La Fiera del Cioccolato! A true Gillianasana-style holiday (emphasis on the holy...as in HOLY YUM!) Prepare to be bombarded with a fantastic array of some seriously drool-worthy pictures (many, as usual, courtesy of the lovely and talented Alaina :)
My roommates and I happily ventured to the Piazza della Santa Croce, where this long-anticipated event was taking place. I had yet to walk around this area of Florence and I actually really liked it; less touristy, cute little fruttivendolo (fruit & veg market). I like that it's a bit farther from our apartment too. I plan on wandering around there more, chocolate festival or not.
We finally rounded a corner and saw the tent:
No, I don't know what that church is in back of it. Hello, tent full of CHOCOLATE right there...that's a LOT closer to my idea of divinity!
Prepare to feast your eyes on pure, delicious chocolateyness...
Real cacao pods
Look at those roses! CRAZY detail!
I freakin loved this frog. In a top hat, playing a drum, made of chocolate. Randomly delicious.
This is where I bought my truffles...SO pretty!
These fruit spreads were ridiculous. It was like eating the fruit itself. I tried strawberry and pear :)
Ok, you see that tower? They shaved off pieces (what's inside the roll-up) of that tower - it was like chocolate-hazelnut-melt-in-your-mouth amazingness. Nutella ain't got NOTHIN on this stuff. They took the shavings and rolled them up into a thin rectangle of short-bread like stuff to create that amazing "chocolate kebab" you see in my very happy roomie's hands above.
This was what Alaina and I split. It was chocolate cake with dark ganache on top and then they poured liquid hot chocolate over the top. Basically: Heaven. On. A. Plate. We were happy girls!!!
Now OBVIOUSLY I was not leaving this tent without something. Here is what I brought home:
4 of the prettiest truffles I have EVER laid eyes on, an extra dark truffle (that big dark ball), a chocolate covered dried melon and two chocolate-dipped pears. It actually wasn't extravagantly expensive, but you all know me - if I spend money on anything, it's usually edible!
(Caffe filling, of course!)
The leaf is mint, the little square is green tea, and the swirly log is tiramisu. I haven't tried these yet - but don't worry, you'l hear about it when I do :)
And there you have it. La Fiera del Cioccolato in Firenze. Be jealous.