Kelly (my daughter) and I took a one-day stay-cation with Dallas by Chocolate. Fun, fun, fun! Jeanine Stevens, owner, operates city tours with an emphasis on chocolate but enough historical information and trivia thrown in to make it a unique and interesting experience for everyone. We boarded the big, fancy bus at Canyon Creek Country Club at 10 in the morning and played trivia on the way to Oak Cliff. Jeanine handed out Ghirardelli chocolates as prizes. She offered wine but the busload of 22 women deferred until after lunch. She gave us lots of interesting history of Oak Cliff; former stomping grounds of Bonnie and Clyde and Lee Harvey Oswald.
Our first stop was lunch at Cretia’s in the Bishop Arts District. The first thing I noticed was the dessert case that ran the entire length of one wall. It was loaded with 4-layer cakes, pies, cookies, and of course, chocolates. The chocolates were from the Sweet Shop in Ft. Worth. I knew they would be scrumptious so I bought a couple to take home; a Showgirl (white chocolate with strawberry and raspberry ganache and lots of sparkles on top) and a Fudge Love (as you might guess, rich milk chocolate fudgy in and out). Then we enjoyed a delightful lunch and had 30 minutes to shop in the trendy Arts area. Plenty of time for Kelly and I to drop some bucks. We went to a gift shop called Fete-ish and found fabulous reproductions of art deco artist Erte’s alphabet. Kelly bought me the “K” for my birthday, and I bought the “Y” for Yvette for Christmas (hope she doesn’t read this!). Love, love, love them.
Next stop was Dude, Sweet Chocolate. We had samples of 4 or 5 things and the new When Pigs Fly fudge quickly replaced the Flower Child truffles as my favorite. Still love the Flower Child, an enticing dark truffle made with bergamot, orange, and jasmine. But one taste of When Pigs Fly Fudge and my toes curled. It’s dark chocolate fudge balls made with Whistle Pig Distillery Rye Whiskey and cured maple syrup. The flavor intensity was perfect for me.
On to The Cake Bar at Trinity Groves. We had samples of chocolate, Italian cream, red velvet, and key lime cakes. I had chocolate, of course; it was rich, moist, and very bittersweet. We walked next door to Kate Weiser Chocolates and I had to have the chocolate pumpkin filled with pumpkin pie truffles, chocolate covered apricots and candied orange peels, toffee bits and chocolate covered pecans. The kids are going to have fun cracking that open on Thanksgiving!
Back on the bus; wine, trivia, and more information from Jeanine on what’s happening around town. Our driver, James, is a well-known singer at his church and Jeanine persuaded him to perform for us as we swished up the North Dallas Tollway. He told us he was not going to take us to church, but was going to sing a Temptations song, “My Girl.” His voice was rich and golden; we clapped and sang along. It was a very cool ending to a very cool day.