during a lunch with nina's aunt darline in paris, we got to talking about chocolate, and specifically, who is the best chocolatier in paris.
since my original foray to the nyc branch of la Maison (and numerous afternoons spent there instead of medical school lectures with dr. pro et al), i have confidently proclaimed my love of their ganaches and truffles (the litmus test of a chocolatier imho).
having heard this, darline insisted on taking us to Hermé to sample his. i have to confess that the two are quite on par. favoring one as opposed to the other is entirely dependent on mood. the latter does rather fun ganaches, with all sorts of creative fillings. it took nina and me a better part of the time in seychelles to go through the box.
ps Christian Constant, another favorite among parisians, was not nearly as good.