Given my grá for Christmas cups, the lovely folks from Costa Coffee invited me to a bloggers’ evening hosted in their College Green premises. The event was held downstairs and the usual seated area had been transformed into a lovely Christmassy atmosphere. The room was decorated with straw and fairly lights and I felt like I was in a coffee scented manger in Bethlehem.
Upon arrival guests were serenaded by the wonderfully talented Evan Walsh. Once I took my seat, I was treated to a black forest hot chocolate. This is the most luxurious hot chocolate imaginable. Chocolate, cream, black cherries, more chocolate, I could go on. A banquet of festive nibbles was beautifully presented in our manger and we were free to sample as many as we wanted. Of course, I made a pig of myself, it would have been rude not to. I tried the chocolate yule log which was delightful. It was a moist chocolate sponge with a chocolate cream topping, covered in, yep you guessed it, more chocolate. My favourite treat of the night, however, was the gingerbread muffin with a golden syrup centre and toffee icing. I hate ginger, I hate its taste and its smell but this muffin was delicious. It tasted of Christmas. I don’t think I ever want to eat anything but the gingerbread muffin again.
I think I probably outstayed my welcome as I was reluctant to leave the cosy atmosphere. The staff were friendly and … Read the rest