Monday, January 1, 2018

Alexander's Patisserie - Chocolate Pillow dessert - Jan. 1, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Alexander's Patisserie
Chocolate Pillow dessert
Good +++ - Very Good
Weight: unknown
Calories: unknown
Cost: $10.00 (per website) for 1 dessert
Purchased from: Alexander's Patisserie, Mountain View, CA

Welcome to 2018! and Day #13 of Chocolate, Holiday Spices and Maple Theme Week.

This fancy, Chocolate Pillow dessert was purchased on a sunny winter day at Alexander's Patisserie (Mountain View, CA).

Filled with light, airy chocolate mousse, this Valrhona*-based chocolate dessert was luxurious and delicious.

The dark chocolate mousse-filled "pillow" was resting on what appeared to be a caramelized chocolate rice cake bed, and was topped with a small, thin chocolate square.

Aside from a light touch of nutty/hazelnut flavor in a few bites and crispy texture of the base, this was all decadent, velvety chocolate.

Meanwhile, up North people are getting ready for the February-March maple season. I raised my glass to these winter harvesters, as I poured a small drizzle of maple syrup into a hot spiced chai tea.

*Alexander's Patisserie uses Valrhona (French) chocolate for almost all their chocolates and chocolate-based desserts.

Organic Gemini - TigerNut Cacao Bean Smoothie Mix - Dec. 31, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Organic Gemini TigerNut Smoothie Mix
Weight: 2 TB (22 g.) / 9.3 oz. (264 g.) in total package
Calories: 40 calories in 1 serving
Cost: $14.99 for 1 package
Purchased from: Whole Foods Market, Berkeley, CA

Welcome to Day #12 of Chocolate, Holiday Spice and Maple Theme Week(s).

Cacao beans come from a fruit, and tiger nuts come from...not a tiger, but a tuber.

Today's 5-ingredient, organic Tigernut Cacao Bean Smoothie Mix was from Organic Gemini (Brooklyn, NY) and was sweetened with maple sugar.*

Organic Gemini founders, George and Mariam, developed offerings that incorporated Organic TigerNuts—a nutritious root vegetable—as part of their own journey to wellness.

I mixed this organic, paleo, vegan, kosher and nut and gluten free smoothie mix into a glass of organic milk. The drink had a slight vegetable and cocoa aroma, and slight fine-grained texture until mixed well. Letting the mixture sit for 20 min. seemed to improve flavor and texture. It had a pleasant cocoa flavor, healthy/satisfying "feeling" and no aftertaste.

Happy New Year's Eve to all who celebrate. Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy 2018.

Ingredients: Whole ground TigerNuts (Cyperus esculentus)*, pea protein powder*, cacao powder,* maple sugar*, vanilla bean powder*

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