Chocolate-Good or Evil

I have decided to discuss a topic deeply relevant to myself. I have a  love of chocolate and have become a chocolate snob. As I have been introduced to Cote ‘d or at an early age and later Lindt I find that I would rather have a little good chocolate than a lot of bad chocolate.

To complicate matters I am pre-diabetic. This means that if in a fit of misery I eat a bar of chocolate which I did last week, I feel worse afterwards than most people after a bottle of red wine. I never the less love chocolate and it is my nemesis. I do not eat bread on a daily basis and now because of allergies milk everyday as well. I am no saint as pizza is still on my treat list.

I love Italy they have wait for it, Chocolate TOURS! You go to a hotel with chocolate rooms and visit chocolate tourist spots. That sounds heavenly and decadent. Imagine explaining to your thin friends who live on cigarettes and whey shakes that you went on a chocolate tour of Italy.

It has been said that having one glass of red wine and 2 blocks of dark chocolate will extend your life. I suppose if you could actually stop at two blocks you would. I for one have to eat more than that or nothing.

And now the Europeans have combined a heavenly combination coffee filled chocolates.In South Africa we have a delicious wine called The Chocolate Box. People will continue to invent new ways to enjoy chocolate.

Enjoy irrresponsibly. xxxx

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Snap! The best celebrity photographers

There are of course many more that I have high regard for but these are a few to have a look at.

Anton Corbijn

Legendary rock photographer for countless magazines and album covers.Has turned the moody sepia photograph into an art form. Famously shot u2 in Death Valley Nevada for the Joshua Tree album cover.

U2 in the Joshua Tree shoot in Death Valley Nevada 1987

Bon Jovi New York City 1992 Keep the Faith album shoot

Helmut Newton

Creator of the biggest photobook ever called Sumo. It came with a free coffee table to put it on, considering it’s enormous price this was still not a bargain. A prolific and creative photographer everything from the subtle to blunt subject matter and  has a museum of his  photography in Europe.

Claudia Schiffer

Herb Ritts

He was the 80’s celebrity photographer. Also did the sickly sweet Calvin Klein ads. Now terribly unfashionable.

Jack Nicholson

Mario Testino

Famous for final relaxed photo shoot with Princess Diana before she died in 1997. Was also able to shoot Madonna for Ray of light album cover.

Makes black and white visual poetry.

1997 shoot of Princess Diana

Angelia Jolie

Annie Leibowiz

For years the resident photographer of Vanity Fair USA. Has photographed any celebrity worth their salt. Invited a hailstorm of criticism when she photographed 15 year old Miley Cyrus naked in a sheet. She has a unquestioned eye for detail and is a chronicler of 20th century celebrity fascination. She also makes skin look flawless and otherworldly.

She also took the famous cover of a naked John Lennon and clothed Yoko Ono for Rolling Stone magazine before he was shot in the early eighties.

Brad Pitt in a grungy moment

Be inspired to make an arty photo scrap book. Next up soup and garlic bread on a late winter, freezing Sunday afternoon in Cape Town.

Marketing

There is brilliant fashion marketing using perfectly made up models.

I love Italian Fashion not to mention Versace, Valention, Prada and Dolce and Gabbana.

Espresso

Lavazza coffee advert 2009

Well I have admitted that  I love coffee. I think it is the only way to really enjoy the weekend, and Italians really love their coffee. It took me a while to get the taste of black coffee without sugar but it’s the best way to taste the flavour.

Mocha Java plunger coffee is my current drink of choice. It is the plan to get a metal stove top coffee pot as a present to myself. It makes the whole flat smell divine. One of the best places to have coffee is the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town. You look over the mountain and lush gardens next to a fountain. The cappuccino with real cream is dreamy.

Too much of anything is not good so moderation is key or you will find yourself watching adverts on how best to optimize your vacuum cleaner bags at 2am.

I have to share this picture, it would be Joey Tribbiani from Friends dream dish!

Advertising Italiano

The world has changed a great deal in Italy as it has all over the world in a 100 years. Look at this chocolate advert:

Chocolate advert

However this is the current style:

Mamma Mia!

Well, sexy sells and who can resist a mantilla wearing lady with eye catching ahem, personality.

There is a modern European sensibility with old world charm. The language is poetic. However Italian men are red-blooded and the less clothes on the ladies in the magazines the better they sell.

This is of course true of men everywhere.