A bit of sea salt makes just about everything taste better, even chocolate...especially when it's rich dark chocolate and there's roasted almonds involved. This would be Ghiradelli's Sea Salt Soiree, Intense Dark chocolate with sea salt and roasted almonds....decadent and beyond delicious.
That was my favorite find of the week. But there's a few others right behind it. Such as the Flying Winemaker 2007 Ancient Vine Zinfandel. They describe it as 'dark fruit on the nose and a beautiful, intense dark berry flavor on the palate'. I describe it as 'yummy, fruity and smooth and goes fabulously with dark chocolate'. Best thing is that it's inexpensive too, at around $12.99 a bottle. I discovered this one at a wine shop in North Andover, where my sister lives. They do a tasting every so often where customers rank 18 wines, and this one was the top red, over much pricier wines. It's good on its own or with pasta, meat or cheese.
Speaking of cheese, have fallen madly in love with St. Andre triple cream. My office mate Jen and I are addicted to the stuff. We killed a whole ball of it as an appetizer, before having our low fat main meal of boiled dinner. I refused to look at the calorie information as it would have been much too shocking. We had multiple servings of this very high fat cheese, but it's hard not to. Get this the next time you have people over and watch them swoon....it's seriously crazy good. The texture is like butter, soft, smooth and mild, a little brie like but creamier. You can find it at most supermarkets in the cheese section, though the white chalky rind is edible, like brie it's kind of bitter, so I tend to avoid it and focus on the rich, creamy goodness inside.
So, that's it for the week, chocolate, cheese and wine, three of my favorite things.