Chocolate and Beer

There’s nothing like a food blog to make you remember how much beer and chocolate you consume…

Per Sarah’s suggestion, I may change the name of my blog to Runner’s Mini Bar or Runner’s Liquor Cabinet. Stay tuned.

Where and why was I consuming all of these fabulous libations? The Vosges chocolate boutique in SoHo! On Tuesday night the shop hosted a special tasting event – beers from the Brooklyn Brewery and fancy chocolates. All things in moderation, even moderation. Right?

I love the gourmet flavors that Vosges creates! Dried plums, cardamom, and dark chocolate? Yes, please. Milk chocolate, sea salt, and marcona almonds? Even better!

Not wanting to start drinking beer on an empty stomach, we started with some light snacks – prosciuto, fresh figs, arugula, and butter on crusty baguette.

Crunchy pumpernickle bread paired with ricotta cheese, olive oil, and cacao nibs.

And a slice of chorizo topped with melted chocolate on baguette. Interesting concept, but weirded me out a little bit.

Bowls of chocolate-covered nuts were also available for nibbling –

Dark chocolate covered cashews with wasabi and ginger.

And (my favorite!) – cocoa dusted hazlenuts with chicory and espresso.

Bring on the beer! Our first tasting was the Brooklyn No. 1 pale ale.

Paired with a cardamom-infused dark chocolate truffle.

Then we moved on to a darker brew – Brooklyn No. 2, which paired nicely with a dark chocolate-blood orange-campari caramel.

My favorite pairing of the night was an IPA and a milk chocolate covered tortilla chip dusted with red chili pepper. The hoppy bitterness of the IPA was a nice foil to the spicy, sweet, and salty tortilla chip. YUM.

The final pairing was a very special Brooklyn Brew called “Black Ops” – it had 11% alcohol! This bold beer was paired with a chocolate-bacon truffle.

Black Ops was a little strong for my taste.

Precious, eh?

It ended up being a late night, but I rallied the next morning and hit the roads for a brief 3-mile run. Getting my sweat on actually made me feel more awake!

An even better antidote for lack of sleep? SUGAR. Getting a gelato cookie sandwich (yes, you read that right) from the Street Sweets truck has been on my to-do list for ages. I finally sampled one for myself yesterday afternoon!

A small scoop of hazlenut gelato was sandwiched in-between two thin and crispy coconut cookies. Eaten on a hot, summer afternoon. Heaven.

Prepare yo’selves…I’m not done yet. Just reading this post may give you diabetes.

My partner in crime for all these foodie adventures also snagged me four giant Crumbs cupcakes.  The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Red Velvet, Cookie Dough, and Madison Avenue (chocolate ganache with slivered almonds) cupcakes did not disappoint. The thing I love most about crumbs is the cream filling – it ensures a perfect cake to icing ratio!

I’m well fueled (yay, glucose) for a tough workout in Central Park tonight. Stay tuned for the results…

Question: What’s your favorite type of chocolate? Milk, dark, white? With nuts? Hershey’s? Gourmet?

Edited to add: Congrats to commenter #41 – winner of the Stonyfield prize pack. Heather – email me your mailing address: runnerskitchen [at] gmail [dot] com

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather says:

I learned that at each shopping trip we make big choices when buying foods. This pack sounds awesome!

  • Dark chocolate with almonds

  • that place looks amazing! excellent photos!

  • My tummy hurts with envy!!!

  • Wowowow! This is indulgence at it’s best! That gelato cookie is right up my alley, too. Oooooh. I am delirious today. I blame the sugary food porn.

  • I am so jealous of your chocolate and beer adventures! I literally wish I could eat my heart out there 🙂 Can we say next stop NYC?

    I love chocolate– the darkest varities in particular. Of course, I’ve also been known to consume Nutella with a spoon.

