If the package is artistic, it's like two gifts in one. By David Kaplan. Houston Chronicle.

A man walked into the Araya Artisan Chocolate shop recently and asked for a box of chocolates, store co-ownerStefano Zullian recalled.When asked which among the variety of elegant chocolates he wanted, he said, "I don't care, I'm collecting your boxes."It was music to Zullian's ears. He presents his chocolates and truffles in boxes designed by local and international artists as a way of differenti...

Venezuelan expats bring art to chocolate at Araya. By Steven Thomson. Culture Map.

Couture chocolates have been making their mark on the gourmet radar for some time, but it wasn't until the arrival of Araya Artisan Chocolate at River Oaks Shopping Center that Houston got a boutique dedicated to the fine art of innovative chocolate. The bonbon atelier has been open for less than a year, but it has already developed a word-of-mouth buzz that's harnessed a loyal following of those...

Odd Pair: Malbec and Macaroons. By Geri Maria Harris. Houston Press.

French macaroons are fabulous. Not only are they the most perfectly glamorous little cookies in the whole world, but they are also amazingly delicious and decadent despite their light-as-air consistency. Currently, I am most in love with the chocolate, pistachio, and almond flavors that are available at Araya Artisan Chocolate (2013 W. Gray). I happen to find that they pair very nicely with Haak W...