I have a pretty healthy diet and don’t eat much in the way of junk food so, when I am up for a naughty indulgence, I don’t scrimp…but I do eat in nibbles.
Today I visited Les Pralines Belges in Perth’s Trinity Arcade for the first time in years. I was so excited to see the old chocolate cafe still there. In spite of Perth’s changes, it is comforting to know that some things stay the same.
I couldn’t resist my old favourites as soon as I had clapped eyes on them: I bought a bag each of Leonida’s Gianduja and dark chocolate-coated candied peel (if you haven’t tried Gianduja before, it’s almond & hazelnut praline and tastes like a mini bar of Nutella). Enveloped lovingly in clear cellophane bags, these precious Belgian treats make my heart sing with each bite. Totally worth the $23.50 for both. Oh, and then of course there was the bonus stick of choc-coated candied lemon peel for the road [thanks, Robert :)].
If you want to read further, owner Robert Pijls featured in a July article from The Australian on the rise of the chocolate cafe.
Priced by most gourmet shops at $14.95-$17.50 for a tiny little plasticky box-type arrangement [ok, it’s 450g, so not as small as it first looks], the lokum (sweet rose delight) from Malouf’s Mezza is not cheap. It is, however, utterly delicious.
I was introduced to the Swan Valley’s Yahava Koffee Works a couple of weeks ago following a colleague’s farewell lunch. Our visit followed a recommendation from our gorgeous waitress at Chester’s (winery and Swan Valley institution). I thoroughly enjoyed my long mac at the time and, after getting high on the smell of Yahava’s many excellent coffee blends/varietals, I walked away with a number of items that I absolutely did not need. My favourite take-home goody was a bag of Yahava’s ‘Dark Chocolate Coated Koffee Beans’. Incredibly moreish and $8.90 for 150g.
I have to say, though, the 50s-styled fridge magnet [pictured below] went to my friend D, and I hope it is helping him get through his working week. [Image courtesy of The Coffee Pot.]
So now I am intrigued. What is your choice of foodly indulgence?