The popular Farmers Market always draws crowds and so the people attending the market gave the Chocolate Fest a boost in attendance from the get-to.
One of our favorite Tacoma restaurants is Knapp's on Proctor. It's one of the few restaurants that actually give me crispy hashbrowns when I ask for them. Their bacon is good, too. For the fest they added chocolate chip pancakes to their menu and their bar offered chocolate martinis. When we went was too early for us to sip a martini, but we appreciated the effort.
What was great at the event was that you could stop in at many shops in the Proctor District and have a couple chocolates while you were shopping and find some bargains as well.
At the Goodwill Store Peg found this bamboo chair. It will be perfect for a baby gift for a friend. They were giving away dark chocolate truffles by Lindt.
One of Peg's favorite meeting places was the French Hen in Lakewood. I found out why. The chocolatier for the French Hen is Edie Rahf. She makes incredible chocolates. Edie calls herself the "The Sonsie Chocolatier." Look up Webster's "Buxom" and you will find "Sonsie," a generously proportioned woman with a strong heart, a loving soul, and a favorable attitude. I think the definition spills over well into her recipes.
Teaching Toys and Books had a great book selection for Peg the Whiz Pop Chocolate Shop. Teaching Toys is right on the corner by the Farmers Market and always worth a stop. It's a great place to shop for the grandkids . . . or the kid in all of us.
You can't just shop and snack, you need to eat as well. Slappy's Garage and Northend Tavern provided us with an excellent prime rib French Dip. There was no chocolate involved, but it was still very tasty. The tavern has a sense of whimsy about it. I like the signs they have on their walls. My favorite reads, "We cheat the other guy and pass along the savings to you."
The Chocolate Fest wasn't just for humans. There were even doggie and kitty treats for the non-humans to sample.
While we were at Slappy's Garage someone was talking about chocolates with peppers. We found them: Edie’s creation. Whoa! They were fantastic! They had a nice little bite to them. Edie calls them Evangelines. She also the best white chocolate coconut truffles I have ever tasted.
Peg bought some candies to share with our friends. No, they were not doggie or kitty treats. Although, I had one and she patted my head and scratched me behind the ears and said, "You are such a good boy, yes, you are, you are."
We enjoyed ourselves at the Chocolate Fest. I think next year we need to schedule a window of about three hours or more to really enjoy ourselves. Perhaps, even a chocolate window . . .