Friday, July 31, 2009
It is always fun to create a new term and claim to be an expert in it. Your reviewer, Merkel Marmaduke has done a bit of research by sitting in various Cafes drinking hot chocolate and has noticed a trend of large buildings having foyers with Cafés. See reviews Un Caffe Bar, The Bean Bar and Stax on Flinders.
Merkel Marmaduke claims the phrase "Café Foyerism" as his own after checking for any instances of this phrase on the net. Interestingly Foyerism and Foyuerism (A form of voyeurism conducted in foyers) get a mention.
The Merkel Marmaduke thesis is that Café Foyerism grew out of a number of other trends.
- The outsourcing of the work canteen,
- The need for less ground floor customer contact space for large organisations like banks because of ATMs and the internet, and
- The development of the arcade food hall where chairs and tables were shared by a number of food vendors.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I ordered the Medium Hot Chocolate. It came in generous ceramic mug. It had delicious froth and a semicircle of chocolate on top. No marshmallows or chocolates. The cost was $3.80. I could have paid $3.40 or $4.40 for different size cups. This was not a bad chocolate, but it was a little too milky and could have been richer.
According to the following link, there is a lot of science that goes into the making of froth. It makes one appreciate the effort that goes into making a good hot chocolate.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The Hot Choclate at Un Caffe was delicious. It was a rich dark chocolate flavour much like the Belgium chocolate from Chocolate World. It came in a dainty ceramic cup with a good white froth and a stripe of chocolate powder. There were no marshmallows or extra chocolates. At $4.00 for a small cup this is not for those watching their pennies but be assured this is a good tasting hot chocolate.
Monday, July 27, 2009
The froth of the chocolate did indeed taste of white chocolate and was quite nice. The cup for $3.80 was reasonably generous. Unfortunately the rest of the chocolate did not have much if any cocoa in it and tasted like simply milk and sugar. This was not to your reviewer's taste.
I returned to another Bean Bar in Flinders St, Adelaide later in the week. There was not much seating space but there are seats on the pavement and some in the adjoining credit union foyer.
I chose the mint flavoured hot chocolate. This hot chocolate was a better experience than the "snow top". It was a rich chocolate flavour with a mint flavour that was not overpowering. Lady Marmaduke dislikes the mint and chocolate combined but I think it works well. The presentation was not the best as I ordered take away and paper cups do not impress Merkel Marmaduke. The cost was $3.90.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
The hot chocolates come in 3 sizes for $3.50, $4.50 and $5.50. I had a medium sized hot chocolate with orange and that was served in a generous mug. It came with a bubbly froth with a dollop of cream in the middle and chocolate sprinkling on top. It was milky and not particular rich but I was glad of this given the large mug. The orange flavour was a delight although it got a bit sweet toward the bottom of the mug.
There were no marshmallows or chocolates served with the drink. The Mug came with a square saucer which was a stylish addition.
This was a pleasurable visit and I will return to try some other flavours.
One certain cafe in Ballarat left its mark on hot-chocolate aficionado, Andrew Hansen, who gave a five-star commendation for what he believed was "the best hot chocolate I have ever had. It was brilliant.Opportunity number two that was missed was a chain of seven shops in Victoria that offer 20 varieties of Italian Hot Chocolate.
The Chocolate Room -- seven in Victoria, two in Queensland, and others about to open in Cairns and Sydney -- offers handmade Belgian chocolates, desserts, fondues and 20 varieties of Italian hot chocolate.The Marmadukes will have to return to Victoria soon.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
The medium cup was generous. The Hot Chocolate came with the best decorated froth your reviewer has seen so far. White froth on top of brown froth meant there was a light brown circle around the perimeter of the cup and a generous chocolate sprinkle was applied in a neat semicircle. No marshmallows. The taste was rich and creamy to the bottom.
Friday, July 24, 2009
It is clear from the outset that this chocolate is going to be different. It comes with a brown froth and a sprinkle of dark chocolate on top. You pay only $3.50 for a cup of very rich chocolate, the sort you would not want to have with a big meal. It comes in a paper cup and you get no extras like chocolates or marshmallow. This is a special drink for not much money.
