But what we're really looking forward too are miniature version's of Alma's unrivaled chocolate cake ($5).
Alma Chocolate, 140 NE 28th Ave., 517-0262. 10 am-6 pm Monday-Saturday, 11 am-4 pm Sunday. Bon-bons available at both Cork locations.
Xocolatl de Davíd's Foitella
This is even better, so overwhelmingly rich that we've been eating it by the quarter-teaspoon.
Foietella is only sold at Laurelhurst Market (3155 E Burnside St., 206-3099) and Briggs' kitchen at Meat Cheese Bread (1406 SE Stark St., 234-1700). Bars are sold at Cacao, The Meadow, Cork and Foster & Dobbs, among other locations.
These are little demitasse-sized bars of ground coffee mixed with cocoa butter—just the fat, not the chocolate part—and salt.
Sahagun, 10 NW 16th Ave., 274-7065. 10 am-6 pm Monday-Saturday.
Coconut Caramel Fleur de Sel,
Online and at
414 SW 13th Ave., 241-0656; Pastaworks; and The Meadow.
Jesse Manis and Aubrey Lindley have hundreds of bars on offer, but there are three I really, really recommend: Domori 70% from Ecuador, which tastes like bananas; the wonderfully acid Patric; and the modestly crunchy cocoa beans sold under Cacao's own label, of which we can never get enough. 414 SW 13th Ave., 241-0656. 9 am-8 pm Monday-Thursday, 9 am-10 pm Friday-Saturday, 11 am-6 pm Sunday.
There's lots of local chocolate to be had at this salt-and-chocolate-and-wine-and-flower shop. These days, they make their own, too: a half-dozen single-origin chocolates embedded with fine salts. Yum. The Meadow, 3731 N Mississippi Ave.,
Cheryl Wakerhauser has a few special confections prepared for heart week, including the chocolate truffle heart ("a
3402 SE Division St., 232-4407;
3901 N Williams Ave., 282-6539.
Missionarys raspberry heart
all-vegan, all-organic, gluten-free and fair-trade truffles
"Meyer lemon explosion,"
Darn near everywhere, including Whole Foods and Food Front Co-op, 2375 NW Thurman St., 222-5658, foodfront.coop.
Black Sheep
Black Sheep Cafe, 523 NE 19th Ave., 517-5762. 8 am-4 pm Monday-Friday, 10 am-3 pm Sunday.
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