Why I Love M and M’s By Joel F

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I was in Vegas when i saw the M & M’s World.   I hurriedly went inside and did not let the moment pass without capturing it through my lens as fast as the memories start flashing again.
 

M and M’s, how would i forget them?  They’re the first imported chocolates i’ve tasted.

I remember my excitement everytime my aunt from oregon visit us, bringing loads of chocolates, the first i always grab were these colorful mini chocolates

Although the local brands are superb too, which i always buy in the “sari-sari” store outside our house, i don’t know why at such a young age, i’m partial to imported chocolates.

Not that they taste better, as a child all chocolates taste the same anyway.   Perhaps the excitement is due to the fact that when you’re a child, you look forward to the things you don’t usually eat or see around daily.

I only got to eat them everytime a relative from the states would drop by.

Here in the Philippines,  We call the United States “states”, and even if some relatives from other place like london, wellington, or sydney would drop us a visit and give us “pasalubongs” (presents),   we presumed they are from the states.

So anything “stateside” (or imported) is really appreciated.

 

Why do i love M&M’s?

First, M & M’s are so colorful.

Imagine seeing assorted colors in tiny bits.  I’m amazed by its colors.  I remember taking each bit out from the pack, put them in my palm,   look at it intensely as if i’m scrutinizing an artifact.

Second,  you don’t just eat it, you play with it.

I remember us playing M and M’s games.   We close our eyes, randomly pick any m &m’s  and guess the right color.   And if you got it right, you get a bigger share.

I also got excited putting them all in a bowl segregating all the colors and eating them by the color.  Mind you,  i would even count each color and complain why there are more oranges than reds!

One Christmas day on a family gathering, my cousin devise a game and told us that we would eat  M&Ms.   She will segregate it by colors on a bowl and each one should eat only the specific color that one randomly pick through the raffle.   Whoever got to eat the most number of M & M’s in the shortest span of time wins the game.   Everybody agreed, until i protest.

I told her that’s unfair because most of the time, there are more oranges than reds, and more blues than greens.

“How’d you know?” was her response, “I always count them before i eat them.” was my reply.

Suddenly a sudden burst of laughter, i see all of them laughing!   What’s wrong with them?   I learned to count and learned my first math because of m&m’s.

Humiliated, i ran and hide in the room. I cried and decided not to join the game.   There you go,  my first ever broken heart, chocolate experience.

Third, excitement.

You get excited playing games on your own, while eating, guessing what color would come out this time and discovering the last color left in the pack, meaning it’s the winning color for that day.   Oh, the simple joys of childhood.

As Forrest Gump would say, “Life is a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”

That is so true.   Just like life,   when you want more reds,   life hand you more blues.

And even if you wish that you should have gotten the other color, you still stand up for what you got.   Take it.   Lick it.   Eat it.

And you’ll never know,   the next time you pick that bit,  you might get what you really want. ūüôā

 

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The World’s Tallest Chocolate Fountain

I love Chocolates! My comfort food, my main course and my ultimate dessert! Chocolates in all form: candies, ice creams, cakes, muffins , name it. For a time i even have a great crush on my grade school buddy who have such a yummy chocolate skin tone. I even go gaga on a chocolate flavored pasta (Yes honey, there is one, ¬†and ¬†if ¬†you haven’t ¬†tasted one, it’s time to create one).

So here i am happy and salivating when i saw this chocolate fountain in Bellagio. ¬†Considered to be the world’s tallest and largest volume chocolate fountain (at that time), this fountain consisting of 6 pumps circulating close to 2 tons of white, medium and dark confectionary grade chocolate over 500 feet of stainless steel piping enclosed in a glass for all the world to see (and taste of course!). I had a feast, too bad i just can’t take home all of it. Anyway, got to go, my M&M ¬†date is waiting. ūüôā

Madame Gigi Confiserie

madamegigi Strolling in one of the secluded alleys in Old Quebec, we stumbled across a cafe that serves good coffee and yummy macarons. Madame Gigi, situated in Rue du Petit Champlain, ¬†is like your typical cafe in your hometown, ¬†a two storey ¬†cafe with a simple, unassuming interiors, ¬†a one man shop and a few tables , but don’t be deceived by its homely ambiance, this cafe serve ¬†really great desserts and coffee.

