Fantastic Madagascar Chocolate and other delectables

26 Jun

Now, honestly, most of my week here in Portland has been spent on the couch here on my laptop/reading/playing dumb video games or sleeping in bed. In other words, pain has kept me firmly in its’ grasp. But, we did get out the other evening to go to Winco – the first time I’ve ever been there. And I promptly told my OH (other half) that we will be getting as much products there as we can (our non-dairy and other ‘specialty’ items we will have to shop elsewhere for), for how great are Winco’s prices? Goodness! 

Anyway, yesterday we went to visit some friends and also stopped by a few of our favorite places and got some treats that I have to tell you about. And if you want some, hop in your car and head to Portland =) 

We grabbed some hummus and pita breads from Ya Hala restaurant (a fabulous Lebanese restaurant) because that’s what you do when you come to Portland, you stuff yourselves full of amazingly perfect hummus and steaming hot-just-from-the-oven pita breads. This is one area where I purposefully forget that I am gluten-dairy-egg free because these breads are just too fabulously good. Yes, I have pictures….. 


There’s a little ethnic grocery store – no I don’t know the name of it but I can tell you that it’s right next to the wonderful restaurant of Ya Hala  – that has so many items that I wish I could just snatch up to try! Sorry this picture is blurry but i was juggling the bag of seriously hot pitas, the container of hummus, and trying to keep the front flap of my phone’s cover out of the way, all while trying to get a photo quickly before Mike asked me what I was doing… 


While there we grabbed some amaaaazing chocolate bars. Madecasse madagascar chocolate. MMM, They were a bit spendy for my typical thrifty ways, but sometimes, you’ve just got to splurge. He ate his right away but I decided to wait until we got back to our temporary ‘home’ and savor it. Which I was glad I did because then we ended up getting something that went perfect with it…. 






That’s right – goat’s milk. But before you shudder and grimace and wonder where my sanity went, I want to remind you of something – I haven’t tasted cow’s milk (or as I term it ‘real milk’) in over 2 years now. And this stuff is amazing. It does still have a goat-y taste but it’s a whole lot more subtle than any other goats’ milk I’ve tasted over these past few years. I think I would use it more for cooking/baking rather than straight up drinking – I’m still a fan of almond milk for that – but this stuff is delicious. It went pretty well with the chocolate bar that I ate late last night. =)

Oh and here’s another picture of the treats we grabbed, and yes, i knew if i didn’t take pictures in the car, using my lap as the ‘backdrop’ I’d end up with no pictures at all. So, wipe the drool off your chin and don’t judge my fading jeans. 



One other thing we did last night. We found our dream house. No, there’s probably no way ever that we will be able to buy it, but we both fell in love with it. Sigh. It’s fun to dream though.


29 Responses to “Fantastic Madagascar Chocolate and other delectables”

  1. viktorija June 26, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    ummm YUM!!! particularly the hummus/bread!


    • booksnbakery June 26, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

      once we are moved here and you guys come visit, trust me, we’ll be taking you to Ya Hala!!!


  2. lovetheskinnys June 26, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    YUM YUM YUM. This looks great!


  3. Rebekah June 26, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    oh my gosh those chocolate bars sound delicious! That house is adorable – we found our dream home just around the block and it’s actually up for sale now.. but no down payment yet. Oh well, home is where the heart is right?


    • booksnbakery June 26, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

      this house is close to some dear friends of ours and it’s old and wonderful. sigh. But you are right – home is where my honey is =)


  4. logancan June 26, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    I have never tried goats milk. I’ve always wanted to. I love hummus! Looks delicious!


    • booksnbakery June 26, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

      if you do end up trying it – try to find this stuff! it’ll be less of a shock to you than others…. =)


  5. estherjulee June 26, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    we’re going to be in portland in a few weeks, so i’ll have to keep this in mind!


  6. TwoLittlePigsDownUnder June 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    We’ll take the hummus and the toasted coconut chocolate, thanks! 🙂 all looks delicious!


  7. christenwypy June 26, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    Never say never!


    • booksnbakery June 27, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

      🙂 I agree But we found out it’s sale pending already. It is in God’s hands though.


  8. L June 26, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    Love salted almond


  9. Hima Rajana June 26, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

    Okay, dying at the picture of the hummus and bread. It’s so fluffy looking! I loooove almond milk too!

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts


  10. mirelyron June 27, 2014 at 1:27 am #

    That almond chocolate looks like it was probably amazing!


    • booksnbakery June 27, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

      It was but I liked my coconut better. .. Had a bit more sweetness to it


  11. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 27, 2014 at 1:51 am #

    Everything sounds lovely!


  12. Lauren June 27, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    OH man, I love affair with hummus and red bell peppers!


  13. Amberly June 27, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    That chocolate looks amazing!!! 🙂


  14. Jessica June 27, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    looks so yummy!


  15. Raewyn Sangari June 27, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    I love ethnic grocery stores! The chocolates and hummus look delicious!!!


  16. Ashley June 27, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    Looks delicious!


  17. Leanna Ranieri June 27, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    Looks good! I love HUMMUS


  18. Laura June 27, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    That chocolate sounds good!


    • booksnbakery June 27, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

      it’s amazing! (which reminds me i’ve still got half of it waiting for me…)


  19. Ashley Nicholas June 27, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

    YUM! that hummus looks incredible!


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