March 23rd, 2009

Quick message

HIIII!!! I’m just soooo excited! I just had to share the news with you…!

I just bought a hot chocolate machine online, & am going to start selling hot drinks from this Saturday…!!! It’s sooo gonna be the best – simply proper couverture chocolate, milk & double cream (no, not cocoa powder in sight). I’ll make it thicker than your standard kind, it’ll be like liquid ganache. Oooh, imagine… I’ll place the machine just next to my truffles & the chocolate boxes – isn’t that like, totally choccy heaven or what!?

Anyway, hope it goes well. I hope I won’t be stuck with gallons of chocolate drink at home time…! I feel giddy with excitement, but anxious with worry too…


  1. sounds great! i hope it’s not extra heavy to be toting around…

    Comment by petoskystone - March 23, 2009 10:44 pm

  2. That sounds amazing! Especially with a nice biscuit or pastry to dunk in it… yum!

    Comment by Jenny - March 23, 2009 11:16 pm

  3. i´m sure you´ll be successful. have fun!

    Comment by ksklein - March 24, 2009 6:51 am

  4. Sounds like the drink we get in Venice. Almost like a sauce. Delicious!

    Comment by Andrew - March 24, 2009 1:45 pm

  5. It reminds me of the hot chocolate we had at the Scharffenberger chocolate factory… YUM! I’m sure it will be a hit!

    Comment by Lara - March 24, 2009 2:13 pm

  6. Thank petoskystone, Jenny, Ksklein, Andrew & Lara! I’ll let you know how it goes!

    Comment by tamami - March 24, 2009 5:02 pm

  7. I doubt you’ll have any leftovers, but if you do, you can always ship them to Chicago! ;D

    Comment by Rachel - March 25, 2009 1:42 am

  8. Hi Rachel, we need to construct a hot-chocolate pipeline across the ocean to you! ;-)

    Comment by tamami - March 25, 2009 11:02 am

  9. I wish I could fly across the Atlantic to be your first customer!

    Comment by michelle - March 25, 2009 4:31 pm

  10. 23rd of march was my birthday. I wish you all the best. All of your stuff look great. I have to come and see you soon. As soon as the weather gets better.

    Comment by Mitra - March 25, 2009 7:31 pm

  11. That’s so sweet of you Michelle! Really!!!
    And a belated Happy Birthday to you, Mitra! Hope you had a great day!!

    Comment by Tamami - March 25, 2009 8:49 pm

  12. I love chocolate drinks especially hot ones!! Don’t be anxious your booth is beautiful with the goodies you make and I believe the drink will be no less then exceptional, only one question what are you going to serve this in ceramic or plastic?? Take care, Diana

    Comment by Diana - March 26, 2009 12:16 pm

  13. Good luck! I hope you are SUPER successful.

    Comment by Rozanne - March 26, 2009 6:57 pm

  14. Thanks Rozanne!!!!
    And, hi Diana, cheers, I’ve already ordered & received Paper cups with plastic lids. I decided to get plain white ones – much better than having a pre-printed picture/ pattern on it which is always tacky!!

    Comment by Tamami - March 26, 2009 10:10 pm

  15. O.M.G. that sounds amazing. I wish I lived by you. I would be the first in line!. Everything looks delicious. Good luck you are going to make a killing ;)

    Comment by Chuck - March 28, 2009 5:03 am

  16. It’s Sat morning now and I’m sitting at home in Highbury. Right, I’m getting on the bus and will see you and the hot chocolate machine in about half an hour…
    I think your blog is fantastic and love reading about how you’re going.

    Comment by Jen - March 28, 2009 11:25 am

  17. Sounds delicious. Had I been in London still, I’d have been in the queue to get one for myself!

    Comment by Murasaki Shikibu - March 28, 2009 1:39 pm

  18. Hi, how was the response to your hot choolate?

    Comment by Kay - March 29, 2009 5:19 pm

  19. Thank you Chuck, & M.Shikibu!
    And hello Jen, so did you manage to come to the stall? Are you the one that had a chat with me?
    Hi Kay, the response, I’m glad to report, , was amazing! I just need to tweak the amount I make so that I don’t have any leftovers. That, is just a matter of trial & error I think! As time goes along, I will know what the average number is…

    Comment by tamami - March 29, 2009 8:44 pm

  20. That sounds like a lot of fun :-)! Happy to hear that the hot chocolate was a great succes too :-)!

    Comment by gine - March 29, 2009 11:30 pm

  21. Dear Tamami,

    We are the 2 French people who came to visit your stall last Saturday.

