For most people, chocolate is usually something that they only enjoy for dessert or as a drink to pair with another sweet treat. For Auro Chocolate, though, it's definitely something more than that.
Auro Chocolate is an award-winning bean-to-bar company which sources their cocoa beans from local communities in Davao as their way to help improve our farmers' standard of living. Since its launch in 2015, Auro has kept looking for more ways to bring cacao farming and their chocolates to the next level.
To stay true this goal, Auro partnered with Fat Girls Day Out - a team that's considered to be experts in planning food crawls in the metro - and with 5 restaurants in Poblacion to come up with chocolate-infused dishes and drinks, served in an exclusive Auro Chocolate Bar Crawl.
Happening every Friday and Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30PM, the bar crawl will take participants to Khao Khai, Lampara, Polilya, Alamat, and Pedro Tap House where they get to try exclusive food and drink pairings for the price of P2500. This already gets the participants a cute tote, a lanyard with your event ID, a bamboo straw, a map of Poblacion (which doubles as a discount voucher on Auro's partner bars until 12am), and of course, more chocolate for dessert!
Check out all the dishes and drinks that you get to try out in this crawl:
What to eat: Green Mango With Bagoong Dip
Vegetarian Option: Green Mango with Vegan Chocolate Bagoong
What to drink: Chocolate Rimmed Bangkok Fire, a rum-based drink with a hint of sweetness and spiciness
For those who like their drinks non-alcoholic, Khao Khai serves their Thai Milk Tea, also coated with 64% Dark Chocolate.
Note: All the restaurants have a non-alcoholic option and a vegetarian offering. Just make sure you inform the organizers this when you book for the event so they can prepare these dishes beforehand.
What to eat: Slow Cooked Pork Belly with cardamom, peanut, 64% dark chocolate nibs, and mantou
Vegetarian Option: Surpresa - Bean sprouts, tofu, roasted peanuts, and cocoa nibs with chocolate sauce encased in a ball.
What to drink: Auro
What to eat: Deep Fried Hainanese Chicken with mole infused with 77% Dark Chocolate, kesong puti, and cilantro
Vegetarian Option: Mole with Vegetable Fritters
What to drink: 32% White Chocolate Margarita Shots
What to eat: Tiyula Sa Itum, which is beef finger braised in burnt coconut, and 77% Dark Chocolate, eggplant, and Pinoy salsa
Vegetarian Option: Pinais, which has rice crisps, pinakbet salsa tossed in Auro Dark Chocolate Vinaigrette, and laing
What to drink: Auro Plata, made of gin, white rum, pandan, cacao liquor, and chocolate sauce
PEDRO TAP HOUSE
What to Eat: Auro Chocolate Chili Cheese Dog with 55% Dark Chocolate
Vegetarian Option: Red Bean Chocolate Chili Stout Shepherd's Pie
What to drink: Midnight Chocolate Stout, which is made with Auro Midnight Stout, Pedro Brewcrafters Space Out Coffee Stout, and Bourbon, topped with whipped cream, and melted 55% Dark Chocolate
The Auro Chocolate Bar Crawl kicks off this Friday, June 28, and will be running every Friday and Saturday for 4 months. Each batch only has 30 slots, so make sure to book early via their website before it gets full. A slot is priced at P2500 per person.