Atlanta journal-constitution: 44 dishes from metro Atlanta restaurants that rocked our world in 2016
We ate a lot of stuff this year, ranging from good to bad to somewhere in between. But some dishes really set themselves apart and had us dreaming about the next time we’d be able to indulge. Here, a look at 44 of the most mouthwatering dishes we tried in and around Atlanta in 2016.
-Frozen Drinking Chocolate from Xocolatl
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Artisanal Chocolate maker Matt Weyandt loves what he does. And so do we. The heavenly, small batch cacao confections are made by hand, on site with sustainably, ethically grown ingredients. The pure mix of cacao and organic cane sugar is absent of additives and simply luscious! Now pour some red wine and break open the dark chocolate – it’s good for you. Really! Xocolatl is located in Krog Street Market.
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Looking for fun, unique, surprising and smile-creating Christmas gift exchange ideas? We’ve got a slew of selections that we think your adventurous friends and family will love. Who knows, you might find a thing or two for yourself, also!
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Xocolatl’s Gift Sets. How does chocolate translate into a gift for adventurous people? Inspiration. The folks at Xocolatl are small-batch bean-to-bar makers that studied from the jungles of Costa Rica with their two kids – learning everything there is to know about chocolate making…and bringing it back to our part of the world.
Available for the first time ever, Xocolatl’s gift sets will be sold online for nationwide shipping and inside Xocolatl’s shop at Krog Street Market. Each set includes small-batch chocolates and other special items made in-house at Xocolatl’s micro-factory!
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We're thrilled to be featured in Setting the Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story. The upcoming documentary follows us, our friends from Raaka Chocolate, Parliament Chocolate, French Broad Chocolate, and cacao hunter extraordinaire Steve Bergin on a journey into the Peruvian Amazon to search for old varieties of cacao. Check out the trailer below!
Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate
You could call Elaine Read and Matt Weyandt a pair of organic-minded Willy Wonkas. While living in Costa Rica, the married couple studied under local chocolatiers, learning how to create chocolate bars from craft beans. Today their pure imagination flows through their shop and micro factory in Krog Street Market, which specializes in handcrafted chocolate bars. (For more about the story behind Xocolatl, go to the AJC’s Personal Journey about Read and Weyandt at specials.myajc.com/xocolatl/.) Read and Weyandt decided to create a drinking chocolate, served frozen in the warmer months and hot when temps drop. They started with the liquid version of their Kissed Mermaids bar made with Nicaraguan cacao, coconut milk and cane sugar. House-made coconut whipped cream sits on top. Flavors rotate in and out, including the Peppermint Bliss, the drinkable answer to their Mint Chocolate Chip bar, featuring organic dried peppermint.
99 Krog St., Atlanta. 404-604-9642, xocolatlchocolate.com.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Off the beaten path: Couple abandons the 9-5 for Costa Rica and discovers a sweet spot for chocolate.
Nestled beneath towering palm trees, Matt Weyandt and Elaine Read swayed in a hammock, nibbling on a locally made chocolate bar.
Earlier that year, they had quit their high-pressure careers in Atlanta and moved to Costa Rica, setting up house with their two children in a bungalow called Casa Tranquila, tranquil house. They were living a life many people dream about, abandoning the rat race for a slower pace in a tiny seaside town on the southeastern coast of Costa Rica.
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Savor the flavors of these gourmet goodies.Like wines grown from different kinds of grapes, chocolates made from cacao beans sourced from Ecuador, Bolivia, and other countries offer deliciously different tastes. Visit any of these craft chocolatiers to sample their melt-in-your-mouth treats.
Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate Micro-factory, Atlanta, Georgia
This jewel of Atlanta's chocolate scene was born in the steamy jungles of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, after founders Elaine Read and Matt Weyandt moved there with their children and began meeting local cacao growers and artisanal chocolate makers. Today, the company’s micro-factory, located in the city's Krog Street Market, grinds whole beans from small farms in the Americas and East Africa and turns them into chocolate liquor. You won’t find cocoa butter used at Xocolatl; the makers craft their single-origin, dark chocolate with only cocoa and cane sugar, and add ingredients like dried apple, sea salt, and peppermint to make scrumptious flavored bars.
Book a tour and tasting to learn about the bean-to-bar process; a wine pairing is included. And don’t miss Xocolatl's Frozen Drinking Chocolate, a “slushy” beverage made with Nicaraguan chocolate in coconut milk, topped with coconut whipped cream and cacao nibs (nibs are like the "chocolate chips" of chocolate). For the holidays, the makers will release a new 60 percent dark milk chocolate bar.
What is the summertime recourse for hot chocolate lovers? Frozen drinking chocolate courtesy of Atlanta bean-to-bar chocolatier Xocolatl.
At its Krog Street Market shop, the folks at Xocolatl melt 55-percent single-origin Nicaraguan chocolate and combine it – slushie style – with coconut milk. A topper of light-as-air coconut whipped cream plus a sprinkle of cacao nibs equate to brain freeze, sugar rush and pure chocolate bliss that you won’t get from fountain drinks at 7-Eleven, QuikTrip or any other convenience store.
The ice cold cocoa sensation is among a trio of beverages that the small-batch chocolate microfactory recently debuted. Iced tea drinkers can look for ice herbal cacao tea, brewed cacao on ice served straight or with a house-made seasonal syrup such as lavender-orange blossom, raspberry or peppermint. Those needing a caffeine fix can order a cold brew cacao coffee that features roasted cacao cold brewed with a Guatemalan and Ethopian coffee blend.
Xocolatl, 99 Krog St., Atlanta. 404-604-9642, www.xocolatlchocolate.com.
The owners of Xocolatl, Elaine Read & Matt Weyandt, have a love story that couples dream of. The pair lived in Costa Rica and worked with cacao farmers and artisanal chocolatiers, and have taken their experiences to open their own micro-factory “bean-to-bar” chocolate shop. The Krog Street Market shop offers a variety of single-origin dark chocolate bars, where the cacao is sourced from six different countries: Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Madagascar, Peru & Trinidad. It’s rare to find chocolate without cocoa butter, but their chocolate is made with just cocoa and cane sugar. Each bar offers a different flavor profile that ranges from earthy and nutty to buttery and fruity. For Valentine’s Day, pick a “trio” of bars or a full-flight of all six origins. The full flight and trio bars will not be released until Monday, February 9, so it is recommended to stop by the shop early in that week to purchase your bars.