There is no escaping the endless parade of grey, rainy, and cold days of a winter in the Northwest . . .Even as I notice nature's hopeful signs of approaching Spring, the persistent grey blanket of weather wears me down. No amount of snowshoeing on brilliant mountaintops, observing the new green shoots coming on, and no amount of vicariously enjoying the travel blogs of folks in sunnier climes can lift me out of this sodden, mossy, grey funk.
What's a person to do? Chocolate, Wine and Beer my friends, that's what!Every year Portland hosts the Chocolate Fest, a benefit for the World Forestry Center. Chocolate fest is over 85 vendors of fine chocolate, wine, beer and even boutique vinegars all providing little samples of pure sunshine and joy.
If you think you know something about chocolate - think again. Unroasted, organic, infused with everything from sea salt to citrus and beyond, every chocolatier has something different and scrumptious. Habanero, jalapeno, and cayenne are very big and will definitely clear your sinuses while delighting your palate.
|Photo from the Chocolate Fest site - but I'm down there somewhere.|