For Josh’s birthday I put together a few fun date ideas to do throughout the year as a present. One of them was the Make Your Own Chocolate class at Madre Chocolate in Chinatown. The store was really cute with a variety of samples to try of all their different chocolates.
We started in the back by tasting cacao in it’s raw form (the pulp is really sweet but the bean is bitter). Next, we went back to their garden which had cacao plants, orchids, cotton plants, and a variety of other trees and plants. After that, we went back inside to make our chocolate bars! Highly recommend this as a fun date night!
The back room where all the chocolate making magic happens!
Cacao in it’s raw form.
Cacao drying out in the garden outside.
View of the garden
Loved this shot!
Mixing the cacao with all the good things like sugar!
Josh adding coffee, cinnamon, and salt to his chocolate.
My chocolate bar with almonds, coconut, and salt.
Josh’s chocolate bar
They put the chocolate on this vibrating pan to distribute it evenly in the mold.
Getting to taste six different types of their chocolate. All were amazing!
Last weekend, Josh and I went on a sporadic date night and decided to try something new. We used to go to a restaurant when we lived here the first time called Du Vin. It closed a couple years ago and Bethel Union opened in its place. The food was unique and the restaurant had a great atmosphere!
MEATBALLS savory, bite sized meatballs in a marinara sauce
GRILLED CORN, RICOTTA PECORINO AND HEIRLOOM TOMATOES tossed in lemon mint vinaigrette served on a bed of mixed local greens
PHOENICIAN FRIES sumac, parsley, and parmigiano reggiano
A few weeks ago we finally celebrated Josh’s birthday by having an amazing dinner at Fête. Everything we had was amazing but I think my favorite was the homemade Rocky Road ice cream (the marshmallows were homemade as well). So delicious!
Rock Road to Hana Ice Cream
Linguine Carbonara – Slab Bacon, Portuguese Sausage, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Pecorino Romano
Twice-Fried Ludovico Chicken: Spicy Tomato Jam, Charleston Grits
On Thursday, Josh and I wandered around Chinatown and got a smoothie. After living just steps from it for two years, he had never been there. It’s WONDERFUL. I love going there and browsing the open markets, getting smoothies and just wandering around and soaking up the culture!
Loved walking through the marketplace and seeing all the fruits, vegetables and flowers!