Milk, Soy, Peanuts and Tree Nuts.
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