50 Thoughts about my Hot Chocolate on the 103rd floor of the Ritz Carleton, Hong Kong, China

  If you are staying at the Ritz Carleton you are a) a little ways away from all the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong (but a quick subway ride) and b) the hotel lobby is not on the ground floor but on the 103rd. It takes surprisingly little time to get to the 103rd These are some magical elevators. Afternoon Tea time at the Ritz hasn’t started yet so we are all in line next to the reservation desk. It is now quite obvious that no one goes for afternoon tea at the Ritz alone (as I am). It [...]

2017-12-18T03:56:09+00:00 November 28th, 2017|ASIA, China, Fav, Hong Kong|

A Love Letter Dandelion Chocolate, San Francisco, USA

If you are a chocolate lover, a lover of real, quality, fairly sourced chocolate, San Francisco is a place you should visit…or move to. While you have a lot of choices in and around the city, if you only have time to visit one, visit Dandelion. Dandelion is a bean-to-bar chocolate factory. It is the creation of Todd and Cam, two chocolate lovers who, like many bean to bar makers, started small in their apartment, did a lot of things right to the point where in 2010 they expanded into this Mission factory. This is where they roast, crack, sort, [...]

2017-12-18T04:26:01+00:00 March 24th, 2017|California, Fav, NORTH AMERICA, San Francisco, USA|

The one and only Mörk and their ultimate hot chocolates, Melbourne, Australia

I have enjoyed a lot of hot chocolates in Melbourne over the years, but this time I fell in love with one…with many actually, at Mörk. The thing is, Mörk is perhaps the ultimate hot chocolate, for many reasons. First Mörk is not a chocolate shop, it's a hot chocolate shop. Mörk is not a café….its a hot chocolate shop. Mörk is not a restaurant or a bar or a store or anything else. It is a place that is dedicated to serving hot chocolate in many shapes and forms. Now, how many places have you been like that? I’ve [...]

2017-12-18T04:20:16+00:00 September 27th, 2016|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Fav, Melbourne, Victoria|

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 [...]

2017-12-18T04:16:08+00:00 July 6th, 2015|Fav, Mexico, Tlacolula|

Welcome to San Juan – Hot Chocolate Embajador, San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic

  When I was young, I would regularly spend summers with my grandparents in the San Juan de la Maguana, and on Sundays we would get all dressed up and walk along the main street to my Aunt’s house. She lived right next to a large park where a band would play in the evening. They would start with the national anthem (the Dominican national anthem is impossibly long) before playing popular merengue songs. All generations would be present too, from grandparents sitting on park benches to kids running between the trees. While on the surface San Juan has changed since then, in many ways it hasn’t changed at [...]