A chocolate Valentine's Day

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Updated: 2008-01-25 09:39

Valentine's Day is an important occasion for many people. They make reservations at expensive restaurants and rack their brains to come up with romantic gift ideas to give their beloved.

Whatever it is, chocolate is always an indispensable element of V-day. With its sweet fragrance, full-bodied taste and smooth texture, chocolate is a long-standing symbol of the special intimacy between lovers.

What's more, chocolate also has blue blood in its origin. It's said that a Spanish princess once sent cacao to Louis XIV as an engagement gift. Legendary and sweet, no wonder chocolate has caught on as the gift of love. Yet Valentine's Day chocolates ought to differ from ordinary ones. So here is a list of places where people can find quality and unique chocolates.

Beijing

*Scene a Cafe

People have a reason to expect delectable desserts from the five-star China World Hotel and they are not disappointed.

Scene a Cafe is in fact a buffet, and its dessert section will have chocoholics clamoring for its various chocolate creations.

Top the list is Chocolate Magma, a chocolate cake with a warm chocolate lava sauce inside. The seductive fragrance and sleek texture easily activates the taste buds on the tongue and the crispy flakes on the outside melt automatically in the diner’s mouth.

The classic chocolate mousse here looks very attractive and tastes just as good with its full chocolate flavor. The Chefs here all seem to be magicians, who know how to play with the flavors of fruits, chocolate, and creams and then create amazing desserts.

Scene a Cafe' also provides customized chocolate cakes which are created by the German pastry chef. All of the cake's ingredients are imported from France and the chocolate is from Switzerland.

Location: 2/F, China World Hotel, No.1 Jianguomen Waidajie, Chaoyang District
Tel: 010-65052266

*Suyuan (Crispy Garden)

With its wide selection of chocolate desserts, Suyuan can satisfy the cravings of chocolate die-hards, be it classic followers, alcohol lovers or people with diabetes.

Apart from the standard milk, dark and white chocolates, Suyuan also presents those with fillings that include Wuliangye, a brand of chinese rice wine, or whisky for those wanting an alcohol taste. The chefs here can also make sugar-free chocolates using Grand Cru Hacienda chocolate which is all natural and tastes half as sweet and half as bitter as most chocolates.

Location: Hall of Grand Hyatt Hotel, No.1, Dongchang'anjie, Dongcheng District
Tel: 010-85181234 ext. 6362

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