About

Bonjour et bienvenue,

My name is Ariane and welcome to Chocolate & Co.

I began this baking blog in September 2012 to intertwine my fascinations with baking, photography, writing and travel.  Chocolate & Co is a record of recipes mixed in with 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 restaurants and a bakery.  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 was an opportunity to participate 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 currently 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.

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

burlesque

pasteis de nata

art deco

lobster rolls

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

the bookcase from Beauty and the Beast

wombats

Gustav Klimt

old world maps

road trips

mimosas

tv series marathons

dark chocolate Tim Tams

Mumm Napa

Montréal bagels

10 Thousand Villages fair trade shop

Zadie Smith

Caipiroska

Where I’ve lived:

Montréal, Canada

Bath, England

Lausanne, Switzerland

Sydney, Australia

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:

Rwanda

Bolivia (South America in general)

Vietnam (South East Asia in general)

The Baltic countries: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia

Morocco

Follow me on Instagram at patisserielefildariane

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If you’d like to share my photos and the recipes, please link back to my blog.

I look forward to reading your comments!  Let me know how the recipes turn out. You can also contact me at chocolateandco@hotmail.com

Bon appétit!

Ariane

6 thoughts on “About

  1. I really enjoyed how you travel all around the world to try new foods, that really was amazing.What I really happen to like the most was how you took that chance to go to exchange school in a different country to pursue your dream. I love to bake and it is a passion i love websites like yours that teach me how to bake. You’ve really inspired me to educate myself more about baking. Congratulations on your journeys that you have been on it is really incredible. And i looked on the Sydney,Australia black star pastry and the photography is amazing i liked how you involved the food as-well as the background so you can make us readers know what type of place it is and were it is. I hope one day i get to meet you because my mom Chrissy is always talking about you. Whenever we walk into a baking store were they have any type of baking items we are always thinking about you so we always say “Ariane would like this”. She has mentioned that you like Jamie Oliver I like him too he is an amazing chef and i love watching his show he is really awesome.

    • Thank you so much, Jessy! It’s great to hear from you. Your mom has been telling me about your cooking and baking as well. I think you’ll find some more baking blogs you’d like in the ”inspiration” page. I borrowed ”Comfort Food” by Jamie Oliver from the library, you should check it out 🙂

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