Saturday, February 11, 2012

Chocolate Seduction in Santa Fe

Chocolate, the food of the gods, is also a highly desired commodity around Valentine's Day.  Just a few blocks from the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn are two of Santa Fe's best chocolatiers, where you can find incredible selections of artisanal chocolates.

Kakawa Chocolate House, just around the corner from the inn at 1050 E. Paseo de Peralta, is featuring Aphrodisiac Truffles this Valentine's, as well as many other fabulous truffles incorporating the finest dark chocolate, agave, flowers, herbs, nuts, caramels and even gold!  I LOVE getting a box of Kakawa truffles for Valentine's Day!!!  Kakawa also specializes in authentic and historic drinking chocolates based on recipes from 1000 BC to the mid-1900's.

Another nearby chocolate wonderland is Todos Santos, just a few blocks down Palace Avenue in the Sena Plaza Couryard.  The specialty here is hand-carved chocolate milagros (religious folk charms), coated in edible chocolate and silver, which are delicious works of art.

Chocolate lovers staying at Hacienda Nicholas may also want to check out the Chocolate Decadence Treatment at Absolute Nirvana Spa, just across the street.  Two hours of chocolate bliss, including a full body massage, a scrub with organic raw cacao and cane sugar, a mask with yogurt and honey, your own private steam, and then a soak in a hand-carved granite tub filled with the petals of a dozen red roses.  While luxuriating in your tub, nibble on tropical fruits and, you guessed it, hand-rolled chocolate truffles made with organic raw cacao and agave.  Now this is Nirvana in Chocolate!

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