What do you get when you mix a perfectly sunny California day, one Moose, 30 tickets for chocolate samples and a monkey with a camera? Well, other than one wicked bellyache, you have the recipe for my Sunday afternoon.
I’m a huge fan of Groupon—enough so to put a free banner on the side of my blog right there—but are you also aware of its competitor services like Living Social and Townhog? My addiction to such collective-buying-power websites is not only at fault for draining my bank account, but also for the approximate 23,568 calories I consumed this past weekend. I’ve been wanting to go to the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival since I moved out here nearly three ago—I mean, that’s just a given, right? I do pen a blog with “chocolate” in the title, after all—but when I saw one $20 ticket for 15 tastings on Living Social for a steal of $10, I scooped up that bad boy. Even better, once I clicked “order,” they sent me a second one FOR FREE for purchasing with my visa ATM card, so just like that I was in possession of 30 chocolate tastings for a mere $10.
Luckily, Moose is always a willing cohort, so she offered her chocolate-eating services and met us bright and early (being noon on the dot—hey, early for a Sunday!) at Ghirardelli Square. The funny thing is while you would not catch me sans costume in Fisherman’s Wharf, I’ve actually been to Ghirardelli Square a number of times in the past year, thanks to the addition of Crown & Crumpet, the most darling tea room ever to exist.
If you ask me, this sundae should be in a lot cheerier a mood!
When we first arrived, I think we were all a bit overwhelmed by the aroma of chocolate permeating the waterfront, as well as the number of vendors from which to choose. News flash: It’s not just Ghirardelli chocolate represented, but pretty much every gourmet chocolatier, not just in San Francisco but the whole world it seemed, had a booth. Where does one even start when given those sorts of opportunities? Well, once we saw Leonida’s chocolate martini booth, we knew the answer. Vodka at noon? Sign us up! After all, it was five o’clock somewhere (like Australia, for example).
Then, we moved on to chocolate marble cheesecake.
Followed by chocolate sundaes, chocolate milkshakes, chocolate mini-cupcakes and even chocolate creme brulee (or butterscotch for me, coffee for Moose)!
Even SVV, self-proclaimed non-lover of sweets (I know what you’re thinking: and I married this guy? luckily, he talks a big game and it ends there), indulged. He claims he was just trying to help us use up our 30 tickets more quickly. Uh-huh. Rrrrright. Such a team player, that one.
At the end of the day, though, we didn’t even manage to clean out both of our cards. I blame the fact that by 2pm, the lines were far too long. If they hadn’t of been, you can bet your life I wouldn’t have let those four final chocolate tastings go to waste. Oh well, there’s always next year. And yes, my calendar is already marked.
*All photos by SVV. I was too busy doing the above to bother with such trivialities as picture-taking (for once)!