The Blue Moon by Koko Monk, a dark chocolate and blue cheese truffle. Unusual but worth it. Photo from the Koko Monk website.
Former Swoon co-host Jeffrey Ricker is a two-time novelist, a prolific short story writer, budding poet, and an all-around awesome person. I recently caught up with him online on behalf of Swoon to find out what he’s been working on since he moved away from Vancouver, and to find out what he’s doing for Valentine’s Day this year. Now you can go read the interview!
We talk about books, writing poetry versus fiction, chocolate, and Valentine’s Day plans, among other things. You should go check it out!
And if you live in Vancouver, you should really check out Koko Monk, one of the chocolate shops that Jeffrey and I mention during our conversation. Although no other chocolate shop will ever have the place in my heart that Cocoa Nymph does (Rachel Sawatsky, the chocolatier, doesn’t have a retail place anymore but it was the place where Swoon was born), Koko Monk is amazing. It’s one of the best places in the world to get hot chocolate (according to me and also this list of 27 hot chocolates on Buzzfeed) and is always a highlight for me when I participate as an enthusiastic taste-tester in Vancouver’s Hot Chocolate Festival, which is ongoing until Valentine’s Day. I’d love to know what your favourite hot chocolate flavours are–please comment here or tweet at me! In addition to Koko Monk in Kitsliano, I also recommend the adorable Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France over on Main Street. And for the best crêpes I’ve had since Paris, go to French Made Baking.
Have a lovely and chocolately Valentine’s Day, friends!
The next Swoon event is forthcoming on April 25! Save the date!