Well my answer was pretty safe, "I love chocolates because it makes my day deliciously sweet." I didn't want to shout my undying love for chocolates on the first date.
After our love declarations for chocolates and pictures taken, l noticed that chocolates were everywhere. There were different variants of Van Houten chocolates on the bar, on the tables and on the walls. Yes on the walls!
My Van Houten memories are the round chocolate covered chocolate balls with whole roasted almonds inside and they are placed in this red, sturdy metal box. Apparently, these chocolates are still available but they are re-packaged into small plastic pouches. (I was a little disappointed about this.)
|Chicken mole Negro|
|Taco with chocolate enchilada|
While waiting for the Chocolate tasting event to start, the waiters served several hors d'oevres including Chicken Mole Negro which used Van Houten chocolate as its sauce. Another appetizer using Van Houten chocolate in the menu is taco with a chocolate enchilada.
Before the third Van Houten dish was served, the host Ms. Lori Baltazar together with French Chef Patrice Freuslon joined the guests for a chocolate tasting event paired with espressos. This event is called Cocoaphilia which literally means love for cocoa. As we all know, chocolates are made from cocoa, ergo, Cocoaphilia is synonymous to love for chocolates.
|Host Lori Baltazar walking us through chocolate tasting|
|Van Houten Chocolates with a shot of espresso|
After appreciating the food with our eyes, we then proceeded to smelling our chocolate and coffee. We took a whiff of our chocolates followed by a waft of the coffee.
Hold your horses, its not yet time to eat. We haven't eaten with our ears. And yes, you can tell the freshness of good chocolate by listening to it. This is actually something I usually practice every time I eat chocolates. However, I don't break chocolates with my fingers. I take a bite and listen to it snap in between my teeth (can you imagine that? I can and I always do that's why I eat a bar a day) and then when I hear that beautiful cracking sound then I know that chocolate is going to melt just finely inside my mouth (salivating, ewww but its true). However, if the chocolate has a dull sound then that means the chocolate is old (euphoric image gone).
Feast your eyes with bars of Van Houten Chocolates!
|All these chocolates and more!|
And last but not the least, for dessert we were served chocolatinis, which are actually chocolate sponge cakes. The sponge cake came in two variants: dark and light brown cake. The cake was light and fluffy to complement the strong tastes of coffee and chocolate we just had.
To check out updates on Cocoaphilia Philippines, you can like them on facebook following the link below: http://www.facebook.com/
P.S. I don't mind sharing my pictures. Chocolates are meant to be shared and enjoyed. The only thing I do hope is we practice also the value of respect (That means cite my post as the source) and we will have a long and prosperous life together with chocolates...