Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Of course you can have hot chocolate with anything and your reviewer chose to have one with his fish. The $4.50 hot chocolate came in a small glass with no marshmallows. There was no napkin as was served with a similar glass at the Earl of Leicester, but the chocolate was only lukewarm so there was no threat of burnt fingertips. The froth was tasty and there was a sprinkle of cocoa but the drink was weak and disappointing especially given the waiter had referred to it as an Italian hot chocolate.
This venue seems to have closed and is now on the list of disappearing hot chocolate venues.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Stax on Waymouth Street offered a range of hot chocolates in standard, medium and large sizes. Along with the standard hot chocolate Stax offered white hot chocolate and a mint hot chocolate. The Vienna hot chocolate appealed to your reviewer on this day. The drink was $4.30 and was only available in the medium size. It came in a huge mug with mountain of whipped cream and cocoa sprinkled on top. The hot chocolate was milky but had a good chocolaty taste, although there was sediment left at the bottom. This was only the second Vienna chocolate reviewed in this blog. This one impressed because of a lighter whipped cream than the Lunch Club offering.
Unfortunately this excellent column is often hidden away in the pages of "The Advertiser". This edition seemed to be missing completely from today's paper until Myrtle found it tucked away on page 52. Readers can see today's edition of Net Adventures at
Friday, August 28, 2009
The standard hot chocolate was $3.50 with no marshmallows. The froth was creamy and came with sprinkle of chocolate but the drink itself was too weak. It was served in a Coffex coffee cup.
The Italian chocolate was $4.00 also with no marshmallows. It came in a tiny glass, probably about the size that would contain a short black coffee. It was full to the brim with the very dark Italian hot chocolate. No froth or decoration. The chocolate tasted dark, smooth and rich. It went very well with my bowl of rum and raisin gelato. I was very glad to have found another venue that provided thick Italian Hot Chocolate. It was a different experience to the one at the Adelaide Coffee Bar but it was still a delight.
In the beginning, the Lord created chocolate, and he saw that it was good. Then he separated the light from the dark, and it was better.
Oh, divine chocolate!
They grind thee kneeling,
Beat thee with hands praying,
And drink thee with eyes to heaven.
~ Marco Antonio Orellana, 18th century
Chocolate is a divine, celestial drink, the sweat of the stars, the vital seed, divine nectar, the drink of the gods, panacea and universal medicine.
~ Geronimo Piperni, quoted by Antonio Lavedán, surgeon in the Spanish army, 1796
So noble a confection, more than nectar & ambrosia, the true food of the gods.
~ Dr. Bachot, 1662
The Greek term theobroma (Latin name for cacao) means literally food of the gods. Chocolate has also been called the food of the devil, but the theological basis of this claim is obscure.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The Hot chocolate was four dollars without marshmallows. It was served in a glass but came with no napkin wrapped around the glass for protection from the hot but it was not that hot anyway. The froth and chocolate sprinkle was good. It was creamy too. Often the froth ends up being fairly tasteless. The drink itself was creamy but not chocolaty enough for this reviewer.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The first pleasant surprise was that the Earl's hot chocolate fits into that three dollar category that I have mentioned in previous postings. The second surprise is that the extras include a white marshmallow, a pink marshmallow and a fortune cookie. The glass was small and came with a napkin wrapped around it. As mentioned earlier the napkin is essential for keeping one from burning ones fingertips on such a drink. Good waiting staff can perform a feat of origami that defies gravity by wrapping a napkin around the glass in such a way that it stays half way up the glass without falling off. I have also observed this at the Duthy Street Deli. The chocolate came with the usual froth and sprinkle of cocoa. The taste of drink itself was watery and unsatisfying, but the fortune cookie was a good innovation.
The Earl of Leicester also provides complimentary coffees and hot chocolates in their poker machine lounge. This comes in ceramic cups with a thin froth and you can help yourself to a biscuit in the shape of bear. The hot chocolate is not too bad and better than the Highway poker machine lounge complimentary hot chocolate. The machine uses Jolt coffee and mixes.
