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Sriracha Shortage Pushes Fans to Get Creative—and Stingy

The Wall Street Journal — August 4, 2023

Lieu, the owner of Socola Chocolatier in San Francisco, recently sweet-talked her way, with chocolates, into getting three bottles from a neighboring Vietnamese sandwich shop. She also called her dad in Houston, who was able to procure eight smaller bottles. Sriracha is the most revered Vietnamese condiment, she said, and while she tried sauces that weren’t Huy Fong’s, nothing else compared. 


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San Francisco's Socola Chocolatier infuses heritage into sweet treats

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ABC7 Localish — May 26, 2023

Award-winning chocolatier, Wendy Lieu is the owner of Vietnamese chocolate shop, Socola Chocolatier - a San Francisco sweet spot for chocolate artistry.

"I've had this love for chocolate for over 22 years. I actually started making triframuffles when I was just 19 years old in Santa Rosa in Sonoma County," recalled Lieu. "How I got started is our parents had a nail salon, and so I walked by a chocolate shop every day and ate a sample. And so that began my love affair with chocolate."


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Bay Area Sisters bring their Vietnamese Heritage to their Chocolate Venture
The Press Democrat — February 10, 2021

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: The Best Dark Chocolate Truffles — November 16,2020

"How one chocolatier pivoted during pandemic by putting own spin on mooncakes"
NBC News — October 1, 2020 

"How Socola built a successful chocolate company in modern San Francisco"
The San Francisco Chronicle — May 5, 2019

SF Chocolate Salon Chocolatier Interview
Bay Sunday, KPIX Channel 5 (video) — March 5, 2017

"The Coffee Heatmap: 15 New Spots for a Killer Cup"
SF Eater — June 4, 2014

"A Chocolatier's Dream: Durian Truffles and No Wi-Fi"
Forbes — March 26, 2014

"Socola Chocolatier + Barista is Now Open in Soma"
Success & Chocolate  February 16, 2014

"Sriracha truffles and Four Barrel Coffee at Socola Chocolates"
SF Weekly — February 14, 2014

"The 12 Best Chocolate Shops for Valentine's Day"
Eater SF — February 12, 2014

"Socola Chocolatier Dreams Big with Brick and Mortar Shop"
KQED Bay Area Bites  February 6, 2014

"Asia's Gift to Chocolates: Sriracha Sauce"
Huffington Post — March 7, 2012

"The Path to Success: Artisanal Chocolatier - Entrepreneurs Find Their Calling"
Untapped SF  January 31, 2012

"Top 7 S.F. Bay Area Chocolates to Send Home and Make People Jealous Happy"
SF Weekly — December 7, 2011

"Shop Talk: Socola Chocolatier"
Dessert Professional Magazine  October 1, 2011

"Chocolate Laced with Sriracha Hits you in the Throat"
SF Weekly — August 29, 2011

"Sriracha Flying Rooster Truffles Are Sweet and Spicy"
Foodista — August 29, 2011

"For the Love of Chocolate: Socola Chocolatier's New Telenovela Series"
KQED Bay Area Bites  August 10, 2011

"Shock and Awe at the 2011 SF Chocolate Salon"
Chocolate by the Bay — April 17, 2011

"Meet Socola Chocolatier: Socially Conscious, Unbelievably Delicious Truffles"
Trend Hunter  February 10, 2011

"2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Eat + Drink"
7x7 Magazine — December 1, 2010

"Chocolate à la Vietnamese"
Harvard Magazine  October 20th, 2010

"APA Food Entrepreneurs"
KPFA 94.1 Apex Express — June 24th, 2010

"We Predict Even More Gluttony at This Year's Chocolate Salon" — March 2nd, 2010

"Foodie Holiday Wish List: Top 10 From the Bay Area"
KQED's Bay Area Bites  December 9th, 2009

"Tasty, tasteful holiday gift ideas"
San Francisco Chronicle — November 29th, 2009

"Sisterly Sweets" — March 26th, 2009

"Socola Chocolatier: Be My Valentine"
KQED's Bay Area Bites — February 4th, 2009

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