Rogue Review in WSJ

January 22, 2009

HispaniolaI just read a review for a few single-origin chocolate bars in the WSJ.  The reviewer covered Burdick Chocolate, Rogue Chocolatier, Theo and Nirvana.  I have enjoyed all but the Burdick.  The review he gave Rogue made me stop in my tracks.  I have had many friends and family taste both bars from Rogue –> the Hispaniola and Sambirano — and all have favored the former by far.  This is not to say the Sambriano is not delicious as well, but the Hispaniola really delivers a different and exciting taste experience.

Check out the WSJ article and see what you think.  Let me know your opinions!


Chocolate at the Fancy Food Show – Winter 2009

January 20, 2009

I just got back from the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco! Delicious treats and incredible tastes were tempting me at every turn at the show, but I was interested in one thing…chocolate! Luckily I had my agenda planned out and I made a bee-line for my favorite locations. I also called up a few people and made sure I got a chance to talk with the people who actually make the chocolate. Imagine that! I will be posting a few articles in the coming days about particular happenings of the show…so stay tuned!

Rogue Chocolate…new release!

January 16, 2009

My relationship with Rogue Chocolatier started just a few months ago, but it has been heaven right from the start.  This American bean-to-bar chocolate maker is fashioning some incredible bars in a tiny warehouse space in Minnesota.  After tasting his bars, it is hard to believe he has only been in business for two years! 

Colin Gasko, the owner/chocolatier of Rogue, announced the release of his new 70% Rio Caribe bar made of select Trinitario cacao from the eastern part of Venezuela that nearly touches Trinidad.  This particular lot is from a single estate, one of the oldest family-owned cacao businesses in Venezuela.  The bars will be shipped out January 26, 2009 to select retailers.  Rogue will be the first US company to create a single origin Rio Caribe bar.  I am excited to taste this new creation and will review it as soon as it comes!

Electronics, Porn and Chocolate!

January 15, 2009

Licking the chocolate fountain at BellagioWhere was I last weekend?  Celebrating a world of fun in Sin City.  My good friend that I have known since childhood was working the Alpine booth at CES in Vegas and invited us to come visit him at the show.  Pass this up?  Not a chance!  So a high school friend of mine and I jumped in the car and headed to the bright lights of Vegas for a weekend of fun and frolic. 

Of course, chocolate was on the list of things to do.  Along with porn.  Wait…what?  Well, most everyone knows that CES coincides with the AVN AEE (Adult Entertainment Expo) and the AVN Adult Movie Awards.  My cup runneth over.

We woke on Saturday and hit Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill for a fantastic lunch.  I couldn’t eat it everyday, but it was yummy.  Then we went over to the Bellagio and saw the world record 27` chocolate fountain at Jean Phillipe Patisserie where they sell crepes, gelato, truffles and cakes along with other items.  I hear the crepes are good, but we were so full from lunch we didn’t have the room to try them!  The chocolate was decent –> creamy, smooth.  We didn’t like the flavor of either dark truffle we selected:  pistachio and raspberry.  Overall:  didn’t like the truffles.World Record chocolate fountain

Oh well!  We tried to make it to the AEE, but arrived late.  So we went out to meet friends at the Hofbrauhaus.  We got their great German beer and Jagerschnitzel, but were not prepared for a special appearance by The Hoff!  Yes, the Hoffmeister came to sing to the drunken crowd.  Outstanding!

Then we found out another friend was having his bachelor party in Vegas that night so we went to the Mandalay Bay to crash the party .  While we were in the hallway of the hotel, the AVN Adult Movie Award attendees were coming out of the show.  I danced with them to persuade them to come to the bachelor party –> no takers.  Sorry!  I tried!

On Sunday we went to CES and checked out the wonderful array of electronics being brought out by all the big companies and got home just as the sun was going down.