The songs are
"Hot Chocolate" by Shonen Knife: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8lntoH78Lc
"Hot Chocolate" by Rip Slyme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JbnsR7V34U
You can still see the lyrics at these locations:
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The hot chocolate also looked like an artwork. It came in a glass with a good froth and intricate spider-web design on the top rendered in chocolate syrup (see photo). This might be a rendering of the Mondiali logo that appears on their website. When hot chocolate comes in glass the waiters usually provide a napkin or paper wrapped around the glass to stop the drink burning the patron's fingers. This was missing in this instance to the detriment of my finger tips. The froth with its syrup was tasty but unfortunately the drink itself was too weak. The hot chocolate cost $3.50 and came with a marshmallow.
Monday, August 24, 2009
"Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are."
It is good to see from the following quotes that he had a high regard for the wonders of hot chocolate and had high regard for its healthy properties.
"If any Man has drunk a little too deeply from the cup of physical pleasure; if he has spent too much time at his desk that should have been spent asleep; if his fine spirits have temporarily become dulled; if he finds the air too damp, the minutes too slow, and the atmosphere too heavy to withstand... let him be given a good pint of amber-flavored chocolate"
“People who habitually drink chocolate enjoy unvarying health, and are least attacked by a host of little illnesses which can destroy the true joy of living.”
"Chocolate... is above all helpful to people who must do a great deal of mental work, to those who labor in the pulpit or the courtroom, and especially to travelers."
The following couple of quote come from his "The Physiology of Taste" published in 1825.
“The Spanish ladies of the New World are madly addicted to chocolate, to such a point that, not content to drink it several times each day, they even have it served to them in church.”
“When you have breakfasted well and fully, if you will drink a big cup of chocolate at the end you will have digested the whole perfectly three hours later, and you will still be able to dine..Because of my scientific enthusiasm and the sheer force of my eloquence I have persuaded a number of ladies to try this, although they were convinced it would kill them; they have always found themselves in fine shape indeed, and have not forgotten to give the Professor his rightful due.”
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Anthelme_Brillat-Savarin, http://www.azuralive.com/2008/03/cocoa-on-the-ct.html, http://www.foodreference.com/html/qchocolate.html
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Unfortunately the chocolate tasted weak and watery until I got near the bottom and realised it had not had much of stir. I had a similar problem with the Duthy Street Deli hot chocolate. Why go to the trouble of making a hot chocolate and not stir it? I do not want to destroy the barista's craft by stirring the drink as soon as I get it. I prefer to preserve look of the froth and decoration so I expect my hot chocolate to be mixed before getting to my table.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
The hot chocolate came in a tall but fairly plain glass on a saucer. There were no marshmallows but about two centimetres of bubbly froth and chocolate sprinkled on top. The drink was reminiscent of the one at Kappy's but not with the same elegance. At $3.50 this was reasonable value for the size and taste of the drink.
Friday, August 21, 2009
The service and surroundings in this restaurant are excellent. I imagine the menu is good and the wine racks on display suggest the wine list is extensive. Your reviewer, however was here for one reason, to sample the Italian Hot Chocolate. He also ordered a dessert that was tasty but miniscule, costing $14.50.
The hot chocolate was $4.90 and came in good sized ceramic cup with no marshmallows. It was presented with a tasty brown froth with a cocoa stripe through the middle. The taste was full and rich. It certainly stood up to the standard hot chocolates your reviewer has tasted however it did not meet the expectation of a thick Italian Chocolate that had been set by the Italian hot chocolate at the Adelaide Coffee Bar or even the homemade Fräus hot chocolates. Your reviewer did however receive a free takeaway hot chocolate for the road because the staff had an excess after the first one. A gesture that was much appreciated.
Here, we've only got one rule:
Never ever let it cool!