    We can testify the chocolate machine was there, perfectly working: the chocolate made is incredibly tasty, neither thick nor liquid, not too creamy: the quintessence of Chocolate!

    The brownies and truffles were excellent as well. The latter were supposed to be a gift but we couldn’t resist eating them on our way back to France!

    Thank you for your brave smile on our picture, though the weather was not very supportive that day: bitter cold, wind, and even hailstorms! Hope you made good sales however.

    By the way, Broadway market is a very nice place, with a real soul. We thank your blog for bringing us there!

    Wish you all the best.

    Kind regards,

    Caroline & Emmanuel Tillous-Borde

    Comment by Caroline - March 30, 2009 8:08 am

  22. glad you did well with the *real* hot chocolate. what a nice comment from caroline & emmanuel!

    Comment by petoskystone - March 30, 2009 8:18 pm

  23. Thanks Gine!!! Yes, it was really fun – the tap was towards them, & I would pour it in front of their eyes – you can hear the excitement from behind my back. To top it, I sprinkled shaving of dark chocolate, & again, you hear excitement. It was a ‘smile’ moment!
    And thanks Petoskystone! I think selling truffles just alongside helped to convey that it was ‘real’ hot choc!
    Caroline & Emmanuel,
    thank you for leaving such a lovely lovely comment. I remember you & I remember commenting that you went for the ‘chocolate-fest’ with the selection of items! ;)
    I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the market! (I noticed that some of the stalls were not there because of the weather…) I hope the travelling was alright – It is a bit of a trek to get there (what with no direct train), so whenever there’s bloggy visitors, I feel kind of responsible…!
    Re brownies: the recipe for it is online, so maybe you can make it for your friend instead??
    Hope to see you again,
    Tamami xx

    Comment by tamami - March 31, 2009 11:01 am

  24. Now that is a good idea – Well done you! It is soooo difficult to get decent hot chocolate … oh why can’t your stall be nearer???

    Comment by somesaycocoa - March 31, 2009 10:19 pm

  25. We tried your Hot Chocolate and it was absolutely delicious !
    Perfect for a chilly day.
    Chocolate icecream for the summer ? – I have a large icecream machine I don’t use if you’re interested. . .

    Comment by Barny - April 1, 2009 12:46 am

  26. THANK YOU Somesaycocoa, you’re right, I’m often disappointed with hot chocolate, I never dare buy it. But hey, now, I can simply drink my own!
    Cheers Barny! I’m glad you liked it! Oooh, ice cream machine you say. So does it churn it & make it from ingredient – & then does it keep it chilled to display on stall?? – I’ll have a good think over it. – Thanks Barny, you’re a real help. t xx

    Comment by tamami - April 1, 2009 2:50 pm

  27. rich, velvety hot chocolate..oh that sounds divine!

    Comment by Connie - April 2, 2009 5:34 pm

  28. Cheers Connie!!!

    Comment by Tamami - April 2, 2009 6:17 pm

  29. Tamami san,
    Your blog is wonderful! And the cakes are totally amazing! And your children are beautiful! How lucky i am to have you as a friend!

    Comment by Angela G B - July 17, 2009 10:04 am

  30. Hello Angela!!!!!
    ;) ;) ;)
    So happy that you’re my friend too!!!
    Cheers for the link to your website – Love to go clothes shopping with you one day…!
    C u next Wednesday!

    Comment by tamami - July 17, 2009 11:16 pm

  31. Hi,
    My organizaion is trying to market a cocoa product from Haiti as a way to get people out of poverty. We need hygiene guidelines for training the womens coop who will be doing all the work…grinding etc. Any ideas on where to go for this?

    Comment by mk - November 2, 2009 6:25 pm

  32. Hello MK, thank you for your enquiry, but, I haven’t a clue… Maybe you can ask the local organizations…? Sorry I can’t be of help, and good luck with your venture.

    Comment by tamami - November 2, 2009 9:26 pm


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