Sunday, January 29, 2017

Gertrude's - Black Forest Torte - Jan. 29, 2017

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

Black Forest Torte
Good +++ - Very Good
Weight: unknown
Calories: unknown
Cost: $7.95 (estimate) for 1 serving
Purchased from: Gertrude's, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Paris Rendez-vous
Chocolate Fish - Peanut Butter
Macaron - Murre et Chocolat (a taste of the forest)
Purchased from: Paris Rendez-vous, Phoenix, AZ

Welcome to Day #3 of DEFGHIJK Theme Week. Today was "F" day.

I'm traveling this week and it wasn't practical to bring a container of chocolate fondue with me. So, I packed a chocolate frog mold and some fennel, in case I had to make my own chocolate on the fly. However, I needn't have worried.

I found two "forest"-oriented chocolates, and one "fish" chocolate to enjoy in the Phoenix area. This morning we enjoyed a Black Forest Torte from Gertrude's, a farm-to-table restaurant located at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ. (Photos didn't do this dessert justice. It would've looked a lot lovelier on the original plate, vs. jostled around in the "to go" box. So, my apologies to Gertrude's.) And this modern take on black forest cake with dark chocolate curls was fantastic.

The second "taste of the forest" came in the form of a French macaron (murre et chocolat) from the Paris Rendez-vous, a French-style sweet shop in Phoenix, where I also found a chocolate Fish with a peanut butter filling.

Madelaine - Milk Chocolate Emoticons - Jan. 28, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

The Madelaine Chocolate Company
Milk Chocolate Emoticons
Good - Good +
Weight: .88 oz. (24.9 g.) (estimate) for 3 pieces
Calories: 132 calories (estimate) in 3 pieces
Cost: $N/A - samples
Purchased from: N/A - samples from show

Welcome to Day #2 of D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K Theme Week.

Yes, that's right; I'm featuring chocolates + items that start with the letters D, E, F, G, H, I, J and/or K this week.

Yesterday ("D" for Dark chocolate) was fun. And, for today ("E") I struggled to find a chocolate elephant, but was unsuccessful. Fortunately, I found a surprise "e" item at last weekend's Fancy Food Show in San Francisco--Milk Chocolate Emoticons.

Emoticons are popular, digital "faces" with simple cartoon expressions used to communicate emotion (see also emojis) and these expressions were wrapped around small, solid, milk chocolate balls.

Individually wrapped in yellow foil, these Emoticons from The Madelaine Chocolate Company (Rockaway Beach, NY) came in several expressions: happy face, surprised face, in love face, and so on.

Happily, these milk chocolates tasted better than I expected. Novelty and seasonal chocolates in the past have not always been known for the high-quality chocolate.

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