Bonjour et bienvenue,
My name is Ariane and welcome to Chocolate & Co.
I began this baking blog in September 2012 to intertwine my passions for baking, photography, writing and travel. Chocolate & Co is a collection of recipes paired with a slice of my life. My “to bake” list consists of an overwhelming amount of recipes from a panoply of cookbooks and baking websites. I confess to being a bona fide chocoholic, which you might have guessed from the name. I came up with Chocolate & Co since dark chocolate is my ingredient of choice. But I’ll try not to be biased when choosing which recipes to try out. I’m also using this outlet to practice with my camera and improve my photography skills while making new discoveries in the kitchen.
Baking is my passion. I graduated from culinary school at the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) with a diploma in Professional Pastry. For a few years I worked in restaurant kitchens in Montréal and in Bath, England. In September 2011, I traded in my checkered pants to pursue university studies. Although I took a break from the professional kitchen while I completed an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies at Concordia University, I couldn’t stay away from my pantry and my whisk for long. This degree offered me the opportunity to travel by participating in a couple of student exchanges. The first one was at the Université de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland. The second was at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. I’ve since graduated and moved back to Montreal, where I found work as an assistant librarian at a municipal library. In September 2016, I became a graduate student at McGill University, enrolled in the Master of Information Studies program to become a librarian. In April 2018 I started my career as a librarian, which I love! Now that my focus is on my role as Children’s Services Coordinator, it’s back to baking purely for pleasure.
Travel is a passion of mine as well. In the section “Will Travel for Food” I will share my foodie discoveries abroad. I love getting to know a new place through its food by visiting the local eateries, especially bakeries. Whether it be backpacking, couchsurfing, obtaining a work visa and moving abroad, taking part in a humanitarian trip or participating in a student exchange, I’ll jump at any opportunity to travel.
I am originally from Montreal, Canada. My hometown is an exciting foodie metropolis that I love. Although I move around a lot, I have deep ties to that place. “My Montreal Notebook” is a growing write-up of my hometown’s tastiest addresses.
In the section “Appetite for Books” I recommend my favourite cookbooks and the ones I’ve been reading and baking from.
My baking soundtrack is an eclectic mix that varies according to my mood and who I’m baking with. “Baking Playlist” is a round-up of musical suggestions to be paired with baking sessions.
“Inspiration” is a round-up of the baking blogs I enjoy and admire.
Where you’ll find me when I’m not in the kitchen:
at a concert, in a pool (ocean during my year as a Sydneysider), at a street festival, in a bookshop/library, at a brunch spot
A Few Loves, Infatuations, & Fascinations:
Nigella Lawson, cook & writer
pasteis de nata
Barry Jenkins, filmmaker
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, writer
the bookcase from Beauty and the Beast
Gustav Klimt, painter
old world maps
tv series marathons
dark chocolate Tim Tams
10 Thousand Villages fair trade shop
Zadie Smith, writer
Where I’ve lived:
Where I’ve travelled:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, England, France, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, USA, Wales.
Next Dream Destinations:
The Baltic countries: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia
Central America – especially Guatemala
South America – especially Colombia
South East Asia – especially Vietnam
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I look forward to reading your comments! Let me know how the recipes turn out.