敝人超愛巧克力,但礙於減肥中,通常只能用眼睛吃。前幾天看到一篇有趣的文章〈How to Eat Chocolate〉,實在捨不得讓它流落網海,於是摘譯(全文翻譯好像會侵犯智慧財產權 @@)如下:



Begin by snapping the chocolate in half. Inhale and ponder the aromas you can sense: cocoa, vanilla, smoke, malt, etc.
一開始先把巧克力咬成兩半。吸一口氣,然後感受你能察覺到的各種香氣:可可、香草、煙燻味、麥芽等等。

Let the first bite be small to "warm up" the tongue, which can taste only sweet, sour, salty, bitter. Some chocolates can hit all four tastes.
咬一小口巧克力讓舌頭「熱身」,因為舌頭只能品嚐到甜味、酸味、鹹味和苦味,而某些巧克力含有上述四種風味。

The second bite is the one that counts. Suck on the chocolate and feel how it melts, sense the texture (grainy or smooth?). Is it sweet or dry?
第二口才算數。吸吮巧克力,感受它融化的方式和它的質地 — 粗糙或滑順?帶甜味嗎?

Don't rush on to the next bit. Enjoy the aftertaste—good chocolate will offer new and subtle flavors after a few seconds.
別急著咬下一口,先享受餘韻 — 好的巧克力會在入口幾秒後綻放微妙的嶄新風味。

Whether eating truffles or bars, always start with softer flavors and move slowly up to stronger varieties.
無論是塊狀或條狀巧克力,一定要從口味較淡的開始吃,而後逐漸進入較為強烈的口味。

Don’t ever eat more than four or five different kinds of chocolate at a time. You will overwhelm your sense of taste and ruin the experience.
一次不要品嚐超過四五種不同巧克力;你的感官會超載,然後毀掉這次的體驗。

For very rich chocolates or truffles, don't taste more than two in one sitting.
如果是風味非常濃郁的巧克力,請不要一口氣吃超過兩份。

Cleanse your palate with water before and in between each new variety that you taste (not in between bites).
吃巧克力之前,以及品嚐不同種類的巧克力之前,請先用清水「淨化」你的味覺;如果是同一種巧克力,則無論吃幾口都不需要這樣做。



讀後感:原來品巧克力跟品香水和品酒差不多啊,感覺到人類文明的積累~


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