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By Warren Rojas Posted at 7:20 p.m. on July 17, 2012
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) recently “surprised” San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer with a birthday dinner date where the two bonded over political chatter and all things chocolate.
As Bauer explained on his blog, the gustatory love fest came about after his good friend reached out to her friend, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), about getting the two together. Speier then reportedly relayed the pitch to Pelosi.
While detailing the niceties of their 13-course meal at Aziza, Bauer let slip observations about Pelosi’s eating habits that piqued our interest.
Bauer suggested, for instance, that Team Pelosi requested that Aziza’s staff incorporate dark chocolate (her favorite treat) into as many dishes as possible. A Pelosi aide rebuffed that characterization, telling HOH that although they did mention dark chocolate when quizzed about the Congresswoman’s preferences, there was no specific request made.
The aide noted, however, that Pelosi seemed most enamored by the dark chocolate-dusted vegetables in “edible soil.” The aide also confirmed her affinity for chocolate ice cream, touting Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk as her frozen dairy treat of choice.
Staff was hard pressed to name any D.C. restaurants that may have wooed the California Democrat with dark chocolate-laced creations, but did name Posto, Acqua Al 2 and Brasserie Beck as some of her favorite dining destinations.
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Warren Rojas is a Heard on the Hill columnist for Roll Call, having previously worked as the founding dining editor for Northern Virginia Magazine and also as a tax reporter for Tax Notes. @WARojas
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