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A New Yorker in Melbourne – Hot Chocolate at Bowery to Williamsburg, Melbourne, Australia

I have had many hot chocolates in New York, but none quite like this one at the Bowery in Melbourne Australia. The Bowery’s hot chocolate is the most American hot chocolate I can think of, but have never been able to find in the US. It is the hot chocolate I wish they served in New York, and that I think would do well there. For all the hot chocolates I have had in the US, I have never seen them combine the one ingredient that is perhaps the most American; peanut butter. Maybe it is like having a vegemite [...]

August 25th, 2016|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Melbourne, Victoria|
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Meet the Maker – A Chat with Xocolatl, Melbourne, Australia

I'm starting a new series called Meet the Maker. Here I will interview some of the owners/creators/makers of my favourite hot chocolates around the world to learn more about who they are, what they do, and why they do it! Today I'm starting with Madelaine from the wonderful Xocolatl in Melbourne, Australia. To read my recent review of the hot chocolates at Xocolatl click here. Who are you? My name is Madelaine Partsioglou I am the director, part owner, marketing manager, accounts manager, wholesale manager, retail manager, human resource manager, customer service manager and barista.  Jack of all trades, master [...]

August 23rd, 2016|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Meet the Maker, Melbourne, Victoria|
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A Hot Chocolate at Xocolatl, Melbourne, Australia

  A trip to Melbourne is always busy…beyond busy…crazy. My list of things to do grows and grows as the trip creeps closer and closer. That list is primarily made up of…yes you guessed it…new hot chocolates to try. The thing is, and the city confirms this every year I visit, Melbourne is the world capital for hot chocolates…not Paris, not Mexico City, not NYC, but Melbourne. You are spoiled for choice in this city that doesn’t view hot chocolates as another drink you can make with the chocolate syrup left over from making mochas. Hot chocolate is front and [...]

August 17th, 2016|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Melbourne, Victoria|
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The Ultimate Chili Hot Chocolate at Steve ter Horst Chocolatier, Adelaide, Australia

I have been to Adelaide several times with work, but I never saw it as I did today. It is a wonderfully compact and walkable city. The Central Business District with its must see market, the hustle and bustle of Rundell street featuring a range of Australian designers and restaurants. Step off Rundell street in any direction and you’ll find little gems for coffee or brunch. The CBD itself is surrounded by parklands, the river Torrens (we saw more than 1 black swan and pelican lazy on by), the Adelaide Botanical Garden and the Zoo. Beyond that you can easily [...]

August 8th, 2016|Adelaide, AUSTRALASIA, Australia, South Australia|
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A scenic drive around the Grampians and a hot chocolate from Livefast, Halls Gap, Australia

If you only have one day to visit the Grampians, you can still get a lot out of it, as we did, with the following driving tour. Because of the time available, and our car full of little ones, we weren’t able to go out and do the long walks that are obviously a must when visiting the Grampians, but we sill had a fantastic drive. We started at Mokanger Farm Cottages where we stayed the night. Highly recommended (and of course make sure that you book dinner at the delicious Royal Mail Hotel in nearby Dunkeld). Head East along [...]

August 2nd, 2016|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Grampians, Victoria|
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Aboriginal Culture and a Hot Chocolate at Brambuk Cultural Centre, Halls Gap, Australia

Right in the heart of Halls Gap is the Brambuk Cultural Centre. Whether you are a cultural centre kind of person or not, it is worth a stop. The Centre acts as an information centre for the Grampians National Park, but it is primarily a celebration of the Aboriginal communities of south-western Victoria. In the 1980’s, Aboriginal communities from the area came together to build a place where their unique culture could be preserved and promoted. The Centre opened 10 years later. It remains to this day owned and operated by Aboriginal people. Everything about the building is tied to [...]

July 25th, 2016|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Grampians, Victoria|
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An Incredible Meal and a Hot Chocolate at Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld, Australia

Drive for a few hours down the Glenelg Highway from Ballarat, and you will reach the town of Dunkeld. As quaint as Dunkeld is, with its quiet little main street and stunning views, you could easily miss it, or just drive through it on your way to the Grampians National Park, But Dunkeld just so happens to be home to one of the best restaurants in Australia. Blink and you might miss the spaceship shaped old Royal Mail Hotel as you drive down the main street. The restaurant in this now luxury hotel has two chefs hats from The Age [...]

July 18th, 2016|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Dunkeld, Victoria|
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