Hi! My name is Stephanie Zonis, and welcome to the February 2003
edition of “For Chocolate Lovers Only”. Each month, you’ll find
recipes, tips, and recommendations on great chocolate specialties.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all my readers! If your sweetheart has
a sweet tooth, you’re in luck; this month’s recipes range from put-together-in-ten-minutes
easy to birthday-party extravagant. Let’s get into the kitchen!
Chocolate Recommendation of the Month: Skip the flowers
and give the cologne a miss this year; Cupid’s got a brand-new arrow
in his Valentine’s Day quiver. This month’s Chocolate Recommendation
is Enric Rovira’s Chocolate a la Taza, currently setting
my little heart a-flutter whenever I think about it. This is drinking
chocolate for hardcore cocoa-heads: hot, thick, and very bittersweet.
It’s like Love; it will rock your world and leave you dazed and
confused. Chocolate a la Taza emerges from its package looking
suspiciously dessicated, but you need only inhale its glorious aroma
to know you are on the right track. A few short minutes of stovetop
preparation, with perhaps the addition of a bit of sugar, and your
tastebuds will be dancing a suave sarabande.
Enric Rovira, the Brains Behind the Bittersweet, hails from Barcelona,
where he also makes Bombolas (caramelized, then chocolate-covered
edibles in several varieties—try the almonds!), Rajoles (miniature
chocolate “tiles”), and other delights, including a beautiful “Planetarium”
assortment. Where to find these products? I have found three sources,
but there may be others. Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor (www.zingermans.com)
has the drinking chocolate only. Chefshop (www.chefshop.com) has
both the drinking chocolate and the “Planetarium” (click on “Chocolates”,
then on “Drinking Chocolate” or “Boxes and Bags”, respectively).
Supposedly, The Spanish Table (http://thespanishtable.hypermart.net)
carries a number of Rovira products; call if you cannot find them
on the site. Finally, if you have trouble finding any of these chocolates,
contact Power-Selles Imports, the exclusive importer (www.psimports.net
or (206) 783-5823). Prices vary widely, so shop around. Sip a mug
of Chocolate a la Taza for breakfast, brunch, or an evening-by-the-fire
snuggle. Senor Rovira, muchas gracias!
Do you have a comment, question, or suggestion? You can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Because I receive too much junk mail, please specify in the subject line that you’re writing about something chocolate. Thank you!