I know what you're thinking: Doesn't she ever stop talking about chocolate?
Especially when I'm in Vancouver, as I am right now, and I cross the bridge into North Vancouver, and then I head to a harbourside industrial park and I enter into the slice of heaven that is Thomas Haas Chocolates.
The tiny shoppe, currently full of chocolate bunnies driving chocolate roadsters and other Easter showpieces, freshly baked almond croissants and sandwiches, elegant desserts and lattes (and don't even get me started about his sublime hot chocolate), is packed all day long. Thomas tells me that repeat customers are at 90%. And that their numbers are up by almost 20%.
And that's because this, my friends, is what you call an affordable luxury.
For example, this photo contains just a sample of what I'll be eating later today.