I was first introduced to Royce’ on a trip to Kobe, Japan in 1994. I can still vividly remember that first bite-melt-in-your-mouth experience, it was so decadently sinful that I made sure I brought home quite a few to Manila. There was one downside though. I couldn’t hoard because it can only keep for 3 months (refrigerated).
Since that time, I was satisfied having these decadent treats only during stopovers in Tokyo when I traveled to and from the US, and when I was still living in the Philippines whenever I visited other parts of Asia. For thirteen years (now that I’m based in New York), I only had the chance to buy Royce’ during stopovers in Tokyo. That was enough to satisfy myself. Imagine how happy I was when Royce’ opened its first American store (in 2012) on Madison Avenue no less! That was the end of my agony.
Royce’ has been my secret indulgence for years. I used to be able to put away a box of Nama in 1 1/2 day all by myself. When I opened a box, I just couldn’t stop. However, two years ago, I decided to reform my eating habits and that put a stop to my out of control addiction to decadent and indulgent treats. I became a pescetarian and that was the end of my bad habit.
I still cheat. So they say – bad habits are hard to break. The big difference however is the fact that I now have discipline. A box of Nama now last for two weeks and that is not just for me, it’s for two people. The fact that these chocolates can’t keep long is actually working in my favor because I can’t hoard them too. We only buy 2 boxes at a time and I need to take a trek to Manhattan to get it. More often than not, if I’m lazy to get on the subway, I have no supply.
My heart skipped a bit when I saw a bag of Royce’ on the kitchen table. It was a surprise Friday night treat from my husband.
These decadently sinful chocolates was perfect compliment to the Italian dinner we had earlier that Saturday at Ciao Bella Trattoria Italiana.