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100% cocoa solids….an acquired taste for some

Whilst on my hen weekend in York a few weeks back the girls and I happened to find ourselves in a branch of Hotel Chocolat…yep, it’s true, us ladies are partial to the ‘odd’ piece of chocolate…

To my delight they had bars of 100% dark chocolate, I’d never tried it before, the nearest I’ve been to the 100 mark is a  Green & Black’s 85 per-center which to me is nigh on chocolate bliss, yum.

So, I ventured into pastures new and treated myself to a bar.  

for the chocolate purists amongst you!

For some reason it’s been lurking in the pantry since then but I suddenly had a chocolate urge last night so I munched into it with a cuppa.  Mmmm, first time EVER I think I’ve been slightly taken aback with the taste of chocolate, definitely an acquired taste, extremely bitter as expected but once swallowed a pleasing after taste filled my mouth. Best part about it was only needing a very small amount to satisfy my craving…7 out of 10 on this occasion…Green & Blacks 85% still gets top marks for me.

Delectable york….

And so the hen weekend is over and what a super duper foodie fest it was! My best friend did me proud it has to be said…wow, homemade everything on Friday evening! Canapés, chilli humous, leek tart, cheesecake  (she is the queen of cheesecake baking), chocolate brownies…all washed down with a sublime glass or 5 of sparkling vouvray…hic…

My best friend's best cheesecake!

After a fine start to the weekend we surpassed ourselves in every category, cake, tea (lots of builders tea…much needed caffeine hit…), vino, chocolates, scooby snacks, nuts, crisps, let’s not forget the kir royales….. I could go on….

Saturday evening was a fabulous champagne night, the hens glammed it up at the Biltmore in the centre of York. The food (pre ordered a few weeks back….remember?!) lived up to expectations and the monkfish hit the spot!

Marvellous monkfish!

And so on to the Sunday brunch…full English times 8 please! A success at Meltons Too in York, locally sourced produce, fantastic bacon and sausages, great eggs and pots and pots of tea.

Full english please?

The hens have gone home happy with their lot and five weeks to slim down for me before the big day oooops!!

Champagne saturday's....