02 July 2010
Serendipity - The Thrills of Travel
I am on the road again. I have been traveling quite a bit lately. Along with the joys of travel comes a certain sense of being disconnected. I have so many ideas for posts in my head but getting them onto my blog has been slow going lately.
Today, transferring planes in Chicago, rolling my bag underground and then along Concourse B, I saw something so exciting it made me wish I Twittered. If I did I would exclaim at the discovery of the Vosges Haut Chocolat storefront I was about to roll past on my way to Concourse F. Thankfully the first leg of my journey arrived in Chicago a good thirty minutes early leaving me some time to linger over the exotic collections of truffles offered there.
I have frequented the Vosges website for years when in search of scintillating flavor combinations. There I have enjoyed the pleasure of reading about their carefully chosen ingredients as well as their inspiring attention to detail and their ability to carry a theme to its ultimate conclusion. I have even tasted Vosges candy bars which are sold at Whole Foods. Still I had never before had the opportunity to actually taste any of their amazing truffles.
It was serendipity, one of those unexpected and delightful thrills of travel to be such a huge fan and to be surprised by the opportunity to linger over, purchase and experience something that I have dreamed of and been inspired by for years.
Because of the marvelous heat in this part of the country I was a little concerned about buying too many and letting them melt on the plane so I bought a small Exotic Truffle Collection, and hope to buy a larger collection on the way back to Portland.
On the second leg of my journey I opened the box and savored the Black Pearl Truffle filled with black sesame, ginger and wasabi infused dark chocolate ganache. Perfectly sized and carefully crafted it was an exquisite take on traditional Asian flavors; a fusion of eastern flavors and western confectionary obsessions. That made it the perfect conjunction between my previous journey and this one, but more on that later....