I have been laying off the internet ‘play time’ this last week, i.e. facebook, pinterest, and blogging, as a little break from it every now and then is nice. The week was taken up with my husband being sick with a cold, and me being busy making desserts at the restaurant for Valentines Day. After I got all of the desserts done at work I caught his cold, so we both have been laying low.
I did some nice desserts at the restaurant, which I am so wishing I would have brought my camera in to get some pictures of. I made a lot of the usuals, Tiramisu, Cannoli, and the (almost flourless, gluten-free) Chocolate Hazelnut Torte. And for all the sweethearts being treated to a special dining experience, I made some Goats Cheese-Buttermilk Panna Cotta (I loved them, they turned out so nice) that went with a Red Wine Apricot – Black Mission Fig Compote and a Citrus Lace Tuille. The other special was a chocolate lover’s tart: Chocolate Soufflé Tart in a Chocolate Almond Shortbread Crust with a Godiva Sabayon and Raspberries. They were also garnished with some pretty little edible flowers.
I would love to get some of these desserts on my blog, but I never bring in my camera to work and I just can’t talk about them and post a recipe without some pictures! =) I’ll share some of them on here soon.
Anyway, despite my hubby being sick this last week, he still took me out for a lovely dinner, surprised me with a vase of pretty flowers, and… a very nice and unexpected surprise…
First I must tell you that last Fall we did a road trip down to Yellowstone N.P., Grand Teton N.P., and Jackson Hole, WY. In Jackson I made a point to stop in to a very fine chocolate shop called Coco Love. (There’s a blog post here on the shop if you’d like to see more pictures).
In this sleek little modern shop are some fine pastries, coffee, gelato, and fine chocolate truffles of world renowned Pastry Chef and Chocolate Master, Oscar Ortega.
I didn’t leave there without indulging in some amazing chocolates, my favorite was the Goats Milk Caramel Truffle- amazing!
Anyway, this last week my husband surprised me with some special Atelier Ortega chocolates for Valentines…
And a surprise it was! We have been enjoying the divine flavors and amazing velvety textures of these fine chocolates over the week.
They’re so pretty, they make for a great photo subject too.
Well, there’s three left which I must go take care of right now. =)
Great job to my husband, and many hugs and kisses!