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Christiane Chronicles

The Christiane Chronicles: Enough with the monster-sized pastries

I have lived in the United States for decades, but the monumental size of everything still shocks me. The Frenchwoman in me yearns for reasonable dimensions: skinny baguettes rather than ones as fat as my arm; one-bite chocolate bonbons making up in intensity what they lack in bulk.

Twigg & Co. brings healthy, sustainable chocolate to Inman Quarter

Cacao owner Kristen Hard’s latest project, Twigg & Co., wants to give customers a healthy and sustainable treat. Her tiny store lets customers design their own chocolate bars, choosing from toppings such as rum raisins and pecan pralines, for only $5.50.
Cacao

This year, give gifts that won’t create clutter

A few years ago I boldly announced to my family and friends that when they gave me gifts, I’d prefer things that weren’t going to stick around for the duration—in other words, things that could be used up, recycled, or repurposed.
Wine Store

Wahoo! Wine & Provisions designed with the casual drinker in mind

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a wine shop narrower than this 16-foot-wide offshoot of Wahoo! Grill. Designed with the casual drinker in mind, the affordable selection is split evenly between New World fruit bombs and Old World classics.

Cacao Café launches May 8 in Virginia-Highland

Kristen Hard’s bean-to-bar chocolate company Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co. is expanding its Virginia-Highland location offerings to include new dessert and drink menus. Starting May 8, it will be called Cacao Café and serve everything from milkshakes and sundaes to sipping chocolates, according to a press release.

Milkshake: Cacao

Kristen Hard’s bean-to-bar chocolate shop in Virginia-Highland is known for many things, but we’re particularly hooked on the Aztec chocolate shake, made with three scoops of dark chocolate Honeysuckle Gelato and a dusting of cayenne and cinnamon, among other secret spices.

5 last-minute holiday gift ideas for foodies

There’s one in every group: The person who’s eaten at every restaurant in town, who rattles off ingredients like a cook, and treats culinary delicacies with the care usually reserved for newborns. For these folks, there’s no better gift than new flavors to savor. Here are five ideas sure to impress even the pickiest friends and family members.

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