Paris, World Capital of Chocolate. Mazet de Montargis ~ founded by Léon Mazet in 1903 specialises in praslines (the original praline) a hardened mixture of crushed nuts in a caramelised syrup. The praline was invented in the 17th century by Clément Jaluzot, Maréchal de Plessis-Praslin’s “officier de bouche” (master chef). It is considered to be the oldest form of candy in France.
Book far ahead at Septime (80 Rue de Charonne; dinner for two $143), where a former chef at L’Arpège is creating impeccable five-course tasting menus. A recent highlight: squid a la plancha with radish and black-olive juice.