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Day 299 – 100th day

Today was a celebration of a young one’s 100th day birthday! Yep, we celebrate all sorts of days, it’s really for the parents and family though and I’m sure the little one had no idea what was going on. The venue was lovely at the Aberdeen Marine Club, and was complete with a reception, tables, backdrop and stage and a buffet meal. It was nice seeing the family gathering around and doting on their grandchild, niece, cousin, goddaughter, and friend.

As per my usual buffet style, I gorge on the appetisers, sample the mains and head for the desserts. This is what made it on my plate today:

The chocolate mousse cake was rich and light, though I had to eat around the sponge layers which was a bit annoying and I didn’t end up with much mousse. Actually the lemon cheesecake fared much better!

Rating: 3.5/5

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Posted by on July 31, 2011 in cake, chocolate, mousse

 

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Day 298 – Breakfast date

Returning to a most welcomed custom, breakfast dates. This time, sadly we only had instant coffee but made up for that with these gluten-free pancakes, topped with bananas and melted Hachez bitter chocolate (60%).

The perfect way to start off the weekend:)

Rating: 5/5

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2011 in chocolate, gluten free

 

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Day 297 – Where’s my cake

It’s somewhat amusing when people ask what is being planned for their birthday, what presents people are planning to get them (or giving them options for gifts) and in this case, asking where their cake was. Yep, true story. And so here it is –

Haagen Daaz chocolate chip ice cream cake was super hard as we tried to cut into it, using hot water to warm the knife. Of course it had been frozen and even the strawberries on top were stiff! The cake, of course was yumm, you can never go wrong with ice cream. So it’s a wonder why we don’t do it more often!

Rating: 4/5

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2011 in cake, chocolate, ice cream

 

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Day 296 – Classtime

I seem to be the only one that ever eats in class! I eat before, at the break and I eat something after as well! I’m not very subtle either and today was especially hard given the long days I’ve been having, and trying to pay attention (ran down and got a coffee during the break). At about 20mins into the class I got into this –

Meiji’s Bitter caught my eye with it’s pretty packaging and oh my, it was actually really good! A little sweet for a dark chocolate, but definitely a very moreish bar and exactly what my palate needed to get me through the class.

Rating: 5/5

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in chocolate, dark

 

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Day 295 – Snack drawer

Mid afternoon munchies and I had nothing to eat, so I peeked into a colleague’s snack drawer (everyone has one of these at work – mine’s just filled with breakfast foods) and check it out:

It’s overflowing with local goodies! But sadly there was nothing that I could eat… so moped back to my desk to continue whining until someone went to 7-11 and got me a dark Snickers bar. Hmmm I thought I had a pic of it. Maybe I ate it too fast! Either way it was pretty good, the packaging had changed – it was purple.

Rating: 4/5

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in chocolate, dark, nuts

 

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Day 294 – More..

I love how there are some things about people that make you undeniably family. One’s inability to stop eating chocolate. A brief skype call with my sister across the world starts as she says how sick she feels after eating a box of Lindor balls (yes those amazing red, festive ones – it was in her home that christmas holiday that I was introduced to them!)

My niece, who is just shy of 2 years wakes up from her nap and places herself on mummy’s lap trying to get into a electronics box as she thinks the chocolate is in there! She keeps saying “more..” referring to the Lindt chocolate my sister has been feeding her.

This is her stuffing her face with chocolate! Brilliant.

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2011 in chocolate

 

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Day 293 – Treat for two

I’m certainly not the only one who has bought things from those coupon sites… there’s so many of them, and for the most part the deals are pretty good! Just remember to read the fine print and make note of the validity date. I’ve lost out already on one, whoops.

The one used tonight was far from being missed; having had to reschedule several times as they were so busy and at others we weren’t able to make it either. But finally we did, and it was worth it!

Beautiful Unisex Salon’s chocolate body massage and hand treatment! No photos sorry, it’s a bit awkward when you have chocolate over you and towels trying to keep you decent. (Note that it is unisex, so lads step right up.)

The place itself was pleasant enough, and we quickly went in to the room, was provided some attractive disposable underwear and lay on the beds and waited for the treatment to begin.

The ladies didn’t take their time getting to work on us. The neck massage was much needed, and she continued to moved down my back and legs lathering up on the oil. It felt a little more like a re-body shaping massage the way she pushed things up and around! Nevertheless, overall it was soothing and relaxing… in particular the head massage! It really felt too short and she swiftly moved to my belly and pushed down in areas for so long that I wasn’t sure if time had suddenly stopped. At moments it felt a little uncomfortable and I kept peering out under the towel covering my eyes.

I was a little disappointed that there was no smells of chocolate filling the air to aid the whole experience, and it only came as she brushed a cold dense milk chocolate mixture on my belly and wrapped it in plastic. Ok, that felt a little odd. While she was doing that, another lady came along and gave me a hand treatment, massaging with oils and coating my hands in two layers of chocolate stuff, then placing it in a plastic bag, and THEN into what felt like heated oven mitts! That would have been a priceless picture: lying there, half covered in towels, a plastic chocolate wrap on my mid-drift, oven mitts and a towel over my face! There was a bustling of ladies in the tiny room moving things around, chattering away as they quickly wiped chocolate from our bodies and ushered us to the bathrooms for showers.

By the time we came back they had already set the beds up for the next customers (yes they were that busy!). As we were signing out they offered to introduce us to their packages (their cunning plan), which we politely declined and the owner/manager then looked away and ignored us as we left! Wow. I guess they must get that a lot, but it’s business and they have to expect a certain level of one-off customers.

We were pretty much satisfied and definitely a little dozy as much expected after being worked on. Will definitely sleep well tonight. Though I wouldn’t go back nor would I recommend, well only if they had another coupon.

Rating: 3/5

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in advertising, chocolate

 

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