Hazelnut Cream and Chocolate Flowers – Rose of the Dolomite Chocolates By Loacker From Aurora Importing

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What comes to mind when you think “holidays” and “Christmas”?  Christmas trees, lights, decorations, mistletoe and holly, holiday parties and get-togethers, holiday baking and lots of food, Santa (for the little ones), presents (come on, admit it), and the inevitable – boxes of chocolate!  You know as well as I do that for most of us, we dig right into those boxes of truffles as soon as the wrapping paper comes off.  Unless you’re allergic to chocolate, getting and giving fine chocolates for Christmas is a ubiquitous part of the holiday festivities. 

My family and I are awful at polishing off boxes of chocolate.  It takes us FOREVER and a half to finish just one – you could sail around the world in a row boat faster than it would take for us to nibble our way through!  I don’t know why!  I love chocolate, my brother loves chocolate, and so does my dad.  Even though we have treats here and there around the house at any given time, you’d think we’d more gluttonous about our chocolate consumption, especially if they’re gifts.  However, I’m the type of person that enjoys savouring things.  I’ll eat my way through things slowly so that I can enjoy them longer and I suppose this contributes to the problem.  Sigh.  So I often bring treats with me when I’m out and pawn them off to my boyfriend or my friends; they don’t mind.

This certainly doesn’t mean I don’t have the urge to inhale a box of chocolates.  Oh no, I have my weaknesses.  I just have an iron-clad will of self-control that I rein in like a pack of bloodhounds.  What are my weaknesses?  Chocolates that have really smooth centres and creamy chocolate mousse textures.  And things that just look pretty.  Which brings me to the special Christmas delivery I’m sharing with you all today: the brand spankin’ new Rose of the Dolomite Loacker chocolates from Aurora Importing!  The generous fine folks at Aurora sent me two boxes of their brand new Loacker products to try and my brother and I dug right in!  So much for upholding holiday tradition.

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Sweet, Creamy Hazelnut, Skor Cream, and Cheesecake Gelato – Bang For Your Buck at Arte Gelato and Caffé

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I think I’ve finally found the answer to my indecisiveness when it comes to gelato!  I always have the hardest time choosing ice cream and gelato flavours and every time I go out for some, I either chid myself for being so wishy-washy over my choices or I whine to myself, “why can’t I just have 5 flavours and make myself a pretty little artist’s palette of gelato scoops??”  It’s the reason why I get so excited when I come across places that allow you to choose more than one flavour in a cup or cone. 

There’s almost always a catch though.  More often than not, the extra flavours will mean extra moolah and I find myself back at square one, limiting myself to just a few flavours so I don’t end up making my wallet weep.  If only there was a way to try a host of flavours while at the same time reeling in the total price.  I recently found that “way” and I couldn’t be happier!  Introducing Arte Gelato and Caffé on Bloor West!

Located in the heart of Bloorcourt Village on Bloor Street West at the corner of Delaware Rd., just east of Dovercourt, Arte Gelato is a beautiful, airy, spacious gelato café that serves panini sandwiches, waffles, and coffee drinks in addition to their colourful, delicious array of fresh gelato.  I know there are many gelato cafés in the city and I’m well aware I haven’t even chipped away an ounce of what’s out there, but I’m telling you, Arte Gelato is an absolute gem among the jewels and there are so many reasons why I love it here. 

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