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Hot Chocolate at Les Saisons, Chelsea, Canada

They call them leafers, the thousands of tourists and locals who drive through Gatineau Park from the end of September to mid October every year. They come up in bus and car loads, holding their cameras tightly, ready to take pictures of the plentiful views of stunning multicoloured autumn leaves. [...]

December 28th, 2014|


Hot Chocolate at Olive & Gourmando, Montreal, Canada

A couple of years ago I visited Montreal and stayed at a hotel near the heart of Old Montreal, the historic city centre. I remember waking up starving and letting my nose direct me to the nearest spot that could satisfy my morning hunger. That morning my nose did well [...]

October 20th, 2014|

Hot Chocolate at Maison Christian Faure, Montreal, Canada

Old Montreal is the heart of the city. It is a relatively large area made up of a network of old cobblestoned streets, lined with churches, restaurants, stores and cafes in buildings dating from the 17th through 19th centuries. Throughout the day and late into the night street performers entertain [...]

October 13th, 2014|

Hot Chocolate at Juliette et Chocolat, Montreal, Canada

I think Juliette and I would get along. Juliette started Juliette & Chocolate because she was frustrated she couldn’t find a hot chocolate that met her high standards, a nice thick one like her grandmothers used to make. She took her chocolate and crepe making degrees and set up shop [...]

September 29th, 2014|


A Hot Chocolate at Eve Cafe, Ottawa, Canada

It took three years and $360 million dollars, but the Rideau Centre, the shopping mall right smack in the centre of Ottawa, has been completely transformed from a sad and dreary place to a serious shopping destination. One of the new additions is Quebec department store Simmons. Go inside, walk [...]

February 14th, 2017|

A Hot Chocolate at Ministry of Coffee, Ottawa, Canada

The thing that happens when you write a blog about hot chocolate, unsurprisingly, is that hot chocolate becomes the present of choice. Birthdays, Christmas, thank you gifts often involve something hot chocolate themed…and generally don’t disappoint! Case in point; a gift card to the Ministry of Coffee from my brother [...]

January 9th, 2017|

Hot Chocolate at Thyme and Again, Ottawa, Canada

I love those moments where you discover something new in your home city. We were just walking along Wellington street, which is filled with small, independent stores, all very interesting. In reality we had come to try out another hot chocolate, the one at Macaroons and Madeleines, but they informed [...]

September 15th, 2015|

Hot Chocolate at Cacao70, Ottawa, Canada

I’ve said it a few times on this blog, I love the Byward market in Ottawa. There is just something fantastic about this area in all seasons, but perhaps mostly now in the fall when it is filled with giant pumpkins, hanging garlic and wooden crates filled with crisp freshly [...]

December 26th, 2014|

Hot Chocolate at Stubbe (part 2), Ottawa, Canada

Last week we paid a visit to Stubbe Chocolates in the Byward Market in Ottawa, where I reviewed their standard hot chocolate that they offer. At the time I was told that they had another hot chocolate and I promised them that I would be back to try it. We [...]

November 25th, 2013|

Hot Chocolate at Stubbe (part 1), Ottawa, Canada

I was so excited to go to Stubbe. It doesn’t look like much at all from outside but I had heard so many good things about their chocolates. I walked by the front window last week and saw that they had some tables and chairs. Tables and chairs in a [...]

November 18th, 2013|

Hot Chocolate at Cafe 55, Ottawa, Canada

The Byward Market in Ottawa is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets. It is filled with museums, specialty shops, pubs, restaurants, galleries and of course the market stalls themselves. The Byward Market Building which is at the heart of the market was first built in 1848 but renovated [...]

October 28th, 2013|

Hot Chocolate at The Cupcake Lounge, Ottawa, Canada

There are a lot of cupcake shops dotted across North America, but I doubt many of them are as good as The Cupcake Lounge in Ottawa. Owner Claudia Arizmendi, born in Mexico, started baking cupcakes more than 10 years ago and my gosh she bakes a beautiful cupcake. The Cupcake [...]

October 8th, 2013|

Hot Chocolate at Planet Coffee, Ottawa, Canada

The Byward Market in Ottawa is one of my favorite markets in the world…in the summer at least. There are dozens of market stalls overflowing with beautiful local produce. The peaches are out of this world, the berries are impossible to pass by and the apples smell crisp, if that [...]

September 16th, 2013|

Hot Chocolate at Simply Biscotti, Ottawa, Canada

Preston Street in Ottawa is all about Italy. Also known as Corso Italia, this is the main street that goes straight through Little Italy and is home not only to many Italians, but to almost all other things Italian. There are pizzerias, reception halls, baby clothes stores, all inspired by [...]

September 4th, 2013|

Hot Chocolate Truffle Treasures, Ottawa Canada

There were several spots I wanted to try while visiting Ottawa but as always happens during Christmas holidays, things got busy. We only had time to visit one and luckily we choose the right one. Truffle Treasure must be the ultimate hot chocolate in Ottawa. This little chocolate shop in [...]

February 4th, 2013|

Hot Chocolate at Beaver Tails, Ottawa Canada

Countries around the world are proud of their national dishes; curries in India, ceviche in Peru, Nasi Goreng in Indonesia. When asked what Canada’s national dish is you could say Poutine, Canadian bacon, pancakes with REAL Canadian maple syrup. But if you live in Ottawa the answer is simple, Beaver [...]

January 28th, 2013|


Hot Chocolate at La Merceria, Toronto, Canada

There is an area made up of a dozen city blocks centered around West Queen West St. dotted with graffiti. A lot of it looks like it has been commissioned, making up part of the brand and decoration of local independent stores that dominate this area. A lot of it [...]

December 22nd, 2014|

Hot Chocolate at Fika, Toronto, Canada

  I get it now. For years I’ve heard everyone going on about how fantastic Toronto is but I’ve never understood why. I thought it was just a big, impersonal city, but then again I had never really spent any time in Toronto. Now that I’ve finally spent a few days [...]

December 15th, 2014|

Hot Chocolate at Nadege, Toronto, Canada

I had been walking around Toronto for eight hours before I arrived at Nadege. I was so tired and dehydrated by this stage, that everything was a bit of a blur. I remember having to ask the woman behind the counter to describe the hot chocolates they offered three times [...]

December 11th, 2014|

Hot Chocolate at Balzac’s, Toronto, Canada

I’m a big fan of food tours, and I think one of the best ways to experience a new city or a new country is through its food. Food tours allow you to get straight to the heart of a city or district, introducing you to the local food legends [...]

December 8th, 2014|

Hot Chocolate at Cluny, Toronto, Canada

Toronto’s Distillery District is unique. Ten years ago a small group of developers saw these derelict Victorian Industrial buildings that had been pronounced a national historic site and imagined transforming it not into a tourist village, but into an area that showcases fantastic food, designs and ideas. Since 2003 this [...]

December 2nd, 2014|

Hot Chocolate at SOMA, Toronto, Canada

Today is the first time since I was a teenager that I’ve visited Toronto. Really it is my first time in Toronto since last time I arrived at the train station, went up the CN tower, came back down, got back into a train and kept going. This time I [...]

November 24th, 2014|


Hot Chocolate at Le Hibou, Wakefield, Canada

  Wakefield is scenic little town next to the Gatineau River. It gets a steady stream of visitors all year long, but especially throughout the summer when cars drive through town to get between Ottawa (20 minutes away) and cottage country. I remember the black steam train that would stop right [...]

December 30th, 2014|