Keep it cookin in
The song has a good jazzy groove to it though. To see the film clip click on the following:
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Merkel Marmaduke does not condone smoking however he can relate to having his hot chocolate a little bit stronger and a little bit thicker. While the calories may be a concern previous postings suggest there may be some health benefits.
Cigarettes and chocolate milk
These are just a couple of my cravings
Everything it seems I likes a little bit stronger
A little bit thicker, a little bit harmful for me
If I should buy jellybeans
Have to eat them all in just one sitting
Everything it seems I likes a little bit sweeter
A little bit fatter, a little bit harmful for me
For the rest of the lyrics see http://www.lyricsfreak.com/r/rufus+wainwright/cigarettes+chocolate+milk_20119587.html
For a performance of the song see
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The hot chocolate is $3.50 and came with a delicious wrapped dark chocolate and a pink marshmallow. Jardine's gets the prize so far for the best extras. The hot chocolate was presented with a good froth with a semicircle of cocoa in a ceramic Vittoria coffee cup. Merkel would have preferred the drink to be creamier.
Tea, although an Oriental,
Is a gentleman at least;
Cocoa is a cad and coward,
Cocoa is a vulgar beast.
~ G. K. Chesterton (English born Gabonese Critic, Essayist, Novelist and Poet, 1874-1936)
The second alludes to a poet.
Cocoa? Cocoa! Damn miserable puny stuff, fit for kittens and unwashed boys.
Did Shakespeare drink cocoa?
~ Shirley Jackson (American Writer, 1919-1965)
I suspect Shakespeare did not drink cocoa as I have not found any reference to it in his work. However someone with true genius and talent did like cocoa as evidenced by the following quote.
I'm not very keen on Hollywood. I'd rather have a nice cup of cocoa really.
~ Sir Noel Coward (Playwright, Novelist, Song Writer and Director,
Sources: http://www.musicals101.com/noelbio3.htm, http://thinkexist.com/quotation
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The hot chocolate was $3.20 and came in a small cup. In this blog I have repeatedly referred to generous mugs and generous cups. This one could best be described as stingy. The handle was so small that even Myrtle could not insert her dainty digit through it. The chocolate was good, chocolaty and rich. The froth and sprinkle was well executed but there was just not enough drink to quench my desire for a hot chocolate.
I had high expectations for this establishment after listing it in an earlier posting as one of the few places in Adelaide to get an Italian Hot Chocolate. Alas, the new management at Biga Panificio is no longer providing this beverage. I asked the friendly waiter and he suggested that Chianti Classico down the road does this gluggy delight. Stay tuned to hear more from Merkel Marmaduke on this.
Back at the cottage
Steaming hot choc'late awaits
The fire ablaze
Myrtle points out that the last line has only four syllables unless you pronounce "fire" with two. This did not stop her trying to deliver the recipe on the website with some variations.
The recipe called for 2 ½ squares of chocolate. We were not sure how much 2 ½ squares of chocolate was. Different chocolates have different sized squares. We checked out some other internet recipes and figured that 100g of chocolate should be enough and we added vanilla essence to taste. In the end we were in too much of a hurry to whip the cream. So it probably was not much like the original recipe after those variations but it produced a creamy, chocolate drink with a pleasant sweetness.
Monday, August 17, 2009
The regular hot chocolate is $3.20 but larger sizes are available. The hot chocolate comes with an elegantly patterned froth with cocoa sprinkled in a heap to one side (see photo). No Marshmallows were provided but a couple of packs of sugar were available. The taste of the chocolate was good and creamy.
A steaming cup of hot chocolate with buttered toast is surely one of the most heart warming, body warming, and taste-satisfying combinations known to man.James Beard operated a cooking school out of his apartment in New York, wrote dozens of books on cooking and food, and hundreds of articles on food for many different magazines. He is recognized as the father of American gastronomy
The hot chocolate he was talking about was made with just two simple ingredients, pure dark chocolate and creamy milk.
