This morning, I stepped out into the brilliant sunshine of a gorgeous above-freezing Toronto day, paused to buy an enormous coffee so that I’d blend in with 97% of North Americans (this is one heckuva caffeinated continent), and then jumped aboard a streetcar with an episode of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! playing on my iPod.
Upon discovering that the streetcar’s route was being arbitrarily curtailed at Bathurst St, I hopped out and switched my iPod to music, because there is nothing better on a sunny crisp morning than dancing on the street en route to signing a sublet lease for a place that, as soon as you saw it, felt so perfect within your soul that you still can’t quite believe you get to live there come January.
So that’s my life update: as of today, I have keys for not only my solo December sublet, but a house for early 2013 that I’ll share with two wondrous womenfolk and (be still my heart!) a weighted digital keyboard. It’s on a gorgeous street in one of my favourite areas of Toronto, and I dream of one day going up the stairs Mary Poppins-style.
Now let’s talk chocolate.
Green and Black’s Dark Chocolate with Crystallized Ginger Pieces
The super-observant amongst you might remember this chocolate from my snowflake post, while those who’ve known me a long time might recall that I usually screw up my nose at crystallized ginger. So why did I willingly buy this Green and Black’s Organic Dark Chocolate with Crystallized Ginger Pieces? What changed my mind?
The Ginger People’s Peanut Ginger Chews. They’re pretty much the greatest thing ever (right, Lisa? Well, next to fuyu persimmons, pomegranates, and dipping a spoon into first the peanut butter jar and then a bag of mini M&Ms). And they’re single-handedly responsible for changing my mind about crystallized ginger.
That said, I didn’t love this Green and Black’s chocolate. Despite being dark chocolate, and despite ostensibly having a hefty heat-kick from the generous helping of ginger in every bite, this was far too sweet for my tastes. Sweet in a one dimensional, throat-searing way.
I haven’t minded finishing the bar by melting it into oatmeal, though.
Theo Chocolate Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate
As it’s already 9pm and I’ve got Canadialand job boards to check for new listings, I shall leave you with my original and unedited tasting notes for Theo Chocolate’s Salted Almond Dark Chocolate.
Organic. Fair Trade. First flavour notes are toffee, muscovado. Texture is thick, with a slight grain. Chocolate = subtle, mellow, enticing, salty tangy kick. Almonds PHWOAR SALTED YES THEY ARE, ooh so crispy! Super strong roasted almond flavour, almost a smokiness, gooooood.
Raspberry notes and tangy edge to the 70% chocolate, definitely red fruity acidity, bit of lemon, but not detracting from the salted nutty depth of the almonds. Which are SO CRISPY. Very salty. Not my favourite dark chocolate base, but two thumbs up for the nuts. But, really, when aren’t nuts a good thing? Exactly.