Eat out, drink up
A new Stockbridge shop aims to convert us all into dreamy chocophiles. Words: Ruth Hedges
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tip. the sun going down htrt somewhere in the
distance a little light glimmers. offering comfort and refuge. And could that he the smell of top quality lirench chocolate I detect wafting down the str‘eet‘.’ It might well he as lidinhurgh‘s newest chocolaterie has opened on Raehurn Place. Stockhridge.
So ('o(‘oa is the brainchild of Lida .\lc(‘ahe and Tom l‘innerty. who came to lidinhurgh from l)uhlin nearly two years ago. They have a modern and fresh approach to presenting the ancient art of chocolate making. In contrast to the often dark and sensual pleasure of the confectionery. So (‘o(‘oa is hright and cheery with white walls and simple shelves hacked with coloured squares. stacked high with treats to delight eyery chocolate connoisseur. The exquisitely packaged hars. chunks. drops and coated nuts have heen selected with care and dedication hy .‘\lc(‘ahe and liinnerty. In order to import the creme de la creme. they spent about 12 months researching the hest chocolate. ‘That was the fun part.‘ hoth admit.
Their nihhling and sampling has led them to source Bonnat’s dark chocolate made from the Madagascar]. liquadorian and Venezuelan cocoa heans. lir‘ench producer Rococo‘s range includes cinnamon nuts. chilli pepper chocolate and white chocolate with herries. (‘hocolates from the famous chocolatier Valrhona are displayed in the front counter. They‘re hand-made to order: a cherry stalk pokes out of a hig. dark hall that looks particularly tempting (hut watch out ~ the natural ingredients mean the stone‘s still in).
And while the aesthetic and sensory qualities of
chocolate are undeniahle. .\lc('ahe and l-‘innerty promote chocolate's essential goodness as well. It reduces cholesterol. they insist. 'lt has anti-oxidants.’ ()K. enough. I helieyc you. and even if it wasn‘t true. not much would stop me from hreaking off a piece of 75% pure chocolate har and placing it on my tongue. Stockhridge look otll. As anyone who‘s seen or read ('lrm‘o/ur knows. it does funny things to people. And this is the real stuff.
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