La Tablette de Miss Choco

La Tablette de Miss Choco

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A mid-afternoon class cancellation on a Tuesday and a chocolate-less apartment can only result in a single outcome in my world, that is, going to hunt down chocolate. By this I don’t mean a quick jaunt to the grocery store to snatch up a couple of Lindt bars that are on special 2/$6. No, what I’m referring to is a trek across the city at all costs in search of the best selection of single origin, bean-to-bar chocolate Montreal has to offer; and I found it!

Enter La Tablette de Miss Choco, a specialty chocolate shop offering bean-to-bar varieties from all over the world. It’s the exact type of place a person like me should never be left alone in for any extended period of time, but with no one to stop me and a minimal desire to exercise control, I decided to risk it. I make it my mission to seek out chocolate wherever I am, home or abroad, and I have never seen this kind of selection in one place. It was, quite frankly, overwhelming (mainly because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to buy THE EVERYTHING, and didn’t want the pressure of having to narrow it down).

Thankfully they were beyond helpful in explaining the layout of the store and offering samples based on what I described that I liked in chocolate. At La Tablette, you can get bars made in Canada, the US, Europe, or ones that are made specifically where the beans were grown (Vietnam, Madagascar, etc.). I loved the fact that I had never seen 90% of the brands before anywhere else. After tasting Peruvian chocolate that was distinctly reminiscent of dried cherries, virgin chocolate that due to the non-roasted beans was mild and subtle, and a bar from Madagascar that melted luxuriously on your tongue and left the most pleasant, citrusy aftertaste, it was time for the arduous task of deciding which ones to buy and take home with me. I opted for the aforementioned bars from Peru and Madagascar, as well as a 70% bar from Vietnam, and some Willie’s Cacao milk chocolate for good measure (which I may or may not have devoured an entire bar of walking around Prague last summer when I was first introduced to it).

Whether you are as much of a chocolate fiend as I am, or want to begin exploring the world of bean-to-bar chocolate, La Tablette de Miss Choco is a phenomenal starting point. Don’t be afraid to tell them what you like – milk, dark, how dark? Straight up chocolate or other ingredients mixed in? Citrusy, bitter notes or robust berry and smoky tobacco notes? – and they can guide you in the direction of what bars you are most likely to enjoy. They also offer various classes on the chocolate making process, history of chocolate, fair-trade chocolate, and more, if you want to up your chocolate IQ even further. Or just go and taste, purchase, and enjoy, because like good wine, good chocolate is meant to be savoured.

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La Tablette de Miss Choco

838 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est, Montreal, QC
514-394-1958

latablette.ca

Mal Takes on YUL

As you may know, or at least have deduced from my Twitter and Instagram lately, this born and raised Calgarian has moved east. For the next 5 years at a minimum (that being the expected completion time for my Ph.D.) I am officially a resident of Montreal – and absolutely loving it!

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The city itself is a cultural mecca all around but can we take a sec to stop and talk about the food? Within a 2 block radius of where I live I have access to:

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A) The best chocolate chip (chunk really) cookies I’ve ever had at Cafe Parvis.

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B) Crazy good Japanese bites and cocktails at Biiru Izakaya.

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C) Tacos that rival those from Tres Carnales (I’m sorry Edmonton, you have competition) at Escondite. Oh and cocktails too.

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D) Olives and other salty deliciousness at Taverne F.

E) All the traditional French brasserie goodness at Brasserie T! (not pictured)

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A little further out I’m happy to report that the veg scene is thriving. Great veggie burgers and crispy yet melt-in-your-mouth chickpea fries at Lola Rosa.

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The only disappointment thus far (and I’m aware that I might get the boot for saying this) has been the bagels. Montreal bagels, I don’t get what the fuss is about you. Texturally, you’re fine. Portion-wise, (smaller and with a bigger hole than your NYC counterparts), I can also deal with you. But taste? Well frankly you don’t taste like anything. Whoever decided that Montreal bagels didn’t need salt was not a very wise person. All bread needs salt. Anyways, I can eat you but only slathered in liberal amounts of SALTY peanut butter.

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Or if that doesn’t work, I also have about 15 different types of salt hiding in my cupboards to choose from. Yup, I have a salt collection. Don’t judge. (popcorn night at Chez Mallory will never be boring)

So pretty much over the next 5 years I plan on eating my way through Montreal. And going to grad school. The brain needs fuel though right? Well there’s lots to choose from here! Stay tuned for more of my adventures when I get around to documenting them!