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Portland’s Elite Get Struck BY The Sweet @ Moonstruck Chocolate Café



We always knew that Yelp Is Sweet On You, but until Monday, January 23, 2012, we had no idea just how sweet Moonstruck Chocolate is for P-Town's Yelp Elite! The west-side location opened up for a special peek behind the truffle case as we christened Beaverton's first Yelp Elite Event

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There was no man in a purple suit and top hat but that didn't stop Misty S from exclaiming "the people at Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe were sooo much fun! They pretty much let us enjoy everything they had to offer. I really did feel like I was in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory!" And it's true. Master Chocolatier Julian Rose unveiled the first in his year-long Oregon Collection – a truffle made with Domaine Drouhin 2009 Pinot. Aaron W attests: "that Pinot Noir truffle was breathtaking. A slightly crunchy-hard shell encased a mind-blowing soft chocolaty interior."

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Beyond that unreleased special, the frindly staff at Moonstruck passed around raspberry champagne mega-truffles, chocolate and nut bark, single-origin chocolate samples and they opened up the truffle case for sampling of any flavor. There was a fondue bar as well, featuring single-origin chocolate for dipping and an array of items for dippin'. The offerings were wide and diverse. Melvin T ate so much he "felt like that Augustus kid," but fortunately no Oompa Loompas appeared to cart him off. Instead, Yelpers like Reed C were "encouraged to fill a complimentary bag from jars of malted milk balls, chocolate covered hazelnuts" and coated almonds and cart it off to continue the sugar high at home. 

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Of course with all that chocolatey goodness flowing, elites had to wash it down with something. Apolloni came to the rescue – offering up samples of their fantastic Cuvee Pinot Noir (Estate grown!) and their bold, Italian-style red blend Soleggio, a mix of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Both wines paired exquisitely with the richness of the chocolates on sample, and the Viogner dessert wine capped off the tasting with a sweet Dolce Vino flavor. 

As Jessica K so eloquently sums up, "this day will go down in infamy as the day I actually turned down chocolate. Twilight zone for sure." No Jessica, you've just been moonstruck. That's how they do! And thanks in no small measure to Jihae and Julian… and really the whole host of incredible staff from Moonstruck, Laura from Apolloni, and of course the best Yelp community a Community Director could ever ask for – the Portland Yelp Elite! 

Don't believe me? Read the reviews for yourself. Haven't written one yet? What are you waiting for?! Oh, and there's photos!

Until next time – SYOY!

Don "Wonka" B

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