My partner, George, first learned of Dancing Lion while watching a feature on a local television show. Knowing how much I adore chocolate, he excitedly told me about it, and we planned to go the following weekend. Prior to our visit, I explored their website, and knew it was going to be a very special experience after reading this about owner/chocolatier, Richard Tango-Lowy:
Richard Tango-Lowy, January 2010
The shop was very busy during our first visit, as many others who had seen the TV special were also there. The decor was lovely - earthy, warm, and relaxing. A bit unsure where to start, we finally decided to order the drinking chocolate with blood orange (in a "frothy bowl")...and the swooning began. We also purchased several truffles which we savored at length later that day. The woman working the counter, Kathy, was very kind and knowledgeable, helping us with our purchase and talking about Rich's background. I was hoping to tell Rich how much I loved his chocolate, but we only got a brief glimpse of him that day.
The shop was more quiet during our second visit, so George and I got the chance to speak with Rich at length. He talked about each of the truffles and bars as though they were beloved children. From his meticulous selection of his cacao suppliers, to how he gently coaxes the exquisite, complex ingredients to blend and mingle into one perfect truffle, bar, or drinking chocolate, his passion is beautifully manifested in his art. I told him about my "teary-eyed" experience, and he smiled and said, "Our tagline was almost 'chocolate that makes you cry'." Try it, and I bet you'll agree. And don't miss the croissants; they're the best I've tasted outside of Paris.
I can't believe how fortunate we are to have such a place less than an hour from home!
If you live in New England (or plan to visit), I can't implore you enough to visit Dancing Lion. If you're not closeby, call them...they may just be able to deliver some heaven to your door.
Find their website here, and watch the TV feature here.
|Rich, preparing our "frothy bowls" of drinking chocolate|
|Be sure to speak with Kathy while you're there!|
|This beauty came home with me :)|
|My Valentine's Day box from George....he's so good to me!|
|this card was inside...beautifully romantic!|
|each piece is to be admired and savored|