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A Hot Chocolate at Hotel Chocolat, Cambridge, United Kingdom

For years I have walked past Hotel Chocolat stores and not thought twice. But today was different. Hotel Chocolate has opened a chocolate café, or aptly named refuel station, and right in central Cambridge. So on my latest trip to beautiful Cambridge I started here. What makes Hotel Chocolate unique is that they actually grow their own cacao on a plantation in Saint Lucia. The cocoa goes on to be part of their incredibly vast selection of chocolates. They have dozens of stores across the UK, but from what I could tell, only this one has a café. You order [...]

October 24th, 2016|Cambridge, EUROPE, United Kingdom|
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How to Spend a Day in Bath and a Hot Chocolate at Cafe au Lait, Bath, United Kingdom

I’m already feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. It may be because of the uncharacteristic warm weather, cool breeze and clear blue skies. But it is probably because I am in Bath, home of the ancient Roman Baths. And you don’t even need to take an actual bath here to feel the benefits. A quick walk around is all you need. If like many you arrive in Bath via train, luckily the train station is right in the center of town. Walk out, cross the street and walk into the Southgate area, you’ll find yourself on a pedestrian mall lined with stores. [...]

October 20th, 2016|Bath, EUROPE, United Kingdom|
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That Famous Bun and a Hot Chocolate at Sally Lunn, Bath, United Kingdom

Is it a cake? Is it a scone? Is it a bun? Wait, what? It’s all three? Yes! It’s the Sally Lund Bun! I didn’t know about Sally Lunn’s famous bun until they were featured on the TV show The Great British Bakeoff. They now have a giant sign in the window, and a note in all of their brochures mentioning this. So it should be no surprise that my first stop when I got to Bath was to Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House. Historic because Sally’s buns are made from a secret 300 year old recipe. Really, the bun [...]

October 17th, 2016|Bath, EUROPE, United Kingdom|
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Incredible Graffiti and a Hot Chocolate at Ahh Toots, Bristol, United Kingdom

The beauty of Bristol is in the details. During my first walk around I wasn’t so impressed. It was cloudy, quiet, and everything looked dull and rough around the edges. But as I spent more time here, this quickly changed and Bristol managed to not only change my mind but turn me into a believer. There are a lot of things to love about Bristol but what I really loved were the details which you can only see if you go exploring. One example is the fantastic graffiti found all around the city. I planned half of my trip simply [...]

October 10th, 2016|Bristol, EUROPE, United Kingdom|
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An Epic Suspension Bridge and a Hot Chocolate at Bar Chocolat, Bristol, United Kingdom

Bar Chocolat is perfectly located if you make your way across town to visit one of the main attractions of Bristol, the Clifton Suspension Bridge. It is a gorgeous walk from the center of Bristol to this neighbourhood. I walked up College Green, past University of Bristol and then along Queens Road all the way to Victoria Square. I then took the little path that cuts across Victoria Square, which brought me to a series of little stores and a beautiful shopping archway. I then crossed Clifton Down Road, before making my way to The Mall and Bar Chocolat. This [...]

October 4th, 2016|Bristol, EUROPE, United Kingdom|
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Meet the Maker: A Chat with Mork in Melbourne, Australia

I’ve started 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 focused on Josefin and Kiril from the Mork in Melbourne, Australia. To read my recent review of the hot chocolates at Mork click here. Who are you Josefin Zernell / Kiril Shaginov Founders Mörk Chocolate and fellow chocolate makers What kind of person are you: white, milk or dark? We are both incredibly devoted to dark chocolate, in [...]

September 29th, 2016|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Melbourne, Victoria|
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The one and only Mörk and their ultimate hot chocolates, Melbourne, Australia

I have enjoyed a lot of hot chocolates in Melbourne over the years, but this time I fell in love with one…with many actually, at Mörk. The thing is, Mörk is perhaps the ultimate hot chocolate, for many reasons. First Mörk is not a chocolate shop, it's a hot chocolate shop. Mörk is not a café….its a hot chocolate shop. Mörk is not a restaurant or a bar or a store or anything else. It is a place that is dedicated to serving hot chocolate in many shapes and forms. Now, how many places have you been like that? I’ve [...]

September 27th, 2016|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Melbourne, Victoria|
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