If you are chasing bonheur, we have a sure, short cut to recommend - Tristan chocolate. A sweet, self-indulgent secret kept by connoisseurs of chocolate from all part of the world, Tristan chocolate is the king of 'swissitude'; extraordinary in creation, yet unassuming and simple in establishment, located in the little village of Bougy-Villars above Rolle.
The chocolates are extraordinary, to say the least. If you like to push premium chocolate to an elevated experience, to a sensory journey, it's the place to go. And there is a lot to choose from; one is happily lost in the abundance of flavors - delightful promises of happiness. Tristan himself finds it difficult to pick his favorite creation, but conceding to like ' rêve de noisette' when he is happy or in love. But if you have the fortune to taste it , 'rêve de noisette' is nothing less than a heavenly tasting 'pill of love'. You cannot ignore the little warmth of sunshine settling in your heart while you are eating it, out on the tiny terrace of the chocolaterie, overlooking the vineyards of La côte.
Hallmark of Tristan's creation is how simple the technique is in relation to the complexity of flavors. Combining rich tones, but not overwhelming and at the same time not withholding – it's the beaux-art of confection.
To Tristan, every creation, every flavor (and there is a lot; coconut, green tea..)has a story behind. From markets of Sicily(where he buys his nutty pistachios to marry with dark chocolate), to the island of Java (poivre de Cubèbe, married to smooth milk chocolate) - there is always a story of a surprising discovery, an adventure or a downright audacity. He is always challenging himself, to go beyond the traditional boundaries, to invent new combinations, to captivate and surprise his clients- but all with a good dose of talent, warmth and generosity.
If you are in search of a new sensory journey, and you like to be seduced with unexpected boldness and fineness of taste - drive up the thin roads above Rolle to Bougy-Villars, to the Temple of bonheur.
The Temple du Bonheur
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15 March 2015