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Noteworthy Restaurant: Marche Aux Fleurs in Ross


 
Marche Aux Fleurs is located in Ross, California. This was our first time visiting this fine establishment, and we were more than pleased!  Granted, Marche Aux Fleurs is not a place you want to dine at if you don’t feel like cooking on any given day of the week. It is not outrageously priced, but entrees will run around $17-$40 per person.  Ambiance is quaint, romantic, and outside seating is available as well! 

We ordered the following:

 Warm Olives

 Roasted Peppers 

Bacon Wrapped Dates. 

Truffle Gnocchi 

Octopus 

Sausage, Fennel and Kale Orecchiette 
All were delicious, however there were a couple winners of our selection.  The bacon wrapped dates were the perfect combination of sweet and salty. We couldn’t get enough! The gnocchi were like soft little truffle pillows – heaven, right?  We thought so too. The octopus (pictured above) was something out of the ordinary and I wanted to try something new. It was grilled to perfection, soft and tender, slightly salty with a bit of char from being grilled, placed into a tomato and shallot sauce.  If you like seafood, I would highly recommend this dish!

For dessert, we ordered the flourless chocolate cake. It was ooey gooey yummy in the tummy (for lack of a better term) with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. This takes 20 minutes to prepare so make sure you order it ahead of time!  It truly is delightful! Lastly, we ordered ice cream. This ice cream was freshly made – the mint ice cream was certainly made from fresh mint, and not overly sweet. We liked the ice cream, but we loved the flourless cake. 

Overall, a positive experience with scrumptious food. Try it out if you’re ever in the area! 


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Avocado Chocolate Mousse


Love chocolate? Me too! Being diabetic and lactose-intolerant, I tend to stay away from desserts sometimes. This recipe has NO sugar added and NO dairy!

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What you’ll need:

2 ripe, medium-sized avocados
5 dates – seeds removed and chopped coarsely
1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
1/3 raw cacao powder (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon of natural vanilla extract (optional)
a pinch of sea salt

Optional: dried coconut, berries

Recipe:

1. Soak the dates in almond/coconut milk in a bowl for 15 minutes to soften.

2. Add half the cacao powder to the milk with the dates. Mix.

3. Blend avocado and the remaining milk.

4. Add mixture with dates, milk and cocoa powder to the blender.

5. Blend until smooth.

6. Add more milk if needed to make blending easier. Add cacao powder to taste.

7. Place in refrigerator for 30-45 minutes. Serve chilled.

Garnish with mint, berries, dark chocolate, or coconut! Enjoy!