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A few random reviews


Ghirardelli Sea Salt Soiree squares: Amazingly, addictively good. Just the right amount of crunch from tiny salt crystals and crushed toasty almonds. Overtones of Heath Bar, only way easier to chew.

Chuao Chocolatier, Coffee & Anise bar: Finely ground espresso and star anise in a 60% cacao bar. Dark and subtle and delicious. The anise is fairly subtle, especially next to a strong flavor like espresso. I am still not deeply keen on black licorice, but I've learned to love fennel and anise. They're gentler. Will try some of Chuao's other nontraditional flavors, but only for a rare treat, given the price.


Bois d'Ombrie (by Eau d'Italie): This was a "love at first sniff" scent for me, and several months later I still swoon over it. I'd call it super-old-fashioned-masculine in a sense, in that I could see Rex Harrison or some other strong-yet-refined English guy from the mid-20th-century wearing it. Leather, tobacco, and cognac are the notes I mostly get (though I might've guessed brandy, being not as familiar with cognac), with a good base of wood--smells like a cabinet in which our gentleman would keep his liquor and pipe tobacco. I hadn't noticed the iris that others mention, but now that it's pointed out, I see how it's under there, softening the whole effect just a tad. And though I'm a slip of a 21st-century American woman, I love wearing it. Mmmm.

Fire From Heaven (by CB I Hate Perfume): Wish I got woods, incense, or even patchouli. Instead what dominates for me is burning paper. A bit TOO fiery. I much prefer Burning Leaves (also by CB I Hate Perfume) for a purely-smoke accord.

A few samples I've found lovely but need to spend more time with in order to write a proper review: L'Artisan Mure et Musc (blackberry and a totally '80s clean musk), Hermes Rocabar (sexy manly orange), and Shiseido Murasaki (fresh, soft, classy green--not unlike Chanel No 19).


Organic Opal apples: They're lemon-yellow on the outside, the usual apple-whitish on the inside. Good crunch. Quite sweet with a hint of melon or pear flavor. Very juicy too, though perhaps not quite as juicy as a Honeycrisp. Recommended!



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Jan. 26th, 2012 12:05 am (UTC)
Well I don't care for chocolate at all. And it could be from high end to Hershey. Don't like it. I guess I'm a vanilla person. But I'm surrounded by chocoholics. I have tried the Opal apples. And I love those! but my all time favorite is Honeycrisp.

As for perfume. I've only had an expensive one,the classic No 5 (and a big bottle too) which was a gift from my mother in law. But that was because my father in law was a buyer. I do love Marc Jacobs classic. That's about all I wear except for sometimes I'll dab on Sunflower.
Jan. 27th, 2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
Though I don't comprehend people disliking chocolate, it's fine with me that you folks exist. More chocolate for me! :)

There are so many types of apples, especially here in Washington, that I imagine I'll never taste them all--and Honeycrisps, Fujis, and even Golden Delicious are so good I hardly need to try others. But it's fun to try a new one once in a while, especially that lovely lemon color of the Opal.
Jan. 27th, 2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
I don't understand why I dislike it. (well not really dislike) Just that if I had my choice of ice cream or sweets, I would not go for chocolate. If forced to choose between the two (milk or dark) it would be dark. I really hate milk chocolate! Eveyone else in my family of course loves it. My sister in law has to have chocolate almost everyday. Now she's not heavy. It the sugar in chocolate, not the chocolate itself that makes you heavy. I think she likes the unsweetened bitter chocolate.

Now I could sit down and eat a bunch of honeycrisp!
Dean Mayes
Jan. 29th, 2012 11:54 am (UTC)
I'm a total Haighs fanboy. Haighs are an Adelaide icon and their dark chocolate is the bomb.

Jan. 31st, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
I don't think we can get Haigh's here! I'll keep an eye out just in case, though. Sounds excellent.
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