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    Default Pointless Prize - #FS2020Chocolateuring



    ** UPDATE: Newer, simpler hashtag now in effect #chocolateuring **

    Do you like chocolate? While out on a bike ride? If so, then this side bet is for you. The objective is to visit the most number of chocolatiers while riding a bicycle.

    The rules are simple:

    1. Ride your bike to any chocolatier for at least a sleaze ride (which I believe is now 10 miles for 2020 \_(ď,)_/ ? ... see BAFS2020 Rule 1*)

    2. Consume chocolate made on the premises of said location. Fine Print: The chocolate must be made at that location where consumed!

    3. Take a picture of the chocolate with something bike-related at said location.

    4. Post your ride, photo, tasting notes and the #chocolateuring hashtag on Strava, Instagram, Twitter and/or this thread.

    6. Whomever posts entries from the most number of chocolatiers by the end of Freezing Saddles wins!

    7. The winner will receive a bike ride w/ the sponsor to a chocolatier of the sponsorís choice. This could include a trip to West Africa where I know several chocolate farmers.

    Extraneous notes (because itís FS after all:-)

    - BE SAFE! No riding while under the influence. If you rode your bike to the chocolatier but find that you need to take a nap, get a ride home, or take Uber/Metro back to whence you came, the entry still counts. I often pass out after eating chocolate.

    - You can go to more than one chocolatier on a ride, but you will need to record and post each ride separately (i.e. restart your gizmo between rides)

    - Some chocolatiers have more than one location. A trip to each location counts (but see previous rule). Once you visit a chocolatier and consume their chocolate, then you cannot post another entry from that location, even if you go back later and try a different chocolate treat.

    - Extra points if you describe the where your chocolate comes from (source origin) and its social or environmental impact (did the chocolate farmer get a fair trade? Is the chocolate deforestation-free?). Ditto if you note the chocolatierís bike friendliness (e.g. accessibility and parking).

    - In case of a tie, the winner will be the freezing saddlest who visits the most chocolatiers and either takes me along or bribes me with chocolate gifts from said chocolatiers (or both)

    - These rules are arbitrary and subject to change on the whim of the sponsor

    * See Rule 1 BAFS 2020 General Info Sticky
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    #FS2020Chocolateuring Entry #1

    Cocoa Vienna
    - bike parking is pretty dismal, but you can bring bikes up onto the front porch
    - no info on the chocolate sourcing
    - I had the dark chocolate ganache & key lime truffle
    Yum!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarahBee View Post
    #FS2020Chocolateuring Entry #1

    Cocoa Vienna
    - bike parking is pretty dismal, but you can bring bikes up onto the front porch
    - no info on the chocolate sourcing
    - I had the dark chocolate ganache & key lime truffle
    Yum!!!
    Extra point for red end cap on that axle! Well done!!


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    Chocolateuring attempt #1 The Chocolate House

    Today was a good day to attempt some chocolateuring with the snow. The Chocolate House can be a bit hard to find since it's below street level so it's easy to bike by. As it's in Adams Morgan there are quite a few bike racks around including outside the shop. The shop sells chocolate from various chocolatiers. I got a mix of 4 consisting of Coconut Nibs, Honey, Manhattan, and Fleur de Sel from I think Capitol Hill, Zoe's in Frederick, and Artisan Confections in Arlington. Particularly liked the Coconut Nibs and Fleur de Sel. I missed the fine print that the chocolate must be made at that location plus I forgot to consume on premise but at least now I know some stores to go to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikedavid View Post
    Chocolateuring attempt #1. I missed the fine print that the chocolate must be made at that location plus I forgot to consume on premise but at least now I know some stores to go to!

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    Point awarded for effort, but also recommending reading comprehension remediation re fine print;-)


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    #FS2020Chocolateuring entry #2
    Artisan Confections, Merrifield

    Local chocolatier with actual production in their Arlington facility. Fair trade sourced cocoa with locally sourced other ingredients such as Maryland mint. They also have a decent assortment of VEGAN chocolate confections including bananas walnut, which was super yum! Bike parking was good although biking to Mosaic District in general kinda sucks.

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    Chocolateuring #1: Chesapeake Chocolates in Reston

    Easy to bike to and there are some bike racks by the parking lot entrance. They are also conveniently located next to Lake Anna Brew House because chocolate goes well with beer! I don't associate the Chesapeake as far west as Reston but they are by Lake Anna so it's sort of like being by the bay. And they have some sea themed chocolate including a crab and a starfish. I like that they have both a dark and a milk chocolate version for many if not all of their chocolates. They seem to do a lot of chocolate covered fruits and nuts. Got a few to try and liked the chocolate coated cherry.



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    Chocolateuring #2: Fleurir Chocolates in Alexandria

    From my failed attempt earlier I found out about this place. Not really any bike racks around but lots of street signs to lock to. The designs are pretty and many of them have a floral pattern. Got a few to try. Particularly liked the Cardamon and the Grand Marnier.



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    Nice find! Former failure has been expunged from your record!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by SarahBee View Post
    #FS2020Chocolateuring entry #2
    Artisan Confections, Merrifield
    And so close to where I live, and I didnít know that it was there! Double points!!!



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