Welcome To M&M’s World

ILOVEMMSSince i already blogged how i love M&Ms as my favorite childhood chocolate. I’m here to show some of the photos i have kept during my visit to their M&M world shop in las vegas boulevard. I was in vegas strolling when i saw their huge store facade while walking ¬†on the other side of the street. I hurriedly went to this shop and end up so enthralled by it.

It was a huge four storey building that will blow your mind away (lol, pardon for the pun), i just enjoyed my trip there as it reminds me of my childhood ¬†m and m’s memories .. hehehe. You can see assorted chocolates in all its splendor, :-), souvenirs and give-aways: ¬†mugs, pillows, clothes, toys, cookie jars, the list goes on.

I enjoyed the M&M 3d movie entitled “I left my M in Vegas,” ¬†yes, it’s a 3d movie complete with 3d glasses! ¬†with M&M’s as the leading stars…so cool and funny! ¬†Then you can go to their chocolate center where they show (simulation in a glimpse) how M&M’s candies were made, with peanuts and chocolate as their main attraction. ¬†You can also have your photo taken with that 200 dollar jacket beside a Nascar M&M car! Nope, i didn’t ¬†buy that jacket, i just asked permission from the saleslady if i can wear it, just for a minute while i’m having my one minute “nascar feel.” ¬†Lol. ¬†Too bad ¬†I lost almost all ¬†my previous photos saved on the usb and wasn’t able to retrieve some of them when friendster closed. Who would have thought that i would need them someday for a blog? (lol) ¬†including that one where i’m standing next to a 1,000 dollar mini rollercoaster made of chocolate m&ms!

Oh and even if you’re not a chocolate fanatic, trust me you will enjoy your visit in M&M’s world.. ¬†Besides, after that M&M store, you can drop by at The Coca Cola Memorabilia Store ( another cool shop), just a door away from M&M. ¬†Who says soda and chocolates don’t mix? ūüėČ ¬†– ¬†by JoelF

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M&M's and Coke store within distance..who says chocolates and sodas don't mix? heheh
M&M’s and Coke store as neighbors…who says chocolates ¬†and sodas don’t mix? heheh
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the stars of the show “I left My M in Vegas” 3d movie

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Why I Love M and M’s

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Why I Love M and M’s – https://joysofjoel.wordpress.com/

I was in Vegas when i saw the M & M’s World.   I hurriedly went inside and did not let the moment pass without capturing it through my lens, as fast as the memories start flashing again.

M&M’s , how would i forget them?  They’re the first imported chocolates i’ve tasted.

I remember my excitement everytime my aunt from oregon visit us, bringing loads of chocolates, the first i always grab were these colorful mini chocolates

Although the local brands are superb too, which i always buy in the “sari-sari” store outside our house, i don’t know why at such a young age, i’m partial to imported chocolates.

Not that they taste better, as a child all chocolates taste the same anyway.   Perhaps the excitement is due to the fact that when you’re a child, you look forward to the things you don’t usually eat or see around daily.

I only got to eat them everytime a relative from the states would drop by.

Here in the Philippines,  We call the United States “states”, and even if some relatives from other place like london, wellington, or sydney would drop us a visit and give us “pasalubongs” (presents),   we presumed they are from the states.

So anything “stateside” (or imported) is really appreciated.

Why do i love M&M’s?

First, M & M’s are so colorful.

Imagine seeing assorted colors in tiny bits.  I get amazed by its colors.  I remember taking each bit out from the pack, put them in my palm,   look at it intensely as if i’m scrutinizing an artifact.

Second,  you don’t just eat it, you play with it.

