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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Post 1000! Chocolate, Hollywood, and Harry Potter

Dear Sillies,
I can honestly say - oh my - this is post # 1000. I cannot honestly say it's my 1000th original post, because a woman's gotta go lazy and do some re-posting. Still, though, it's a pretty big deal. And it's thanks to you that I've stuck around here. Thank you, thank you, one thousand thanks!

In celebration, I found one chocolate item at a local World Market that made me wince. The others were too tempting and common. This one, though, I had to sample: World Market's 54% cacao Licorice & Fennel dark chocolate. Fennel? Who cooks with fennel?
Why, just why? I was scared.
   But it looks like decent chocolate, right? The fancy font on the label reads: "Sweet crystalized fennel flower adds deep notes of licorice to rich dark chocolate."  The verdict?
   I did finish it, but not in one sitting (not a good sign). I don't like black licorice - it didn't have a real strong taste, but it's in there. And fennel? It seems to comprise a combination of wheat germ and sawdust. I don't recommend it. I can't. I like you.
   I'd have to give this one a 3 on a 1-10 scale. There's really no reason for this product. None. Don't do it, people. But considering the ingredients, they did a decent job (thus, the 3). Still, don't do it, people. I like you.

On an entirely different note, I slipped away to Hollywood and So Cal during the holidays. This star on the Walk of Fame made me smile.
Who knew Harry has such a big head?


Alas, be well, my friends.
Thank you for inspiring me to make it to 1000.
You're the best, the funnest, and silliest of sillies.
                                                                Hollywood storefront.


47 comments:

  1. I like fennel - but not in chocolate.
    Perhaps Harry's head grew with his ascent to movie stardom.
    Congratulations on 1000 posts - and here's to many more.

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    1. After I snapped Harry and me, I saw I sign that told me not to pass it - where Harry was. Oops. His head's so big, he didn't notice.
      Thank you, EC.

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  2. Licorice and fennel are the same basic flavor. I like both, but don't know why you'd ruin good chocolate with either of them. Someone once gave me a gift of bacon chocolate. Why oh why?

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    1. They're supposed to be the same flavor, Mitchell, but I swear to you, it tasted of sawdust.

      We have the most amazing bacon chocolate bar around here. Oops, it's gone.

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  3. Robyn, congratulations on all your posts, that's GREAT!

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    1. Thank you, Lon. So glad to have you as a new follower.

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  4. Congrats on 1000!

    Sounds like one that shouldn't even exist indeed. Just Winnie? The others must be chopped liver.

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    1. Compared to Winnie - they've been chopped!

      Thank you, Pat.

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  5. Fennel has such a unique taste and I can't see that going with chocolate at all.
    Congratulations on a thousand posts! We like you, we really, really like you.

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    1. Yay. Thank you. May I continue to earn your likes.

      Yeah, fennel and chocolate - why?

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  6. You're stepping on Pooh! LOL

    I have just one recipe that calls for fennel and I can't imagine putting it in chocolate. And I love licorice.

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    1. And it's not by accident that I'm stepping there, Diane.

      Fennel ain't my thing, nor is black licorice.

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  7. Congrats on 1000, may you have many more thousands. I loved Alex's comment above. We do!

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    1. Thank goodness, because I really, really like you all too.

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  8. I am mad of chocolates. Nice to see your 1000th chocolate post:)

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  9. Love fennel, love licorice, love chocolate, but the combo doesn't sound very good - thanks for the the warning. My favorite chocolates are Ice Cubes (little foil wrapped squares) that have hazelnut in them. They have been around long before Nutella or other hazelnut chocolates were in the US. I remember them from about 45 years ago and they are still my favs. Have you ever tried them?

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    1. I've seen those, Wilma, but haven't tried them. Now I must. Thank you for the recommendation. Will report back to you. Hazelnut is divine.

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  10. Congratulations to my favorite chocolate lover!!

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  11. Congrats on Post # 1,000! Looks like you had a fun time in Hollywood too!

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    1. It was a fun time, Debra - interesting place, that Hollywood.

