Today, we visited Toronto’s Parkdale district.  We were joined by Dr. Blackjack for a chocolate tasting at the SOMA Chocolate factory.

But first, we hit Imanishi Sando Bar for some Japanese-style sandwiches.  Unable to choose between the crispy fish, shrimp, pork, and spicy chicken, we opted for all four…


Then, we visited the newly-opened Affinity Fish, “Dedicated to the careful handling and sourcing of Canadian Seafood, fish by fish, from lake to table.”.

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Owners Jon Klip and Matt Taylor, well-established in the city’s restaurant scene, are planning to host some dining events in the not too distant future.  And I plan to be there!


Jon and Matt.


Then, it was off to SOMA Chocolate...


The chocolate primer was accompanied by a video and included a tasting…


Me shelling and enjoying the cocoa bean…

According to our instructor, if you manage to de-shell the bean and have it come out in one piece, then that means you’re lucky in love.  Akemi succeeded, while I failed miserably.

Then, it was time for a factory tour.  But first, we had to don our hair nets!

Following the tour, we were directed to the wall of chocolates where we could purchase some of the samples we taste-tested (among many others)…


Now I’m exhausted.  And it’s not even 6:30 p.m.

6 thoughts on “August 13, 2022: A sandwiches, fish and chocolate kind of day!

  1. The Wall Of Chocolates. Mmmmmm. I wish I could eat all of that. Only in my dreams!

    You look fetching in that hair net by the way. Like you belong in the Hood, or you are a gangster, rapper. Dishwasher.

  2. Akemi succeeded” She’ll carry you through.

    That sounded like a great day!

    🙋‍♀️ to Jon and Matt!

  3. That looks like so much fun. I thought you were all suited up to enter any surgical suite. I like how deceptively small they are.

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