Posts Tagged ‘drinking chocolate’

Indi Chocolate

February 9, 2018

I visited Indi Chocolate years ago when it was just a hole-in-the-wall buried deep in Pike Place Market. Now, it’s a fully-fledged chocolate cafe, with chocolate beverages and hand-crafted candies. I was tempted by the Indi Chocolate Mocha, but decided I wanted something with more substance (and chocolate) so I got the sipping chocolate. Thicker than hot chocolate, it’s meant to slowly savored.

Yes, that’s a shot glass of freshly whipped cream next to it. I also picked up a few chocolate bars featuring Peruvian chocolate. This is probably my new favorite chocolate spot in Seattle, comparable to Dandelion in San Francisco. They make their chocolate in the back room, and you can see the process for yourself. Indi lives up to its name – there is no sign of bland corporate taste.

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Chocolat Vitale

April 25, 2015

Seeing as how April in Seattle has been about as cold as February, I thought I’d take myself out for some hot chocolate at Chocolat Vitale in Phinney Ridge. Oops, did I say hot chocolate? I meant drinking chocolate, of course! The difference is in thickness – drinking chocolate is a much thicker, richer version of hot chocolate‚Ķ and therefore better. This little chocolate/beverage cafe does it right, complete with steamed milk and your choice of chocolate.

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I chose the darkest available, a dark cocoa from Venezuela (you can also get it as a mocha, which I imagine would be divine).  The owner disappeared into the back and returned a few minutes later with a steaming, foamy, and incredibly chocolatey cup:

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I also got one of her own chocolates (most of hers are imported from Europe) – a dark chocolate nut cluster. It was good, but the true highlight was indeed the drinking chocolate, which was electrifying and comforting at the same time. It had a deep, complex flavor, and easily satisfied my chocolate cravings for the day. In case you were wondering, the drink can also be ordered cold – so I’ll be stopping by again this summer!