Posted by: Jeffsayyes | October 17, 2011

Chambre de Sucre Sugars Shoutout

Hey! One of the companies that participated in my Flushing Mall Grazing Experience was Chambre de Sucre. It’s a distinguished sugar company – here’s what Lisa Kunizaki told me in an email (I hope it’s cool to print this…)

I was born and raised in Queens to a Japanese father and half Chinese half Ecuadorian mother. Not too common in Astoria in the 70s. I spent all of my summers in Japan with my grandparents. I also attended Japanese school on the weekends (1st-12th grade) here in NY. We spoke English and Spanish at home and I didn’t have any Japanese friends growing up. Most of the friends I made in Japanese school would eventually return home to Japan. Anyway, to make a long story short I’ve been bringing back these sugars to my friends here in NY for as long as I can remember. Entertaining in my apartment or giving as presents, it always stood out.

When both my grandparents passed away, I stopped going to Japan. I stopped using the sugars. Then 2 years ago, I decided to import them to the Hawaii. I do it mainly to keep in touch with my roots and to keep my grandmother’s memory alive. She used the sugars whenever we had guests over. They lived in the countryside so there weren’t many coffee shops or restaurants to go to. But, we made the best of it. ‘So elegant and fancy‘, I often thought to myself.

My dream is to see this in a jewelry store, as a side dish to necklaces and bracelets – how cool would that be? I think her dream is just to be in the public’s consciousness. Well, just giving a shoutout, thanks Lisa! 

See more about the sugars at their website, Chambre De Sucre

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