Don’t you just love an amazing cafe?
Whether it’s the good food like one of my all time favorites the avocado toast to the ultra chic interiors to the delicious coffee, today’s coffeehouses and restaurants have become more than just a place to get a great drink. For someone who’s constantly on-the-go, these types of places have become my workspaces, too.
For a while now, I’ve been working remotely thanks to my online job as well as maintaining my own blog. As a result, it forces me to think outside the box, so to speak, when it comes to getting down to business
to defeat the Huns, that is 😉.
You see, with my kind of job, I end up working at different hours than most people.
Heck, I’d be up during the wee early hours of the morning just so I could be able to attend a runway show, meet up with other creatives later during the day, and plan out the next photoshoot or two. Then right after, I’d find myself behind my laptop creating new content for both The Chrissy Collective as well as for my clients.
Sounds a little overwhelming, but I love my job because of the flexibility it offers.
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Because of my lifestyle, I find myself at some of San Diego’s coolest food places ever, with my latest stop being South Park’s very own Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro.
I was introduced to the chocolate bar by my best friend, Crystal, aka fellow bossbabe and fashion tech lover.
Since we’re both major foodies, we try crossing at least one of our bookmarked places on Yelp
now just hundreds of more to go, haha every month. I was pretty excited because it was nice change from the typical coffeehouse, and I had no idea what to expect.
1. Expect excellent customer service
Do you know that warm, fuzzy feeling you get once you enter a room or see something/someone and know that everything’s gonna be just fine?
That’s how I felt when I first entered Eclipse Chocolate.
The customer service was amazing and the overall atmosphere was pretty chill. Since it was also my first time being at a chocolate bar, the employees were incredibly helpful. It didn’t matter whether we were trying to figure out what’s inside an artisan marshmallow or picking out a dish to share, their knowledge on their products really tells you a lot about a business.
Plus, knowledge is powaaa.
2. What’s better than chocolate? Charitable chocolate
Ever since I was in middle school, I’ve spent countless hours volunteering whenever I can. Because of this, I’ve always had a special spot in my heart for businesses that gave back to the community in some way.
Whether it was teaching someone how to read or providing necessities to people who need it, there’s something about being able to help make the world a better place.
So, you can imagine how awesome it felt to know that Eclipse Chocolate not only has some bomb food, but donates 10% of their net income to local charities.
In the words of Randy Jackson, “It’s a yes from me, dawg.”
3. Expect award-winning taste every single time
Did you know that Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro has been named one of the 10 best restaurants in South Park by The Culture Trip as well as San Diego’s Best Brunch by San Diego Magazine?
It makes sense seeing as how good their food and drinks are.
For the drinks, I got the Cardamom Rose Petal drinking chocolate while Crystal got the Orange Peel Vanilla. Since we’re both foodies, we have the tendency to share everything to the point where we swapped drinks.
While I’m no hot chocolate expert, this was by far one of the best drinking chocolates I’ve ever had. Plus, you have the option to add artesian lemon-flavored marshmallows for a entirely whole different taste.
We also shared a Roasted Chicken Pot Pie together as well, and it looks nothing like the circular ones I’ve eaten
and dearly love before. But just because it was square-ish doesn’t mean it didn’t taste good.
Made with chicken and vegetables in a puff pastry basket alongside a black garlic purée, fried sage, and cheddar frico, the pie had a unique taste I wasn’t accustomed to.
But like a lot of things, it eventually grew on me, my favorite being the flakey crust. *swoon*
4. They host fun, Foodie events
This is something I found out after I went there, but every month, they’re always having food events.
I’m not even joking.
For around $25, at the Build-a-Bar Night, you can build the two chocolate bars of your dreams since you’ll be in charge of picking out your own ingredients. It also comes with a free drink of your choice.
They also have an exclusive multi course dinner called EC:Supper Club. For around $40-$60, you and your tummy will be in a food coma for a day or two, but you’d have to get your tickets as soon as you can because they sell out pretty fast.
Lastly, if you really love chocolate, then the Chocolate Threeway is the right event for you. Not only will you get to join Will, the owner, and a local brewmaster for an hour-long tasting, you’ll try some exotic truffles paired cheese and beer.
So, let me know if you’re down so we can try some stuff together. 😉
You can find out more here.
5. It’s a great alternative to your typical coffee shop
I’m definitely a coffee person as much as the next guy or gal, but it never ever hurts to have a change of scenery, or in this case, taste.
And by taste, I mean a lot of things.
Normally at a coffee shop, you’re expected to see your typical coffees and teas accompanied with a great brunch menu, but at Eclipse you get a little more.
Say hello to your faves: the beers, wines, truffles, chocolates in every form imaginable, and a dinner to boot.
Even the marshmallows are foodie worthy.
The ones I had tasted like lemons!
While this isn’t meant for everyone, it’s a great alternative if you’re looking for a new environment/expand your tastebuds.