I celebrated Canada Day by driving around town discovering everything was closed for Canada Day. After not shopping for fresh produce and canned pumpkin puree for the dogs (It helps keep ’em regular!), we didn’t enjoy a nice lunch and follow up by checking out a nice macaron place. Instead, we had a craptacular meal, walked around aimlessly in an attempt to make the most of our two and a half hour parking, then hopped back in the car and headed home. Hoping the day wouldn’t be a total waste we set off on foot, just a few blocks down, to check out a chocolate shop I’d noticed in passing the other day (Welcome to SOMA chocolatemaker). I’d heard good things about it – some from a few readers of this blog – and was looking forward to a theobromine hit, but fully expecting it to be closed. Well, whaddya know?
We walked by two young ladies sitting out front. I peered inside. “We’re open!”one of them happily informed me, jumping up out of her seat. Then, suddenly taking another look at me and hesitating. Briefly, I imagined she’d mistaken me for one of those sketch artist renditions of some perp spotlighted in the latest installment of Crime Stoppers. Instead, her eyes narrowed, she pointed and said: “Are you the Stargate guy?”
Ho-Ly Crap! This never happens to me. Usually. Once at the checkout of my local pharmacy (fortunately I hadn’t purchased anything embarrassing), another in the dead of winter’s night on a deserted corner in downtown Montreal, and now outside a chocolate shop in Toronto. I enlightened her. I was one of the Stargate guys…
Turns out she and her husband are huge fans of the franchise and regular readers of this blog. Given my love of chocolate, they’d been expecting me for a while now…
35 thoughts on “July 1, 2011: Soma Chocolate!”
Firm grasp of the obvious – SWEET find!
You have to start your list of good places in Toronto with Soma Chocolate.
Ohh, shots of chcolate…took you long enough to find the place. Dangerous, but on the plus side a nice way to lift your mood on those bad days. Look how exploring the store lifted up your day! Again, Happy Canada Day and looking forward to seeing you share some of the purchases you made there.
Chocolate AND gelato a short walk from your place? Dangerous indeed! What a lovely thing to find at the beginning of summer.
How cool is that?
You are so lucky! A chocolate store within walking distance. Yum! Yum! Yum! What a good way to spend a holiday.
Have a good evening!!!
Happy Canada Day! 🙂
Yummmmmmm! CHOCOLATE!! 😀 I’m a chocoholic and all that chocolate just sent my heart fluttering. That’s gotta be chocolate heaven. If it wasn’t 10:00 PM, I would go for chocolate run. 🙂 I need a chocolate fix after seeing all those pics of chocolate. 😉
@”I can’t believe this place is within walking distance of my place.”
That actually is a pretty awesome shirt…
I’m so happy you’ve found such a sweet and hospitable place near your place. I hope it brings you many sweet memories.
Now, chocolate shops, I’m assuming they have awesome air conditioning. And those brick walls and thick-slabbed marble tables, I bet they have a cooling effect, too.
Did you get that overheating problem resolved in your apartment?
I can see you taking a daily Choc’o’ Walk.
So, Stargate Guy, have any idea when you might be prepared to share a bit more from the Extinction script? I check each and every day for even a scrap of information.
Happy Canada Day!
Wow, nice place. I’m a chocoholic too. Shame their place is so far from Philadelphia, LoL. 🙂
My co-worker took his girlfriend there a couple weeks ago. His report: “this is what heaven is like”. LOL
Debating hitting up rib fest at Centennial Park (in Etobicoke) this weekend vs being lazy by the pool and cooking our own. The second option is looking pretty good. LOL
Hope you enjoy the long weekend!
Does this mean you might have the chocolate party this year after all?
Oh, yummy! I’ll have to check it out next time I’m in T.O.
Happy Canada Day!!
That place looks incredible and is made even better by the fact you were recognized as ‘the Stargate guy’. Glad you finally found something good close by. Was watching SGU’s Sabotage today while jogging which brought back all the fond memories of Stargate in its various forms, and the stargate themed clock that I made around the time of the last episodes ( http://lbrennan.jimdo.com/projects/other-projects/stargate-clock/ )
Hope you find some more cool places, and what is Canada Day for?
