Today is my birthday and yesterday I treated myself to a massage and indulged in a box of utterly delicious chocolates from Raffiné in Newcastle. Raffiné’s mission is “to create the ultimate instrument of chocolate pleasure” and I think Mona, the owner and chocolatier, has done just that. These locally made artisan chocolates, crafted in the tradition of the finest European chocolatiers, are rich and creamy with ingredients like gold leaf and cabernet——what a surprise for me to indulge in a wine infused chocolate. No wonder the villagers in the movie “Chocolat” abandoned themselves to happiness when they tasted Vianne’s mouth watering chocolates…or was it just Johnny Depp that made all those female villagers so happy? For now, I’ll have to make do with Raffiné’s delectable chocolate creations.