Hot Chocolate at Bokado, San Sebastian, Spain

  I’ve had hot chocolates in a lot of different countries over the years. It always fascinates me how every country does it slightly differently. I like how the Spanish create their hot chocolate. It is usually thick and gooey here, like pudding, but still not as sweet as you would expect. Bokado is a bar/café/restaurant above the Aquarium in San Sebastian. From here you have a stunning view of the town. The café itself is very crisp and clean looking. Everything in the café is either grey or white and very modern. It is Sunday which means everyone is [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:49+00:00June 13th, 2012|EUROPE, San Sebastian, Spain|

Hot Chocolate at Astoria 7 Hotel, San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian hosts a film festival every September. It is one of the main international film festivals rivalling Berlin’s and Toronto’s. This hotel has been completely inspired by these films. The lobby walls are covered in black and white pictures of film stars back in the day doing glamorous things. Each of the rooms are dedicated to a famous actor, director or producer. My room is the Cohen Brothers room, the last thing I see before I go to bed at night is a giant picture of the two of them staring right at me. If staring at their picture in [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:49+00:00June 10th, 2012|EUROPE, San Sebastian, Spain|

Hot Chocolate at Opila, Bilbao, Spain

I hadn’t planned to stop for a hot chocolate but when I passed this place I had no choice but to go in. Opila is a combination of two great things. It is a beautiful bakery full of different kinds of breads and a vast array of gorgeous looking desserts and sweets. On the other hand it is a fancy chocolate store with a wide range of homemade chocolate. These are two personalities that work well for me, it means that I can have my hot chocolate and eat it too! I was relieved and excited when the man behind [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:50+00:00May 11th, 2012|Bilbao, EUROPE, Spain|

Hot Chocolate at Cafe del Arenal, Bilbao, Spain

I walked by this café a few times before I finally decided to venture in. The reason? A big florescent sign that said Chocolate y churros on the front window was all I needed. Inside the café is a little bit worn out but I found myself a little corner with a nice view out of the window and asked for chocolate y churros. Five minutes later I was presented with a cup of hot chocolate and a generous serving of churros, 6 in total. The churros are hot, crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. The hot [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:50+00:00May 9th, 2012|Bilbao, EUROPE, Spain|

Hot Chocolate at Bistro Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain

After an afternoon of wandering in and out of rooms full of fascinating pieces of modern art, I made my way to the café on the first floor. Considering that the Guggenheim is all about innovation and art I expected a lot from the coffee shop. I expected a fantastic atmosphere with a delicious thick hot chocolate, the kind the Spanish do so well. Perhaps I was expecting too much because the café completely failed to deliver. I am instantly disappointed when the woman behind the bar rips open a pouch of Nestle chocolate powder and mixes it with hot [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:50+00:00May 8th, 2012|Bilbao, EUROPE, Spain|