I actually laughed right out loud, it just figures you would recognized by a pair of SG fan/Chocolatiers! What a great find!
@ Tam You mean like today’s sweet topic? This is the only place I CAN get sweets without any guilt – I so miss chocolate *whimper*
@ Das Hope things level out soon – take care!
Joey, sent you a rambling e-mail resembling the ravings of a paranoid schizophrenic on the verge of a major psychotic episode. Well, not really…but that’s how YOU’LL probaby interpret it. ;o)
very dangerous. great find though. happy canada day!
BTW are those just glasses of liquid chocolate? or some sort of coffee/chocolate mix?
Looking at those chocolate flavors I’m suprised they even exist, certainly not something il’d try, I think my scope of chocolate tasting extends mostly to random chocolate things I may encounter, or trying the numerous Japanese kitkat flavors.
But seriously, Chilli chocolate? OMFG.
If anything, visiting a place like that, you could only stand in awe at the talent it most take to create a wide range of flavors, exotic and out of the ordinary and a little of both.
I would ask how they do it, but they don’t post here do they?
I am 100 percent impressed.
Saw these on the SOMA chocolate facebook page in the photos.
I direct linked to the images, saves having an overly long link.
WOW, looks incredible. The chocolate bunny thing.
2 Chocolate bunnys.
A weird heart thing.
These people are awesome.
Did They give You a DISCOUNT for all of the FREE Advertising? ;-D
That purple shirt is so WRONG.
Anybody else see the irony of having a ‘Fitness Club and Clinic’ that close to a chocolate shop? 😀
Hey Stargate Guy!
That’s awesome recognition…I see an 8×10 bw glossy hanging on Soma’s wall signed ‘Stargate Guy’
As much as I like reading the blog in the evening, I have to say it is a real treat with morning coffee, and soo more interesting than the newspaper(headline-Officials found golfing, reconcile timecards) ZzzZzz
Two questions Joe.
Do you use Final Draft, Celtyx, or some other sw prg?
Are you musical? Wow, considering the way SG-1 sang ‘row, row row your boat’ & the Broadway success of “The Book of Mormon”…
Feel better Jelly 🙂
How wonderful, chocolate!, did you ask them if they know of a good macaron place? Their shop looks so neat and clean and drool worthy. thanks for sharing. you have to admit, this a good kind of dangerous.. Enjoy!
Wow! How did you miss that shop? I’ve never been to a real chocolate shop. 🙁
So Toronto does have a chocolate lining after all …
WOHOO you found something to love in Toronto!
@Airelle and Tam Dixon
Putting on my close-minded hat for a minute (it’s just a hat that’s too small)…I’ve been in a chocolate shop before, but I have a hard time believing such a thing as a macaron shop exists. I think Joe’s pulling one over on us. That’s like saying, “I like raisins. Let’s go find a raisin shop.”
Jumble: Anybody else see the irony of having a ‘Fitness Club and Clinic’ that close to a chocolate shop? What’s the problem? Sounds perfect to me. 😀 .
JulieAloha: 😀 .
I know you’ve been busy Joe, but have you watched any new anime lately? Personally I’ve just finished with Black Lagoon 3rd Robertas Blood Trail, its completely released now in Japan, which should mean it’l come out in America/Canada soon, they have this weird rule that anime must be completely released in Japan before being released elsewhere.
Story was amazing, and is left open for more episodes. Basically they just covered the Roberta arc from the books, they are already on another one at the moment, so I can only imagine more Black Lagoon anime being announced in the near future, I guess they’l call it Black Lagoon 4 or something.
By the way, check the opening out when you have time Joe, they sorta remixed the music, it contains no spoilers
I really, really, really, emphasis on really, hope someone makes a tv series based on this anime. It would work so well.
Great picture of you – smiling – with dimples! Best one I’ve seen, yet. And the shirt is perfect for summer. 🙂 And I voted for Oprah.
Oh my lord. That green tangerine chocolate looks so tasty. It all looks amazing, you guys are so lucky.
I love this post in so many ways.