• At the Royal Bison and the Westmount CL Hall this weekend.

    At the Royal Bison and the Westmount CL Hall this weekend.

    We will be at two locations this weekend. On Sat and Sun, Dec 1st and 2nd, Chocophilia products will be out in force at the Royal Bison Craft and Art Fair. It is just north of the Strathcona Farmer’s Market. This is a great place to look for local, handmade stuff! On Sunday, Dec 2nd,…

  • Tastes better with a double dose of nutella

    Turin and Nutella Brownies

    Two weeks ago, Cyrus and I went to Turin for the Slow Food Festival.  While we were there, we sampled many regional Italian specialties like wine, cheese, prosciutto and a type of chocolate called Gianduja.  Giaduja was invented in the mid 19th century in Turin when there was a shortage of cocoa beans.  The locals…

  • New look for our blog. What do you think?

    We just upgraded our blog to the latest version of WordPress, and a new template called “Fanwood”. Also added a lightbox feature for photos (just click on a photo and use the arrow keys to see all the pictures in a post). What do you think of the new features? Any requests?

  • Mexico City Treats

    Churreria “El Morro” The first thing we did when we got to Mexico City was go for churros and hot chocolate. Mexico City is crowded and hectic and I couldn’t face it without some ammunition. El Moro is an old school Churreria that’s been around since 1934. The atmosphere is no nonsense cafeteria style with…

  • The Tokyo Salon du Chocolat

    It’s been 8 years since I was in Japan last and have been enjoying every minute since our arrival 2 weeks ago(hence the long pause in blog postings). One of the things I was really looking forward to was getting at some good chocolate in Tokyo. All my European favorites are here including Hevin, Marcolini,…

  • Marou Chocolate, bean to bar in Ho Chi Minh City

    Marou Chocolate, bean to bar in Ho Chi Minh City

    (After visiting Hoi An and Nha Trang, we headed back to Saigon for our final first true cacao encounter in Asia) Back in October we were contacted by Samuel Maruta, a chocolate maker in Vietnam, who had seen our blog. He had invited us to visit his operation in Saigon. Over e-mail we were able…

  • Chocolate in Hoi An

    Chocolate in Hoi An

    It’s been a while since I’ve had chocolate and the bar of Beschle 64% with pistachios and salt that I purchased in Singapore was polished off weeks ago. I am in Hoi An, a picturesque but touristy town in central Vietnam which for hundreds of years served as a major port to Portuguese, Japanese and…

  • Vietnam

    The food in Vietnam is amazing. I don’t know how I can even begin to describe my feelings as I taste one delectable dish after another. In short, I feel like I’ve come home. It’s a strange feeling since I’ve never been here, nor have I ever really tasted proper Vietnamese food save the odd…

  • Cacao and coconut

    Cacao and coconut

    We are taking a package tour on the Mekong Delta. These tours always stop at tourist traps where they demonstrate handicraft or candy making. On our tour we stopped at a coconut taffy making workshop but to my surprise, there is cocoa growing in the surrounding plantation. Mekong River Cacao! Who knew? I asked our…