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    Average westerner's eating habits lead to loss of four trees every year / TheGuardian · Monday, 29 March - 15:00

Research links consumption of foods such as coffee and chocolate to global deforestation

The average western consumer of coffee, chocolate, beef, palm oil and other commodities is responsible for the felling of four trees every year, many in wildlife-rich tropical forests, research has calculated.

Destruction of forests is a major cause of both the climate crisis and plunging wildlife populations, as natural ecosystems are razed for farming. The study is the first to fully link high-resolution maps of global deforestation to the wide range of commodities imported by each country across the world.

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    Easter eggs for grownups: taste test / TheGuardian · Saturday, 27 March - 09:00

Will the M&S vegan eggplant, blonde tea & biscuit or Baileys strawberries and cream egg win our chocolate challenge?

M&S Egg-Plant vegan egg, £5.50

Can’t say I’ve ever had an aubergine Easter egg before so this gets points for the fun, quirky shape. And then it goes a bit downhill. The texture is a little grainy and a lot sweeter than I would want for a dark chocolate egg. 2/5

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    Give Your Meat-Loving Valentine Some ‘Heartcuterie’ / LifehackerAustralia · Friday, 12 February - 14:30 · 2 minutes

My first “serious” boyfriend did not like chocolate. But rather than explain that his choice of milkshake (strawberry) was a preference, he lied and told everyone (including me) that he was “allergic” to cocoa. When I found out the truth (only after we broke up), I felt a little betrayed — like I didn’t know him at all! And this was after he told me he was gay. (I’m happy to help anyone figure out their sexuality, but do not lie to me about your milkshakes!)

How to Find Ethical Chocolate (And Why You Should)

Ethical chocolate can be difficult to find. There are labels to look for, like “fair” or “direct trade,” but these only tell us so much, and the process for obtaining those marks can be expensive for chocolate-makers, not to mention that brands who are careful about where their cacao comes...

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Loving someone means accepting their weird food preferences and idiosyncrasies. My current partner is a “ketchup guy,” if you can imagine, and I have accepted that there is no changing this. (I now buy him huge restaurant-sized pump bottles of Heinz , because they make him happy.) This is all to say that you don’t have to conform to societal norms when it comes to tokens of affection. Chocolate isn’t the only thing you can put in a heart-shaped box; you can fill one with meat just as easily.


I must confess this is not a Claire Lower Original Thought. All of my paramours since that first have been fans of chocolate, but one year Beth Skwarecki, Lifehacker’s senior health editor, found herself with a valentine (husband) who was not a fan of filled chocolates (and was also on a keto diet). So she did what any reasonable person would do: She bought a box of chocolates, ate the chocolates herself, and filled the empty box with cheeses and meats.


This is a brilliant idea — which makes sense, because Beth is known for her brilliance. And unlike elaborate meat bouquets that require a good bit of meat styling, filling little divots with charcuterie (henceforth known as “heartcuterie”) is a project that can be executed by someone without significant fine motors skills. (I am hysterically unskilled as a sculptor, but even I was able to roll prosciutto into rose-like shapes.)

There really isn’t much to it: Buy some chocolate — preferably some you like — eat it (or save it to eat later), then dust out any errant chocolate bits from the divots and fill them with meat, cheeses, nuts, olives, and any other accouterment you think your sweetie would enjoy. (If you do use olives, pickles, or anything that comes packed in brine, make sure to blot them with paper towels first.) Edit any labelling on the box as needed — change “Whitman’s Sampler” to “MEAT Sampler” for example — then close the box and give the heartcuterie to your meat- and/or cheese-loving beloved. Make sure to use the word “heartcuterie.” Puns are very sexy.

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    Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes for Valentine’s Day / TheGuardian-Australia · Saturday, 6 February - 09:30

A three-course showpiece to prep in advance, so you can spend more time with your better half: burnt aubergine with feta and harissa oil, prawns in vanilla and rum butter, and a chocolatey coffee mousse to finish

This time last year, many of us were looking forward to a special, one-to-one supper with a loved one. The partner we live with, for example, but perhaps forget to go on dates with; a special meal, quality time, stories saved up to be shared. The past year has, of course, brought a whole new meaning to the idea of “quality time”, and I’m not sure anyone has any great stories they’ve saved for this Valentine’s dinner. Be kind and cut yourself some slack: forget about the top new chat and focus instead on a top new meal. Pat yourself on the back for making it this far, and raise a large glass of something you adore.

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    A Ranking Of The Best Dark Chocolate In Australian Supermarkets / LifehackerAustralia · Wednesday, 3 February - 23:27 · 1 minute

Is there anything better than ending your day on a couple – or more – squares of good quality dark chocolate with a nice glass of red wine? Well, it really depends on what kind of chocolate you go for. CHOICE has done the extremely painstaking taste-testing to reveal the best supermarket dark chocolate brands in Australia.

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To work out the number one spot, CHOICE blind taste-tested 37 supermarket-bought brands, comparing things like cocoa percentage, sugar content, price, and more.

Without further ado, and before it all melts, here are the top supermarket dark chocolate brands in Australia:

Best Supermarket Dark Chocolate In Australia

  1. Lindt Excellence 90% Cocoa – Expert Rating: 79%
  2. Aldi Just Organic 70% Cocoa – Expert Rating: 78%
  3. Pico Super Dark 85% Cocoa Single Origin – Expert Rating: 74%
  4. Aldi Moser Roth Finest Dark 70% Cocoa – Expert Rating: 73%
  5. Lindt Excellence 95% Cocoa – Expert Rating: 73%
  6. Lindt Excellence Smooth Blend 70% Cocoa – Expert Rating: 73%
  7. Green & Black’s Organic  70% Cocoa – Expert Rating: 72%
  8. Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa – Expert Rating: 72%
  9. Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa – Expert Rating: 72%
  10. Green & Black’s Smooth 70% Cocoa – Expert Rating: 71%

With a whopping five spots in the top 10, it’s quite clear that any kind of Lindt dark chocolate is a winner. Interestingly, the number two spot goes to a humble Aldi chocolate, that only costs $2.79 – far cheaper than any other brand in the top 10.

When it comes to the lowest expert ratings AKA the subpar supermarket dark chocolate brands, we’ve got:

Nestle Plaistowe The Finest Dark 45% Cocoa – Expert Rating: 41%
Woolworths Essentials Dark Choc Cooking Block – Expert Rating: 44%
Cadbury Baking Dark Chocolate – Expert Rating: 45%
Cadbury Old Gold Dark Chocolate Original – Expert Rating: 46%

It comes as no surprise that two of the bottom four brands are cooking chocolate – if it’s going to get melted into a cake or pudding, does it really need a 79% rating?

There you have it. Next time you’re on the hunt for a sweet supermarket treat, grab yourself a block of Lindt, or head to Aldi for the goods. Head here for the full rankings list.

This article was originally published in October 2020.

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    XMPP developer's chit chat

    debacle · / berlin-xmpp-meetup · Monday, 9 December, 2019 - 23:03

XMPP developer's chit chat

This time we probably won't have a talk. But we will have a nice interchange of XMPP developers, administrators, and users anyway. With chocolate and cookies, too.

When? Wednesday, 2019-12-11 18:00 CET (always 2ⁿᵈ Wednesday of every month)

Where?xHain hack+makespace, Grünberger Str. 16, 10243 Berlin (as always)

See you then!

Or join our non-physical room (!

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