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"Stuart rose from the ditch, climbed into his car, and started up the road that led toward the north…. As he peeked ahead into the great land that stretched before him, the way seemed long. But the sky was bright, and he somehow felt he was headed in the right direction." (from Stuart Little by E.B. White)


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New Tree Display edit

Just when William and I thought we had reviewed the entire selection of chocolates offered at our surrounding stores, a brand called New Tree Gourmet Chocolate popped up! This fresh, modern brand focuses on the added flavor attributes of natural extracts to compliment the taste of their chocolate. They also use non-GMO emulsifiers which is positive for those seeking a sweet treat without modified or artificial ingredients. With a line of bars extending from the standard Dark (66% cocoa solids minimum) to a vibrant Ginger, it’s worth noting that New Tree focuses on creating Belgian chocolates with “all-natural” flavors and extracts. This includes a product that “features 2 times more fiber than regular chocolate”.

To avoid both the possibility of being critical or biased we aimed to compare overall experience to the broad spectrum of store bought chocolates vs. artisan small batch chocolate. In this tasting the array of textures were notable as well as how well the chocolate contained naturally infused flavors.

All chocolates were “Belgian Chocolates”, 66% cacao, and weighing in at 2.82 ounces.

New Tree Cherry edit

Cherry Chocolate (Origin: Latin America)

Texture: Tiny granules, truffle

Flavor: Confectionery sugar, graham cracker, this is a straight-up cordial cherry chocolate with a flavor that builds and ends on bright fruity notes.

New Tree Ginger edit

Ginger Chocolate (Origin: Latin America)

Texture: Generous amounts of candied ginger

Flavor: Bright, warm, up-front ginger flavor. Sweetness of cane sugar compliments while ginger climbs to a “nose-clean”. This is a great bar for those who can’t handle intense ginger.

New Tree BlackCurrant edit

Blackcurrant Chocolate (Origin: Latin America)

Texture: Rich, fibrous

Flavor: Tart fruit pulp, minerals, “Smuckers Jelly”, overall fruit taste with bitterness of currants.

New Tree Dark edit

Dark Chocolate (Origin: Dominican Republic and Peru)

Texture: Syrupy

Flavor: Molasses, oats, overall subtle flavors with little complexity.

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Rothaus German Beer Tasting

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It’s crazy to think that we are already into the month of July. Birthday events, full time work schedules and a wedding engagement have thrown Megan and I into a whirlwind of planning. Somehow we managed to prepare at least two upcoming blogs and one from the month of May that was never brought to completion. We prepared a tasting of three different beers from Rothaus.

Rothaus is a brewing company in Grafenhausen, Germany. They have a highly successful line of beers including a Pils that is rated as one of the best. Comparatively, we felt that all three compared to the American standard of beer such as Budweiser, Labatt, Pabst etc. The notable difference however, was Rothaus’ unique bottle graphic and foil seal.

Rothaus Ef Weis edit

Hefeweizen Zäpfle (Alc. 5.4 % Vol.)

Taste: Citrus, orange zest, fruit pulp, metallic.

Aroma: bubblegum, watermelon rind, banana bread.

Color: Caramel, hazy amber.

Lacing: Heavy

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Märzen Export Eis Zäpfle (Alc. 5.6 % Vol.)

Taste: Floral, apple

Aroma: Buckwheat honey, mild pine, buttered meat.

Color: Clear, golden

Lacing: Little/none

Pils edit

Pils tannenzäpfle (Alc. 5.1 % Vol.)

Taste: Floral, pine, “Labatt”

Aroma: Marigold, honey, urine

Color: Clear yellow, “Redbull” lemon

Lacing: Medium/low

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“American Laundry”

Located on Buffalo Road in Rochester, NY

Characteristics: Rusted metal, brown/orange paint, graffiti, text (AMERICAN LAUNDRY), conical top

Details: Take Buffalo Rd. (33) east through Mt. Read. Roundabout (stay on Buffalo Rd.) continue straight until the road curves right sharply. Tower can be viewed from the street atop of a building before Buffalo Rd. turns south and becomes Grover St. Situated in a low income and industrial area.