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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)
Mm, some kitchens can be surprisingly minimal.. the one at the place two moves back was pretty horrid in that regard, with very little workspace available - the microwave took up much of it, and the rest was taken by vegetables and utensils, leaving barely enough room for a plate. (Much of the time, not even that, forcing me to use a plate on the stove top)

It's actually quite bright - it's just the photo, with the camera having apparently decided to drop the exposure and turn everything yellow. ^_^; Yep, definitely nice to have a bright (and clean!) kitchen. And well-stocked, ideally. ^_^ Reminds me, I need to pick up some more instant soups on the morrow - I used the last wild mushroom the other day, and left the chicken & leek and spicy lentil ones at the office. Though it's not much of a walk back there, of course, but I think I'll leave them there - handy if I'm in the mood for a light lunch, or I've forgotten to make something for lunch the previous night.

Maybe I'll bring in some teas from that Vietnamese importer, too - it's been a long time since I enjoyed good green tea. Hafta find somewhere to pick up genmaicha, too. =:9