Sunday, September 25, 2011

Cocova: September Sample Day

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Biagio, a DC chocolate institution, is undergoing a name change, and is officially now Cocova. To celebrate this monumental change, the new Cocova hosted a chocolate tasting yesterday.

I’m happy to report that the customer service at the shop is still outstanding. Since I attended this tasting with Valerie, who is diligent about maintaining a dairy- and gluten-free diet to keep herself in top-notch health, we needed to do some research about which chocolates she would be able to enjoy at the tasting. The staff very kindly provided a list and advance, and we went in prepared with a list of great chocolates that we could both enjoy and discuss.

Luckily, the Amedei Grenada 70% cacao bar was on the go-ahead list, since we both fully enjoyed the smooth, creamy texture alongside a fruity and woody flavor.

Also on the go-for-it list? The Domori Porcelana, another creamy-textured chocolate with a nutty flavor.

It was a truly wonderful tasting experience, since Valerie and I could confidently sample chocolates that would be healthy for both of us (what? Chocolate is a health food. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.) thanks to the helpful staff at what is now Cocova.

Has a shop ever helped you out with enjoying a meal or other culinary experience despite dietary restrictions?

4 comments:

  1. While traveling with a couple friends with celiac several months ago, we found a few places that had special GF menus, which was really helpful. I need to find a place here with chocolate tastings!

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  2. Yes. Being prediabetic, I try and get a lot of foods with less sugar and they are normally really good about it which makes me so happy.

    that is so great that easily helped and accommodated you guys.

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  3. Oooh, now I want to compare that Porcelana with Amadei's version!

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