husband's art opening where I was conducting a chocolate tasting in the back rooms as well as a puerh introduction without brewing. I met a Russian who loves shu through his Moldovan roommate but I save this story for another time. It's been a full week as my husband's awesome 52 foot commission was finally unveiled. (Now I can finally start hinting to husband about a new tea cabinet...)
Today I was privy to a leprechaun party thrown by Pinky McDougal in the Mission which gave me cause to finally check out Dandelion Chocolate- a cafe/bakery in a bean-to-bar chocolate mini-factory. I had started the day with a filled-to-order cream donut and since I went to bed yesterday without dessert, I continued on with two more desserts to warm up before the party. You never know what the dessert situation is at a party.
At Dandelion, they serve up a fresh fruit smoothie of the white pulp surrounding the cacao bean. It's refreshing and slightly sour- very much like the juice of the cashew apple. My husband felt it was unremarkable if it weren't for the fact that it was from a cacao. I prefer white sapote or soursop but it's fun to try it at least once.
They also serve one of the best flourless chocolate cakes in the Americas. They wouldn't sell me an entire cake so I had to bring a measly four slices to the party. I may flash mob them with my girl friends next week and buy up all their cake. Mouawahaaha. I have many evil plans in my note book.
You can see the sacks of beans, the winnower and the roaster in the back ground. It's an all very romantic cafe where you can hold hands, enjoy delicious cacao products while watching chocolate being made.
In Hawaii, I saw cacao beans at the farmer's markets- only a dollar each. But the pulp had dried too much on the ones I bought. I thought I would ferment, dry and roast them but it was mighty humid and I was much too indolent for such laborious activity.