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6B - The Michigan Daily - Weekeid Magaziae - Thursday, October 3, 2002

Chocolate Cafe a good bet
for parents' weekend outing

The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magi Zi
sUESTiON OF THE WEEK
"If you could blacklist anyone in Hollywood or the music industry, wI-

By David Enders
Weekend Food and Drink Critic
First off, I should say that I am
probably not the right person to
write this review. After spending a
summer on Mackinac Island (for
non-Michiganders, it's a resort
island up north specializing in the
export of fudge and other confec-
tions) and subsisting largely on
free ice cream cones, chocolate
shops and the like -don't hold the
same excitement they once did. In
fact, I can no longer eat fudge,
knowing what's in it.
But with only a few days of
weather warm enough to sit outside

and eat ice cream remaining, I
went farther afield to find an alter-
native to Ben and Stucci's. (Sorry,
with them being so close together,
I get confused.)
My ramblings took me all the
way to the Chocolate Cafe (330
Main St.), situated between
Middle Kingdom Chinese
Restaurant and Prickly Pear
Southwest Cafe, a potentially per-
fect spot to enjoy dessert after a
dinner in the "my parents are in
town" restaurant district.
And that's exactly what I found
- an upscale version of Kilwin's,
nice and clean and free of students.

(Perfect for avoiding being seen by
your peers when your parents are
around. And mom and dad will
probably be thrilled about the
espresso cheesecake.)
All kidding about your dorky
parents aside, the Chocolate Cafe
has big double scoop waffle cones
($4.25) and a range of other
desserts from shakes ($3.00) to
chocolate fondue for four ($14.00).
Somewhere in between fall a num-
ber of sundaes, cheesecakes and
options such as fresh fruit dipped
in chocolate.
There is also a wide selection of
chocolates and candies for sale in
the store (I know what my little
brother's getting for his next birth-
day!), which receives its stock
from the South Bend Chocolate
Company in Indiana.
Opened a few weeks ago, the
Chocolate Cafe is the 17th store in
the South Bend franchise, and the
first outside Indiana. I recommend
the chocolate covered coffee beans,
a tasty alternative to Vivarin when
you're up late studying.
Another nice touch is the offering
of six different types of hot choco-
late, making the store an ideal stop
for anyone in search of coffee and
toting a young 'un (or someone too
weak to handle coffee).
As for the coffee itself, there is a
full range of espresso drinks and
dessert coffees, including Viennese
Coffee and regular brews, which
are roasted in-store. My latte was a
little weak, but I'll chalk it up to
the fact that the girl behind the

"Oh God, so many. I think
Pink -- Pink would never be
allowed to make another
record.
- LSA senior Chris Laine
"I don't know his name, the
kid on Nickelodeon.The kid
in 'Big Fat Liar'."
(Fran ie Muniz)
- Engineering senior
Jon Herrity

"Brian Austin Green from
90210.That dude who was
the DJ guy."
- LSA junior Nicole Naum
"Dave Matthews. I hate that
guy. He put the 'dmb' in
dumb."
- LSA sophomore
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counter still seemed to be getting
the hang of running the machine.
As for atmosphere, the
Chocolate Cafe feels a little like a
cross between a Ghiradelli's count-
er and someone's cottage. The out-

door patio is a plus, but it will only
be warm enodgh for a little while
to enjoy it. The place fills a down-
town dessert niche that won't put it
in competition with the nearby and
more upscale La Dolce Vita.

GRAD SCHOOL
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commonly not granted to help in the
application process, thus leaving the
burden solely on the student.
"It is possible to get fee waives for
the primary and secondary applica-

tion if you fit into a certain econom-
ic bracket, but it is for a small
group," said Zambricki.
"Because you have to fly out to all
of the schools for interviews, if you
don't have the money to do so, you
are at a pretty severe disadvantage.
Therefore, the application process

still seems to be one for the rich kids
only, and I think that should be
changed," added Zambricki.
With all the stressed importance
on preparation for these tests, it is
obviously one of the major factors
in schools' decisions. However, as
Lehker said, "Scores are a large
part of the decision making process
for graduate schools admissions,
but they are also looking at the
total package."

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