Eighty-five percent

April 5 2006

Image:Eighty-five percent Despite globalization, there are always locally produced specialties to check out during my travels.  Unsurprisingly, one of my purchases last week while in Z├╝rich was an assortment of Swiss chocolate, purchased in the basement market of the Globus department store.  One of the things that intrigued me was the dazzling array of cocoa intensity available.  I do like dark chocolate and thus, defaulting to the childhood notion that a bigger number is better, bought a bar of the Lindt Excellence 85% cacao chocolate.  Though that link is to Lindt USA, I've never seen the 85% version here.

The verdict?  Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.  It's like eating raw cocoa powder.  The 70% version was much better.

A few weeks prior, one of my main purchases coming out of the Nordic countries was several packages of local smoked salmon.  One of my favorite bring-backs from Europe.

I'm going to Asia in two weeks, and the last stop is Kuala Lumpur.  While I'm always on the lookout for decorative Asiana, I know my last stop there will be the famous night market.

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