Things are particularly busy around here these days. And frankly, I'm barely holding it together. As I balance what feels like endless demands on my time and brain space I am trying to be particularly conscious of getting some self-care where I can. Whether that means taking a Friday morning off work (to balance out all the late nights and weekends) to do a yoga class (something which has so far been more of a concept than a reality), going to bed at 9 o'clock on the rare days when I have the option, or taking a moment at the end of the day to really enjoy a piece of dark chocolate. That last one has so far been the most regularly practiced indulgence.
I came back to dark chocolate as a semi-regular sweet-tooth indulgence after our trip to Europe last Fall, and continued in earnest with the discovery of Green & Black's Hazelnut and Currant dark chocolate (thanks Annemarie) and then, when Lauren and I visited Texas in the Spring, Alex's introduction of Chocolove's 55% Raspberry Dark Chocolate. I'm what Martin calls a hoarder when it comes to sweets. In particular ones that I adore. And so I have in fact only just finished off my three bars of Chocolove (I stretched them out with a few Green & Black's bars in between), and am now sorely regretting a canceled trip to Seattle where I had planned to restock. To tide me over I finally made a trip to the much lauded Mink Chocolates here in town. I was hoping for a raspberry dark chocolate pairing as it really is my favourite, but it seems hard to find (Green & Black's doesn't make one either) but was out of luck. Instead I got one that sounds so decadent it may in fact send me rushing back to a simple plain chocolate, or perhaps will spoil me forever. Named Mermaid's Choice, it's a 70% cacao, organic dark chocolate bar with burnt caramel, fleur de sel and "a hint of rosemary". Doesn't that sound perfect for savouring?