The best ideas generally materialize out of the blue and, to my best knowledge, that is how YEG Chocowalk was born deep in the mind of Marlow Moo. The idea, in a nutshell, was to walk along Jasper Avenue and consume a chocolate dessert at each downtown restaurant. But where to begin? The walk might quickly become a waddle, or eventually a crawl intermittently mixed with groans. Thus, we devised Phase One: start at Niche, migrate to Corso 32, and conclude at Lux.
Phase One, Step One: the Salted Caramel Brownie at Niche. Here is a square of notoriety. Fudgy, chewy bittersweet brownie anointed with citrus-infused whipped cream and an amber puddle of salted caramel sauce. An infinite tug-of-war between sweet and salty, chocolate and citrus, the Light and Dark Sides of the Force. What can I say about this brownie that I have not already said ad infinitum (or ad nauseum)?
Phase One, Step Two: the Chocolate Torta with Salted Hazelnuts at Corso 32. Here is a different interpretation of the salty-sweet quandary, with emphasis on contrasting textures. Salty, crunchy hazelnuts play with butter-smooth chocolate torta in an ethereal but stunningly rich context. I'm grateful that we're sharing the desserts; otherwise this might devolve to Chocostumble.
Phase One, Step Three: a chocolate platter at Lux. This sizable plate sports a quartet of dark chocolate truffles, a judicious slice of chocolate indulgence layer cake, and a small brownie crowned by white chocolate ganache. I conquer the brownie in short order and appreciate the balancing effect of white versus dark chocolate (though purists may argue that white chocolate is not technically chocolate for its conspicuous paucity of cocoa). The remainder of the plate will be tomorrow's lunch.
Phase Two is yet in the planning stages, but may include Lit Wine Bar, MRKT, Hundred Bar & Kitchen, Credo, and others. Heck, this might become Phase Three.