Cocoa Power

Well as this blog is supposed to be about all things decadent (altho’ I do digress more often than not!), I thought this post would be on something most of us would agree is decadent............CHOCOLATE! But we are talking about high quality chocolate here, not the chemically-enhanced rubbish most of us snatch on the run.

It’s the Swiss, Belgians and French who spring to mind when considering the world’s great chocolate makers. But it is in fact the Spanish who should be given a congratulatory slap on the back for bringing cacao beans back from the New World in the 16th century.

Chocolate soon became very fashionable in Spanish high society and during the 17th Century, the Spanish court was renowned throughout Europe for its expertise in making hot chocolate sipped from dainty chocolate cups with saucers.

Today Spanish eat a huge amount of chocolate especially in Cataluña where they eat double the quantity to the rest of Spain. This could be because of their close proximity to France, and because of the port were it was previously brought into the country.

Petritxol is Barcelona's "chocolate street". The cafes which specialise in hot chocolate are always packed with customers on a Sunday afternoon.

Typical Sunday breakfast in our house is churros and chocolate.

These are like hot doughnuts sprinkled with sugar; as if these aren't lethal enough you then proceed to dip into thick hot chocolate!! Yes, a heart attack just waiting to happen. But you will die happy!

Where Hubby and I go to partake in this Sunday sin!

Inside the "den of iniquity".

Chocolate shoes! Does it get any better than this?

So friends, what's your poison? Is it chocolate, or is it something else equally as decadent?

p.s please take a look at the blog Hampton Hostess, and see the stunning photos of my adopted city where she holidayed recently.


  1. Oh churros are amazing!
    I'm not hugely into chocolate, I'll always opt for toffee or butterscotch or caramel first but then 85% dark chocolate. Ok I'm drooling now

  2. Hi Tabitha! Thank you so much for being so quick of the mark. Never really saw you as a chocolate girl actually ;-)

  3. Mmm! Chocolate!!! :D I prefer making my own chocolate from the pure, rich, real cacao powder. I've finally perfected my recipe and it is awesome! But I certainly wouldn't mind partaking in your Sunday ritual. Not only does the chocolate look decadent but the restaurant too! Pure yumminess! :D

  4. OH La La .... this post brought back so many memories of Paris - Angelina, the African Chocolat Chaud and Peru where the churros and chocolate was plenty ... It's interesting since my Detour in life ~ I'm not the huge chocolate fan I once was -which is a pity, as I clearly recall how much I delighted in it. It wasn't until our trip to Paris and discovering sipping chocolate - that it ignited a spark again, but limited to the sipping chocolate.
    My enjoyment comes from a great cup of tea these days ... hence the creation of my second blof ATTEATUDE and Chocolate ... stop by for a visit to if you have a chance. xo HHL

  5. My husband LOVES chocolate. He would be all over those churros.

    Although I like chocolate, I am more of a savory gal....give me some high quality cheese and a fresh French baguette, and I am a happy girl. xo, A

  6. Churros and and chocolate sound SOOO good right now! Yum!

  7. AHHH YUM!! You made me so hungry...but it's bed time soon, can't eat now. Boo :P YUM YUM! Thanks for the great photos, too!

    New to your blog - it's fab :)

    <3-Cami from Serendipitious Life

  8. Thank you friends for your lovely comments:
    @HHL-Celia, will definitely pop over to the new blog. Sounds like my "cup of tea!"
    @Cami-welcome to my blog. I hope we see you here again. I will certainly pop over to your blog too :-)
    @B-very impressed that you make your own chocolate. Nothing can beat homemade ;-)

  9. Yummy! I have such an addiction to chocolate it's not even funny. How did i not know about 'chocolate st' in Barcelona!!!! Ahhhhhh!

    I hope you're coping with the heat too sweetie!

  10. OMG, your typical sunday breakfast looks sooo delicious. You must have had the best parents to let you eat chocolate in the morning, I love candy :)

    Great post Vanessa, these photos are great too and that donut goodie looks like what they call Churros here. They're SO good.



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