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ChocoVivo - stone ground, bean to bar chocolate in Los Angeles, CA

ChocoVivo, just ten minutes east of Venice, is the first bean to bar chocolate manufacturer I’ve found in LA.

For the full story (including taste-testing!) come on over to The Chocolate Tourist blog.…

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on May 16, 2014 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Allergic... to Cocolate??

Maybe not! Listing common ingredients in "chocolate" that could be inducing symptoms. Do you or a friend suffer from the following? 

It's all at The Chocolate Tourist blog.…

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on May 9, 2014 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Potomac Chocolate in Woodbridge, Virginia

Potomac is the first chocolate maker I ever interviewed. My friend Valerie and I met Ben Rasmussen and got to watch him make chocolate. From scratch.

A one-man bean to bar maker with a childlike joy in the process of making good chocolate!

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on May 7, 2014 at 11:20pm — No Comments

Candy Contents: Name That Ingredient!

Chocolate was first enjoyed as a drink. Mash up some cocoa beans, add water and some other exciting ingredients (sugar, spices, corn) and yum, it’s dessert for kings and queens.

But now we usually eat chocolate in a bar. Did you ever wonder how that came to be? No? Well, I’ll tell you anyway. Read all about it.

Added by The Chocolate Tourist on April 25, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Middlebury Chocolates in Vermont

I subscribed to Standard Cocoa's monthly chocolate delivery service, and my first box contained Middlebury Chocolates! Small batches of handmade bean to bar chocolate.

Good stuff!…

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on April 23, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Book Review: "Chocolate Chocolate," by Frances Park & Ginger Park

I hope you will love this book as much as I did! A charming memoir of 25 years in business at the Washington, DC chocolate shop of the same name. A boost to every entrepreneur, dreamer, and chocolate lover.

Read all about it!

Added by The Chocolate Tourist on April 13, 2014 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Chocolate Chocolate - family-run shop in DC

What do you call the neighborhood shop that represents the dreams, hard work, family loyalty, and enduring passion for chocolate of two very special sisters? Chocolate Chocolate.

Read all about it on The Chocolate Tourist blog!…

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on April 9, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Chocolate Chase - looking for chocolate in all the wrong places

...and finding it (eventually).

A morning in Georgetown leads us on a wild goose chase! But chocolate always comes through in the end.

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on April 2, 2014 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Monday Mug: Magic Chocolate Elixir (Zero Calories!)

Ahhh, Monday! The first day of a new week. The first week of a new month.

The first opportunity for hot chocolate. And joke recipes!

 

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on April 1, 2014 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Chocolate-scouting in San Diego, CA

San Diego is so cute.

Between the sunshine, the water, the palm trees, and the colorful little neighborhoods dotting the landscape, San Diego beckons to visitors and makes you want to explore. Since I was there for the race last weekend, I went in search of chocolate.

And I found Caxao Artisan Chocolates in Little Italy, as…

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on March 26, 2014 at 8:21pm — No Comments

Tifa Chocolate in Agoura Hills, CA

Drinking chocolate, gelato, killer cappuccino, and handmade chocolates with striking ingredients like whiskey, or red peppers. All packaged in a southern California smile.

Is Tifa the ideal chocolate shop? Probably. But we won’t say that until we’ve tried all of them.

Blue cheese and honey? Basil and white chocolate? Surprise your taste buds with warm atmosphere and innovative flavors of Tifa Chocolates in Agoura Hills, CA | The Chocolate Tourist blog

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on March 19, 2014 at 11:48am — No Comments

Monday Mug: Bailey's Irish Chocolate

Get your fresh hot chocolate recipe on Mondays! Courtesy of The Chocolate Tourist.

I may not be Irish, but I can still appreciate a country that brings us Guinness, sheep farmers and Chris O’Dowd. And Saint Patrick’s Day is for everyone, right? Today we raise a glass to himself, full of chocolate and touched with Irish cream.

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on March 17, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Experiencing Kollar Chocolates in the Napa Valley

Wine and chocolate, anyone? In today's tour, The Chocolate Tourist producer Leanne Westphal invites you to brave the rain and taste Kollar's red wine truffles, milk chocolate ganache, and dark chocolate with Grand Marnier.

It doesn't hurt that Chef Kollar himself came out to offer a sample! What service.

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on March 12, 2014 at 6:22pm — No Comments

John Kelly Chocolates in Hollywood, California

In Hollywood, the air is thick with Oscar prep so I got downtown earlier this week to scope out the chocolate situation.

JKC signature truffle fudge is basically fudge covered in Callebaut and topped with sea salt. Unique, decadent, and delicious! Take a look at the full post for pictures, tasting, and the full story:

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on February 26, 2014 at 9:24pm — No Comments

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