Turin – afternoon chocolate in a royal palazzo | Turin – goûter de rêve dans un palazzo

Turin. Prendre non pas le thé mais le goûter dans une résidence royale… Redécouvrir l’atmosphère du 17 ième siècle – plafonds peints ou sculptés, lustres de cristal. Savourer une chocolat chaud, riche, intense, qui teinte les lèvres et pourtant ni lait, ni crème dans celui-ci, de l’eau. Nommé chocolat de santé, il était recommandé à l’époque d’en boire 10 tasses par jours entre 14h00 et 22h00. Le pape, à l’époque, l’avait même permis en période de Carême. Si en Espagne, on “baigne” douceurs dans les boissons chaudes, en Italie, seul le chocolat chaud permet cet écart. On tiendra donc sa tasse de la main gauche, biscuit de la main droite. Boudoirs, Baci di dama, meringues, torcetti, marrons glacés fondants à souhait, nougats croquants, chocolat au zeste d’orange… tous existaient à l’époque. Dans la pièce suivante, pour permettre les conversations tout en sublimant l’atmosphère,  un trio musical. Parenthèse hors du temps.Through the looking glass in Turin. An afternoon tea, wait, no, an afternoon chocolate, decadent, in a royal residence. 17th century atmosphere, superb ceilings, crystal chandeliers. A rich, smooth, unctuous hot chocolate, tainting the lips lovingly. And yet, there is no cream, no milk, just cacao, water and sugar. Yet what a texture! It was considered, at the time, a healthy chocolate, 10 cups recommended a day, to be savoured between 14.00 and 22.00. The Pope even allowed it during Lent… If, in Spain, you would dip treats in any hot drinks, Italy favoured more elegance. But again, chocolate won, the only drink to allow this indulgence. And so you hold you cup in the left hand, biscuit in the right. Boudoirs, Baci di dama, meringues, torcetti, glacés chestnuts, orange zests in ganache… Traditional sweets served for centuries. In the next room plays a musical trio, a touch of magic yet allowing conversations. A luxurious afternoon through time.

Meranda reale – une fois par mois, organisé par l’Office de Tourisme, environ 15€. Celui ci prenait place au Palazzo Madama.Meranda reale – once a month, organised by the Tourism Office, around 15€. This one took place at Palazzo Madama.

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1 Comment

  1. October 30, 2013 / 12:59

    Alors là ça me donne envie !!

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