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katharina
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Actually, in my home, i have a delicious chocolate powder from switzerland (the other great country about chocolate) : Van Houten. Do you remember Katie ? It's the same i offer you for the breakfast when you came in Paris with your brother
I remember vividly. That stuff was incredible! I thought of it when I sadly bought Fat Free, Low Carb hot chocolate powder just before Christmas. It is just not the same - I miss that incredible powder.
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I'm so glad you had it, ElJay, I was starting to think it was lost [Smile]
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Choobak
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mmm... A though goes through my head, Kate... I heard that Santa forgets some boxes in his bag... [Wink]

I may give him one or two advices...

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Oh my stars, if you are serious, that would be wonderful. *delighted*
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Why not ? But I'm not sure if chocolate can get accross the customs... I'll see...
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I sent candies to ElJay, chocolate should go through, no problem. Van Houten... *drools*
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I got my package yesterday!

After battling Nathan for the box (he wanted to open it himself), I pulled out a rain stick.

...I love how the card inside said that it can be used for ambiance while looking at pictures of Seattle or for chasing Nathan around. This time, I think it was appropriate to chase Nathan. [Smile] Also some Seattle cookies, a package of soup that I'm interested in trying (I'm a new food weenie, so it's a challenge)...AND...

A book called The Lexicon of Stupidity. [Big Grin]

Many thanks, jeniwren. [Smile]

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No package yet. Two mailing days left in December. *taps foot impatiently*
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Chocolate can pass through customs. When I came home from my mission, I brought an entire suitcase (no exaggeration) full of chocolates from Switzerland and France. Sadly, it only lasted a few months and then I had to go back and get more. That reminds me, I'm about due for another trip... maybe this summer..

Van Houten is divine.

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Dan, did you get Leading Edge? They said they mailed it December 18, so it should be to you by now, I think.
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My person (not Tom) has not reported receiving their package yet, and has been online.

My understanding was that it should have gotten there early this week. *angst*

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I really like Menier, which I believe is from France. Technically, I guess it's a cooking chocolate, but unlike cooking chocolate made here, it's wonderful. Crumbly instead of waxy, and just a teeny bit salty. Many grocery stores around here sell it--which is good or bad, depending on your point of view. [Smile]
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rivka- yours might take a little longer to arrive than the post office estimated. I wouldn't worry about it yet.

Tom- your gift is coming... it should be there any day now.

[Smile]

I've never heard of Menier. It sounds intriguing.

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yes ! Menier is well known but the company was rebought and now, i think its the property of Nestl.
Menier is the first guy who manufactured chocolate tablette, into a golden paper during the XIXth century.
If you read french, you can learn more here.

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Raia
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My person also hasn't reported yet... but I haven't been online enough to see if my giftee has posted in other threads, so I'm not sure about that part.
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I haven't gotten mine yet, so I wonder if either rivka or Raia is my secret santa...

We'll see [Smile] .

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Tom_D, there is a thread for you about your present. I just got it back from the post office because the label somehow got wet and ran, so your present will be there in a few days. I am resending it today, as I just recieved it back last night.


Sorry about the wait, but I know it wasn't wet when I took it to the post office, it must have had another package leak on it of something.

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Yay, mac! I'm so glad you liked it! I had a wonderful time picking things out for you. [Smile] (That book made me laugh out loud, btw. I had to use the rain stick to keep my son from stealing it.)
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I see great things in that rain stick's future. [Smile]
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Annnnnnnnnnnnnd...............

I have another Secret Santa !!!!!


In fact, Katharina send me a gift just for the pleasure, 'cause our Europcon in september. (thanks a lot !! I am touched in my heart !)

The secret santa for the gift exchange is another hatracker !!! C'est Nol !!!! ouaiiiiiiiiii


So i recieve a wonderful box with lot of things :

Firstly : a coquillages "guiding" (you know, this suspended metal tubes who ring with the wind...)

Secondly, a beautiful decorative californian sun

Thirdly, a wonderful sea candle

and finally, the best : two packs of chocolates !! on with californian oranges, and the other with pineapple.


My dear Rivka ! I love you so much for all of that !!! I give you a kiss from France by this Hatrack thread ! [Kiss]

I'm really happy !!!
Thank you sooooooooooo much !!!! [Hat]

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*greatly relieved* [Smile]

I'm so glad you like your taste of sunny Southern California! Enjoy!

