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Hi! My name is Stephanie Zonis, and welcome to the October 2000 edition of "For Chocolate Lovers Only." Each month, you’ll find recipes, tips and recommendations on chocolate specialties.

Chocolate Recommendation of the Month: If you have ever been to Italy, I believe you come away with a little of the country’s flavor in your soul. For those of you who know what I’m talking about, and for those of you who have yet to experience this wonderful land, I present this month’s Chocolate Find, Wineandchocolate.com. This site is devoted to chocolates, cakes and wines, but not just any old varieties of the three. The chocolates, for example, are very Italian in character, from the gianduiotti (small morsels of chocolate blended with hazelnut paste) to the chocolate-covered coffee beans to the Genoese pressata. The latter is a chocolate bar with raisins, figs, prunes, pineapple, candied orange peel, walnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts, and I don’t know what all else, and it’s delicious!

Wineandchocolate.com also sells pandolce and sacripane, the latter being a cake with a chocolate "shell". The wines are specially chosen for their outstanding dessert qualities, so it’s easy to match them to the cakes or the chocolates (or both!). In an age when shopping and products seem to have become so homogenized, it’s nice to know that the Web can bring you something a little different. Do check these folks out; their name is their address, so you’ll find them at www.wineandchocolate.com.

Upcoming Chocolate Event: New York City, are you ready? The Third Annual Chocolate Show takes over the Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues) from Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19! Demonstrations, tastings, a bookstore and author signings, and activities for kids and adults alike are just some of what you’ll find there. Over FIFTY brands of chocolate will be represented. You’ll be able to purchase and order holiday gifts; there will even be reproductions of historic New York City landmarks done in chocolate! Admission prices: $12 per adult, $10 for students with ID’s, and $8 for children under 12 and senior citizens. To receive a brochure, call (212) 865-6100, or check out their Web site at www.chocolateshow.com. Be there!

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