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    Chocolate Festival will transform Eastwood Mall Atrium into a chocolate-lovers’ paradise

    Chocolate Festival will transform Eastwood Mall Atrium into a chocolate-lovers’ paradise

    International Chocolate Day is on September 13
    Yes, there is such a celebration and the Philippines is actively taking part in it.

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    Created by the National Confectioners’ Association of the United States, International Chocolate Day is now being celebrated by chocoholics the over the world.

    While many Western countries have their own specific dates for National Chocolate Day—the United States having celebrated theirs on July 7 according to www.daysoftheyear.com—September 13 is when the whole sweet world marks this novelty holiday, which presumably all dentists dread as well.

    According to www.calendarlabs.com, while any day is a good day to indulge in chocolate (provided your blood sugar levels are in control), “International Chocolate Day gives us just one more reason to consume this delectable confection in copious quantities.”

    The website adds that though it is unclear when the chocoholics celebration exactly began, “It is celebrated mostly by individuals, local candy stores and bakeries, independent chocolatiers and large candy corporations . . . when everyone shares everything chocolate.”

    It further gives home front suggestions on how families can celebrate the sweet holiday by organizing neighborhood bake sales with chocolate as the star of course, creating all new choco desserts, reading up on its history, or simply unwrapping a bar and enjoying it.

    But if you want to rejoice along with other chocoholics, check out the following calendar of events around the metro, which will surely draw in sweet tooths in droves as early as now.

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    Those looking for a delightful sweet tooth fix will find plenty of delectable choices at the festival

    Those looking for a delightful sweet tooth fix will find plenty of delectable choices at the festival

    A festival for Pinoys with a sweet tooth

    Giving forth a wide variety of the best chocolates in the metro, Eastwood City is celebrating the sweet holiday one week ahead of the International Chocolate Day.

    Happening from September 1 to 7, the Chocolate Festival will transform Eastwood Mall Atrium into a into a chocolate-lovers’ paradise. It promises both chocoholics and foodies an overload of decadent treats and pastries from participating stores both local and international.

    Offering its famous intricately-designed chocolate bars, pralines and truffles that are sure to elicit una sonrisa a de la corazon (a smile from the heart) is Risa Chocolates.

    Malagos Chocolates is also giving visitors a taste of its famed dark chocolates and its premium unsweetened chocolate, which makes a great chocolate drink and ingredient for baking and pastry-making.

    Risa Chocolates presents its famous intricately designed chocolate bars, pralines and truffles

    Risa Chocolates presents its famous intricately designed chocolate bars, pralines and truffles

    Shoppers looking for a sweet treat to take home to their families and loved ones can get personalized chocolate bars—available in milk, semi-dark, dark and mint flavors—at Unit16Sweets.

    The Food Bin, meanwhile, will be offering popular imported chocolate brands from all over the world.

    For an ultimate chocolate goodness with a Pinoy twist, guests can stop by Choco ATBP, which sells delicious chocolate tableas and fudge bars in unique and must-try flavors as well as chocolate-infused delicacies including its renowned Tsoko Sili Bars and Tsokolate ng Sindikato de Cacao.

    Aside from mouthwatering chocolates, there are also equally delectable chocolate-infused pastries and treats to try.

    Russian Cookie House offers a taste of Europe with its unique selection of cookies such as the Russian and Black Russian varieties as well as its German bittersweet-chocolate-coated gingerbread cookies and Chocolate Vienna fingers.

    French patisserie Cinq Dessert Boutique has an exquisite variety of cakes, cookies and other desserts including the mouth-watering Aurore, a chocolate tart with macadamias and caramel, the Pascale, chocolate and orange mousse cake and the Genevieve, chocolate and hazelnut cake with a crunch.

    Also featuring heavenly chocolate pastries are Cakes and Bakes, Cupcake Lab, J. Co Doughnuts and Coffee and Rosemarie’s Cakes, Chocolates and Confections.

    Italian ice cream with delicious chocolate flavors like Smores, Chocolate Overdose, Ferrero, White Chocolate and more are also available at Mio Gelati, while for chocolate-flavored ice cream, yogurt or sorbet, guests can visit the booth of Cold Stone Creamery.

    For more information, call 709-9888 or 0917-8380111, or visit www.megaworldlifestylemalls.com. Eastwood City is in Libis, Quezon City.

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    Eat all chocolate pastries you can with a pot of hot chocolate and more at Makati Shangri-La’s Lobby Lounge

    Eat all chocolate pastries you can with a pot of hot chocolate and more at Makati Shangri-La’s Lobby Lounge

    ‘Sinfully’ but sweetly

    After visiting the Chocolate Festival in Libis, Quezon City, Filipino chocolate lovers can then head on to Makati City where a celebration of the International Chocolate Day is slated.

    Delight in the sweet world of chocolates at Sinfully by Makati Shangri-La, Manila From September 8 to 14, the specialized café is offering a 2 plus 1 offer on all pralines, as well as chocolate-filled culinary adventures.

    Besides this, Sinfully Circles will be giving away one free truffle each for the first 50 Instagram users who will post a photo with any Sinfully product on September 13 from 10 a.m. onwards or until supplies last. The post must be tagged #SinfullySelfie and @MakatiShangriLa on Instagram.

    Still in line with the celebration, one participant with the most creative post will have a chance to win a chocolate buffet for two at the Lobby Lounge and an exclusive chocolate making class with Executive Pastry Chef Romain Renard. The entry with the most likes garnered by 5 p.m. on September 13 will win.

    Chocolate lovers are then invited to indulge at the Lobby Lounge with a variety of all-you-can-eat chocolate pastries, a pot of hot chocolate and more with Chocolate Wonderland from 3 to 5 p.m. every Friday to Sunday until September 31.

    Meanwhile, Circles Event Café offers a Chocolate Indulgence featuring an array of savory and sweet chocolate dishes such as Chili Con Carne with Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Sable with Foie Gras Cream, Chocolate Macarons, Chocolate Pannacotta and more. Chocolate Indulgence is available on the International Chocolate Day itself only.

    Finally, the hotel also opens an exclusive chocolate making class called Chocolate 101. Chef Renard will share his techniques and recipes on September 13 and 27 from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Attendees can learn how to prepare chocolate milk jam, chocolate mousse, dark chocolate and fleur de sel cookies and more.

    For more information, call 814 2580 or e-mail rric@shangri-la.com.

    COMPILED BY THE LIFE & TIMES STAFF

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