Hello my friends! 😀 Are you cracking your brain for creative ways to express your love this Valentine’s Day? Look no further! 😀 The Chocolate Festival at dusitD2 is your Valentine’s saving grace. 🙂
It is delicately fresh, intimate and as chocolatey as love can get… Simply put, it is 4 days of chocolate and love at dusitD2 hotel, Nairobi!
When we received an invite to attend a Chocolate Demo at dusitD2 hotel, my excitement levels shot through the roof… Any excuse to visit this luxurious, city boutique hotel on Riverside drive, is always welcome!
(You can read my review of dusitd2 HERE.)
They put together a live Chocolate-making Demo for us, at their SOKO Restaurant. This was like a teaser for the Chocolate festival that will be taking place from the 11th to 14th of February. I will get into more details of this in a few… 🙂
On the day of the Chocolate Demo, I was floating between feelings of anxiety and excitement…. My anxiety washed away as soon as my eyes fell upon the most beautiful chocolate display I have ever seen! “This must be it…chocolate heaven,” I thought to myself as I looked around the cosy, sweet, chocolate-scented room.
I remember walking around, feeling a little light-headed with elation… 😀
We were led to a room, where the ingredients were laid out on a table. I was tempted to dip my finger in the bowl of melted chocolate and lick its rawness unashamedly, oh if only…. 🙂
A Case of The Master Chef
Their Pastry Head Chef, Anis Mouldi went to work, and we watched with utter amazement as he skilfully took us through the steps, mixing and pouring, doing unimaginable things to chocolate… We drooled, oohed and aahed in tune to his hand motions… The guy is the Master Chef of chocolate!
I recall one of the guests next to me whispering in awe ‘I want to marry a pastry chef, who can make chocolate like that…’ From one ‘chocolate-smitten’ heart to another…right there and then, we became friends! 🙂
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: WANJIKU THUO
Allow me to confess that the details of the chocolate recipe escaped me… Particularly because my eyes and sense of taste overtook my hearing. All the more reason why you must visit dusitD2 for this heavenly Chocolate Festival experience!
Chocolate Treats For Life!
They are going to have over 50 Chocolate treats and delicacies for you to try! And if you are in a good mood, bring along your loved one…right? Okay, bring them along anyway, and you will both be in a good mood after this chocolatey experience! Take my word for it, it is worth the visit! 😀
When the live demo was over, we were now invited to partake of the chocolate treats on display. Ula-la! If I’d been lightheaded before, this is where all my senses left the building!
We had a nice time chatting around with the very friendly chefs, and basically stuffing ourselves with chocolate. Chef Anton, especially, has this heavy, rich French accent going on that was a delight to listen to. I don’t know whether it was my ‘happy’ state, or the accent, because I could barely understand a word he said! 😀
Did you know? White Chocolate is not true chocolate. Okay, calm down my dears, my face nearly fell off too when Chef Anis shared this fun fact… 😀 Apparently, cocoa mass can’t be used to make white chocolate. White chocolate is actually made from cocoa butter, milk powder and sugar.
Well, no matter…White chocolate is still the *ish*, far as I’m concerned… who’s with me on this? 😀
On that night though, my absolute favorite were these cute, little yummy green pallets. Chef Anton told me, in his rich French accent, that they are called ‘Pailete’. To be honest, I’m not certain that was what he actually said…but hey! 😀 Of this I am certain though, they are ridiculously luscious.
I would probably kill to taste them again!
A Chocolate Festival Kind of Valentine’s Day For YOU
These amazing 4 days of love and chocolate will be on from the 11th to 14th February, at dusit’s SOKO restaurant. They have put together a couple of packages to fit your needs and pocket!
Spoil yourselves as their award winning Gourmet chefs take you through a 4-course dinner, plus a homemade chocolate dessert treat and live music, at Kes. 3,950 per person.
If you want to go all in, you can go for the ultimate Valentine’s Day Package that includes one night’s stay for two, at their lavish D’light rooms with a bouquet of roses, 1 bottle of sparkling wine and a selection of homemade chocolates. This dreamy package is available at Kes. 17,900 on a Bed and Breakfast option.
