Hot Chocolate at Minimal, Tokyo, Japan

When you travel to a new city as a tourist it is easy to fill your trip with destinations that are the most popular with other tourists, the temples, the flashy lights. Sometimes these areas get so popular with the tourists that the locals themselves stop visiting, or visit less. It transforms into something different than what once attracted the tourists to visit in the first place, but still, the tourists keep flocking. So as a tourist we often go searching for those areas that the tourists haven’t found yet. But even those areas, we are often not alone since [...]

2018-10-15T02:33:35+00:00 October 15th, 2018|ASIA, Japan, Tokyo|

A Walk around Asakusa and a Hot Chocolate at Dandelion in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is the most amazing city. You could spend a lifetime here and only scratch the surface of what it has to offer. On the very first day of our trip to Japan, we chose to set up in the gorgeous neighbourhood of Asakusa. Asakusa is famous for its Buddhist temple, Senso-ji, a very popular place for locals. To get to the temple you walk along the Nakamise shopping street, weaving in and out of all the shops so you don’t miss all the interesting things they sell here (including freshly made rice crackers). Wonder away from the market street [...]

2018-08-16T02:16:46+00:00 August 16th, 2018|ASIA, Japan, Tokyo|

A Hot Chocolate and Choux at Chu, Perth, Australia

When I lived in Paris I would have a hot chocolate every morning. It was what coffee is to most; a necessary part of my morning. The hot chocolate wasn’t anything fancy, there were no bells and whistle to speak of. It was just good chocolate mixed into good milk and drunk in a rush. I call these the dailys. This was always accompanied by a pain au chocolate (chocolate croissant), freshly baked, chocolate still warm inside. Chu has my Perth daily hot chocolate/pain au chocolate combo, although I don’t actually have the chance (or the budget, these daily necessities [...]

2018-05-22T08:11:01+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Perth, Western Australia|

Ultimate Hot Chocolate is featured in April’s Gourmet Traveller Magazine!

  I'm excited to share that I am featured in a one page article in the April issue of Gourmet Traveller magazine. This very popular magazine is one I have been following for years so it was an honour to be invited to submit an article all about, yes you guessed it, hot chocolate! I've had a few great opportunities to speak and write about hot chocolate in 2018. I was invited to speak on national radio in Australia about my love for hot chocolate on a fantastic show called Blueprint for Living hosted by Jonathan Green. Click here to [...]

2018-04-24T05:28:51+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The London Chocolate Show and my highlight…York Cocoa House, London, York, United Kingdom

  Note: I realise that this post is from October but somehow I forgot to post it! I was really excited that my trip to Zurich coincided with the London Chocolate Festival. I rushed from the airport, dropped off my suitcase at the hotel and made my way, literally as fast as I could to the London Chocolate Show. I’m not a big sweet tooth. I love dark chocolate, and hot chocolate but I’m not a big chocolate bar and sweets kind of girl. The London Chocolate Show is your heaven if you are a chocolate bar and sweets kind [...]

2018-04-24T04:59:14+00:00 April 24th, 2018|EUROPE, London, United Kingdom|

A visit to Central Hong Kong and a Hot Chocolate at Elephant Grounds, Hong Kong

When I started researching Hong Kong, and then speaking to locals, I kept hearing everyone talk about Central. Central this, Central that. Everything worth doing and seeing seems to be in Central. People work in Central, they live in Central. After all that fuss I didn’t actually get to Central until the very end of my trip to Hong Kong but when I did I saw what they were talking about. Central isn’t at all like where I was based in Mong Kok. Mong Kok is perhaps more what you expect from Hong Kong. Central is what puts Hong Kong [...]

2018-03-12T08:01:13+00:00 March 12th, 2018|ASIA, China, Hong Kong|

Hong Kong Markets and a Hot Chocolate at KnockBox Coffee Company, Hong Kong, China

It’s pretty amazing how much you can see and experience in half a day, especially if you drift off the beaten path a little bit, walk in the opposite direction of what you think that perhaps you should be walking. I did that today. From Mong Kok I walked away from the harbour with the aim of exploring all of the markets in this area. But first thing first, a hot chocolate and amazingly I found one just a few blocks away from where I was staying. Catch is, the locals here don’t seem to be in as much need [...]

2018-03-06T01:03:44+00:00 March 6th, 2018|ASIA, China, Hong Kong|

Must Have Hot Chocolate at Hakawa Chocolate, Hong Kong

Here are the directions on how to get to Hakawa Chocolate on Gough St. Get to Hong Kong Island. Go up the hill turn right then left then right then left and continue like this until hopefully, fingers crossed, you arrive. At least that is what it felt like arriving here. I know know it is just a block away from the Man Mo Temple so if you are not familiar with Hong Kong, it may…may be easier to get there and then make your way backwards. Regardless, the point is you must add this to your itinerary for Hong [...]

2018-02-26T02:19:09+00:00 February 26th, 2018|ASIA, China, Hong Kong|
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