Hot Chocolate at Upsy Daisy Bakery, London, UK

My hairdresser in London recently opened a new business in Hammersmith. Regardless of where I live in the world, I always take advantage when I’m in London to come back to her to get my hair cut. She just does it best. But it also gives me a chance each time to try a different hot chocolate in the area. Three months ago it was Lola and Simon. This time it is Upsy Daisy Bakery. My terrible old iPhone camera completely fails to show how gorgeous and bright this little spot is. It is like a smile, if that is [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:48+00:00 August 1st, 2012|EUROPE, London, United Kingdom|

Hot Chocolate at Indigo Coffee House, Cambridge, United Kingdom

St. Edward’s Passage in Cambridge is a hidden gem. This tiny lane way starts just off the main market place, past a gorgeous old bookstore where you imagine the literaries of Cambridge’s past used to browse. Around the corner is the Cambridge theatre which is always busy (at Christmas go to see the Pantomine, an experience in itself). Right next to that with the little wooden table and two chairs out front is Indigo. Indigo is just a dot on the map really, it is a tiny coffee shop and it always surprises me how much they have managed to [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:48+00:00 July 30th, 2012|Cambridge, EUROPE, United Kingdom|

Hot Chocolate at Bill’s, Cambridge, United Kingdom

When I first walked by Bill’s I was in awe. I absolutely love how they have transformed the space into a colourful festival of food. The walls are covered in shelves featuring all of Bill’s products, everything from Elderflower Cordiale, Beer, jars of thick English honey and pink champagne truffles. Large blackboards hang all around the restaurant, some with parts of menu, others with wise words and quotes about food. Large bunches of dried red chilli peppers and colourful paper hang from large hooks from the ceiling. I absolutely love the décor. The menu looks quite good but we only [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:48+00:00 July 25th, 2012|Cambridge, EUROPE, United Kingdom|

Hot Chocolate at Fitzbillies, Cambridge, United Kingdom

I’ve walked by Fitzbillies for three years. I always knew it was a Cambridge institution (90 years old!), it looks like one, but I never actually went in. It’s on the opposite side of town which is part of the reason. Then, all of a sudden a year ago, it closed. Even British comedian Stephen Fry tweeted about this sad event “No!No! Say it ain’t so – not Fitzbillies? Why I tweeted a pic of one of their peerless Chelsea buns but a six months ago.” This is what happens when locals like us don’t support so called institutions. Well [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:48+00:00 July 23rd, 2012|Cambridge, EUROPE, United Kingdom|

Hot Chocolate at Caffe Caldesi, London, United Kingdom

Caffe Caldesi is found on a cute little street right off Marylebone High Street in the heart of London. In the evenings it is completely full. Caldesi is a Michelin recommended restaurant that focuses on good, simple, authentic Italian food. Each of the tables in the café have a small newspaper that they produce every season with updates and information about the restaurant. I sit down and read through it. They talk about the Italian way to a better life, sourcing fresh and organic ingredients. The restaurant even has a cooking school where you can learn how to cook authentic [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:49+00:00 June 8th, 2012|EUROPE, London, United Kingdom|

Hot Chocolate at Konditor and Cook, London, United Kingdom

Konditor and Cook is right at the intersection of Soho and Chinatown, surrounded by Theatres showing the latest musicals. It is located in a Curzon movie theatre which shows fascinating movies from around the world. It is rainy and miserable outside but the bakery/café is bright and colourful and instantly puts me in a better mood. I really enjoyed the hot chocolate. It is rich and creamy, quite thick and a little sweet but not too much. It is made using 70% cocoa with milk but it also has a bit of a malty taste to it. A real treat. [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:49+00:00 June 6th, 2012|EUROPE, London, United Kingdom|

Hot Chocolate at Verde & Co, London, United Kingdom

Verde & Co is a beautiful find, right across the street from Spitafield’s market. The store is tiny but sells a whole range of produce, jams, pasta, olives and olive oils and freshly made sandwiches and quiches for the lunch crowd. There is space for 4 people to sit inside and watch the steady stream of traffic coming in and out of this tiny little space. There are three people working in the store at the time (how they all fit I never did quite figure out). The service is fantastic and one woman explains all the chocolates to me. [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:49+00:00 June 4th, 2012|EUROPE, London, United Kingdom|

Hot Chocolate at Rabot Estate, London, United Kingdom

After doing my shopping at Borough Market, the most beautiful market for all things food related in London, I stopped at Rabot Estate for a hot chocolate. Rabot Estate is owned by the owners of Hotel Chocolate, a chain of chocolate stores found around the city. The Rabot estate itself is found on the island of Saint Lucia where they have a programme that links 80 independent cacao growers. I like the feel of the place. It has a raw feel to it, lots of browns and blacks and dunlap bags with the name of the place printed on them [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:49+00:00 May 29th, 2012|EUROPE, London, United Kingdom|
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