Sources: http://www.spiritus-temporis.com/james-beard/, http://www.joyofbaking.com/breakfast/HotChocolate.html
Sunday, August 16, 2009
That is enough of the whingeing. The hot chocolate was not too bad. It was a reasonable sized mug with a good froth and a sprinkle of cocoa. No marshmallows. The drink tasted creamy but the chocolate tasted a bit artificial and there was sediment on the bottom.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
What in the world do you think
Is the bev'rage for Merkel to drink
No cup of weak tea
Nor coffee for me
A choc'late with marshmallow pink
A busy hot choc-o-late buyer
Said he once put out a big fire
With milk and a froth
The flames just went off
I think he was prob'ly a liar
A man from Adelaide City
Tried writing a trivial ditty
On Choc'late to drink
The rhyming did stink
And the rhythm's a bit of a pity
Friday, August 14, 2009
Chocolate @ No. 5, is a cottage from the early history of Hahndorf with sandstone walls and roughly hewn wooden ceilings. The interior is cosy and the staff eager to please. The Belgian style hot chocolates are available in Milk, White, Dark or Mocca. I went for the dark hot chocolate. It was a great tasting chocolate in a large ceramic cup. It was decorated with an even froth with the "No. 5" spelt out on top with chocolate sprinkles. It was not just rich but had the right sweetness and lighter tastes (perhaps hazelnut) within the hot chocolate. There were no marshmallows but they were not required because the chocolate was perfect as it was, and the dessert Lady Myrtle purchased to go with it was quite sweet enough.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Miss Ginsu's Ode to Hot Chocolate
Cup warms my fingers:
Dark and silky,
this bitter- sweet winter escape.
From Darwin Michener-Rutledge
Snowman with daddy
then drinking hot chocolate
wet clothes by the stove
Lady Myrtle Marmaduke's contributions
Chilli packs a bite
Funny it's in hot chocolate
Aztecs got it right
Hot choc'late is good
New blog with his dark desires
Merkel tastes it all
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The first I tried was the "Classic Classico" hot chocolate. The sachet cost $2.80 and it is simply mixed with 150ml of milk. This makes the hot chocolate a small drink but it is rich and thick and it is unlikely you will feel unsatisfied consuming your hot chocolate. The style is clearly Italian hot chocolate, almost as good as the one I had at the Adelaide Coffee Bar. I note that the product, packed in Australia by the German-named Fräus, is still labeled as "Product of Italy" so the reader can have some comfort that this is authentic Italian hot chocolate.
The next flavour I tried was "Mela Cannella Apple Cinnamon". This had the same richness but the apple and cinnamon flavour was not particularly appealing. The "Peperoncino Chilli" hot chocolate on the other hand packed a punch but could have done with the sweetness a bit of cinnamon would have provided. The last one I tried was "Fondente Extra Dark" which had a darker chocolate flavour and a slightly bitter after-taste.
It was great to be able to sample these different flavours but for me the Classic was my favourite.
Some time later I tried the Fraus banana hot chocolate. This was a taste reminiscient of a banana split and was a pleasant variation on the Classic. The orange and cinnamon was not quite so tasty but it was still a nice drink.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The hot chocolate came in a tall glass with a handle reminiscent of the glass I enjoyed at Spats. It came with a good froth and a sprinkle of chocolate. The hot chocolate was not mixed properly but fortunately the sediment on the bottom was quite visible in the glass so I gave it a good stir. The cost was $3.80.
This venue seems to have closed and is now on the list of disappearing hot chocolate venues.
From Renatta Pellack
Yum, marshmallows, PLEASE!
Don't burn my tongue or my lips.
Warm on a cold day!
liquid hot between my toes
bathing in chocolate
A fridge magnet haiku is displayed at flickr
winter makes man
shiver and man devour drinks
of hot chocolate
Erin Zimmer claims that hot beverage poetry does not get enough respect and contributes:
once just a powder
but hot liquids transform you,
brown winter mustache
Monday, August 10, 2009
Soft marshmallows float
On warm, luscious, brown liquid
Oh dear Hot Chocolate!
