IT’S CHOC A BLOCK

Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

Ad­mit­ting you don’t re­ally care for choco­late can feel akin to re­veal­ing one also feels noth­ing for pup­pies or sun­shine: there’s some­thing an­ti­so­cial about it, some­how. But there it is – I don’t have a sweet tooth and the bar of 70 per cent co­coa ly­ing un­touched in my fridge is prob­a­bly older than some kinder­garten­ers. (One ex­cep­tion to this: An ice-cold Snick­ers on a re­ally bad day.)

That does not make me any less ex­cited about our cover story on page 30 this week, how­ever. Whether you scoff a bar in sec­onds, or are a cheese-plate-for-dessert kind of per­son, you won’t fail to be im­pressed by the pas­sion of the four UAE-based choco­latiers we spoke to.

Did you know there’s an un­der­ground craft-choco­late move­ment? A brother-and-sis­ter duo in Ras Al Khaimah mak­ing hand­made bon­bons? A man who will carve your face out of Belgium’s finest? Creativ­ity and en­trepreneur­ship lead­ing to food – now that’s sweet. In other be­lieve-it-or-not news, you can now do hot air bal­loon­ing and fal­conry in one fell swoop, pro­vid­ing much-needed sight­see­ing va­ri­ety for both hu­mans and birds of prey. We sent our se­nior pic­ture edi­tor Ve­rina up, up and away, although it wasn’t with­out some trep­i­da­tion, as you’ll read on page 18.

Look­ing for a chal­lenge but don’t want to drive into the desert at the crack of dawn? We got one of the UAE’s pub quiz­mas­ters to put to­gether an end-of-year brain­teaser quiz just for Fri­day read­ers on page 40. Do write in and let us know how you get on.

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