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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Yarra Valley Chocolate Co.

The chocolate eye is watching you!

There are some shops that I both love and hate at the same time. Ikea is one of them, love the Scandinavian genius at work in flatpack homewares, but I really hate the simultaneous feelings of being both lost and trapped in their giant maze.

Another place that does a similar thing to me is the cheese room at Richmond Hill cafe & larder. Not lost, just trapped.

How many times have I been there to buy just one or two superb cheeses and walked out with several plus an appallingly huge hole seared into my credit card?

It was obvious to me that more discipline was required. In a Tony Abbott* kind of way, I really had to save myself for other, different pleasures.

Then the bastards started setting traps.

After magnificently managing to curtail my cheese selections upon my last visit, some devious prick had thought to subvert my honourable intentions, by placing a tasting plate full of the most delectable chocolate pieces right at the cash register.

Dear God, I ask you, is that fair? Coles and Woolworths would be proud of you.

Seduced I was.

It was such an innocent taste too, but my tastebuds lit up, sending a huge surge of delicious signals to my brain which was busy self congratulating on its cleverness in not succumbing to temptations of the cheesy variety.

This wasn't good chocolate, it was great chocolate. Perhaps it's the blend of white, milk and dark that does it, but the flavour is extraordinary, coating the mouth with chocolatey goodness offering real depth of flavour and as smooth as Michael Buble's voice.

How good is it?

Well, truth to say, this is my second attempt to let you know about it. The first time, my family fell upon it like a pride of lions in a feeding frenzy.

It comes in these hand swirled slabs, each one is uniquely different, but you may not care about that once you taste it.

Get onto it, it's the real thing.

*Tony Abbott is the leader of the Australian opposition and has become known for his, err, interesting Catholic ideas.
  posted at 7:22 pm

At 8:01 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey are you going to save me a piece?

At 10:49 am, Blogger Anh said...

Where else can I get this?? Look soo good!

Oh, about Tony Abbott, why does he always to be so... weird?

At 5:02 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anh - He might be one of those aliens from the tv show V


At 7:18 pm, Blogger Ali-K said...

Gotta get me some of that! But would Tony Abbott approve of such lust?

At 5:32 pm, Blogger neil said...

Hi honey, only if you're quick, real quick!

Hi anh, I don't know of any other places and they don't seem to have a website, a bit Tony Abbott weird in this day and age.

Hi ali-k, who knows what goes on behind closed doors...

At 8:35 pm, Blogger thanh7580 said...

I want this chocolate so badly now. Wish they sold it at some other places. Must make a special trip out to get these beauties soon.

At 7:59 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a similar experience at David Jones in Melbourne CBD. The lady who makes the chocolate was giving out samples. We are now hooked. I don't know all of the places you can buy it but I get mine at David Jones or Leo's in Kew.

At 10:53 pm, Blogger neil said...

Hi thanh, believe me, you want it! As anon points out, try David Jones or Leo's in Kew.

Hi anon, thank God I'm not the only one. Thank you for pointing out other retail outlets, maybe I can get away from the cheese!

At 10:46 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can buy it on-line at www.rhcl.com.au and they will ship it anywhere in Australia!

At 4:27 pm, Blogger neil said...

Hi anon, good tip. Btw, you just wouldn't happen to be that person who left the chocolate out to sample, by any chance?

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