Wednesday, April 12, 2006

In the beginning...

This blog is about five of my passions, chocolate, coffee, writing, photography and Australian culture. It my story of my attempts to engage with them, to take risks, to step into new and unfamiliar environments and to experience new tastes, smells, and sights within my own cultural environment of Australia. I hope to include some of these experiences in a book about chocolate and coffee in Australia in the future.

I have been inspired by a company called 'Chocolate Espresso' who take people on walking tours through the CBD and retail district in Sydney. Participants visit a variety of commercial establishments that engage in producing and selling coffee and chocolates. Baristas and chocolatiers give talks and demonstrations and participants are invited to sample and purchase a range of products. Vanderwee, Haigh, the Lindt Concept Store in Martin Place, the Sydney Museum Cafe and espresso bars are included. A fabulous way to spend a morning or afternoon. Of course there is heaps more coffee and chocolate pleasures to discover in Sydney.

But what does Perth have to offer for lovers of chocolate and coffee? Margaret River Chocolate, the Fremantle Chocolate Factory, Jaffeys, Dome, Aroma, Wild Fig Cafe, Zamia, the New Norica Bakery, Indiana Teahouse, Oxford 130, Ginos and Caffe Vergo come to mind and familiar to many people who live in Perth. I hope to find out and share them on this blog.


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