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I thought loganberrybunny might be interested to note the existence of the Academy of Chocolate, whose aims seem noble; to:

Encourage chocolate lovers to ‘look beyond the label’ to differentiate between chocolate confectionery and ‘real’ chocolate;
to improve the standard and knowledge of chocolate in the UK by promoting an understanding of the ingredients of chocolate, through the chain, from bean to bar;
to encourage the transparent sourcing of cocoa beans from the plantations, and their production in socially fair and environmentally undamaging conditions.

I did enjoy their Choco Police Blog entry: "A shopping mall in Olathe, Kansas, was evacuated after a woman robbed a bank with a box of chocolates. The woman walked up to a cashier at the Capitol Federal Bank and said the box contained an explosive and demanded money. She got away with an undisclosed sum, but after X-raying the package, the bomb squad discovered it contained chocolates and harmless wires."

(I was led there via Saturday's purchase of one of Rococo Chocolate's bars, their Arabic spices variety; "Organic dark chocolate with 65% cocoa solids. To begin, a cinnamon flavour, which evolves into a deeper scent of cloves and nutmeg. Long lasting." Review to follow, even if it'll likely be just a paws up or down - I'm generally quite awful at composing meaningful criticism, as food's so much about impressions and emotions for me, not to mention the settings. And after all, what may ring one person's bell might leave another entirely cold, though one would hope the glory of something like, say, Westvleteren Abt.12 would resonate with anyone with a pulse =:)

A couple pics of the kitchen, meanwhile. ^_^ I should note what's behind the doors, but I'll leave that for another day. =:) Suffice to say, I'd never have expected to find a furnished rental so well equipped - but then, the owners did seem to have a passion for good food. I just happened to luck out on finding this place, and so close to the office. The links go to (more or less) 1024x768, and the full res to about 3500x2500. The fullres ones aren't all that much more data, and convey that much more visual detail. ^_^ (Wow. I'd forgotten how hideous LJ's gallery upload UI is.. remind me to get a good package set up on my domain. Which might include Coppermine, if if can be configured for bulk downloads. I'm tired of web interfaces that make multiple image downloads far more tedious than an old ftp mget ever would be)

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Arabic spices chocolate, now that does sound inviting. I am immediately urged to think of Melange, the spice from Dune.

How I would love to finally sample the delights of Westvleteren Abt.12. Perhaps attend another Maifest or the Great British Beer Festival to whet my buds and train them to notice the subtleties.

What a nice looking place you've got there. These old farts we're renting from could take a little lesson in interior decorating. Namely, more halogen spots, less eggshell and dusty pink scheme. If I'd be suited to pursue any three jobs, they'd be composer, geologist and architectural lighting designer.
Well, then, drop by - I'm wanting to work out another .be run sometime soon. ^_^ It's a little tricky finding the place, but not that awkward, and so worthwhile.. (I loved the ratebeer comment calling it the "unicorn beer" =:)

Oooh, the GBBF! I should make some plans. I should be able to get back on just the usual train services, though, as I did with the former roomie; we went down there together a couple years back, and had a spectacular time, even if I'm not quite sure I believe how much we enjoyed. It seem our afternoon session tallied to about ten pints, and then there was the evening as well, amounting to roughly the same.

It was, we agree, a very happy day. ^_^

Pink, yay! Not so much the dusty kind, though, no. =:P I'd like more natural fluorescent lighting here, but it'd be a little awkward doing much about that. I adore the natural quality of lighting fluorescents can achieve now - the same kind of depth of illumination, without having to spend so much energy on burners *cough* torchières.

Hey, did I mention the coworker's a long-time friend of a movie guy who's seen some amusing tales? He's barely on IMDb, quite deliberately. Fun hearing how Alien almost didn't get made, because of the cat and the producer, and the scene where the chestb ursting pak made itself known..

I wonder if there are permanent positions for such folks at the flagshIp Apple stores..