please support the yarn painting and bead work of the huichol's... or, just make a direct donation. do try to resist the temptation of buying this bar as a means of supporting the tribe. the chocolate is shockingly brutal, dry, and unpalatable. the vision was definitely blurred... peyote, perhaps?
Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
this is just a decent dark chocolate... no disappointment but no thrill ride either... it is fine for the novice or for the movies... if you do decide to go to the theatre, check out my grandfather in superhero movie.
happy 90th birthday milt!
over the weekend we went to see milt's film. it was absolutely horrible. i don't think intoxication could even fix the film. i retract my film outing suggestion!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
well, with this bar, i literally licked the wrapping. this bar is completely delicious and it is a very mature bar for being milk. nice earthy tones with great texture. i want more.
sorry, i could not find this particular bar on amazon... but i did find the scharffen berger extra rich milk chocolate
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
i know who shot bambi's mother by fifi
most commercial goes to:
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
conguitos are tasty chocolate covered nuts. these nuts are not the bio modified nuts we have here.... i am sure that is why peanut butter sandwiches cannot be packed in lunches anymore. the spanish nuts are crunchy, small, roasty, and packed with flavor. the chocolate is dark and not as sweet compared to peanut m&m's. the pack came with the company conguito mascot container... it holds the chocolate so they don't melt in your hand. this company has been around since 1852.
Monday, March 24, 2008
chocolate tortilla chips? are you kidding? well my dears, they are fantastic. they remind me of dutch cocoa cookies that i cannot find anymore. the texture is great and they are not greasy.
besides enjoying them on my own, my chocolate snob colleagues and i came up with some innovative combinations:
- we dipped them in melted nutella (divine);
- we coated them in chocolate (it was a step above neimans chocolate dipped potato chips);
- then i made a mole chicken with crunched chips on top (it was out of this world).
Monday, March 17, 2008
i want to hate this bar and it is not because i was overcharged at rechuitti. this bar is bitter, it has a sour tobacco smell, and it is dense with cocoa nibs. yet somehow, i find complete chocolate intoxication and i am filled with an unusual gustatory sensation. how can i hate complication? this is a very interesting bar... i want to try more.
notes: bitter, smoky, spicy, manky, tobacco, leather, chalk, dry, tree fruit, long finish, complex, wild berry, raisin
Thursday, March 6, 2008
this is the chocolate you will want to eat before you die... including every single day before then...
starting from the 13th century, ancient artisanal methods were passed from generation to generation to create a heavenly syrup... this velvet elixir of modena is known as balsamic vinegar - - - instrumental in fending the masses from plagues and evil spirits...
from the land that lies between the valley of the river secchia and to the west of the river reno, trebbiano grapes are harvested. the grapes are pressed, simmered gently over an open flame to a seventy percent reduction, filtered and cooled, and then slowly, slowly transformed through a complex 25 year aging process. the liquid passes through a series of five wooden barrels: oak, juniper, cherry, chestnut, and mulberry.
this balsamic is used to create delectable and edible jewels.
cioccolatini al balsamico
cioccolatini al balsamico has rich overtones that grace this chocolate with an ideal balance of sweet and piquant. there is an initial subtlety then a surprising taste of vinegar.... the surprise flavor immediately turns to plum, then to strawberry. heaven.
cioccolatini al nocio
cioccolatini al nocio pictured at the very top and below is complete and utter satisfaction. the walnut liquor is strong and lustful. i blush with the lurid passionate thoughts it provokes.
here is what seems to be handcrafted boxes. all the chocolates are produced in limited batches.
the man behind the most amazing artisinal chocolates. imagine the sensation of being enveloped by some heady elixir after biting into the gold dust of angels' wings...the taste he has created is way beyond chocolate...it is divine!
giuseppe's balsamic farm has been in the family for over a hundred years. it seems impossible that he just started making chocolate three years ago.
please have your local chocolatiers import his chocolate. also, let me know who carries it and when! here is his contact: stefania casadei.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
who knew chocolate snob would capture such a tremendous fan base from all places around the world including guayaquil, ecuador; doha, qatar; and canton, ohio? originally the blog was created to sort out my chocolate journals.
yesterday, i received a really touching letter from stephan who works as an artist in residence for the art deco society. below is his gorgeous erte inspired piece "chocolate".
- "I found your blog quite by accident and I must say that I am overwhelmed.
I am an admitted chocoholic although I work as an artist and designer...I am something of an authority on the life and art of Erte. I do have on my web pages a costume design for a woman meant to represent chocolate. She is part of the Neopolitan Suite. She is joines by Vanilla and Strawberry costumes...
... Thank you providing a great blog. I'll be reading it on a regular basis."
Monday, March 3, 2008
to my surprise, i found a belgian chocolate bar (72% cocoa) with cocoa nibs. the chocolate is not superior but the texture is great. the crushed cocoa nibs definitely worked me over. this bar is perfect if you do not want to splurge and still want to maintain some form of dignity. take this bar to the movies.