In these dark, depressing times, there is something that should bring a smile to any local Hound's worried face: chocolate. Really good chocolate. Fresh, delicious, locally made chocolate. I should know--my consumption has been inversely proportional to the state of the economy.
Think about it, we now have TWO bean-to-bar chocolate makers, Scharffenberger (whose style I don't care for), and TCHO (their Chocolatey and Nutty are brilliant). Then there are the established artisan chocolatiers, Recchiutti and XOX, whose praises have long been sung on this board. And if you haven't tried them yet, there are my new favorites, Sterling, Jade, Coco Delice and NeoCocoa, whose fresh lime and fresh ginger truffles are still vivid in my tastebuds' memory. Please feel free to remind me of any of the other chocolatiers I've missed.
Anyway, am I the only one who is happily astounded by all the burgeoning chocolate talent around us? Are many other cities on this continent blessed with the same happy phenomenon?