Oooh, a question about chocolate. :D I will try not to talk your ear off.~
Truthfully, I would say I prefer dark chocolate because I find it tastes richer and sweeter. I don’t eat much at a time, just a few squares melted in porridge or a standard 35g/50g snack size bar with coffee or tea. My favourites are Green & Black’s 70%, Go*Do Organic 60% and Hotel Chocolat Trinidad 75%. Their Hazelnut Buche is absolutely delicious, too, but as it’s quite an expensive shop it’s definitely more of a special occasion purchase..I will try pretty much any dark chocolate bar from any shop providing it’s suitable for vegans, though. I prefer the cocoa content to be around 70%.
(I also like to buy bags of vegan dark chocolate chips with every intention of baking with them, then end up scooping out handfuls to snack on every time I walked past the cupboard…)
As for raw chocolate, I haven’t tried every kind available, but Vanoffe from The Raw Chocolate Co is really good, and Conscious Orange. I posted about an IQ Superfood espresso-flavoured raw chocolate bar the other day which was seriously good, so I’m planning to try out their other flavours! You can also make really simple three ingredient raw chocolate, too - I like to mix in dried cranberries, raisins, cacao nibs, chopped nuts…very tasty and it takes no time at all to prepare.
Oh, and if you haven’t yet treated yourself to a Booja Booja truffle then please do! The hazelnut ones are heavenly. xox
I went to the gym after work last night, just to run for twenty minutes or so as I didn’t get around to it over the weekend. One of the trainers came to ask for my membership details so he could enter me in a Christmas prize draw, and we got talking. He asked what my “target” was and I said there wasn’t one, I just come to the gym to run when I feel like it. He asked about my job and any other exercise I do, and when I said I cycle but have never done a press-up in my life, he looked at me like I was mad. He said I looked very athletic and asked what my body fat percentage was (“you must be seventeen percent or something, those girls are looking at you thinking biiittttcccchhhh”). I said I didn’t know and didn’t care, if there was any sort of “goal” for me it was just to be stronger and maybe run a bit further next time. He then noticed my old lip piercing scars, the tattoo on my wrist, and told me I was the most interesting person in the gym today. I don’t think he was hitting on me - he spoke openly about his partner and he didn’t come across as flirty - and ended by offering me a free personal training session, whenever we’re next at the gym at the same time.
I didn’t particularly appreciate the body fat question but I suppose it was nice to be called “interesting” and feel like it was a meaningful observation, instead of being judged solely on looks. I know I come across as aloof and serious most of the time, even when I’m trying to be friendly and open, but he said he liked how chilled I was. A strange encounter but hey, a free personal training session! Can’t complain!