From Catherine of New Zealand
my favourite mug
steaming hot chocolate with
From Olivia Bartilucci
Building a snowman
Sipping warm hot chocolate
Taking a long nap
Here is a piece of brilliance from the book "Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry for Your...brains"
by Ryan Mecum.
blood is really warm.
It's like drinking hot chocolate
but with more screaming.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
I ordered a Medium mug of chilli hot chocolate for $4.70. I could have requested a smaller or larger drink for $4.20 or $5.20. The mug was generous and came with a good froth and sprinkle of chocolate. The drink was fairly milky and did not compare to the richness and spice of the Bracegirdles Chilli Chocolate. It was a nice drink though. The chilli had a punch at the beginning of the drink but had little impact towards the bottom of the mug.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
The two hot chocolates on the menu were the standard hot chocolate ($6.00) and the hot chocolate with Baileys Irish Cream ($9.25). As readers will know Merkel Marmaduke never shies away from new hot chocolate experiences so he chose the hot chocolate with Baileys. It was worth the expense. The hot chocolate came in an elegant glass with a handle and a saucer. It came with a marshmallow and was topped with cream sprinkled with cinnamon and cocoa. The hot chocolate was creamy and the Baileys gave it just the right sweetness and intoxicating after taste.
The great taste will make this hot chocolate a contender for the Merkel Awards although the price would mean it could not be an everyday experience.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Gelato Bello, Malvern Village, 259 Unley Road, Malvern.
If he had insisted, Merkel could probably have got a ceramic cup but he took pity on the young serving assistant and settled for the paper cup. Larger cup sizes were available. The drink came with good froth and chocolate sprinkle but it was a fairly weak and watery chocolate.
This venue seems to have closed and is now on the list of disappearing hot chocolate venues.
Café One, Southern Cross Arcade, Adelaide
Larger sizes were available. It came in a ceramic cup but had a thin froth with a good chocolate sprinkle. It was too hot and too watery.
Café 146, 146 Gawler Place, Adelaide
This is good lunch place with plenty of seating. The hot chocolate tasted the best of the three reviewed here. It was served in a ceramic cup with a mountain of froth and a sprinkle of cocoa.
Merkel Marmaduke's conclusion is that one can get a good hot chocolate in Adelaide for only $3.00. Don't expect all the trimmings and choose your venues wisely. Café 146 was the winner on taste but an honourable mention should go to the $2.95 hot chocolate from Cocolat, Hyde Park for a good value dining experience.
For later updates on the best three dollar hot chocolates in Adelaides see this later posting.
[Taylor and carolers enter Luke's diner]
LUKE: Whoa, what’s going on?
TAYLOR: Well we were caroling around town and we got a bit chilly and we thought maybe we could trade you a song for some hot chocolate.
LUKE: You want free hot chocolate?
TAYLOR: No no, we’ll sing for it, any tune you like.
LUKE: And then I give you free hot chocolate.
LUKE: Tell you what, you can have your hot chocolate, and pay for it, then go next door and sing for the marshmallows.
Sources: Wikipedia, Java Quotes
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Cocolat started out as a cake and dessert retailer. The combination of gourmet produce retailer and chocolate dessert shop allows it to provide an excellent Café experience. They do a good antipasto to have with your hot chocolate. I noticed they sell the Arkadia organic hot chocolate and Fraus rich European hot chocolate from their shelves.
At $2.95 this is the cheapest hot chocolate I have tried and it came with white and pink marshmallows. It came in ceramic cup with a good froth and sprinkle of chocolate. I would have preferred the chocolate to be richer. The friendly waitress advised that it was made from the Arkadia hot chocolate I had spotted on the shelves.
