Yesterday I went elbow-to-elbow with chocolate lovers at Fort Mason in San Francisco, and I don't even love chocolate. This is what I do now that I started this blog. It actually was an interesting event, checking out the various chocolate makers and brands and tasting all that free samples. Even though I don't live and die with chocolate (unlike other people at the fair who seemed to go crazy at the mere sight of the dark brown stuff), I do appreciate the subtle flavors, history, and now-known health benefits of chocolate.
The San Francisco Chocolate Salon continues today (July 15). If you're willing to part with the $20 admission (I thought it was worth it; just figure you're paying a $1 for each premium chocolate nibble), then it's worth checking out. Just be warned of the sugar rush and crash that'll occur. Or you can just read the rest of this post to see what was featured: (BTW, the photo above are the colorful truffles of Cosmic Chocolates. Although they were very pretty, they were too sweet for my tastes.)
Many of the above chocolates (and many more at the salon I didn't feature) can be found locally at Bittersweet Cafe or Whole Foods.