Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Weekend- Part II

Chocolate Heaven
I knew this day was going to be memorable, but I never knew just how memorable it would be! Two friends and I took Bart into San Francisco for a walking chocolate tour. The three of us are all professed chocoholics, and this tour is not for the faint of heart! We learned great info about our favorite little bean and tasted A LOT! Come along and I will show you!

Stop 1- Scharffen Berger in the Ferry Building. If you are ever in "the city" you should definately visit the Ferry Building, lots of great food stalls and shopping.

At Scharffen Berger we sampled items with lavender and other herbs in it.

Our first samples. Our tour guide mentioned that only 5 participants out of 200 have ever eaten ALL the samples on the tour. My friend took the challenge and became particpant number 6 to eat them all. I came very close, not enough milk chocolate on this tour for me though.

Stop 2- Recchiuti also in the SF Ferry Building. This was unanimously our favorite stop. Oh, the candy was sooo good. Our favorites were the candied hazelnuts, the burnt caramel and truffles. We all came home with treats from here!

Stop 3- Fog City News on Market St. It looks like a plain, old newsstand. But interestingly enough they house many specialty magazine titles from around the world. The customers said that their candy needed to represent the sophistication of their magazines. So now it is home to over 200 exotic and up-scale candy bars. There is something for everyone here. They didn't like us to take pictures in there, I am such a rebel!

A popular bar of theirs is the "bacon bar" below. We tried it, not that great to me but I don't like bacon anyway. Sweet and salty...I guess.

Font sizeStop 4- Leonida's at The Galleria (where I had my senior prom BTW). Here we sampled gourmet hot chocolate, it was really yummy! We also got a truffle of our choice.

Stop 5- Teuscher at Union Square. I am lucky to have been to a Teuscher in Zurich too. Here was one of the only places we sampled milk chocolate. We were able to try the Dom Perignon champagne truffle too.

I am a freak over Teuscher's displays. Of course because they are full of flowers.
Pure eye CANDY!
Stop 6- Chocolatier in a jewelry store on Maiden Lane. Sorry, I do not have any clue what the name of this place is called, but it was gourmet chocolate in a jewelry shop...who knew?

We sampled some interesting stuff here. How about chocolate with chili peppers? Or chocolate covered peppercorns? I really liked the chocolate with orange and ginger.
Stop 7- Final stop- Cocoa Bella Here I really noticed the artistry of chocolate makers.

No lie! At this point I could not hold my camera still since my hands were shaking so bad from sugar! It's too bad since there were some really cool things to see! Sorry!

Thank you for joining me on my wonderful San Francisco cholcolate walking tour! I recommend doing this for anyone who loves chocolate. Oh, I will be taking a tour like this in Paris one day!

Stay tuned for part 3 of my weekend! You will not want to miss it! Oh, by the way, if you are wondering how much I paid for my china...$20! A steal!


Leslie said...

Those are the grossest pics of me!! It was a great trip though!

Laura said...

Great pics and what fun! I will have to do that tour one day! How was the spa afterwards? Thank you for sharing!!

Carissa said...

What a fun day. I love your new china.