If you need a little something to help you come down from your Valentine’s Day sugar-rush, we have two great ideas for you: Compartes Chocolatier and Heirloom Navel Oranges.
Well, this one won’t really help you come down as much as it will keep you flying, but if you’re still in the mood for chocolate, you’ll fall in love with Compartes Chocolatier. Compartes’ chocolates have been handmade in Los Angeles, California since 1950. These artisanal confections are made with only the freshest ingredients and never include any artificial flavors or preservatives. From single-origin South America cacao to fresh fruits from the Los Angeles Farmers Markets, Compartes sources the best ingredients to create amazingly rich flavors. From their gooey and decadent caramels, to the best praline nuts and uber-sophisticated chocolate bars, Compartes will not disappoint. Their chic packaging further elevates the whole chocolate experience, giving you eye candy to go along with their sophisticated, sensual flavors. Stop in our Ann Arbor or Old Town Chicago stores and have a taste for yourself!
If you’re looking for something sweet, but want to switch to something healthier, you can’t go wrong with this old fashioned flavor-bomb: the heirloom navel. “The heirloom,” as we call it, is the same fruit that got California’s citrus industry booming. It’s the original or “old line” Washington Navel. Over the years, the citrus industry bred the navel orange to produce more fruit, easier, and faster, but without considering flavor. What’s left is a watered down, uninteresting piece of fruit. It’s no surprise, on the other hand, that heirloom oranges maintain their original punch: the word heirloom means something passed down from generation to generation. In this case, it’s the bright flavors. Heirloom navels are grown using certain farming practices in which growers give special attention to the soil, just like they did when navels were first brought from Brazil to America in the 1800s. The secret is to use only the best sour root stock, but this practice isn’t commonly used anymore because the trees don’t produce fruit as heavily or as quickly as the newer root stocks. Doing things the right way is what gives these heirlooms their amazing taste.