Archive for chocolate

Chocolate Covered Bacon

Posted in Portland with tags , , on April 27, 2009 by Donna Arriaga

Ooooh yeah.  Chocolate and bacon… a couple of my favorite things.

But together?!?

Admittedly, a teeny bit of doubt crept through my mind before taking that first brave bite.  But once those sweet, salty flavors hit my tongue, intrigue took over.  Immediately following sweet and salty comes a smooth smoky flavor that pairs deliciously with bitter sweet chocolate.

Overall, pretty damn good.  The only improvement I’d like to see is a bit of toasted ancho chillies infused into that chocolate.  Mmmm… I can already taste it.  The rich earthiness of toasted anchos highlighting those smoky flavors. Yeah. Then comes the heat.

Sometimes I really hate being a food snob

Posted in Portland with tags , on September 29, 2008 by Donna Arriaga

I looked over at it.  A luscious serving of rich, chocolate goodness.

Instantly, my mind registered Chocolate Mousse. One of my favorites. My mouth began to salivate as I could feel the velvety, whipped cream over my tongue.  The tangy, bittersweetness of dark cocoa was balanced with just the right amount of not-too-much sugar and a splash of vanilla.

Yes. I could taste it all. And I wanted it now.

Well, I reached over. Grabbed myself a serving and plunged in the ‘ol spoon. I took one bite and my food fantasy was immediately crushed by a concoction of sad impostors…

Instead of luscious chocolate mousse, the brown stuff that was sitting on my tongue had the distinct aftertaste of instant pudding… that dull, sort-of chocholate flavoring.  And the texture was anything but velvety.  Instead, the gummy texture was most likely attributable to modified food starch, or one of its many wicked step sisters… cellulose gel, carrageenan, etc.  And the fluff? Probably Cool Whip.

How to kill a chocolate bunny

Posted in Portland with tags , on March 29, 2008 by Donna Arriaga

A great little instructional video on what to do with all those post-Easter bunnies just taking up space…

Did the music get you down? Cuz I’ve gotta admit…
I almost felt sorry for the little bunny — the weeping, melting eyes and all. But then, seconds later, I would remember yesterday’s trek through Freddies where the discount table was littered with a slew of broken, decapitated bunnies.

THEN, my only resounding thought was: Where’s my iron?!
Okay, my other thought was: I wish I had a garbage disposal.

Yeah, now I’m primed for this version – Death Metal Remix

My Vote? After careful consideration, my preference goes to the first video. The melodrama got me. All that high drama over a little chocolate bunny. Priceless.