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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)

full res (window side)full res (beer!)full res (cooker side)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actually, I should correct that - it's the milk cinnamon I bought. And I did give it a try today.. oh, good stuff indeed. The pink peppercorn variety sounds quite interesting.. rather eye-watering prices, but so it goes - a good way of ensuring you don't eat too much of it. =:D

I'm really quite enjoying the microwave, I have to say. ^_^ Not just for being good at irradiating, but its convection oven mode - really nice not to have to wait for a full oven to come up to temperature, and it works wonders with pizzas. But just having the space is so, so nice, not to mention such good lighting - it doesn't really come through in the photos, but it's both bright and nicely distributed, with one circuit inset below the cabinets, another above, and a third row by the window.

*noddles* Quite eye-watering, yes... but as long as it's good, at least. ^^

Mmm, and yeah, convection ovens (just to be sure, that's the same as fan-forced ovens, right?) are nice. I've got one myself, and it's quite useful to have - although I never actually had a "regular" one and thus can't really compare. :)