Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bar of the Week: Fine & Raw's Crystals and Sea Salt

We are so excited to be carrying a range of chocolate bars from Fine & Raw.  This Brooklyn-based maker keeps its chocolate at low temperatures during processing, maintaining more of the cacao's naturally beneficial nutrients--without sacrificing any deliciousness.

Our bar of the week is Fine & Raw's Crystals and Himalayan Sea Salt.  The base is a 70% dark chocolate made from Ecuadorian cacao, to which they add a touch of sea salt and "crystals" of palm sugar, a sweetener made from palm tree flowers.  The balance of flavors and textures is absolutely amazing and dangerously addictive.  Stop by on Saturday, November 6th, for a taste of Fine & Raw's Crystals and Himalayan Sea Salt...if you dare!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bar of the Week: Domori's Sambirano

If you're a fan of certain Chinese foods, you might want to try our new Bar of the Week:  Domori's Sambirano is known for its intriguing blend of sweet and sour notes.  This 70% dark chocolate uses an hybrid criollo-trinitario cacao grown in Madagascar's Sambriano Valley.  The intense but agreeable sweet-sour flavor of this chocolate also has hints of berries, cashews, pepper and cinnamon, and a long finish.

Come by on Saturday, October 23rd, for a taste of Domori's Sambirano. 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bar of the Week: Cluizel's Villa Gracinda

Our Bar of the Week is Michel Cluizel's Vila Gracinda, a 67% dark chocolate named for the plantation on which the cacao was grown.  Vila Gracinda is located on the equatorial island of São Tomé, off the coast of west Africa, where the rich volcanic soil and marine climate have supported cocoa plantations since the early 19th century.  Dried in the sun, these beans maintain their complex aromas and give this chocolate notes of spice and herbs, liquorice and tropical fruit. 
Come by on Saturday, October 16th, for a taste of this exotic and historic chocolate.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

We're Coming Soon to Bellevue

We're very excited to announce that we're opening a seasonal store at The Bravern in Bellevue at the end of October. We'll be in suite 192, right next door to Wild Ginger, across from Vovito Cafe and down a few doors from Anthropologie. I highly recommend stopping by for chocolate after you've enjoyed the happy hours at Wild Ginger and John Howie Steakhouse.

We can't provide a specific date yet, but it will be towards the end of October. We'll know more once the cabinet maker finishes fabricating our shelves and we start to stock the store with chocolate. Watch our Twitter account (@chocolopolis) for updates on the build-out with photos. We'll announce the date there.

Below is the official press release. I hope we'll see you there!

Happy chocolate eating,

Chocolopolis Opens Seasonal Store at The Shops at The Bravern

BELLEVUE, WASH. (September 29, 2010) – Since July 2008, Chocolopolis has been satisfying chocolate cravings and educating Seattle about fine artisan chocolate. In October, they will expand their operations to the east side of Lake Washington to open their second store at The Shops at The Bravern. 

Located adjacent to Wild Ginger, Chocolopolis will treat guests to a world of chocolate they may not have known before. Chocolopolis is dedicated to helping customers discover the world of fine artisan chocolate through their selection of over 200 bars of chocolate from more than 20 countries, one of the largest selections of chocolate in the country. Much like a wine store, their chocolate bars are arranged by the geographic origin of the cacao.  They also offer truffles and other wonderful chocolate creations from world-renowned chocolatiers.  For those interested in learning more through tasting, they invite guests to come in and discover the world of chocolate at their free chocolate happy hours, featuring rotating samples from an array of cacao origins and chocolate makers.

 “We are very excited to be a part of The Bravern because of the wonderful community they’ve created. It’s not just a shopping center, it’s a center of business and technology, a place to live, a spot for fine dining and the best address for fashion in the region”, says Chocolopolis founder Lauren Adler. “The Bravern is the perfect location for us to introduce the world’s finest artisan chocolate makers and chocolatiers to the Eastside. We also know that our existing Eastside customers will be thrilled that Chocolopolis will be so conveniently located on their side of the lake.”


Tami Elwin
About The Bravern
The Bravern is a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly outdoor village at the gateway to downtown Bellevue, Washington. Completed in 2009 by Schnitzer West, LLC, the mixed-use development encompasses The Shops at The Bravern with fashion retail, lifestyle services and premier restaurants anchored by Neiman Marcus; The Bravern Signature Residences in two elegant towers; The Bravern Office Commons featuring two towers fully leased to Microsoft; and abundant parking. For more information, call (425) 456-8780 or visit the web site at You will also find The Shops at The Bravern on Facebook and may follow on Twitter @bravern.

About Schnitzer West LLC
Schnitzer West LLC is one of the West Coast’s fastest growing real estate investment, development and property management companies.  Founded in 1997 by managing investment partner Dan Ivanoff of Seattle and Schnitzer Investment Corp of Portland, the company has built a successful track record in the commercial and multi-family housing markets through product innovation, disciplined management and investment expertise. Known for its commitment to “Outperform The Expected,” Schnitzer West has earned recognition for creating innovative workplaces and living spaces, for delivering superior-to-market returns and for its value-creation approach to property management.  To date, it has developed and delivered in excess of 5.1 million square feet of Class-A office and suburban office, flex, industrial and bio-tech space; 305,000 square feet of upscale retail and more than 1,250 luxury multi-family apartment and condominium units in the Seattle and Portland markets.  Additionally, it has acquired and repositioned approximately 1.0 million square feet of commercial product.  Currently, its Asset Operations group actively manages 5.5 million square feet of office, retail, industrial and bio-tech property for a variety of clients. Building on its success in the Northwest, Schnitzer West owns additional properties in Denver and is exploring new market opportunities across the Western United States. Learn more at 

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Bar of the Week: Coppeneur's Hacienda Iara

Most of the world's cacao is a hearty, adaptable variety known as Forestero.  While less-prevalent Trinitario and Criollo cacaos are generally considered finer and more flavorful, there are also some very fine Foresteros out there. Arriba Nacional is a subspecies of Ecudaorian Forestero known for its robust but nuanced flavor.

Our Bar of the Week puts Arriba Nacional on a well-deserved pedestal.  A 72% dark chocolate from German maker Coppeneur, Hacienda Iara has a tangy personality with bright jasmine overtones balanced by mellow notes of roasted nuts.  Hacienda Iara is EU-certified organic and contains just three ingredients: cacao, sugar and cocoa butter.

We will be offering samples of Coppeneur's Hacienda Iara on Saturday, October 9th.