I must be acquiring some good karma because a gourmet chocolate shop just opened across the street from my office building. Today was my first opportunity go to ogle their treats, and I wasn't disappointed at all.
Monde Chocolate has the usual case of lovely handmade truffles and chocolate covered nibbles but that's not all. Their walls are covered with shelves of gourmet chocolate bars, drinking chocolate and cooking chocolate from around the world, including Zotter Schokolade from Austria, Valrhona from France, Camille Bloch from Switzerland and an array of other world-class producers.
Zotter has some whacky novelty flavours like banana curry and bacon bits. Weird!
Monde Chocolate also has freezers and coolers with individually sized tortes, mousse and cheesecakes. And the lovely family who've opened this the store also carry their own brand of chocolate bars which are made in the store next door: Terra Nostra Organics, fair trade, guilt free. Their chocolate comes from Colombia, and they've even got three styles of vegan milk chocolate made with rice milk. They ship worldwide.
If I sound all promo! promo! promo! you have to understand that I live for chocolates and sweets. Having this place open across the street from work is like heaven opening a branch office in St. Peter's square. Yes, I am the pope of desserts, and yes, this store is a dream come true.
Now, how will I pay for all this glory? One visit and I've spent $16 on a tin of Valrhona grand cru au lait, which is now half gone (though I have shared with some of my coworkers). Yikes! I'm going to be penniless!
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