The new year is here. Instead of making the traditional new year’s resolutions, I’ve decided to keep things a little bit more simple and have weekly resolutions. For me personally, I do horribly with long term goals. I get defeated easily and it seems so far off that it can feel hopeless at times. When new year’s day rolled around this year, I decided to take a new approach.
It’s only been three weeks but I’m loving this new way of setting goals for myself! The seven day time frame lets me set mini goals and feel accomplished for doing it. I also can’t put it off during the week because I feel the time coming to an end. I just don’t feel that urgency when I have a goal for the entire year. My goals change every week, but there are a few things that stay the same every week. One of those things is going out and doing something new every week. Since I’m living in a new country, I have to push myself to take advantage of my time here. Unfortunately I’ve wasted a lot of time while getting settled down here and a bit lazy too. It’s OK to be lazy every once in awhile, but I don’t want to make a habit of it! I know I’ll regret the time wasted when I return home. This week, I decided to head out to Salon du Chocolat in Seoul.
Do I even need to explain this one? This event basically brings chocolate lovers together to enjoy the many forms that chocolate takes. I was soo lucky because I had no idea about this festival until the very last day that it was here. Luckily one of my Facebook friends had posted a link to the event so I rushed to the COEX Exhibition Center to check it out! COEX is almost an hour away from the area that I live in, so if I had seen that post just a few hours later I would have never made it. It cost 15,000won to enter, but if you registered online early it was free. Such a bummer! I liked that you got an actual badge to enter the venue.
Holy cow the amount of chocolate that was available! I was worried that there wouldn’t be that many samples, but there were plenty. In fact, I started feeling sick after awhile of eating so much chocolate! I ate way too many forms of chocolate in thirty minutes… whew. There can be too much of a good thing! I needed something to cut all of that sweetness. I had to take a break from all of the eating, but I had plenty to look at with all of the chocolate displays. I loved the chocolate clothing display! They had so many dresses made out of chocolate. The Korean inspired dress was my favorite, so vibrant and beautiful. Some of the chocolate makers created the outfits and they were awesome. They had a chocolate fashion show at the end of the day which I’m going to blog about later for sure!
There were chocolate bars, chocolate cakes and pastries, chocolate bark, hot chocolate… you name it, they had it. You could enjoy chocolate in every form. One of the coolest booths there was a booth selling Enzyme Chocolate or fermented chocolate. She had an award display for the invention of fermented chocolates. I actually didn’t look much at the booth before I bought a drink from the them so I was really surprised by the taste of this one! I saw them scooping this liquidy chocolate out of a clay jar so I thought it was chocolate milk. My stomach felt a little queasy after drinking it but I guess it is very healthy? They had a lot of their chocolate in little clay jars and they even had chocolate with small dried flowers inside. They were beautiful!
My favorite chocolate there was the Blond Dulcey from Chocolats Valrhona. It tastes so buttery and just like shortbread! This is why free samples are so essential… I never would have looked twice at this flavor if I hadn’t eaten the sample. Chocolate bars especially are hard to attract an audience at this type of event because they tend to look the same and have similar flavors. I wish I could have bought a bar, but it was almost $20! o_o
Another surprising find was a cacao tea. I’ve had a tea with cacao in it before and I wasn’t a fan. I loved it this time though! Maybe because it was so fresh? I was totally salivating over the hunks of chocolate on sticks to be swirled in hot milk too. Yum…
Well, you are probably in a chocolate coma now after seeing all of these pictures… not the worst place to be, right? 😉 I had a blast at the event and I can’t wait to check it out again next year!