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Event: 31/08/2011 - 09/10/2011
You've often heard the saying "Life begins at 40". Brisbane's Bistro Allure is testing this theory from now until 9 October in a delicious and unique way with 40 Days and 40 Nights of Chocolate.
Chocolate Cake - image from Bistro Allure Website.
Yes, I know, a true chocoholic's response to this news would be "What? Only 40?" I know this because I am one of the many women in my family with a genetic predisposition to chocolate addiction. Well, that's our story and we're sticking to it.
This Festival of Chocolate is back by popular demand, and it's not hard to see why. Chocolate is one of the world's favourite treat, but it wasn't always so. It began life as a fatty, bitter drink favoured by the Aztecs, made from roasted and crushed cocoa beans. Drinking chocolate found its way to Spain in the sixteenth century, but didn't become really popular in Europe until the Dutch found a way to remove some of the fat content. Eating chocolate as we know it wasn't commercially developed until 1847. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Bistro Allure is a stylish restaurant at the Sebel King George Square. During the Festival you can choose between the Lunch Buffet from noon until 3 pm or the Dinner Buffet from 5.30 to 9.30 pm. Their Chocolate Buffet presents tables groaning with cakes, icecreams, slices, cheesecakes, tarts and puddings, and while you can't bathe in it, there is also a chocolate fountain accompanied by marshmallows and fruits. And all for only $25 per person. You can download the flyer here. To make a booking email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 3222 1128.
Now we love it for its silky smoothness and its melt-in-your-mouth milkiness. A 1998 report concluded that in the United Kingdom sales of sugar and chocolate confectionery were more than those of tea, newspapers and bread combined. While we always knew that chocolate made you feel good, in recent years we've discovered that it's actually good for you too. Chocolate is rich in powerful antioxidants called flavonoids, and antioxidants protect against free radicals which can damage cells. Now that's what I call a Win / Win situation.
Chocolate Icecream - image from Bistro Allure website
Bistro Allure - image from Bistro Allure website
So go on, indulge - you know you want to. Get the girls together for a Chock Chick challenge or grab your loved one for a sweet, romantic treat. Time's a'wasting. 40 Days and 40 Nights of Chocolate. Life Begins at 40. Coincidence? I think not.
Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. I thought i had gone to heaven, Wait I did. What a fantastic venue for chocolate. I guess any venue is good for chocolate. Thanks for the post did not even know it was on. so glad you told us. Thanks Geraldine.