Seeing it's nearly Easter, I thought chocolate might be an appropriate topic for this post!
My question to you: what's the best chocolate you've ever had?
Mine would have to be these orgasmic morsels of delight from Puccini Bomboni in Amsterdam when I visited there last year. I've had some good chocolate in my time, but nothing prepared me for this!
I'm sure you can imagine from this photo how utterly heavenly the shop smelled.
I only tried two things from here - yes, I too am amazed at my restraint - one on each day! The first one I tried was the calvados, and then I had the cinnamon. Oh my. My tongue is quivering right now from the memory of it.
It's funny, when the chocolate is of this sterling quality, you don't want to be a pig about it and absolutely gorge. You want to savour every single skerrick. And one delicious, rich mouthful is just about all you need. Unlike something like, I don't know, Roses, where yes they're nice, but they are sweet rather than decadent. And I know decadent is what I'd go for any day! I would rather treat myself to the very best occasionally, rather than have cheaper, lower-quality stuff three or four times a week!
Unfortunately, Puccini Bomboni don't have a shop in London :( So to quelch my chocolate cravings on a less extravagant basis, I tend to go for this:
I also love Green & Black's Maya Gold. It reminds me of when I first moved to London and I had a little bar on my writing desk, and would break off a chunk when I'd written a page (it was my incentive!).
This Easter, my mother has sent over the one chocolate I miss most from home:
Seeing it cost $25AUD (ouch! Sorry Mum!) to send two blocks of it over here, I will ration it very slowly! The Christmas Top Deck only ran out last week! How restrained am I?! :P
Overall, I think chocolate is wonderful. A life without it is not worth thinking about! Like everything in life, get the best you can afford and enjoy it.
I hope you all have a lovely Easter, with just the right amount of decadence.