The Angelina Hot Chocolate Comes in White

Article submitted by Cécile Zarokian

Anyone who has ever heard of the Angelina Tea House would have also heard about their legendary Old-Fashioned Hot Chocolate “l’Africain.” This thick, decadent hot chocolate has definitely been responsible for putting Angelina on the map and keeping it there for over a hundred years.

The popularity of their classic African Hot Chocolate, however, has overshadowed its equally decadent white counterpart. That’s right. The Angelina Tearoom actually offers a Chocolat Chaud au Chocolat Blanc and it’s just as smooth and heavenly as the classic l’Africain. It’s so thick that it’s almost like melted white chocolate bars in a cup. You could imagine it to be sickly sweet but it’s not at all. Its rich taste and luxurious, velvety feel balanced out by the fresh whipped cream served on the side is pure bliss.

To balance out the richness, pair your pot of Angelina White Hot Chocolate with a Tarte Citron. This lemon tart is a sweet pastry filled with smooth lemon cream and topped with candied lemon. The Demoiselle Tatin would also be an excellent choice. This is Angelina’s tribute to the upside-down tarts made popular by the Tatin sisters. Basically, it’s a deluxe version of the traditional apple pie. It features a crisp crumble crust and fresh caramelized apples spiced with cinnamon, mace, and cubeb pepper. A generous dollop of vanilla ganache tops the beautiful pastry.

While the Angelina African Hot Chocolate will always be the classic choice, the White Hot Chocolate is definitely worth trying. Not only is it divine but it also pairs very well with any of Angelina’s famed pastries.

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C’est La Vie at the Angelina Tearoom

Article submitted by Cécile Zarokian

Angelina was founded in 1903 by a confectioner from Austria named Antoine Rumpelmayer. Since then, the Angelina Tearoom on rue de Rivoli has become a popular meeting place among Paris’ high society. Its frequent patrons included Proust, Coco Chanel, and many renowned French couturiers. Today, it is known among tourists as one of Paris’ must-visit places. And while Angelina has salons all across Paris, the Tearoom on Rivoli still offers the best experience.

The luxurious setting of the Angelina Tea House is complemented by their sumptuous menu. If you’re here for a meal, try the Semi-Cooked Duck Foie Gras Salad which comes with button mushrooms, green beans, tomatoes, pecans, and lettuce heart. For something heartier, you can’t go wrong with the Scandinavian Club Sandwich which includes smoked salmon, hard-boiled eggs, fresh goat cheese, and matchstick potatoes.

While it’s easy to indulge in any one of their savory meals, make sure you leave room for dessert. End your meal with the renowned Old-fashioned Hot Chocolate “l’Africain” which is exceptionally thick and rich-tasting. Enjoy that with a serving of either their classic Mont-Blanc or the newer speculoos version. Both treat you to the same meringue with light whipped cream and chestnut cream vermicelli, but the speculoos version is enhanced by speculoos hearts and shreds.

Very few French gourmet institutions can top the exceptional dining experience the Angelina Tearoom has to offer. As the Parisians say, c’est la vie!

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