      Thank you.

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  12. Fennel?? What's fennel?? I heard the name but it sounds too ass weird meaning it must come from a health food store. Chocolate..Chocolate good, licorice blecchhhh-hate that taste. love that Winnie has his own star which must make the rabbit crazy! I would love to go to Hollywood once and look at all the places where the big name Hollywood stars used to live where there is now a parking lot.

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    1. And for only $20, you get to park in one of those parking lots, then walk the town. It's actually very fun and weird.

      I didn't know what fennel is either. Apparently, it's a seed. But they should keep it in the flower.

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  13. Wow, 1,000!?! I have no clue how many I have (particularly after being forced to jump ship to a different platform). Well here's to a thousand more! Cheers!

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  14. My dad would buy bags of jelly beans and I would be allowed to get some. I always left him the black licorice flavored ones. Eww. I can do fennel, but not licorice. Nuts coconut, or toffee are the only things that belong in chocolate. Or caramel.

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    1. And congratulations! I am so scatterbrained.

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    2. Black licorice jelly beans are my last pick, and then, only if I'm desperate. Fennel is apparently used for sausages, right, Ruth? Why add it to chocolate?

      Thank you.

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    3. Yes, sausages and some tomato based sauces.

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  15. Happy 1,000 posts! Here's to many more. How cool that you got to enjoy a fun trip like that.

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    1. Thank you, Martha. I hope to be so lucky as to post many, many more.

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  16. Congrats on the big milestone. 1000 posts. Was I ever so young? It's a rare achievement and after all this time you still have great things to say.

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    1. Remember when we first met, Cal? It was like puppy love. Now you keep the cave so cool and I'm still trying to get over there to heat things up.

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  17. Fennel's kinda strong...I can't imagine it tasting good in chocolate! Congrats on your 1000th post!!!!

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    1. Yeah, it tastes like it sounds (gross).

      Thanks, JoJo.

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  18. Congratulations on reaching 1000. That's a lot of entertainment, so thank you for that.

    Fennel? Isn't that in sausage? And gross there too?

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    1. Yes, and yes, Elizabeth. I can't even think of a way to put sausage and chocolate in the same thought...oh, wait. Never mind. But fennel is yucky.

      Thank you and you're welcome.

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  19. Wohooo! 1000 is a big one! That definitely calls for a chocolate celebration!

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    1. It certainly did, does, and will. Thanks, Sherry.

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  20. Congrats on 1,000 posts! Fennel and licorice with chocolate?! Oh my. You are very brave.

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    1. Kinda wish I wasn't so brave, Connie.

      Smiles and gratitude.

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  21. I delight in your 1000th post! I'm also delighted to remember my childhood on a medieval Portuguese truck farm --a property that extended to the river, where wild fennel grew. We called it "funch" (pronounced foonch) but I was too little to spell and that may not be correct. It was like the riparian was giving us candy --a flavor that persisted, on the tongue and then in the memory forever. Chocolate is a favorite still, but funch is an adventurous encounter, a sprig nipped fresh from a bush by a child --two very different things.

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    1. Somehow, funch sounds even less appetizing than fennel. You've led an interesting life, my friend. I enjoy your stories.

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  22. Hey Robyn,

    I'm terribly late in getting here. Yep, problems with starting up my private jet.

    Huge congrats on reaching the milestone that be your 1000th post. Here's to next 1000!

    Hugs n'stuff,

    Penny's human dad,

    Gary 😀

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  23. Absolutely fantastic. Congratulations Robyn. That's a massive achievement. And to have such a big following is testament to your posts and of course you.

    Lots of love
    Anthony

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  24. I don't know about that Fennel... tell me who it really tasted??? I LOVE LOVE LOVE Winnie the Pooh! When my first niece was born her room was Winnie the Pooh decorated and I nicknamed her Sydney the Pooh. To this day, 17 years later, I still call her that. :) Annd, big congrats on your 1000 milestone! That's kind of a big deal! Here's to 1000 more my friend! ps-when are you coming to visit Houston??? :)

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