A Brazilian Take on Chocolate is a Delicious Treat, Gift and Teambuilding Opportunity

  • A Brazilian Take on Chocolate is a Delicious Treat, Gift and Teambuilding Opportunity

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

The San Francisco-based company tinyB Chocolate produces “brigadeiros,” a heavenly Brazilian cousin to the chocolate truffle that has a smooth, creamy texture but no hard shell. tinyB founder Renata Stoica is a São Paolo native who’s using her old family recipes to bring the tradition to America. She infuses the brigadeiros with flavors that remind her of home, like passion fruit, pineapple, cayenne pepper and Brazilian coffee. Beautifully packaged in robin’s egg blue boxes, the chocolates make a perfect party favor and a lovely holiday gift. The boxes can be branded with a company logo or motto. And tinyB runs teambuilding chocolate-making events where participants roll their own brigadeiros, pick their toppings, and do lots of tasting along the way. Lasting between one to two hours and able to accommodate from 5 to 50 amateur chocolate-makers, the events can take place at tinyB’s locations or in an office or other site. All that’s required is a 4-foot-by6-foot table and enough room for guests.  

Shira Steiger discovered the smileinducing fun of Segways—those self-balancing, electric-powered transportation machines—a decade ago when she tried one for a tour in San Francisco and got hooked. Now, with a fleet of 16 Segways, she’s introducing corporate groups and leisure travelers to the “human transporters” through her company, Segway Tours of Healdsburg.

 

Mortar & Pestle, the Bay Area craft cocktail bars, are known for their globally inspired drinks that feature traditional Indian flavors. The Bangalore Old Fashioned is an Indian-inspired take on the classic Old Fashioned, made with an Indian rum blend, housemade garam masala syrup, and Bittercube’s Blackstrap and Jamaican #2 bitters. A staple in Indian cooking, garam masala is a mix of warm winter spices like cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. That makes this cocktail perfect for imbibing around the fireplace during the holidays.