Black Forest Cake by AJ Paris ajparisphotos

Black Forest Cake

Many people assume that the Black Forest cake, known locally as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, gets its name from the Black Forest, the mountainous region in the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwestern Germany. In reality, however, the cake gets its name from the Schwarzwälder Kirsch, clear liquor made from tart cherries produced in the region. This is …

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Belgian Chocolate by AJ Paris ajparisphotos

Belgian Chocolate

Call it Belgische chocolade or Belgian chocolate – it doesn’t matter what language you use – it’s simply chocolate to me. I remember the first time I consciously tasted Belgian chocolate being just 17 at Mall of America in the United States. I remember saying to my cousin, “Wow, I love it!” You could say …

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