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Sweet Sweet Wall Street – Hot Chocolate at La Maison du Chocolat, New York City, USA

La Maison du Chocolat is an institution. It was founded in 1977 by Robert Linxe who was born in the French Basque region. He learnt his art in Bayonne and in Switzerland before moving to Paris to open his first boutique in an old wine cellar which provided the idea conditions for preserving chocolates. Today he has several stores around the world, including one in New York City right in the middle of Wall Street.

Wall Street is a 1.1km stretch which is home to the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, two of the two largest stock exchanges in the […]

August 3rd, 2015|New York, New York City, NORTH AMERICA, USA|
  • Hot Chocolate at Volador, Oaxaca, Mexico

Hot Chocolate at Volador, Oaxaca, Mexico

El Volador is a very…very relaxed spot. The writing on the door suggests it opens at 8am but we have yet to see it open anytime before 9am. The young man who is in charge every day is just as cool as a cucumber and all of his friends that come by for coffees and everyone else who comes by for coffees is just really relaxed. Every time Rich comes back from having an espresso there he is just floating a little bit.

El Volador is a very tiny café right on a corner surrounded by a very quiet courtyard. Across […]

July 27th, 2015|Mexico, Oaxaca|
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A Visit to Monte Alban – Hot Chocolate at Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico

UNESCO World Heritage site Monte Alban is stunning. You don’t see the huge pyramids as you see in other parts of Mexico, or intricately carved buildings and statues. Most of the site is really just ruins. But Monte Alban sits on top of a hill, in fact it was literally carved out of the mountain when it was built. From here you have a view of everything that surrounds it which makes it an extremely tranquil space.

Monte Alban was inhabited for a period of 1,500 years by a succession of peoples – Olmecs, Zapotecs and Mixtecs. Many beautiful treasures were […]

July 21st, 2015|Mexico, Oaxaca|
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Making Chocolate the Traditional Way – Hot Chocolate at Copal Magico, San Martin Tilcajete, Mexico

The Oaxacan region has over 145 different villages that all specialize in a different artisan craft. Each of these is more elaborate and stunning than the last and you can easily spend days wondering from town to town watching the women and men doing their magic in the same way they have been doing for generations . Over lunch today we stopped at Copal Magico in San Martin Tilcajete, a town known for Alebrije or small wooden figures carved in Copal wood and painted with intricate designs. Here we were able to see the process they use to create these […]

July 13th, 2015|Mexico, NORTH AMERICA, San Martin Tilcajete|
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A Perfect Sunday of Weaving, Candle making and Markets- Hot Chocolate at Puesto de Barbacoa Dona Adolfa, Tlacolula Market, Mexico

No trip to Oaxaca is complete without involving Mahsa from Journeys Beyond the Surface in some way into your trip. Originally from Iran but now a local of Oaxaca, Mahsa prepares fantastic tours and knows all the best artisans in the region. We spent several days with her and through her met some really fantastic people.

Today we started at Vida Nueva in Teotitlan del Valle, a Women’s Cooperative made up of women who are all widows, single mothers or unmarried. Here a group of 16 women of all ages have created an incredible organization that empowers not just the women […]

July 6th, 2015|Mexico, Tlacolula|
  • Hot Chocolate at Casa Mayordomo, Oaxaca, Mexico

A Walking Tour of Oaxaca – Hot Chocolate at Casa Mayordomo, Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca is now officially one of my favourite cities, anywhere. The people are incredibly friendly, the food is delicious and there are so many different things to do. It is also a great city for walking with lots of streets dedicated to pedestrians. The whole downtown area is made up of beautifully colourful colonial buildings filled with museums, artisan cooperatives, cafes and restaurants. Crossing the center of town are a number of pedestrian streets, one of which, Macedonia Alcala street, goes past the beautiful Santo Domingo Church. If you are lucky, and we were lucky several times during our trip, […]

July 1st, 2015|Mexico, Oaxaca|
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Oaxacan Markets – Hot Chocolate (Champurado) at Mercado Sanchez Pascuas, Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca has a number of beautiful markets , each specializing in something different. The Mercado 20 de Noviembre sells bread and chocolate (my kind of market), mercado Benito Juarez has ceramics, coffee, leather, textiles, and lots and lots of grasshoppers (a local delicacy). Mercado Abastos has ceramics, wooden figures and wrestling masks, and of course among other things. Our local market, Mercado Sanchez Pascuas is known for rugs and ceramics but we know it for being a really good daily market with lots of fantastic produce and fresh meat, colorful juices and fantastic food. Perhaps because of its location away […]

June 23rd, 2015|Mexico, Oaxaca|
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