HEALING THROUGH CHOCOLATE

I thought I’d share a singular chocolate adventure that I experienced during my recent trip to Asheville, NC.

A group of us had just shared a tasty meal at a local restaurant, and were considering dessert.         

All were in favor of visiting a local chocolate shop called The French Broad Chocolate Lounge.

Yes, that’s the correct name.

If it sounds a bit off-putting to you, rest assured that the French Broad happens to be the name of the local river that wends its way through town.

From that perspective, it’s a very fitting name indeed!

I wasn’t at all sure what to expect when I set foot inside the door but was immediately aware of the warmth that greeted us within, after the chill of the night air.

The fragrant, yet subtle scent of chocolate greeted me, and I followed my nose (and fellow diners) to the confectioners case filled with chocolate goodies of every variety imaginable.

This was truly a chocolate lovers haven!

What impressed me even more, though, was the selection of vegan truffles, made with coconut cream, instead of the usual dairy. The flavors had exquisite names like Strawberry-Balsamic, Buddha, and Pomegranate.

Upon further inquiry, I learned the entire selection of chocolate truffles were also gluten-free, which instantly transported me to chocolate heaven.

So, instead of settling on just one piece (way too hard to decide) I settled for a small box of 6 luscious little pieces of chocolate nirvana.

We settled into the lounge to enjoy our desserts, and I opened my little box with great anticipation, wondering which of the 6 pieces I should try first.

Filled with anticipation, I opted for the Theros Citrus Fennel.

The flavor combination in my mouth was a burst of unexpected decadence. I literally sat there and swooned.

I instantly understood how just one, really, really good piece of quality chocolate can be so utterly satisfying that you’re left wanting nothing more.

(Just like one really, really good piece of quality art, or design).

I was so transported, that I wanted the flavors to linger for as long as possible, perhaps as a way of capturing that inexplicable moment of ecstasy that I had just experienced.

A little voice inside of me was saying: “This is what it’s all about. Whether food or design, it’s all about surrounding yourself with an abundance of beauty and incredible experiences that nourish the body as well as the soul”.

This is exactly what the world of interior design can offer you – an exquisite, healing experience that makes you swoon with delight.

Wow.

All this from a piece of chocolate!