I'm going to move to Vic very soon, just waiting on the condo being renovated. And I've got to hang out here and help my mom get my sister + baby packed off to move to England. Right now I'm in the Gulf Islands, but I'm in Vic twice a week.
Vancouver Island is pretty awesome. But I have yet to see more of California, myself... and I wanna. Five hours while jetlagged wandering around in LAX does not count as actually visiting. Did you guys get more of a summer down there? Ours up here wasn't that great.
Oh, and have you been to Tofino?
Seriously! I don't get it, the top note of all that crappy 'chocolate' is sugar. All you can taste is sugar. There was actually a news story yesterday about how (shocker) chocolate is good for you. But then they had to haul on this exasperated researcher who read out the ingredients on an O Henry bar. "You have to have dark chocolate, at least 75% cocoa, and only lightly sweetened if that for the health benefit." And I'm like... so, what other kind is there? That's actually decent, I mean. And then they interview twenty people on the street who all go 'Nooo! Dark chocolate is bitter! I want milk chocolate!"
And I know what you mean by those "chocoholics" who totally love their M&Ms and Snickers! I just bite my tongue knowing I get a 90% later on that tastes a lot better ^^ What's your favorite chocolate brand?
I think dark chocolate is just wasted on these people, anyway.
My absolute favorite chocolate in the universe forever and ever is Bernard Callebaut.
Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut - Home
I know they used to sell unsweetened baking chocolate by the pound in their factory store in Calgary, I don't know if they still do. I haven't been back to Alberta for a while. Pretty sure they sell unsweetened cocoa still. They have sugarfree chocolate too, though I'm pretty sure it's sugar alcohols, and not xylitol either. But at least it isn't aspartame or something.
But when I'm not in Calgary, I tend to default to Greens & Blacks. Camino isn't bad either, though I think it's a hair overpriced.
Getting my Grok on in the Pacific Northwest.
"C is for cookie, that's good enough for me."
"Cookie is a sometimes food."
"Sometimes cookie monster eat APPLE instead of COOKIE. Sometimes eat CARROT."
-Cookie Monster, partially reformed sugarholic