The Café made a good hot chocolate. It came in a generous mug, had a froth with a good sprinkling of chocolate on top with a straight line design and came with two white marshmallows. The chocolate was creamy throughout and did not have a bitter sediment. It was perfect for a wet day. The cost was $4.00 but beware that to get to the Café you have to pay an entrance fee of $5 per car to get into the park. Other attractions in the park included a number of gardens, a maze and a large granite globe that was suspended in water and could be rotated.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
The Victoria Fossil Cave tour was excellent and well worth the trip. This was some consolation for the chocolate being fairly ordinary.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
The hot chocolate comes in a tall glass with a handle. It was served with a delicious dark chocolate thin and had a good froth with a semi-circle of chocolate on top. My last hot chocolate there seemed a little weak to start with until I realised there was a significant amount of sediment at the bottom and all it needed was good stir to give my chocolate a nice rich taste. It was reasonably priced at $3.70.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
The tables summarise what is in the reviews. Those with links appear on this site. Those without are still to be published.
Merkel has a presentation and taste scoring system displayed on these tables. Presentation and taste is given a score between 1 and 10. 10 is Merkel Marmaduke's dream hot chocolate and 1 is his nightmare. Presentation includes the quality of the cup, the froth the look and added extras. Taste is purely up to the whim and judgement of Merkel.
My hot chocolate was bought with a shortbread biscuit which unfortunately was a bit heavy for my liking. The hot chocolate was served in a good sized ceramic cup with a couple of white marshmallows and a good froth. Chocolate was sprinkled in straight line pattern. The chocolate itself was insipid and watery. It scored well on presentation but poorly on taste.
Friday, July 17, 2009
I would also point out that you can get a hot chocolate in the Pokie (Poker Machine) Lounge from a dispensing machine. I had cause to be waiting there one evening and tried the hot chocolate. This is at no cost as long as the staff members have some expectation you might invest funds in their poker machines, so I hesitate to complain. It came in a ceramic cup with a free prepacked biscuit. It had a thin froth and was just too watery for my taste. I suggest interested readers pay the money and get the hot chocolate from the restaurant.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Some of the better answers were:
Ami: Why do you put pickles on burgers?
BrandonM: Well actually because since hot cocoa is hot and marshmallows are soft, and puffy. When you bite into a marshmallow it kinda relaxes your toungue and makes the hotness of the hot cocoa relaxing rather than painful.
MartiG: it makes it more frothy
I liked the more metaphysical answers:
Tamari: I always thought that it was because it looks like a few patches of snow in mud, like when spring starts and winter ends.
In Spite of Me: Because if you don't you'll upset the balance of the universe.
Cherry Blossum: Because marshmallows prefer to die in hot chocolate.
My favourite was:
EverythingsPeachy: Because sometimes having something with absolutely no nutritional value is fun!
But I am still no closer to finding any real history on the subject.
Hot chocolate from Butterflies is served either in a ceramic cup or tall mug. The mug was fairly dainty rather than generous. I chose to have my hot chocolate with their meal deal so I have neglected to work out what the separate price was. In addition to the normal froth and sprinkle of chocolate Butterfies adds a squirt of chocolate sauce in a simple pattern. The hot chocolate has hazelnut or vanilla flavour added which gives it a refreshing sweetness. No marshmallows were served with this hot chocolate but the flavour was sweet enough as it is. I liked the originality of the flavour although it was too sweet to be my regular hot chocolate.
This venue seems to have closed and is now on the list of disappearing hot chocolate venues.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The result was not too bad. Better than dispensing machine chocolate but not as good as the Café chocolates I have had. In comparison with my normal Cadbury's chocolate made with milk, I found it had a plausible dark chocolate flavour but I still preferred the natural creaminess of the Cadbury's. It was not too rich and did not have chocolate sediment at the bottom.
I worry a bit about those chemicals. The ingredients for the Cadbury chocolate all look a lot more recognisable (Sugar, Cocoa, Mineral Salt, Flavour – which of course could be anything).
The Hot Chocolate is presented well. It comes with a pink marshmallow and a white marshmallow in a smallish ceramic cup. The froth is good with a chocolate stripe over the froth. The chocolate is rich but not bitter. The cost was only $3.20 but mugs of hot chocolate were also available. I would be happy to have this standard hot chocolate every lunchtime.
The pink and white marshmallows seem to be somewhat of a standard in Adelaide coffee shops. I have a sweet tooth but I find it sufficient to dunk only the white marshmallow. The pink one is for the girls and my partner usually obliges by relieving me of this confectionery.