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!
As I waited in the valet parking line, I was excited to see a bright red Ferrari in front of me. But, before the day was over, one would think red Ferraris were a dime a dozen. After checking in at the Million Air office, I was directed to a huge airplane hangar. What a glorious sight! Rows and rows and rows of shiny, exotic cars; new and vintage Ferraris, Rolls Royces, Jaguars, McLarens, Mercedes, Aston Martins, Porsches, etc., lots of beautiful people, beautiful food and drinks. Outside the open hangar, several jets sat with doors open, ready for the curious to board and see which one was best suited to their travel needs. I didn’t board – too many memories of a pilot surprising me with a barrel roll in Learjet years ago.
Actually, it did. I got Chocolate Wasted! Not my fault, though. Delightful and spontaneous Yeli encouraged me to sample her Chocolate Wasted selection of bonbons. Never one to shy away from a new experience, I started with the dark chocolate espresso bourbon one. It was absolutely divine! The smoothest chocolate shell with an intensely flavored ganache filling – more fluid than the ganache you find in truffles. Yeli told me just last night she won FIRST PLACE at the GRAPEVINE CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL and showed me her trophy. I’m was not surprised; her chocolates were among the best I have ever tasted. I almost felt I was having a sip of fine Kentucky bourbon. In fact, I think I’ll buy some to drop into our mint julip glasses on Derby Day. Then I tried a dark chocolate Merlot Habanero Pepper bonbon. Hold on to your taste buds! The silky dark chocolate lingered on my tongue, but seconds later the habanero kicked in. If you like hot and spicy, spicy, you will love these. I went back for another taste of bourbon and then ordered a 12 piece Wasted box – all liquor flavored chocolates – bourbon, espresso rum, Irish whiskey, amaretto, Chambord raspberry, and cinnamon Schnapps. I took the box home for the family to try; it’s no fun getting wasted alone.
Yeli and I continue to talk when we had a chance between customers at her booth. I continued tasting as I interviewed her. I perfected the skill of talking and eating at the same time early in life. She was so cute with her sparkly blue eyes, perpetual smile, and oh, that peaches and cream complexion! It prompted me to ask about her belly dancing career. Although she has hung up her veils for a while, she is an accomplished belly dancer. You may have guessed, she combined her passion for belly dancing and chocolate when she came up with the name of her company; Yelibelly. She explained how her chocolates are all made by hand in small batches with no preservatives. She has about 18 flavors at any one time and just loves creating unexpected combinations; Wasabi, Thai chili pepper, and pumpkin spiced latte flavors among them. She says something hot and spicy is coming for summer.
I was literally a kid in a candy shop; chocolates, belly dancing, cars, planes, and champagne. I had just about worn myself out so I asked Yeli to take a picture with me. We decided to stand in front of one of the cars. Yeli said, “don’t suppose I could splay myself out over the hood?” I said if she did, I would. We got a stern look from the owner standing nearby, so dear chocolate lovers, you will not get to see that.
I reluctantly said goodbye and went back to the valet line to wait for my gypsy wagon (my black Cadi). Quelle surprise! There was a lovely goodie bag sitting in my passenger seat. What a classy way to deliver them. Nice job, Debbie Staggs (marketing and PR for Million Air).
Now I’m off to find a DVD with belly dancing lessons and to finish getting Chocolate Wasted.
(inside Delicious Cakes storefront)
2364 Northwest Parkway
Southlake, Texas 7092