  • A friend of mine used to sandwich her cupcakes for perfect icing to cake ratio by cutting the bottom half of her cake and adding it to the top! Good for cupcakes that don’t have a cream filling. Kudos to you for running after all that chocolate and beer! Must have made for some good fuel.

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  • That event sounds fantastic! Vosges chocolate is one of my absolute favorites, and I always like to support a local brew 😉

    I’m usually a dark chocolate girl, but if it’s quality milk I’m not one to turn it down.

  • Haha, a 3 mile run pre-sugar high! At NC State university there is an annual Kristy Kreme Donut Run. It is a 3 mile run to a Krispy Kreme, have to eat a dozen donuts, and run back. The path back is littered with vomit haha!

  • thank YOU for not posting any embarrassing pictures of me… though i’m not sure if you even have any!

  • What a fabulous concept, beer and chocolate!
    I specially like the sound of the chocolate bacon truffle and Black Ops, and the IPA and chocolate covered tortilla with red chilli pepper….think I’ll have to move to the US – nothing like that here in London, unless anyone knows to the contrary!

  • i need to get to the street sweets truck. so many things to cross of this summer-in-the-city to-do list, so little time!

    so that event looks AMAZING, and it just reminded me of the chocolate show that i went to last october: http://www.chocolateshow.com/ i think we need to go this year, yes?

  • Mmm beer and chocolate…..they were really trying to get some ladies up in there weren’t they? haha

    I never thought about pairing those two but seeing what they put together seems to work nicely!

    I’m not much of a dark beer fan either but my hubby actually LOVES Black Ops.

  • Maren

    Wow there were some interesting combinations! I can’t imagine how that tortilla chip tasted! That’s so many flavors all at one time!

    I LOVE white chocolate. Love, Love, Love.

  • I love how much you love the sweets! I am a chocolate fiend. I keep dark chocolate chips in a mason jar in my freezer and have at least a handful every night – perfect!

    I think my all time favourite chocolate is Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut – when my friends send it out from England my heart literally sings! But generally I’m becoming more of a dark chocolate girl. Yay chocolate!

  • Wow drooling over the Crumbs. I am a sucker for fancy cupcakes. And cream in the middle oh my! Love “everything in moderation even moderation!” That’s cute.

  • All that berr andc hocolate sounds great!! I need to get my chocolate fix on. I prefer dark chocolate with nuts, but wouldn’t turn away any type.

  • Eileen

    Wow, the cookie sandwich looks great. It all does. Beer=fuel for runners!

  • lo

    i love vosges! but my favorite has to be dark chocolate almonds. or heath. or both…together…

  • I’m not a big fan of beer but definitely a HUGE fan of chocolate. Wish we had a Vosges chocolate store in Boston too!

  • Man, I’m moving to New York just to come with you to all these awesome events!

  • I am a HUGE fan of dark chocolate. The darker the better. I like the idea of white chocolate but it’s waaaay too sweet for me! And while I strongly dislike fruit in my chocolate (the ONLY time I will actually turn cocoa down!) I’m a big fan of crunchies like rice or nuts.

  • I just had Vosges chocolate for the first time last week and it blew me away, and I think those cupcakes might be the most delicious looking things I’ve ever seen! Your blog made me so hungry today.

  • Chocolate and beer, a worth combo, ha!! Those cupcakes look amazing!

  • why was i not at that tasting event? IT LOOKS LIKE EVERYTHING I COULD WANT AND MORE!!!!

  • Oh man, it looks like you had an awesome week! This post is making me want to get some chocolate now…

    My favorite kind of chocolate is usually dark- Vosges is awesome! I live in Chicago and they’ve got a chocolate boutique here. Maybe I should go check it out!

  • So, usually the chocolate+beer combo would be my personal heaven, but for some reason those baguettes look the most appealing to me here! Mmm. But my favorite chocolate is definitely dark…throw a little honeycomb or toffee in there and it’s perfection!

  • Dark chocolate is my fave- esp Divine faitrade dark chocolate mmmm
    Although would not say no to milk or white!

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