The instructions required melting 6 teaspoons of chocolate flakes in a small amount of hot milk and then topping it up with further milk. The result was pretty disappointing in comparison with the Spanish Hot Chocolate. The milk chocolate did not taste rich enough. Still all was not lost as the flakes tasted delicious by themselves. Next time Merkel will add more Chocolate.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
The Hot Chocolate came with a good froth and chocolate sprinkle. They provided the drink complete with both the pink and white marshmallow. It was served in a ceramic cup. The drink itself was a bit disappointing as it did not meet my expectation for a rich chocolate taste. Mamma Carmela does not make the costs of her beverages easy to work out but I think this one was about $3.50.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Lena's does a regular hot chocolate for $3.20. It comes in a Vittoria coffee Glass with wire Handle with the usual froth and sprinkle of chocolate but no marshmallows. It was a good rich standard hot chocolate.
“The superiority of chocolate [hot chocolate], both for health and nourishment, will soon give it the same preference over tea and coffee in America which it has in Spain..." Thomas Jefferson (1785) in a Letter to John Adams
I doubt that Thomas Jefferson's prediction on America's hot beverage preferences will come to fruition however his advice on the health benefits of Hot Chocolate seem prophetic.
It has been shown that hot chocolate has a higher antioxidant concentration than tea and red wine. This backs up the statement made on the Youtube video featured on my earlier post.
More information about the health benefits of chocolate can be found at the links below:
Monday, August 3, 2009
I have had a number of good hot chocolates at Kappy's. They traditionally serve it in a long stemmed glass with a couple of marshmallows. More recently they have been providing drinks to patrons in a mug but they are still happy to do it in the glass.
The hot chocolate cost $4.40. It had plenty of froth with a sprinkle of chocolate at its centre. The drink was rich and creamy from top to bottom. With the help of one of the marshmallows it was the perfect sweetness.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
The hot chocolate came in a generous mug with a brown froth and a chocolate sprinkling shaped to look like a chilli. A marshmallow was included with the mug. The taste of the chilli and cinnamon in the chocolate was great and the chocolate was creamy, rich but not overpowering. This was a great hot chocolate for a rainy day and the best your reviewer can remember. It was well worth the $6 and I look forward to returning to sample the chocolate sipper.
With some trepidation I approached the Café a Go Go van. I was glad to see they went to a bit of trouble with their hot chocolate providing stirring sticks and optional marshmallows. The froth looked good but was a little tasteless and the chocolate was not as rich or creamy as I would have liked but it still went down well. The local team won on the day which made it all a good experience.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I can recommend the Adelaide Coffee Bar from the earlier review. Other locations serving this delicacy in Adelaide are:
Al Fresco East End, Adelaide
Swiss Glory, Victoria Square Entrance to the Adelaide Central Market
Caffe L'Incontro, Gays Arcade, Adelaide
How Sweet It Is
Cibo Espresso (Various Outlets)
Caffe Buongiorno (Norwood Outlet)
A Cafe Etc, Brighton
The Mac Factory, Adelaide
The East coast of Australia seems to be better served with Italian Hot Chocolate places as discussed in Kokopop's Search for Italian Hot Chocolate. "Glutton Dressed as Lamb" on the West coast has resorted to making his own.
After some time searching for Italian Hot Chocolate places, your reviewer can verify that those venues listed above provide an Italian Hot Chocolate. Swiss Glory only does it in colder weather. Your reviewer heard that Martini's at Norwood server an Italian Hot Chocolate in the evenings but your reviewer has not been able to verify this.
An excellent source of Italian Hot Chocolates is the Cibo Espresso chain. Some Cibo outlets do not provided these in the hotter weather. The outlets on Rundle Street, Gouger Street, Hutt Street and Hyde Park all provided a thick Italian hot chocolate when reviewed.
Your reviewer has come across a category of rich hot chocolates that he classes as almost in the Italian hot chocolate but not quite. These are generally hot chocolates from powders that are not quite the thick consistency of good Italian hot chocolate. These are Ciocatto at Cafe Bravo, Coconat at Viva Espresso, the Ciocolatto Italiano and La Piazza Cafe and the hot chocolate at Chianti Classico.