Thanks for being my friend! I was just at Caputo's last week, after being directed there by Adam (I saw that you had a run-in with him as well). It's a small world. I hope to meet ya'll at some point!
There are numerous great bars from great chocolate makers. As a complete line though, I'm probably most impressed by Michel Cluizel. I love thir purity of vision and the fact that on the whole, they are very true to the beans with which they work.
Glad to hear you got to try some new things. The young guy who helped you was Adam. He has only been working in our market for a month and knew nothing about chocolate before! You would have been really amazed if one of our veteran chocophiles got a hold of you.
I agree that the Guayas is mind blowing. Be sure to think of me when you read the info on the back, because I wrote it for Art. Keep in touch.