A Summer Cool Off
It’s summer time in the Pacific Northwest, and we have had been enjoying perfect weather by my standards. The days have been sunny and warm, but not too hot. From the sunsets to the views of the water and mountains, it has been just beautiful!
I feel like I have been driving north a lot lately, but when there is chocolate adventure to be had, I don’t mind at all!
This time I stayed within the US border, but got pretty darn close to our neighbors up north again with my weekend being spent at Semiahmoo Resort, near Blaine, Washington. My chocolate adventure actually took place in Bellingham, Washington, at Chocolate Necessities.
In January, we found out that Vancouver, British Columbia, holds a Hot Chocolate Festival. This is something we had to experience, so we ventured north for a fun weekend of hot chocolate sampling. Here is what we discovered:
Our first stop was at Cocoa Nymph in the Kitsialano District. We ordered Hera’s Habit, and found it be to be a smooth milk chocolate explosion with a the wonderful taste of the malted milk balls. We also tried the Bachus’ Dream. It had a light chocolate flavor, and you could feel the consistency of the wine reduction compote. It was not super sweet.
We have been thinking about the Winter Olympics a lot in the last few weeks. With the games being held in Russia this year, we couldn’t help but wonder if there had to be some connection between hot chocolate and Russia. The wintry weather scenes that fill your mind when you think about the country just beg for a steaming cup of chocolate goodness to be inserted into them. So we did some research, and we were a little surprised at what we found.
Welcome to 2014! It is a new year, and this is a special one. This year marks the games of the 22nd winter Olympiad. The Olympics are special for many reasons, including the way it brings the world’s population together to celebrate cultures from across the globe.