Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My Perfect Pairing + Spring Reads


 If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I don't do too many sponsored posts and it has to be something that I feel strongly about. That's why when Ghirardelli reached out to see if I'd be interested in partnering, I jumped at the chance! I am a big fan of the brand (and I have visited Ghirardelli Square in SF a number of times!) and regularly buy their chocolate. That's why I'm really excited to share about Ghirardelli's Perfect Pairings!


Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate is an awesome indulgence that can be enjoyed with so many different things, and Ghirardelli actually has a bunch of resources on their website on how to create the perfect pairing. Learn how to pair chocolate with food and wine, get party planning tips, and then you can actually upload a picture of your perfect pairing!


When I was thinking about what my perfect pairing would be, the first thing that came to mind was enjoying some chocolate while relaxing with a good book. I love reading, but unfortunately it's something that I really don't make as much time for as I'd like. But the idea of sitting outside in the sun (the weather in Portland this week is amazing!) or laying on the couch with a great book and a bar (or two!) of dark chocolate sounds pretty amazing. When I was going through our bookshelf, I realized that we still own quite a few books that I've been meaning to read for a long time now, but still haven't. This spring, I'd really like to be more intentional about making some time to relax and make time for reading - and if I pair it with some Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate, even better!


I love the Ghirardelli Intense Dark 72% Twilight Delight because it's simple, classic, and really smooth. I am a dark chocolate fan and this is definitely one of my favorites!


Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate actually comes in quite a few other delicious flavors as well, including my personal favorite, Sea Salt Soiree. This stuff is the perfect blend of salty and sweet and I really like the added crunchy texture from the roasted almonds.


In addition to reading some books I already own, there are also quite a few others on my radar that I'd love to read as well this spring. I am obsessed with my Kindle Paperwhite and have a running list of book titles to download. Here are a few the books at the top of my list this spring:

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty


An afternoon spent enjoying delicious Ghirardelli Chocolate and diving into a novel sounds so heavenly and it's definitely my perfect pairing! 

What about you?
What do you like pairing chocolate with?
A glass of wine? A great dinner? Be sure to visit the Ghiardelli website for some great ideas on pairings, party planning tips, and more! And then be sure to share a photo of your perfect pairing on the website or on Instagram using the hashtag #IntenseDark!


A special thanks to Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate for sponsoring today's post and allowing me to share my perfect pairing with you! As always, all opinions stated are my own :) 
Be sure to share a photo of your perfect pairing!


15 comments:

  1. 1. I love those blue ikat plates
    2. Let me know what you think about 'Me Before You' - I haven't read yet
    and 3. Chocolate, duh! I'd never judge you for accepting free chocolate to review!

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  2. and now i have a craving for chocolate! thanks, jane!
    ladies in navy

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  3. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? Is such a great book! I literally could not put it down and read it in one sitting. I cancelled a date it was so good!

    I am a big fan of dark chocolate paired with Kerrygold Irish Cheddar and Strawberries!

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  4. well.. now I want chocolate.

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  5. We love the Ghirardelli Intense Dark 72% Twilight Delight at our house! (And if Ghirardelli approached me to partner, I'd ask for a ring and a life-long commitment.)

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  6. We love the Ghirardelli Intense Dark 72% Twilight Delight at our house! And if Ghirardelli approached me to partner, I'd ask for a ring and a life-long commitment.

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  7. I have Twilight Delight in my pantry right now- love it! I guess I'll have to sit down with my latest book and enjoy chocolate and reading like you suggested. :)

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  8. We just read Me Before You for book club and it was so good- keep tissues handy! Our next book is Where'd You Go Bernadette? Also, both Mr. Penumbra's & What Alice Forgot will be upcoming titles for our group! Seems like these are some popular titles, which makes me excited to read them all.

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  9. I have to have some chocolate every day! I prefer dark myself. I find even the good brands of milk chocolate just too sweet for my palate nowadays. I like to pair chocolate with a satisfying workout. I'll eat a square or two BEFORE, just for an extra kick of energy and off I go!
    Ghiradelli i particular is sooooo yummy. Love this post!

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  10. Ohhh man, we have no chocolate in the house at the moment. This is certainly going to have to be fixed asap! I'm currently reading Living Yoga by Christy Turlington and a birth book called Mindful Birthing by Nancy Bardacke. Both are so good! Lately I've been loving that I can check out library books on my iPad via the kindle app. It makes me feel like I'm book shopping without having to spend any money. Win win!

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  11. This is a post after my own heart! Mmmm, I need some chocolate to go with all my reading!

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  12. This chocolate has always been my fav! SERIOUSLY loved it in SF and wanted to go every night while we were there!

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Your sweet words make my day! :)

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