A winner of a writing place…
January 25, 2011 § 17 Comments
Bissinger’s is a chocolatier, in the business of luxe sweet treats since the 1600s but it wasn’t ’til the 1800s that the family came stateside.
St Louis has two stores, the newest one having opened in 2007 which I refer to as “the bistro,” a sweet little location.
It sounds all haute and unapproachable but – not true! The Central West End embues it even more with charm and allure.
You can sit and sip and socialize. There is plenty of room yet it’s cool-cozy. It’s modern but no hard edges.
It’s warm despite its front being nothing but glass – the better for people watching. Yes you can sit and look out. Or, look in.
Whatever you like.
And there are things to buy if you want to take home something Bissinger-y.
OK, not a great picture but look at the size of that hot chocolate compared to the “normal” size water glass! Oh, yum. This is the stuff of comfort food in the dead of winter whether the sun is shining or not.
And then, because the place is new to you and you are “exploring” and checking it out as a future “writing place,” your date (HM himself) might order a little something, just to see what the “fare” is all about. Egads – yum. A blue cheese and spinach quiche…and a double chocolate scone. With butter. So British.
So, a writing place – really? Oh, yes. In the middle of an afternoon, with a little urban-ness and a discreet wait staff and the rich hush of a library gone sweet on chocolate, it’s the perfect place to write. Even if the only thing you have is your planner and a Bic stick pen.
Can chocolate replace coffee? Replace it? No. Complement it? Yes.
Thanks, I’ll take both.
They fuel the pen-to-paper activity.
You can order from Bissinger’s, too, and then just stay home and snack on the stuff.
But for a chocolate adventure, you have to go see…and sip…and sup a little.
Get out of the house, get out of your usual skin to sit down and do some serious writing. Changing venue/location changes everything about how you see the (same old) things on your page.
CHOCOLAT, of course! We saw Joanne Harris two years ago when she stopped in St. Louis and as she started out on her evening “lecture,” I thought ohgeezshedoesn’twanttobehereandthiswillbeboring.
Oh, how wrong I was. As she warmed up (shy), the anecdotes poured forth and she drew us into so many stories we lost track of truth and ficiton. And she spoke of the sequel at that time to CHOCOLAT. If you loved the CHOCOLATE world, the sequel will be a bit of an adjustment. Titled THE GIRL WITH NO SHADOW in the U.S. (and THE LOLLIPOP SHOES in the UK), it takes place in Paris, following the story of the Vianne and her daughters. (sorry, Johnny Depp, the river pirate, is not in the story.)