Thursday, December 6, 2012

chocolate fix

It's no secret. I love me some chocolate. But a long time ago I switched to dark and can't go back. Now milk chocolate merely tastes sweet with the sugar completely overpowering the cocoa. But since dark chocolate is far superior in terms of its antioxidants, I'm one happy camper.

A few months ago (yup, finally getting through those half finished posts) my girl Aimee and I were invited to taste some chocolates at the Choco Cafe, a combined chocolate shop (Chocolates by Design) and cafe on Lower Water across from Bishops Landing. Check out her post for more detailed info and a load more pics. The shop is pretty much a chocolate lovers paradise with crazy variety, crazy enough to please any palate. Chocolate covered dried mango? Check. Caramelized almonds dusted with cocoa? Sure why not. And the list goes on and on and on. You get the picture. And the chocolate love doesn't stop there. They also customize chocolates for parties or weddings or whatever your chocolate needs. Cool indeed.

We sampled a few chocolates and surprise, surprise they were delish. But what I really wanna share is the absolutely amazing hot chocolate. Now I'm not one to even order hot chocolate but when it's the real deal with actual chocolate and not some powdery mix of sugar and cocoa, I'm in. And this my friends was exactly that. Dark chocolate, steamed milk. Period. Although I totally went for the whipped cream and cocoa cuz go big right?

That right there is heaven in a cup. So incredibly decadent. For all you dark chocolate novices, I highly recommend it. The natural sugar in the milk provides just the right balance of sweetness but if that ain't enough of a sugar rush, they also offer it with milk chocolate. So next time you're jonesin' for your chocolate fix, hit up the Choco Cafe. Did I fail to mention they're open late?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

the buzz: dec 5

Well, it's December already. You wouldn't know it what with the rain outside. But no complaints here. And as if the holidays aren't full of enough food and wine, there's a ton of events comin' at ya this December. Food Bloggers of Canada's event listings have got ya covered. There was also big news over at FBC this week including announcements about the FBC 2013 conference as well as the release of some contest winners. And would you look at that, a blogger from Halifax wins the Manitoba Canola Growers cookie contest for an all expense paid trip to the conference. Banana chocolate chip cookies? Yes, please. Nice work Maya!

So, last week I reported that a new Cantonese bakery was opening downtown Hali. Well, Kee Hoeng has opened at 1532 Granville near Sushi Shige but I can't seem to find out any further information. Guess you'll just have to get down there and try it out. Also opening this week was a new Thai Ivory Cuisine on Quinpool Rd. With loads of Mediterranean food, a few sushi joints and now Thai, Quinpool Rd's food scene is really heating up. And one last opening very close to home. The Wooden Monkey in Dartmouth is officially open in the old MacAskills. So come on down and let me serve you up some awesome local food. And wait til you see the view!

I was lucky enough to be invited to Ratinaud's first anniversary shindig this past Thursday. For month's now I have had a love affair with Frederic's charcuterie. More importantly, however, is that it has opened my eyes to so many amazing foods I had never before tried. Rabbit rillette people. Do it. So it was no surprise that Frederic et al would rock a first anniversary party like no other. While there was pied de cochon (pig's feet baby), house smoked salmon, cassoulet, and an incredible cheese board, it was Frederic's maman's profiterolles that stole the show. And the French love does not stop there. It is with great pleasure that I am spreading the word about an exciting new venture from the Ratinaud team, The Kitchen Table. That's right, Ratinaud will be offering intimate rustic French dinners around their custom made kitchen table. Tres exciting. Details about the dinners comes out tomorrow in their newsletter The Cure so if you haven't already subscribed, there's one more delicious reason to do so.

I mean really.
Lastly, in celebration of their 15th year in the craft beer biz, Garrison Brewing Co is releasing a special Imperial Stout. With hints of vanilla and cocoa, it's right up my ally. It hits the shelves Friday so I'll let ya know when I get my hands on some. Big congrats Garrison. Here's to 15 more.

And that right there is your weekly buzz.