Thursday, October 23, 2008

Halloween Anniversary

I consider myself very fortunate to have my wedding anniversary so close to Halloween.

Why? Because I really enjoy Halloween. It brings out the kid in me. Halloween satisfies my affinity for spooky films. It nourishes my love of all things chocolate. And, Halloween costumes are great fun too! Truth be told, I no longer go 'trick or treating' or get invited to Halloween parties. But I do enjoy seeing all the fantastic, unique costumes parading around the city from children and wacky adults, just like me.

Wait, there's more. October 28th is not just our wedding anniversary. It also commemorates our very first date, eight years earlier. I swear, we did not plan it this way. It just coincidentally happened like this. And I'm sure glad it did.

This year for our wedding anniversary we will keep it simple. Last year we went to a fancy restaurant in Yorkville and had a very good meal. This year, given that we have made the purchase of a lifetime, I think we will swap chocolate bars instead.

The supermarket in our neighbourhood carries an eclectic variety of gourmet chocolate bars from international chocolate manufacturers. Recently they started carrying Vosges chocolates. I have read about Vosges before on food blogs, so as soon as I saw Vosges on the shelf, I pointed it out to my husband and we stood there reading the packaging, seeing all the various flavour combinations and envisioning chocolate divinity.

Here's just a small sampling of Vosges' creative combinations:

Barcelona Exotic Candy Bar hickory smoked almonds + Fleur de Sel grey sea salt + deep milk chocolate

Black Pearl Exotic Candy Bar ginger + wasabi + black sesame seeds + dark chocolate

Goji Exotic Candy Bar Tibetan goji berries + pink Himalayan salt + deep milk chocolate

Red Fire Exotic Candy Bar Mexican ancho & chipotle chillies + Ceylon cinnamon + dark chocolate

Mo's Bacon Bar - New Applewood smoked bacon + Alder wood smoked salt + deep milk chocolate

So, as you can see, I'm completely fine with getting a chocolate bar (or two!) as an anniversary gift. Vosges chocolate is not your standard, nuts and nougat bar. It has pizazz!

(I hope someone called 'John' is reading this...wink...wink.)

Along with the decadent chocolate, I think I would also like to watch a movie to commemorate BOTH my anniversary and Halloween. And what better way to do this than to watch a horror movie - of course! I think I have a few movies in mind that I am interested in watching, thanks to Lindy Loo's blog, but if anyone else out there has a suggestion, I'm all ears.

Speaking of ears, I saw the cutest pair of elf ears at a party supply shop last weekend and seeing that I have shorter hair now, I think those elf ears would be perfect for me to wear on Halloween day when I'm out running errands. Just for fun!

So heads up to you fellow Torontonians. If you happen to be at Fiesta Farms supermarket, between October 28th and October 31st, and you see a petite, dark-haired Mediterranean woman poking around in the chocolate aisle, spending an unusually long period of time reading chocolate bar packaging AND wearing elf ears...don't be alarmed, it's just me shopping for my wedding anniversary in Halloween style.

Trick or Treat!