Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Artisanal chocolate, anyone? Sweet Marguerites - the family-owned chocolatier based in South Portland - has just opened a chocolate café at 382a Cottage Road.
Locals can walk in off the street and walk out with a selection of handmade chocolates (cashew squares, fleur de sel, chili stars, and sweet potato caramel, to name a few).
The cafe also brews coffee and has free wi-fi, so folks can satiate a chocolate craving and maybe get some work done at a cozy table by the window...and then reward themselves with more chocolate.
Sweet Marguerites has been available at area food shops like Whole Foods and Browne Trading in Portland and Leavitt & Sons, Falmouth, but when you're on a mission for chocolate (and you will be) the café is a welcoming stop.
Owner Marguerite Swoboda just might be mixing up some chocolate in the open kitchen just behind the counter. And what chocolate fan wouldn't want to gaze longingly at the sight of artisanal chocolate being mixed and poured?
Cafe hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday.
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod [at] pressherald.com.
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