I remember us playing M and M’s games.   We close our eyes, randomly pick any m &m’s  and guess the right color.   And if you got it right, you get a bigger share.

I also got excited putting them all in a bowl segregating all the colors and eating them by the color.  Mind you,  i would even count each color and complain why there are more oranges than red!

One Christmas day on a family gathering, my cousin devise a game and told us that we would eat  M&Ms.   She will segregate it by colors on a bowl and each one should eat only the specific color that one randomly pick through the raffle.   Whoever got to eat the most number of M & M’s in the shortest span of time wins the game.   Everybody agreed, until i protest.

I told her that’s unfair because most of the time, there are more oranges than reds, and more blues than greens.

“How’d you know?” was her response, “I always count them before i eat them.” was my reply.

Suddenly a sudden burst of laughter, i see all of them laughing!   What’s wrong with them?   I learned to count and learned my first math because of m&m’s.

Humiliated, i ran and hide in the room. I cried and decided not to join the game.   There you go,  my first ever broken heart, chocolate experience.

Third, excitement.

You get excited playing games on your own, while eating, guessing what color would come out this time and discovering the last color left in the pack, meaning it’s the winning color for that day.   Oh, the simple joys of childhood.

As Forrest Gump would say, “Life is a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”

That is so true.   Just like life,   when you want more reds,   life hand you more blues.

And even if you wish that you should have gotten the other color, you still stand up for what you got.   Take it.   Lick it.   Eat it.

And you’ll never know,   the next time you pick that bit,  you might get what you really want. ūüôā

 

Copyright © 2014 Joys of Joel by Joel F. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

 

Thomas Haas IT!

thomashaas¬†I remember An An and Steve bringing me to this Patisserie in Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver. Its name is “Thomas Haas” ¬†Patisserie.

So many people lining up at such an early hour, ¬†there’s something great in this shop that people don’t mind waiting.

One can see wide selections of desserts and chocolates. Chocolates paired with fresh fruit like that ooh lala silky dark chocolate layered with passion fruit and tahitian vanilla, chocolates infused with exotic spices, herbs and teas and the unforgettable almond meringues (macarons) in assorted flavors (chocolate, mango coconut, pistachio, cassis etc.)I remember Sharl and Rob buying several boxes of these meringues and i finished almost half of it in just one heaping, That’s how good it is, and how great my friends are!

So many choices, you’ll go gaga! No wonder, people are lining up. It’s like watching the premiere of a Hollywood movie. I can really say “Thomas Haas” ¬†it! ¬†ūüėČ ¬† – by JoelF

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Purdys Chocolate

purdy's
purdy’s

I love ¬†anything sweet ! Cakes, ice creams, CHOCOLATES (and sweet guys of course! lol). So it’s a mortal sin if i don’t feature some of the sweet shops (pastry, candy, chocolate shops ) i’ve been to. Since they’re too many to mention. I’ll start with the chocolate shop i’ve visited in Vancouver. Thanks to a good friend An An for advising me to walk down South Granville, I’ve seen ¬†several cool shops there. Well, she also brought me to another ” to die for” ¬†pastry/chocolate shop in North Van ( that deserves another blog).

A chocolate pioneer with a more than ¬†a 100 year ¬†history, one shouldn’t miss ¬†PURDYS ! ¬†A canadian owned and family operated business that is in existence since 1907, ¬†they have been creating yummy chocolates for a century! ¬†You can see them almost everywhere, their 64 stores are all over British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. ¬†Truffles, smoothies, name it , ¬†with such a wide selection you’ll go crazy! ¬†By the way, I love their purple colored wall surroundings , so perfect for their packaging !

Thanks to their head chocolatier Gary Mitchell, one can say it’s not a luxury to try Purdy’s it’s a necessity! – by JoelF

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Purdy's Chocolate Shop in South Granville
Purdy’s Chocolate Shop in South Granville
this is yummy, trust me!
this is yummy, trust me!
posted on the wall, several photos showcasing choco making
posted on the wall, several photos showcasing choco making