Saturday, July 17, 2010

Something New : Feathers & Theo Chocolate

For some unknown reason I've been really attracted to these hairpieces recently. I've googled 100 times over again where to buy them at and how to make them. They retail for about 20 bucks online, and maybe I should start my own business making them, because I made mine for under 5. I am in LOVE with it! I think I'll probably wear it every day. Okay maybe it's a little too big of a statement to wear every day, but I just really like it. It's big debut was today as Katherine and I had an excursion planned to go to the Theo Chocolate Factory up on Phinney ridge in Seattle.
A little background (That I learned today) about Theo. It's an all organic and fair trade chocolate company. They are the first and only organic and fair trade chocolate. And the chocolate is simply wonderful!
Kat and I had wanted to go last weekend, but it turns out their tours book up a week in advance, so we made reservations for this weekend and after a pit stop for breakfast at Starbucks and getting lost for a little bit around Phinney ridge, we arrived at Theo!

We Were handed nifty hair nets and then ushered into a room where we learned all about the cocoa plants and farms and it was really a lot more educational than either of us were expecting.
We learned that chocolate (cocoa) is "Food of the Gods" and is also actually considered a Fruit, so therefore chocolate is healthy (wink).
We tasted a LOT of chocolate. We tasted dark, and milk, and things with flavors and confections. It was the best $6 I have spent in awhile.
She then took us through the actual factory part. That's the roaster - there's only two bean roasters employed at Theo so all the chocolate they make is hand roasted by them!
They passed around bowls of all stages of the cocoa bean. These are the shells that get shook off in processing the beans.

It was an amazing tour and we really enjoyed all the chocolate tasting and would definitely go back again, just to hear the tour again from different people.
Kat and I were both pretty proud of ourselves for actually doing things that we talk about doing. Normally we talk about going places or seeing things and then never getting off our buts to go do it! We figure next up on our list is a morning exploring West Seattle as I've really never been there.

Thanks for the fun excursion Katherine! It was a good time!

Oh and if you'd like to learn more about Theo Chocolate or order some Theo Chocolate, click here!
After Theo we went over to Archie McPhee's which is always a giggle a minute, and then had some wonderful lunch at a little spot on the Ave in the University Village.
We pretty much ate our way around the upper part of Seattle today. I am sad, yet proud to say I didn't even have any coffee which would have topped off all our Seattle eating.

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