Archive for June, 2013

Oh! Chocolate

June 23, 2013

I’ve done Theo’s and Fran’s, but for some reason I never had thought to stop in at Oh! Chocolates on Madison, even though it’s a few minutes car ride from me.  Oh! originated on Mercer Island (or Hawaii, depending on how far back you go) and they have a great tradition of being very generous with the free samples (I ended up having as many free truffles as I bought).

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After a careful tasting of some of the more unusual creations (the vegan truffle was surprisingly good), I made my selections: Americano Truffle, Tiramisu Truffle, Grand Marnier Truffle, and Hawaiian Caramel.

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The white one is actually the Americano, and inside was a coffee and dark chocolate filling. I’d pick that as the best of the four, followed closely by the Grand Marnier which was deliciously dark and complex. The Hawaiian Caramel had an interesting coconut addition, and the tiramisu was a little sweet.  This is definitely the place to go for true chocolate lovers – with little of the milk or white chocolate to weaken the experience.

Fainting Goat Gelato

June 9, 2013

After being told my multiple people that I should try this Wallingford neighborhood ice cream joint, I finally took advantage of a warm-wave (can’t really call it a head wave if it stays below 80) and stopped by. Fainting Goat Gelato is named for – you guessed it – fainting goats (google it for some pretty hilarious videos).

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A friendly (and very kid-friendly) gelato parlor, Fainting Goat prides itself on using high-quality, organic ingredients. Another plus, they let you sample quite a few flavors before you buy. The best thing, to me, was that I didn’t have to fight my way through crowds of hipsters like you do at Molly Moon’s.

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I got a scoop of chocolate and a scoop of hazelnut (I am my sister’s sister) for a lovely chic-hazlenut combo that took me right back to my days in Paris.

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The verdict is positive – although to be honest I remain loyal to Full Tilt as my favorite Seattle ice cream parlor. Gelato just lacks a certain intensity found in ice cream. But I’ll take Fainting Goat any time, especially if I get a chance to watch cute videos of goats toppling over.