Fun but not exactly what I expected
April 18, 2011
On Sunday Winnie and I went to the San Francisco Chocolate Salon at Fort Mason. We had purchased our tickets way in advance and I opted to get the book with my ticket. (Winnie already had a copy.)
I was kind of expecting a mix of chocolate truffles and candies and baking chocolates. But that wasn’t exactly what I got. There was not a lot of buying going on. It was mostly sampling truffles and candies and cookies etc. Some good, some not so much to my taste and some truly exceptional.
Oh and there was wine too. And a few other types of odds and ends to round out the tables. I had some nice ports and a few lovely wines.
But let’s discuss my favorite chocolates, shall we?
Gateau et Ganache had the most amazing mini truffle samples but while I would totally buy mini truffles they were just samples and cost prohibitive to market… besides they had sold out of the truly awesome La Marguerite truffles.
Now I will admit that I like truffles that are unusual. I want to taste things that I wouldn’t make myself. So ChoclatiQue totally rocked my world with a peanut butter and jelly truffle. I love their quirk flavor options and I will most likely use my 10% off coupon to try a few more.
On the local front, I ate a few pieces of Vice Chocolates that were hand piped with ginger / pear caramel and a salted vanilla caramel. That’s enticement enough to get me to the Temescal Farmer’s Market.
At Snake and Butterfly, I got to taste test a new product, not yet on the market. Maple Bacon Caramel. Right out of the jar. I shook the inventor’s hand. Because that’s what you do when you meet a genius. You shake their hand and you say thank you.
NeoCocoa had some wonderful “hearts of truffles” that tasted smooth and lovely.
And I loved the architectural / Metropolis / Ziggurat wonder that was J – Truffles. I ate a big gooey chunk of a Creme Brulee truffle and that was it. That was the taste that I wanted to leave the show with. Truly something I would never make myself.
Chocolate, wine, adventure and a book.
Not a bad way to spend a Sunday.