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Have yourself a porky Christmas!

16 Dec

This meat nativity photo is thanks to a blog post in the Slog.

Odd but interesting.

Just like this bacon chocolate which a colleague could not resist buying from Dave’s Fresh Pasta yesterday after staring at it for months.

Needless to say.  I am the only one who liked the salty, rather than bacony bits in it.  Could make a good (and expensive) Christmas gift for a chocolate lover.

Good thing Christians are not against pork. Merry Christmas and happy meatings!


Pho, chocolate and beer = happiness

28 Aug

Lunch was fresh and hearty with Vietnamese rolls and plentiful, steaming pho with sauces and toppings and a complimentary avocado shake at Orlando’s ViMi district this afternoon.

Food expert Scott Joseph joined us at popular local restaurant Pho 88, shared valuable food and dining insights and gave us copies of his book the Orlando Restaurant Guide.

Then we headed to an unique chocolate shop in picturesque downtown. Farris and Forster’s was a chocoholic’s heaven where we got to get out hands dirty – making our own chocolates – with some help from co-owner John Foster Lanenga and his staff.

An hour after handling truffle, nuts, fruits and dark and milk melted chocolate, we left giddily with boxes of our own creations.

It’s no surprise that it’s popular among children and adults alike with the calendar packed with birthday parties and date nights.

Next stop – Florida’s only certified organic microbrewery.

President and self-proclaimed beer snob John Creek let us taste their local brews and gave us a personalized tour of the hidden gem Orlando Brewing Co. Too bad they don’t preserve and transport yet – I could start craving the golden wheat brew Miami Wise back in Boston…

Cupcake bar in Needham

18 Aug
Wicked Local staff photo by David Gordon

It looks decadent and can be had at the Treat Chocolate Bar now open in Needham Center, according to a review from Needham Times:

Treat Cupcake Bar features ready-made cupcakes, but also gives people the chance to design their own cupcakes. Customers can pick the cake, the frosting and any ingredients they want mixed in — from coconut to gummy worms.

Treat Cupcake Bar
1450 Highland Ave.
Needham, MA 02494.

Eat chocolate, buy Taza Dollars for flood help

26 Jul

Support Taza Chocolate’s flood recovery and shop for delicious chocolate and other great Taza stuff. Taza Dollars are $10 shopping certificates printed on recycled Taza 80% Stone Ground Bar wrappers, good toward any purchase at the soon-to-be-opened Taza Factory Store. Buying Taza Dollars is a great way to help Taza generate much-needed cash for their post-flood rebuild and get some of our signature stone ground chocolate treats for yourself. Taza Dollars also make a terrific gift for Boston-area chocolate lovers and buy-local supporters.

Taza Dollars are good at the Taza Factory Store only, and are not valid online. The new store will be located at 561 Windsor St. in Somerville (expected opening Aug-Sept, 2010). Taza Dollars have no expiration date, but the entire value of a Taza Dollars certificate must be used on a single purchase. No balance can be carried and they have no cash value.

Taza Chocolate
561 Windsor St.
Somerville, MA 02143-4192