Thursday, June 2, 2011

ChocolateBet: June 2, 2011

Chocolate(s) of the Day:

1.) Daphne's Greek Cafe
Caramel Pecan - 1 piece
Very Good
Weight: 7 oz. (13.8 g.) (estimate)
Calories: 110 calories
Cost: N/A - sample (normally $1.25)
Purchased from: Daphne's Greek Cafe, in Alameda, CA

2.) Next Organics
Dark Chocolate Apricot
(mixed with Greek honey yogurt, pistachios, other nuts)
Very Good for Greek yogurt; OK+ for Dark Chocolate Apricot
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.) (estimate) for 1 apricot; 4 oz. total package
Calories: 120 calories (estimate)
Cost: $4.69 for total package (4-5 pieces)
Purchased from: Whole Foods, in Los Altos, CA

Today was the start of Chocolate and Mediterranean Theme Week. Opa! There are at least 21 countries that have borders on the Mediterranean Sea; however, I'm partial to Greece, Italy and a few other cuisines I must admit, in part because these nationalities are well-represented in the U.S. Today's Greek food was wonderful. I had lunch at Daphne's Greek Cafe, on the island of Alameda in San Francisco Bay. In addition to a Greek California chicken salad -- sprinkled with pine nuts, I sampled a Caramel Pecan for dessert. Think sweetened, crunch phyllo dough (like you might find in baklava), covered in chocolate and topped with a pecan. Not gluten free, but I made an exception today.

For dinner I had some Greek honey flavored yogurt, with roasted, unsalted pistachio nuts, almond pieces, dry roasted hazelnuts and walnuts. Unfortunately, I took this dish/dessert one step too far. All was wonderful until I added this piece of organic chocolate coated apricot. This chocolate may not have been stored properly; or it may have been the unsulphured, dried fruit. I can only speculate.

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