Monday, February 20, 2006

The Chocolate Indulgence Experience

Did anyone else go to the Chocolate Indulgence with Oriol Balaguer? I had an awesome time there, with an amazing story. I'll post about it later.

Here's a teaser.
The Bar, just before entering Jubilee Hall.

Check back soon!

Right! They weren't kidding when they said that the event was a chocolate indulgence.
I've never seen so much desserts in one room. Ever. It was an experience alright.

Chocolate Margaritas and Chocolate Mojitos at the bar.

World acclaimed pastry chef Oriol Balaguer from Barcelona has worked at three-Michelin-star Restaurant Martin Berasategui as well with the Adria brothers, Ferran and Albert of El Bulli.
He now runs his own studio in the Catalonian city.

Hand made chocolate masterpieces by Thos.S.B. Raffles Chocolatier Chui Foong

More of Chef Chui Foong's delectables.

Raffles Hotel's Executive Pastry Chef Kevin Curry demonstrates the art of chocolate painting.
3rd Picture from top: Papaya puree with hints of curry powder layered with coconut rice puffs and diced blood orange and mango with Cilantro.

Kevin Curry's chocolate art and young fans.

Vincent Bourdin, Valrhona Regional Far East's pastry chef consultant explains his dessert, a trilogy of marshmallows.
2nd picture from top: Chef Vincent hands out a skewer of marshmallow.

Model wears a chocolate hat, and hands out decadent chocolate desserts.
A tower of Valrhona chocolate that I'd love to take home.

Chocolate bon bons! Chocolate truffles dipped in dark chocolate, placed on a dessert spoon and then heavily dusted with cocoa powder. There's nothing pretty about eating this bon bon. The chocolate coating and cocoa powder formed a sticky mass in my mouth. Very unglamorous. I needed a napkin for this one.

I apologize for the lack of quality in these photos. I don't do well with a tiny camera, and the desserts were set upon a table, that were suspended from the overheard mountings. It swayed occasionally from the slight bumps it receives from people shuffling from table to table.
It was really pretty, but not very camera friendly.

Oh yes, the amazing story. I was going to make payment at the event itself, and when I arrived, I took out my debit card, satisfied with the money that I'm about to spend. It turns out that they couldn't charge my debit card, and I had a dialogue with the man that went something like that:
"I'm sorry sir, we can't seem to charge your debit card."
"Yes, there seems to be some problem processing your card."
" That's okay though, you can just come through."
"You mean I can just walk on right in?"
"Yes sir"
"Yes, since we can't charge you, this will be complimentary."
"Shia, thanks man. I really appreciate it."

That was really awesome. Now, logic will tell me to be reasonable, and tell myself that it's Raffles policy or whatever, to not refuse guests. Or quite simply, I was very lucky.
I don't believe it was either of them.
I believe it was God's blessing upon me, to enjoy this whole event.
I was low on money, but still willing to spend on this event, and it's so great that I could enjoy it for free.

I'm really glad this whole thing happened. I learnt so much about the whole pastry scene, and I have so much more ideas after sampling 95% of all the desserts. Never in my life have I eaten so much desserts within a span of 2 hours. And I lived to tell this story.


meg said...

oh man, i wish you could see my facial expression now. all those CHOCOLATE!!!

Anonymous said...

thought soooo...u had 2 thank christ...haiz....

Nicholas said...

Meg: You shoulda seen mine when the guy said I could walk on right in.

anonymous: yea, I had to thank Christ for that. :)

Anonymous said...

Nicholas....can't find an email address on your blog so I hope you receive this. My name is Joe Marcionette and I publish Pastry Art & Design Asia Pacific...can you contact email is I want to discuss your Chef Oriol photos and the Chocolate Indulgence.

Nicholas said...

Joe, you got mail!