I spent last weekend in San Francisco, visiting a good friend. I flew up on Saturday morning and flew home late Sunday afternoon. Notice is said "I"- this was a solo trip. Taking a weekend away without Mr. Snarky or the kids was one of the items on my 2013 personal fun list, and I am so glad I did it. I had a great time catching up with my friend, exploring San Francisco (she's recently moved there, and I haven't been there in over a decade).
One of the things we did was check out Dandelion Chocolate, which is the small-batch chocolatier I mentioned in last week's weekend reading post. This turned out to be an awesome find. They had some samples out, and I was amazed by the difference I could taste between two bars made from different beans. So I bought a tasting sample pack, and my family and I have been enjoying comparing them. They are all delicious- but also distinctly different. I had no idea there is so much variation in the taste of chocolate beans. It makes me wonder two things: (1) how do the big manufacturers ensure consistent taste (I'm guessing it is a combination of using a mix of beans every time and the extra things that are added) and (2) why isn't chocolate tasting already a big thing?
In book news... Taming the Work Week is now available at Barnes and Noble for the Nook and in various formats directly from the publisher.
And of course, you can still get it for the Kindle on Amazon.
And that's all I have for you tonight, because I made the rookie mistake of not minimizing work calendar commitments during the last couple of weeks of school, and then we compounded the error by deciding we should refinance our house right now... so things are a bit busy here right now. It is a good thing I have some really good chocolate to help me through....