Caroline (Friend #4, Nicest of the Heartless Cows) organized a chocolate tasting event for her friends at Kakoa Chocolate.
The event was hosted by Brian, the owner, who won my admiration immediately when he said he started his business in 2008. "And it survived?" I wondered. Well, it survived because he makes amazing chocolates sprinkled with smoked sea salt and filled with ganache made of cream infused with lapsang souchong tea.
If you click to enlarge that photo you will see they also make Undead Chocolate Bunnies.
At the very beginning of the presentation, Brian made a statement, I made a joke, a friend sneered at me, and Brian judged the group dynamic instantly. He made me move up to the front of the table, next to him, and then he poked fun at me the whole night instead of letting me heckle him from the other end of the table.
So, here's a photo of Brian, and it isn't particularly flattering, which is what you get if you make me into a Figure of Fun. WHO HAS THE PULPIT NOW.
At the start of the evening, I let it be known that I don't like marshmallows or dark chocolate.
Then I had these ...
... and I believe if they'd been sprinkled with fresh cilantro I'd start liking that noxious plant too.
I realize this is turning into a puff piece gushing about Kakoa Chocolate, so here's a dirty spatula they had lying about. Journalistic credibility.