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Thursday, November 20, 2008

What Goes Best with a Great Book... Chocolate!

If you like to bliss out on healthy amino acids, known to improve cognitive function, while reading, then take your pick from two theobromic initiatives from the Arab world: Al Nassma (which means 'desert breeze') Camel Milk chocolate! Yes, there are camel-shaped chocolates available. The blogosphere is intrigued -- see what jazarah, trendhunter, pragmaticideas, and grapeshisha have to say.

Alternately, Lebanese chocolatiers Patchi offer you... the world's most expensive box of chocolates, selling at Harrods for £5000 a box.
Designers at Patchi began with the box itself, a beautiful, leather-wrapped cover that is hand-embroidered with high-quality silk from India and China. This is only the beginning, however.

Upon opening the box, the chocolate connoisseur will find 49 hand-wrapped chocolates ensconced in soft suede leather, separated by gold and platinum linings. In case that isn't enough, each chocolate is adorned with either a 24-carat gold flower and Swarovsky crystal or a handcrafted, miniature silk rose.
Lebanese bloggers LM and Lebanese Inner Circle have the story, while Candy Addict, Pure Mocha Latte, and Suzanne's Files offer all-important reviews of the Patchi taste sensation.

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