Chinese New Year - The Year of the Rabbit

16.01.2011-Chinese New Year 2011 will be celebrated on 3rd February and it marks the start of the year of the Rabbit. It means spending time with family, gift giving and the all important food-fest.
As the perfect gift or after dinner treat we recommend our limited edition 'Orient Collection' which celebrates cultural & flavour diversity captured by the senses. Each chocolate is a respectful tribute to important Far Eastern flavours, symbols and customs as well as Marc's  own roots and ancestry in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

The 'Orient Collection' consists of 7 unique ganache flavours made and enrobed with the three star award winning pure origin Vietnamese Ben Tre Chocolate. Both the number "7" and shape of the chocolates have been deliberately selected due to their meaning in oriental culture with the former considered lucky and symbolising 'togetherness' and the latter long rectangular shape reflecting longevity of life and prosperity.

The flavours are: Jasmine & Matcha Green Tea (2010 Great Taste Award  Winner), Szechuan Pepper (2010 Great Taste Award Winner), Pure Ben Tre, Mixed Citrus, Ginger & Galangal, Coconut & Sesame, Lemongrass & Lime.

And here's some Chinese New Year trivia:

Characteristics of people born in the year of the Rabbit:
Articulate, Ambitious, Controlled, Affectionate, Cooperative, Friendly, Overly sentimental.

Rabbits are compatible with Sheep and Boars but should avoid Roosters.

Good Career Choices: Lawyer, Diplomat, Actor

Celebrations around London:

London's main celebrations will be held on Sunday 6 February. The main London Chinatown Chinese Association celebration takes place in Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, and Chinatown.

Trafalgar Square will host traditional and contemporary Chinese entertainment such as dance, music and acrobatics as well as firecrackers, Chinese dragons and lions.

Meanwhile, Chinatown will be bustling with special decorations, stalls, food and lion dance displays. Shaftesbury Avenue will be hosting a local performance stage featuring performances by Chinese artists.