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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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That's nice large kitchen, and you have one of those deluxe LG fridges! The lighting really makes it look warm and inviting and I recognize the Ikea light fixtures above the sink because I have a brand new set of those still in the box.

Edited at 2008-05-25 01:23 am (UTC)
It's a lovely fridge - and cool enough I've seen ice crystals on my carrots. =:) Seems to do a perfect job of remaining frost-free, too, which was always a problem with the previous one back in the old warren, thankfully dumped a few months back.

Ah, they're Ikea? Definitely a nice look, and they fit in very well with the overall design.

It's the space that really makes it, of course. It's so nice to have the space to get some ingredients out of the fridge and be able to spread them out, prepare whatever vegetables, without having to play a push/pop game with uncovering the workspace for one activity at a time.

Ye gods, when I decided to try finding a furnished place rather than unfurnished, to save me the hassle of buying all the necessities for months to come, I didn't reckon on finding something like this. ^_^ Now I just need that teleporter, so I can drop by the Lord Nelson back in Sydney, or the Magnolia Cafe. Don't suppose you've got one kicking around in all that kit?