Quick post. I have been taking time off from writing because frankly speaking reviewing was starting to feel like a job. I didn't want to just keep blabbing to put content out there for quick views and to keep my blog at the top of any searches. It was getting annoying to think like that and blogging felt like work. It's chocolate. It's a hobby for me. It's was supposed to be fun. It wasn't feeling like that for a while.
In the middle of taking some time off, I got pregnant! I had a beautiful little girl named Charlie Jean. Love of my life. Being pregnant was the best time of my life. I had a phenomenal pregnancy and it was a great joy. It's okay if you want to throw daggers at me because never once got morning sickness and I lost a ton of weight not gaining weight. I will completely understand. But during that time I lost my taste for dark chocolate. Enough where I couldn't reasonably write about it. I had to chop up my entire library of chocolate bars and sadly watch my husband eat it all. I was still able to enjoy some milk chocolate and chocolate desserts. I especially loved brownies and chocolate cake. But it was not the same. The aromas and flavors of dark chocolate became too intense for me.
Thankfully I got it all back now. There were no lasting changes to my palate. None that I am aware of yet. Chocolate seems to be back on par. You still won't catch me writing ridiculous, overly wordy, flowery descriptions of my reviews. "The chocolate had an essence of dessert heat that reminded me of being Morocco with figs, dates, and hookas." That was never my style and it's never going to be. I taste more bluntly and more organically. I generally find wood, dirty earthy flavors, green earthy flavors, cereals and grains, and common fruit descriptors like berries. Common and repeats itself a lot I find. Also unique with me is pen ink. I mention this a lot because I taste this a lot. Certain regions, certain beans have a distinctive Bic Pen ink flavor. It might sound ridiculous, but it's there a lot for me. Plums, dark fruits, berries can all be fairly generic at times. If I note it when tasting, I will say something. But I don't plan to write or change myself to be a writer that makes up ridiculous things to say to sound like something I am not.
I am mentioning all this stuff because I am going to change my blog around. Edit the layout, redesign maybe. Slowly but surely. I want to review more drinking chocolates. All the bars I end up buying to taste, end up melted down for drinking chocolate. I like it so much better sometimes. I prefer sampling and really savoring chocolate but in small doses. After that I want to drink it. So you will be seeing more of that. I am also toying with the idea of just talking about the chocolate instead of the classic reviews I give. Just give it a simple grade and move on. I haven't fully committed to that idea, but you might see that.
Up next, Taste Fruition and Millcreek Cacao Roasters.