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Ooooh. Rivka, did you send him TJs orange and pinapple sticks? He's gonna get hooked. [Big Grin]
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I sure did. [Big Grin]
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Choobak
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hhh I love it ! [Wink]
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Choobak, you should have seen Ketchup Princess when rivka brought orange sticks to DallasCon and everyone was feeding them to her. That was one happy little face.
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Ooooooohh, I can imagine ! [Big Grin]

It's so good !

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[Smile]

I think the first thing you listed was wind chimes, no?

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So speaking of chocolate... has anyone here had Ritter Sport chocolates? I had some when I was over in Germany; I've seen a few flavors of Ritter Sport over here in the U.S., but none of the liqueur flavors, and that's even with checking a few international food stores. Their "Truffle whisky" flavor is VERY nice.

I found an online source -- link -- though I'm not excited about the idea of having to pay shipping to get chocolate, so unless I can find some in a store, I'll probably wait to order some until next time I'm giving chocolate as a present...

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quote:
Originally posted by Boon:
[Smile]

I think the first thing you listed was wind chimes, no?

Yes.
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Can people post adn say if they have not gotten their gifts at all, I need to check lists a fourth time. [Wink]
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*raises hand*
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Kat, you assigned Tom to Bean Counter, didn't you? [Wink]
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She's making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty and nice... [Smile]
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Trader Joe's carries some Ritter Sport chocolate, but I'm not sure what off the top of my head. I'll check next time I got there, plaid.
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plaid, I LOVE Ritter Sport. I became a junkie when I was in Germany last spring. The most amazing flavor I ran onto was the white chocolate grapefruit. *dies* Fantastic.

In fact, I'd pay a large sum of money for some right now.

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breyerchic: I just came back to France. No gift yet, either in Romania or here. (I think I gave my Romanian address too, didn't I?)
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Corwin, yours was sent, but as far as I remember (without digging through ten threads here) maybe a day or two late, so that I'm sure it's on it's way.
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I guess its just that the postals are all backed up, I am waiting for a package from FedEx, it should've been here in the 31st, but it isn't.
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Well, I'm in no hurry*, but I was just wondering if it was sent to France or to Romania.

*after all I think I'm the last one to send it, I'm in no place to comment on this. [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by Noemon:
Trader Joe's carries some Ritter Sport chocolate, but I'm not sure what off the top of my head. I'll check next time I got there, plaid.

Thanks! [Smile] I've checked out a few more stores, and saw a rum-flavored bar in one store, but generally, it does seem like the liqueur-flavored ones just aren't sold in the US.
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quote:
Originally posted by Narnia:
plaid, I LOVE Ritter Sport. I became a junkie when I was in Germany last spring. The most amazing flavor I ran onto was the white chocolate grapefruit. *dies* Fantastic.

Ooh, sounds interesting. (I mean, I usually don't like, actually, HATE grapefruit... but that does sound interesting.)

Weirdly enough, Ritter Sport's own website doesn't list liqueur flavors nor the grapefruit flavor. Hmff.

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Tom was NOT assigned to Bean Counter. [Razz] I don't think Bean Counter played.

While we were occasionally amused by how the pairings ended up, I think we tried to avoid flat out opportunities to break out the yoga breathing exercises.

Hmm...so everyone except the two who have posted (plus Tom) have received their present?

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This would be why it's better to have y'all doing match-ups than, say, me. [Smile]
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*grin* You talk tough, but I doubt you would have done any that were any more evil than we did. Several possibilities would have been hilarious, but I can't picture you sacrificing someone's fun for them.
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[Razz] Everyone has a much better opinion of me than is warrented, really.
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The bar is set kind of low here. [Razz] Your mischevious reputation could still be intact.
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*grin* Good.
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quote:
Originally posted by katharina:
The bar is set kind of low here.

There's a bar? Where?

<wanders off to look for the bar>

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Kat, as far as I can tell only 4 have not posted that they recieved their gifts, and the extra one is the one who we don't believe has sent it.
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I think my gift has just arrived... in Romania. Hmm, now I think I shouldn't have given that address, as I have no idea when's the next time I'll go home. Anyway, I hope my parents have no problems getting it for me! And then they'll probably find someone who'll come to Lyon in the near future...
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