chocolate update

C’est la vie: “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” indeed.*

Aaaah. My favourite chocolate shop in all Vancouver moved a few months ago, and their new place is now ready for action: not just the shop itself but a whole en suite café. New shop, new website. Nice simple design, focus on quality and actual content, clear simple fonts. Like. Here are some highlights, enjoy sharing a drool… 

Yes, the secret is out: that’s my secret chocolate weapon, my source for the cheapest Valrhona chocolate in town:

guanaja – valrhona
Bitterness with elegance.
Blend of Grand Cru beans.
200g bag.

Also (rest of that page):


xocopili – valrhona
Single origin.
Contains spices including paprika, curry, cardamom & Basque chili pepper.
Beans from Venezuela.
200g bag.

The current seasonal special:

 * Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), Leviathan (1651):

Hereby it is manifest, that during the time men live without a common Power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called Warre; and such a warre, as is of every man, against every man. For WARRE, consisteth not in Battell onely, or the act of fighting; but in a tract of time, wherein the Will to contend by Battell is sufficiently known: and therefore the notion of Time, is to be considered in the nature of Warre; as it is in the nature of Weather. For as the nature of Foule weather, lyeth not in a showre or two of rain; but in an inclination thereto of many dayes together: So the nature of War, consisteth not in actuall fighting; but in the known disposition thereto, during all the time there is no assurance to the contrary. All other time is PEACE.

Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of Warre, where every man is Enemy to every man; the same is consequent to the time, wherein men live without other security, than what their own strength, and their own invention shall furnish them withall. In such condition, there is no place for Industry; because the fruit thereof is uncertain; and consequently no Culture of the Earth; no Navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by Sea; no commodious Building; no Instruments of moving, and removing such things as require much force; no Knowledge of the face of the Earth; no account of Time; no Arts; no Letters; no Society; and which is worst of all, continuall feare, and danger of violent death; And the life of man, solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short.

(Ch. XIII, “Of the Naturall Condition of Mankind, As Concerning Their Felicity, and Misery”)

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