Posted 22 May 2006 - 03:06 PM
Like, I'd love to go to Oaxaca, and to the chocolate museum in Barcellona, and to Ecuador to a plantation, etc. etc.
I know that Vintage chocolates offers a "University of chocolate" in Ecuador, that is a couse of study in chocolate making from the tree to the bar. I was signed up to go last year but couldn't afford it. I'd love to hear from anyone who has gone there, or about other places I can dream about and maybe get to one day.
Posted 22 May 2006 - 03:39 PM
Thanks to e-msg's suggestion I took the tour/tasting at Scharffenberger in Berkeley. A bay-area don't miss.
Recchiuti at the SF Ferry Terminal Bldg is fantastic and worth the trouble, but who needs them when we have the above-named locals?
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Posted 22 May 2006 - 05:27 PM
Torino is definitely a bit of chocolate heaven at the foothills of the Italian Alps. Here, there is a love affair between great chocolate and hazelnuts called gianduiotto.
Peyrano Chocolates even offers chocolate covered coffee beans (not as good as Sahagun MegaPills - no Stumptown HairBenders to be had)!
Also chocolate drinks... Cioccolato Caldo (hot chocolate, extra-thick and creamy) and Bicerin (like a mocha with a double hit of exceptional quality chocolate and heavy cream floating atop)!
Posted 22 May 2006 - 06:51 PM
btw, those prices are pesos, so you're talking $2.70 per kilo.
The greatest service chemistry has rendered to alimentary science, is the discovery of osmazome, or rather the determination of what it was. ~Brillat-Savarin
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Co-Author, Artisan Jewish Deli at Home
Formerly, Kenny & Zuke's
Posted 23 May 2006 - 07:39 PM
I believe I read of a U-Chocolate-Ecuador on echocolates.com. Is that the one? I'd love to go!
That is the program. I'd love to hear from anyone who has been. Part of last year's experience was with a prof. at a Quito University, who talked about some of the early medicial uses of chocolate. And they saw monkeys... I really like monkeys.
Posted 29 May 2006 - 08:50 AM
You cannot legislate compassion into your fellow man (or woman, as the case may be), but we should at least attempt to create a society in which each individual has the opportunity to realize his or her potential. If we meet our citizens' needs for Health Care and Education, everything else will take care of itself. --Me