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Brownies, fondue, chocolate high tea or a chocolate tour?
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. Charles M Schultz (creator of Peanuts comic strip).
Real chocoholics recognise the truth of this quote. Coming from a family of women with a genetic predisposition to chocolate addiction (that's our excuse, anyway) I hear it loud and clear. Saturday 7 July is International Chocolate Day or World Chocolate Day, if you prefer. There's no need to quibble about the name, the sentiment remains the same; chocolate is worth celebrating, especially with like-minded friends.
Ode to Golden Gaytime cake by Dello Mano. image from Dello Mano website.
Below are some ways you and your friends can celebrate International Chocolate Day in Brisbane this year.
1. Dello Mano Brownies or High Tea
Brownies and other delectables
Brisbane's own Dello Mano brownies are world famous for a reason. They are known and loved by people, including celebrities, all across the globe. These to-die-for delicacies are the perfect treat to celebrate everything that's great about chocolate. Actually, I can't think of anything that's NOT great about chocolate, or brownies, for that matter. Their Pistachio and Rosewater is my personal favourite.
This International Chocolate Day drop into their New Farm or City stores for a brownie or two, or a whole box to share. They also offer handmade chocolates, truffles and cakes. If that's not convenient you can order online and have your slice of chocolate heaven delivered to your door (Brisbane metropolitan area).
Dello Mano chocolate Brownie Cake - Jewel Box. Image from Dello Mano website.
You can also enjoy their special High Tea at both their New Farm and Tattersall's Arcade premises. Choose from The Arcadian High Tea or the Chocolate Queen High Tea.
The Arcadian "features three mini-mini cakes — Golden Gaytime, Red Velvet, and Raspberry &Passionfruit Torte — as well as a brownie mousse with meringue, scones, and three savory sandwiches". The Chocolate Queen High Tea "features a wide range of chocolate treats, including Blackforest and Chocolate Milkshake mini-mini cakes, truffle bon-bons, and Belgian Chocolate brownie." Yum, yum, and yum again!
Image from Dello Mano website.
Book online for New Farm High Tea here. Book online for Tattersall's Arcade High Tea here. The cost is $55 per person and high teas are offered every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 PM.
2. Regatta International Chocolate Day
The historic Regatta Hotel in Toowong plays host to wide variety of specialty events throughout the year. For International Chocolate Day they're layering on the chocolate just like a cake. There'll be chocolate desserts in their Boatshed restaurant, as well as decadent cocktails, but what you really want to be a part of is their indulgent Chocolate Fondue in The Courtyard. Sweet treats to dip into velvety liquid chocolate; where do I sign up? You don't have to. You and your addiction are welcome from 4pm until late.
The people at Stamford consider that 'chocolate is its own food group', and it would be churlish to disagree. Having partaken of this decadent high tea delight I can vouch for its deliciousness. You can read my full review here. It doesn't matter how you like your chocolate — brownies, fondue, cakes, tarts, macarons with creamy chocolate fondant — you'll find something to tempt your tastebuds. But there are also many savoury options and fragrant teas included in this buffet, all served up in the Brasserie and its riverside marquee. And it's good value at only $49 per person, and $25 per child (5 – 12 years old).
The Brasserie Marquee overlooking the river. Image by writer.
Book online now. The Chocolate High Tea Buffet is available every Saturday & Sunday from 3pm to 5pm.
4. Chocolate Walking Tour
Foodi Chocolate Walking Tour lets you explore some of the city's best chocolatiers and find out all about the chocolate-making process and sample chocolates at the venues you visit. And for those who feel guilty about a little chocolate indulgence what could be better than walking it off as you go? Discounts on purchases are also available at a number of the venues.
The tour runs each Saturday, departing from the Mall's Visitors Information Centre at 10am. The cost is $59 per person and you can book online here. At the time of writing there are 10 places left for Saturday 7 July.