4 March 2014
Chocolating Mardi Gras
a href=”http://www.cupidalleychoc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/galette-rois-chocolat-02.jpg”>For too many people chocolate is only about excess. Even though they refuse to consider subtleties, we still feel compelled to dedicate to them a few words of advice on celebrating Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, and the IHOP co-oped National Pancake Day) with caloric cacao celebrations.
We note that many of this ilk also consider the Mardi Gras parade as an excuse for personal excess. They will do anything to collect a few more plastic beads. However, everyone will be much happier with focus on perfecting a holiday-appropriate Chocolate King Cake, perhaps taking inspiration from Cajun Chef Ryan MORE…
13 February 2014
Cover Your Lover (in Chocolate, Of Course)
A return to the roots of Valentine’s Day — the Roman ides of February holiday, Lupicalia, with its nakedness, goat sacrifices, whipping women in the streets, and lots of wine — would make 14 February a very different kind of celebration. One with a bit more innovation and adventurousness than we or you will likely see tomorrow.
30 January 2014
Up for the Game, Down for the Party Food
The biggest disappointment [so far] about Stupendous BowlTM XLVIII is that because the New Orleans Saints didn’t make it, we really don’t have a legitimate angle on which to wax rhapsodic on bourbon chocolate balls as a pre-, during-, and post-game snack.
On the good side, that teams from Washington and Colorado made it — both states that have recently legalized small amounts of personally consumed marijuana — does allow us to throw in three recipe references we otherwise wouldn’t to: MORE…
What if there were televised spectacularish playoffs for chocolate, similar to our inexorable yearly slog to pro football’s SUPERBOWL next Roman numeral , which will have its shadow money-college bro beginning next year? Can we live with ourselves with one “winner,” particularly if it means we have to face that we prefer crappy to better chocolate? MORE…
8 January 2014
The Chocolate Freeze
Isn’t it only natural the mind would fixate on frozen chocolate given the current weather conditions? It is for us, and thus, to avoid focusing on the freeze, we went internetting for FC news.
… and we discovered that she-of-one-name Giada recommends frozen chocolate chips [at article’s end] as a weight maintenance trick?
… additionally, there’s a mom (author @CarrieMGoldman) trapped in Chicago who used every dish MORE…
Should we prepare for the big day by making batches of triple chocolate granola our breakfast every day? Would it be better to channel the spirit of so many overwhelmed shoppers and kvetch? In this case lamenting the traditional way of counting down with whinging about chocolate Advent calendars being a sham as thechocolate is usually crap? And in that spirit of desultory countdown, should we fwo wup frm eating too many (any?) “limited edition” White Chocolate Pringles or await the promise of the more sophisticated Japanese French Fries dipped in chocolate scheduled to debut 9 January?
26 November 2013
Giving More Thanks (Next Year) for Chocolate
The problem with Thanksgiving is also its strength: TRADITION. They don’t get started very easily.
So, it’s mostly the same food year after year. Not that this is a necessarily bad thing, but it does leave out enough (in our opinion) chocolate. So, since it is hard to start traditions and you don’t want to throw something into the mix that might just fail, the days after [Chocolate] Turkey Day [Earlier: Not Yet Ready for Chocolate Turkeys] when all ingredients are on hand is perhaps the best time to chocxperiment for next year.
21 November 2013
It Says “Crunchy Frog,” Can’t You Read?
With appropriate hullabaloo, the Monty Pythons announce a reunion, scheduled for summer 2014. We can’t help but think that the appropriate catering would be the Whizzo Chocolate Assortment:
Turns out MP has more to say, and they have bills to pay … and so say all of us!
31 October 2013
Horror, but Not Horrible Chocolate
There is a time and place for chocolate … and for many that is today’s Halloweenapalooza. And there is a time and place for horror … (see above). For those whose All Hallows eve is the time for a horror update to the more refined observance, but not the place for the crapchocolate that is passed out in “fun sized” globs, then we suggest some horror in keeping with the chocolate theme, or an evening’s entertainment spiced up (and down and in fact run through) by Masters of Horror: Chocolate, the unsettling 2005 teleplay of a young divorcee aromatically and psychicly linked to a beautiful, deadly woman. It was written and directed by Masters of Horror creator Mick Garris, director of The Standand The Shining: MORE
22 October 2013
Ate Through Any Good Books Recently?
Publication of The Mast Brothers collection of stories and recipes Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook is the news in the Venn Diagram of chocolate and book circles. However, it shouldn’t be discounted how much the power of beards, as displayed in their sales video, helps catapult the gourmet chocolatista authors onto best seller charts.
The buzz around the book and authors is a reminder of a fantasy MORE…
Just found the press release, and October is “Chocolate Heritage Month” in Santa Lucia, a hey-why-not-visit isle of fun in the eastern Caribbean featuring cacao plantation tours, chocolate making from scratch, and a chocolate infused gourmet meal and a (non-chocolate, but by color keeping with the theme) sulphur springs mud bath.
As far as tourism goes that is nowhere near as exciting as visiting the site of a possible, extended chocolate war. Ecuador and Peru MORE…
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