Posted by Dr. W, a resident of Stanford, on Feb 11, 2013 at 10:33 am
Let's hope all of these chocolates are Fair Trade. Owners, what do you have to say?!? Surely, we in Palo Alto can all pay higher prices to ensure fair trading practices and safe labor conditions for those who farm our First World indulgences!
Posted by Enough!, a resident of the Charleston Gardens neighborhood, on Feb 11, 2013 at 10:51 am
No surprise about Boston Market. And all I can say about the post above is, WOW. "We" in Palo Alto can NOT "all" pay higher prices. What an elitist comment! I have lived in Palo Alto for 39 years, and I am sickened at the direction this once diverse community is heading.
Posted by KP, a resident of the South of Midtown neighborhood, on Feb 11, 2013 at 10:52 am
I recently had a conversation with the owner of TCHO, (in the City, Pier 17) and suggested he look into opening a store in our area...too late now! Our locals have already seen the light! Yummy chocolate! I don't care who brings it as long as it's good! LOL!
Posted by Penny , a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, on Feb 11, 2013 at 11:09 am
Our family LOVES Monique's choclates. We bicycle from south Palo Alto to nosh on their decadent truffles and lovely hot chocolate. The owner is a terrific guy. My daughters have learned so much from him about how excellent chocolate is made. They enjoy watching the chocolates being prepared. It's a wonderful experience. AND their chocolates are peanut-free, which is really important to our family. We are so grateful to have a local chocolatier who offers such an outstanding chocolate and is sensitive to the nut allergy problem.
Also, they do events! Monique's provided an array of custom-made amazing sweets for my daughter's bat mitzvah recently. They were so great to work with.
Posted by Belgique, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Feb 11, 2013 at 2:44 pm
I hope they have Belgian chocolates other than Godiva. In Brussels, Godiva chocolate does not even compare to the other chocolates made there. it is not even considered truly high quality chocolate in Belgium.
Posted by Nea Gina, a resident of another community, on Feb 11, 2013 at 4:31 pm
San Francisco is a mere 30 miles from Palo Alto. What makes San Francisco unique is the array of neighborhoods. If you wanted an Italian meal you would go to North Beach, where every other store front is an Italian restaurant. If you wanted a Chinese meal you would go to China Town which has 24 blocks of food and small shops. There are at least 10 coffee shops in Palo Alto of which half are Peet's coffee and the other half Starbucks. They are not businesses that are failing, if anything it brings more business to the neighborhood. The uniqueness of coffee beans and in this case cocoa beans is what will bring more people to this particular area. Why not have a cocoa neighborhood in Palo Alto? Now that would be unique!! I say welcome Alegio, having competition brings in better quality chocolates.
Posted by Chocolate lover, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Feb 11, 2013 at 6:15 pm
Nothing on any continent beats Mary See's chocolate! There used to be two See's stores downtown . One sold things like candied apples and caramel corn. Anyone else been in town 65 years that also remembers?
Posted by Another See's Lover, a resident of the South of Midtown neighborhood, on Feb 12, 2013 at 1:47 am
Chocolate Lover, there are still See's shops in Stanford Shopping Center, on El Camino just south of Showers/Whole Foods in Mountain View, and in the Sequoia Shopping Center on El Camino in Redwood City, among other places. They're probably not "upscale" enough to pay downtown PA rents anymore, which suits my pocketbook just fine! (And I'll be in line again in the next day or two myself.)
Posted by Chrisc, a resident of the College Terrace neighborhood, on Feb 12, 2013 at 1:04 pm
To como: my understanding is that Coupa cafe's chocolates are not made here, but the owner has them made to his specifications (or it's his enterprise) in Venezuela. They are delicious. Nordstrom also sells some fine chocolates.
Posted by John, a resident of the Palo Alto Hills neighborhood, on Feb 18, 2013 at 12:48 am
Alegio is a very nice place. I used to drive 45 minutes to get some chocolate, now it is only 15 minutes away. I am very excited for the opening of this chocolate shop, they have an excellent quality product.
Posted by Alexander, a resident of the Meadow Park neighborhood, on Feb 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm
There is a woooorld of chocolate out there! And then, in a remote corner of the global village, in a tiny volcanic island off the coast of equatorial Africa there is Claudio Corallo, an Italian born tropical agronomist who has taken on the worlds’ largest manufactures and started a personal crusade to produce the pure chocolate that our grandparents used to enjoy. And it is his true story, from the heart of the Congolese Jungle to the islands of Sao Tome & Principe to guide you along the discovery of a cacao unlike any other!! Go and taste for yourelves! I am ecstatic and can't wait to go back again. Alegio-Claudio Corallo welcome to Palo Alto!