My First Chocolate Review

Filed Under (Review) by Lisa on 31-12-2008

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As mentioned previously I received a variety of different chocolates from my boyfriend, for Christmas. These chocolates were from the Chocolate Trading Company (which be bought online since we don’t live in the UK.).

Today’s review is of 64% Single Origin Madagascar Superior Dark Chocolate.

Before I started this tasting, I cleared my mouth with pure filtered water. It was cool, but not cold. I sampled this chocolate between breakfast and lunch.

This chocolate is made with pure coco butter and real vanilla. It contains no preservatives, artificial flavors or vegetable fats.

The ingredients in this chocolate are as follows: dark chocolate, 64% cocoa min. Cocoa beans, sugar, cocoa butter, natural vanilla, emulsifier, Soya lecithin.

This chocolate is made in France.

For this review I sampled three pieces of chocolate.

Here are my impressions from my tasting.

Initial Impression: This chocolate has an earthy aroma. It has a very dark brown, slightly shiny appearance. It also may have a scant amount of coco butter bloom. This I learned is a white, powdery-looking coating on chocolate. It occurs when the chocolate is improperly stored. I learned this from a book I recently bought called: Discover Chocolate; The Ultimate Guide to Buying, Tasting, and Enjoying Fine Chocolate by Clay Gordon. The chocolate has a crisp snap to it. This is characteristic of a high quality chocolate.

Taste Impressions

Initial

When I first put a piece of chocolate in my mouth, I let it melt for a few seconds. The initial flavors I tasted were; earthy, and wood flavors.

Middle

As I let the chocolate melt in my mouth the earthy, wood flavors were intensified. As I started to chew the chocolate I noted that it was slightly crunchy but then super smooth. It tasted very pure, and not too sweet.

Long

The chocolate left a pleasant short after taste in my mouth, and no long term after taste.

My over all rating of this chocolate would be an 8/10 ( 10 being the highest possible score). It is was exqusite chocolate experience.

Merry Christmas to Me

Filed Under (Personal) by Lisa on 27-12-2008

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I hope everyone in the blog-sphere had a lovely Christmas. I had a wonderful one myself.

There was tons of snow on the ground, and it was sunny. However despite the sun, it lightly snowed on and off though out the day.

I had a quite Christmas at home with my parents (and dog). My brother and sister-in law stopped by for a short visit in the afternoon. They dropped off gifts for us. This is what they gave me. It is stylish.

Since it was a beautiful day and the roads were good, I decided to do some picture taking. I went to one of my favorite parks: Piper’s Lagoon, and took a few photos. There was very little snow there compared to where I live.

Here are a few photos I took.

 

For Christmas I received a few very lovely gifts. The first one is my favorite. My boyfriend gave me a huge selection of chocolate from The Chocolate Trading Company. Here is a link to their website if you are interested: http://www.chocolatetradingco.com/mainpage.asp?

I am head over heals in love with this chocolate. I have yet to try some of the varieties but from what I have tried, the Booja-Booja organic truffles are my favorite by far. Each time I eat one of these I am taken to another place. It is pure delight. It is a sensual experience like none other. This is one chocolate that is a must try for all chocoholics.

Below are some picture of my chocolates. Stayed turned for more up close profiles of each chocolate variety.

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

Filed Under (Personal) by Lisa on 18-12-2008

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Yes I have to say it was my birthday a little while ago (almost a week ago). I’m 24 now! I’m getting old, however I don’t feel like I am.

For my birthday my boyfriend and I planned to go out for dinner together to celebrate. However we were on completely opposite sleeping schedules (because I work so many night shifts), that our plan seemed very unlikely to happen.

Since I didn’t want to miss out on celebrating my birthday (on my birthday) I tried to get myself up early. It worked kind of. I ended up sleeping only a few hours, but I was up early enough. I was very sleepy and tired though.

My boyfriend called me at 0430. He suggested we start off the day by me making some omelets, and then decorating his Christmas tree. It sounded like a good idea, so I went to the 24 hour Super store to get some ingredients. I arrived at his house around 0545. I made omelets (which turned out perfectly, the best I had ever made), and then we set up his Christmas tree (he set the tree part up, then I did the lights and decorations).

After that we went out and my boyfriend did some errands. I always enjoy accompanying him when he goes out because it usually involves shopping. We went to a few places including Zellers. When we got there, we looked at the mountains, and the way the sun was shining on them was so beautiful, unlike anything I had seen before. I took a picture of it, but it didn’t capture it’s true magnificence. Here it is (below).

 

After we were done the errands, were both really tired, so we decided to go out for a late lunch instead. We went to one of my favorite restaurants; The Grapevine Trattoria . The lunch was super yummy and filling.

After lunch we went back to my boyfriend’s condo, and he instructed me to take my car home, so he could give me my Christmas gift. So that is what I did. I had no idea what he had planned, so I just went along with it. He was waiting at my house with my gift. My dad helped him carry it inside. It was a huge box! Inside was his gift to me, a new computer chair!

It was a very thoughtful gift because my old chair was really falling apart. The back support constantly fell down and the seat area had a tear in it. I would have never bought a chair myself because I wouldn’t be able to carry it, or put it together myself. The new chair is very fancy. It has four adjustable features (the tilt of the chair, the height of the chair, the seat, and the arm rests). It feels like a dream to sit in it.

Below are a few images of my new chair.

After he went home. I napped for a couple hours. I awoke and a good friend of mine asked if I had had dinner yet. I said no, we went out to dinner, and she gave me my birthday gift and Christmas gift (combined) an I-POD! It’s an I-pod nano. I was thrilled even though I am very technology challenged. It took me over 6 hours to figure out how to upload a song, and I have yet to be able to play it, but its still an intriguing gift.

My mom and dad, bought me my favorite cake: the Mozart cake, for the bakery down the road, that was yummy too as always. It’s a white layer cake with Mocha and marzipan. It is divine.

That was my birthday!

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