Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The big Chocolate Con

Last Sunday the Man Who Cooks and I wanted a nice warm drink after driving back from the country. Mr Tulk's, the state library's own excellent cafe, was not open (and why not?), so we went next door to the Queen Victoria complex, expecting to have a choice of cafes. Not so, it seems, only a very busy chocolate cafe, so we thought "great". This would fulfill two requirements: warm drink and rich dessert-type sugar hit in one.

After a bit of a wait, and getting close to the time when I'd have to leave for the talk at the library, our "hot" chocolate drinks arrived. Well, they were not so much chocolate drinks, definitely not hot, but more do-it-yourself chocolate drinks, similar to if you ordered a salad and the waiter brought the lettuce, tomatoes and other ingredients, along with a knife and chopping board, as well as bottles of vinegar and oil, etc. and then you proceeded to make your own salad.

What arrived at our table was a cutsy-poo ceramic structure with a candle at the bottom to keep the thimble full of milk above it warm. And this is essential because you need that "heat" to - wait for it! - melt the chocolate chips which were supplied separately on a plate! These you are meant to gradually add to the thimble of milk and stir and sip it with a very clever metal device that was a "straw" with a round bit at one end for stirring. If you're wondering what that would look like, just think of the little mirror-thingie your dentist uses to see into your mouth. Oh, and when you run low on milk, the tiniest of ceramic jugs, which wouldn't be out of place in a doll's tea set, was there for you to generously add to the little "warming tower". To make this an even more interactive experience, the candle kept going out and we needed to flag down a busy staff person to reignite the drink warming flame.

By this time, I did not have time to fiddle around waiting for my chocolate chips to melt. Yes, I know it's special chocolate but it's only a hot chocolate drink, folks - get over it! So I scooped up the remaining chips, popped them in my mouth, and left the MWC to ponder where the value was in the $6 per drink. And it wasn't even warm.

P.S. Susie's comment gave me an idea. I didn't have a camera with me, but I could certainly find a photo on the internet. Here tis! The jug here is bigger than the one we had, and there weren't as many chocolate chips. But you see what I mean about the dentist's mirror thingie?!

11 comments:

"Early Bird" said...

Sometimes things are just too cutsey!
I hope you finally got what you desired...

Susie said...

Where on earth was your camera to capture this joke of a drink!!
$6.00 for a thimblefull of milk and a mouthfull of choc chips!!
Yikes!!
xo

Annette said...

I vote that the Man Who Cooks gets busy and makes a panful of hot chocolate for you to drink when you get home, and don't forget to add a splash of cinnamon to spice it up!

Annette, with apologies to Mel...

catsmum said...

and people wonder why I left Melbourne and moved up to Castlemaine for gawd's sake !!

Val said...

Well, I didn't get what was desired, but Annette has reminded me that the Man Who Cooks makes a very mean hot chocolate drink called Marshall Milk, a concoction from a small town called Marshall in Northern California. It has, ahem, some liqueur added to it which makes it very yummy indeed.

Catsmum, yes this type of thing is very pretentious. Melbourne used to be such a down to earth city but I think that has changed.

Steve G said...

A do it yourself hot chocolate drink. That's a first for me.

Jeanette said...

Hi Val, you gave me a good chuckle here, and reminded me of our trip to Italy a few years back,When we were taken to dinner by business people. everyone ordered coffee I destest coffee so ask for a hot chocolate that is what i got a small italian coffee cup of hot melted chocolate no milk,lol.and to top that of we ordered a drink Idrank Barcadi those days, so I ordered a barcadi and coke in a long glass they bought out a long glass full of barcadi and a small bottle of coke. I had to ask for empty clean glass with ice in it and u guessed a full glass of ice. so not much of the barcadi was drank .

Merle said...

Hi Val ~~ Sounds like you won't go back there for HOT chocolate again.
Thanks for your comments - The crackpot was a good story I thought
Thank you also for the Birthday Greetings Val. As it's after midnight, I guess I am 73 already.
Peter will be 71 on the 28th.
Take care, my friend, Love, Merle.

Cris said...

Oh I like that! Hum, I should try it here, seriously! That reminds me of fondue...

PEA said...

I would have said.."is this a joke? now bring me my real hot chocolate drink!" lol Geez I can't believe they charge $6 for this drink...I guess you gotta pay for all the pots and utensil they have to supply!!! xox

Kerri said...

Again...who thinks of these things??? Ridiculous! But it's a funny story Val, and gave me a giggle this morning :)