Cherry on Top – Carnival Freedom Cruise Ship – Gulf of Mexico

#RockinOnTheHighSeas – This year’s cruise was to the Bahamas and Key West, Florida. The family came along; also my friend Pam. It had rained a lot in Texas and we saw people kayaking down the flooded streets in Galveston before we departed. So it wasn’t much of a surprise
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Bonafide Chocolate en Rama – Mendoza, Argentina

Don’t cry for me, Argentina. I have not visited you yet, but I have fallen in love with you already. Our Argentinian friends, the Capones (no relation to Al), have lovingly described the Andes mountains, trips to the beach, and their rich family history of vineyards and almond
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Yelibelly Chocolates – Southlake, Texas

Private jets, exotic cars, artisan chocolates, and champagne with fresh raspberries – it was a little slice of heaven – Million Air Dallas’ “Wings and Wheels” event. Yeli, owner of Yelibelly Chocolates, invited me to visit her display there. So you know I was on that in a flash!
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New Orleans, LA – Part 3 – Laura’s Candies

I have two words for you when I think about Laura’s Candies – Mississippi Mud! And I don’t mean the kind we saw lots of when we took the swamp tour. Let me tell you about that first. On our last full day in New Orleans, we got up bright and early and Brian (my son-in-law) drove
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New Orleans, LA – Part 2 – Sucré

Sugar, sugar, sugar! Yes, you. Also the meaning of the French word “sucré.” So you know I was not leaving town without a visit to the Sucré chocolate shop in the French quarter. Our second day in New Orleans was just as warm and beautiful as the first. We spent most of the day
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New Orleans, LA – Part 1 – Southern Candymakers

Laissez les bons temps rouler! New Orleans, NOLA, Crescent City, The Big Easy – whatever you like to call it, it was our spring break destination this year. Kelly (my daughter), Brian (her husband), Kyle (my grandson), Hannah (granddaughter), and I drove from Dallas past
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Loulou Tree – Cedar Hill, Texas

Everywhere I go, there chocolate is! I stopped in at the Addison Wellness Expo a couple of weeks ago, and the first thing I saw was a table display of large chocolate bars. As I approached it, I saw that the pretty blonde, Jeri, who was working the table was actually promoting
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Dude, Sweet Chocolate – Dallas, Texas

Don’t you just love the name? And the store lived up to the image that came to my mind. We visited the Bishop Arts District location and found the shop just off Bishop Street, the center of all the action. It had concrete floors and industrial-looking shelving. Chocolates
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CocoAndre – Dallas, Texas

I met Cindy from CocoAndre a few weeks ago at the Dallas Chocolate Festival where I sampled her raspberry-lavender truffle. It was so amazing; I had to go by her shop and get more while I was in the Bishop Arts District. We found the shop in a cozy house with a white picket
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CCCP Market – Plano, Texas

Russian chocolates in Plano, Texas – who knew? I had to check it out. Since I always try to be appropriately dressed, I found the two Russian pins that were given to me by the Mayor of Moscow several years ago. I smiled as I remembered he wasn’t much taller than I am
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