Diving into Chocolate with Tasty Tours in T.O.
The one I participated in was held by Audrey Ooi. Audrey is awesome and I'm sure everyone will enjoy talking to her while she leads you on a chocolate tour around the Trinity-Bellwoods area. Our tour started at the beautiful Alimento on King Street West. Audrey started the tour off by talking about where the word "cacao" came from, the origins of chocolate, complete with pictures and some tastings of cacao.
|Big windows inside Alimento brings in lots of sunlight.|
|64% dark chocolate Peruvian house blend chocolate from Soma on left|
Cacao nibs from Soma on right.
|Close up of the Cacao nibs. These ones have been roasted.|
|Inside of Alimento. There's a cheese counter, deli, |
and of course a sweet treats display!
|Assorted Biscotti (hazelnut, chocolate etc..)|
|First chocolate tasting @ Alimento|
|Gluten free pistachio, chocolate macaroon and|
Toscano Brown chocolate @ Alimento
|mm..more chocolates, dark cherries & wafers|
|This is some very good chocolate! (60% cacao) Hazelnut|
roses by Loacker. You can probably find
them at your local Italian store. If you are in Edmonton, find it at
the Italian Center (only a few boxes left).
|Second stop: Delight- Handmade Organic|
Fair Trade Chocolate.
|All their handmade chocolates & truffles on display|
|Since we were on tour, everyone got a taste of|
their choice of gelato (also handmade) and a chocolate.
Of course I had to try their chocolate ice cream.
It was very creamy, not too heavy or sweet.
Must be the natural, organic ingredients in their ice cream.
|I tried their chocolate filled with caramel and smoked sea salt.|
Caramel is oozing out! I liked the texture of this chocolate,
and the caramel consistency was nice with the hint of smoked sea salt.
However, I did find that taking small sips of water in between
bites helped with the overall sweetness of the chocolate.
|Here is a Sakura Maccha Latte with cherry blossom by KitKat! Yes, they|
make these! Apparently there are only 3 places in the world
(including this store) that managed to source this particular
flavour! Definitely a limited chocolate. Maybe that's why it tasted
even more delicious. :)
|5th & final stop: Chococrepe.|
|Front of chococrepe's store showcasing their gelato and sorbet.|
|Chocolate tour participants listening intently to Audrey.|
|Here is Dewey (one of the owners) passionately describing|
how Chococrepe came into existence, how they make their crepes,
and where they source their chocolates.
Nice chandelier at the back of Chococrepe. The mirror helps make
the back of the restaurant look larger and brighter.
|Last tasting: Super cute mini crepe topped with|
a slice of banana, strawberry, milk chocolate and white chocolate sauce.
Thanks again to Tasty Tours and Audrey for a great chocolate tour of the Trinity-Bellwoods Park area. I'm certain everyone had a great time! I personally really enjoyed this tour! The allotted time of 3 hours was good as everyone had a chance to explore each store, talk to store managers and taste samples! There is definitely some walking involved, but you go at such a leisurely pace that you have no idea that you just walked several blocks (hint: the walk to Nadege is completely worth it! Their almond croissants & macarons are amazing!). The size of each group is not too big as well; with approximately 10 people per group. This is great as you have the opportunity to bring a significant other, a few friends or, like me go alone and meet some new faces!
For those of you interested in participating in this tour or their sweets tour, head on over to Tasty Tours for more information - http://www.tastytourstoronto.com/.
Alimento Fine Food Emporium
522 King St. W. Toronto, ON.
Tel: (416) 362-0123
805 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON.
780 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON.
Sanko Trading Co.
Japanese Foods & Gifts
730 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON.
620 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON.
Tel: (416) 855-5601
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