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Chocolatier Blue

Ashley Walton —  January 31, 2013 — Leave a comment

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Even though I’m usually anti-chocolates on Valentine’s Day, just in case, I feel it is my duty as a good citizen to notify the world of the greatest boxed chocolates money can buy. They’re from Chocolatier Blue and be warned: they will ruin all other chocolates for you.

Our photo hardly does these beautiful, hand-crafted gifts justice, but pictured we have spiced apple, white Russian, spiked egg nog, peanut butter and strawberry jam, peanut butter crunch, and cookies and cream. We’ve also had the pleasure of consuming banana split and s’mores.

These are no ordinary chocolates. Each chocolate is gorgeous—with glossy luster, hand-painted accents, and even, occasionally, a hint of golden glitter. And they are made with some of the finest ingredients. Now, many cheap food companies say that phrase to the point that it becomes meaningless—“made with the finest ingredients”—but in this case, it’s true. We’re talking the world’s best butter, Fleur de Sel salt from France, and fresh ingredients. They are not kidding around.

The flavors are constantly in flux with the seasons. Some new flavors that have caught my eye: French toast, coffee and donuts, waffle cone and ice cream, cinnamon roll, and strawberry milkshake. So, if you insist on buying chocolates for Valentine’s or any other occasion, go with Chocolatier Blue. Order online, or if you’re in the Salt Lake area, stop by Caputo’s.

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geek love

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We had a pretty killer New Year’s Eve dinner at a little place called Communal. As its hippie name might imply, Communal is a trendy place that offers local, organic food– we’re talking the chef hand-picks veggies in the morning and cooks with them in the afternoon. The upscale comfort food is often interesting, daring, and perfectly balanced. So, here’s what we had for our NYE dinner (a steal at $50 a person for 5 courses). All the beautiful photos were taken by Jeff.

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macadamia nut

Important news: we made some of the best pancakes we’ve ever had. The fluffy clouds from heaven were macadamia nut pancakes with coconut butter, bananas, and peanut butter. They may not have been from scratch (don’t judge us too harshly!), but they were unbelievably good, thanks to a few things:

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