For those who love getting pampered together, they have a divine Chocolate Spa Treatment at their Devarana Spa just for you! A hint to all the guys> perfect way to get yourself out of the doghouse, should you ever find yourself in there. 😉
And if all you want is to have some good old chocolate, then you can try their chocolate buffet menu from Sao Tome, Madagascar, Brazil and Ecuador. With over 50 delicious treats, their signature chocolates will knock both your hat and socks off! This dessert option will be going at Kshs. 1,000 per plate. #Yum
- Make your reservation in advance to secure your place for dinner or the one-night’s stay at dusitD2
- The festival will run daily, on the 4 days of love, from 5p.m to 9p.m, and 5p.m to 11p.m on Valentine’s Day
- If your better half fancies surprises, buy an assortment of these homemade chocolates from dusitD2 and have it delivered
- This is not for couples only, spoil yourself with a friend! 😉
- Read my review of dusitD2 HERE
Many thanks to dusitD2 for that mind-blowing and heavenly chocolate journey that was simply surreal! Valentine’s Day sure came early, and it can be just as beautiful and chocolatey for you too!
I have to admit that I had a lot of fun writing this post. 🙂 I do hope you have enjoyed it my dear friends… What is your favorite chocolate treat? I love your feedback, do let me know in the Comments’ section below. 😉 🙂
<<Sending you warm hugs and love this Valentines Season>>
xx, Marion. 🙂
vivian wanimoMay 26, 2018 at 6:59 am
How could I have missed this…..I have just feasted my eyes on the chocolates relishing an imaginary test
Scrapbook JourneysJuly 2, 2018 at 1:22 pm
hahaha you’ve just made my day! 😀 You can always head to Dusit for a real taste! 😉
Nesh KanjaFebruary 21, 2017 at 3:20 pm
I missed Chocolate on Vals day, woi woi, next time i will be Eyes (Macho).
Scrapbook JourneysFebruary 23, 2017 at 2:23 pm
Hehehe not to worry my dear brother 😀 You can always make up for it 😛 with some white chocolates…haha #MajorHint 😀 Thanks for reading dear 🙂
neliusFebruary 14, 2017 at 6:56 pm
my love for chocolates is making me salivate. i enjoyed reading and the photos wow, no words. thank you Marion.
Scrapbook JourneysFebruary 17, 2017 at 10:45 am
Hi Nelius! Great to have you back 🙂 And I sure hope you got to satiate that Chocolate craving this week 😀 Many thanks for reading! 😀
WanjikuFebruary 13, 2017 at 2:26 pm
So we had Chocolate. Alot.
Scrapbook JourneysFebruary 17, 2017 at 10:45 am
Hahaha great summary! 😀
DaveFebruary 11, 2017 at 10:56 am
These different chocolate delicacies are a nice treat to the ladies.I really enjoyed this.
peace & love!!!!
Scrapbook JourneysFebruary 17, 2017 at 10:46 am
Haha I bet there are some guys out here who enjoy chocolates too…yes..no? Haha, thanks for reading Dave!:) 😀
IreneFebruary 10, 2017 at 6:11 pm
Yum Yum….. take me next time or even better let me be your Valentine date : D . Am loving the chocolate mmmh!
Irene NjorogeFebruary 10, 2017 at 1:13 pm
This is so lovely!
EricFebruary 9, 2017 at 9:05 pm
I sure did enjoy it …. thank you. 🙂
Scrapbook JourneysFebruary 10, 2017 at 12:44 pm
Yaay! Great to hear! Thank you for reading Eric
Oli -007February 9, 2017 at 5:02 pm
You sure had lots of fun writing up this article!! Good to know the fun fact about white chocolate Nice work
Scrapbook JourneysFebruary 10, 2017 at 12:45 pm
Haha I sure did…and worked up a renewed appetite for White cholate Thanks for reading Oli!
mithaFebruary 9, 2017 at 4:37 pm
Everything here looks dreamy even the French chef awesome write up
Definitely worth trying
Scrapbook JourneysFebruary 10, 2017 at 12:46 pm
Thank you Miss! Hahaha, I like that- even the French chef Thanks for reading dear and totally give it a try!
Stella NguuFebruary 9, 2017 at 3:56 pm
One comment. Am practically salivating
Scrapbook JourneysFebruary 10, 2017 at 12:47 pm
I feel you Stella! Now go ahead and visit dusitD2, they will not disappoint
MakenaFebruary 9, 2017 at 1:29 pm
Summed it up perfectly. Luuuuhv all your pictures:)
Scrapbook JourneysFebruary 10, 2017 at 12:49 pm
Thank you Makena It was a pleasure seeing you again and meeting Angela!