Hot Chocolates from countries in North America

A Hot Chocolate and Lots of Vitamin D at Tommy’s, Montreal, Canada

Old Montreal is a jewel filled with jewels. If you are visiting, forget the tourists and follow the locals around. They will bring you to gems hidden inside historic buildings. Tommy’s is one of these. Just next to Place d’Armes, Tommy’s is a great little coffee shop housed in the British Empire Building (formerly the Exchange Bank of Canada built in 1874). Quite simply, I fell in love with Tommy’s. While outside it might be cold, inside it felt like a summer day, as if you are getting your daily dose of Vitamin D just by sitting inside. It is [...]

January 17th, 2017|Canada, Montreal, NORTH AMERICA|

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 and his wife for Christmas. Now, as you have heard me say many many times before, coffee shops and hot chocolate are often not the best of friends. Where one goes, the other very rarely follows. This creates a lot of friction in my marriage since my husband is a [...]

January 9th, 2017|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Ottawa|

A Hot Chocolate at The Festin de Babette, Montreal, Canada

In 1987, Babette’s Feast won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It is a Danish film that takes place in 19th century Denmark where a French woman, Babette, flees Paris to a little town to cook for a local family. Little do they know, she is an accomplished chef, creating delicious French meals that seduce all that eat them. Fast forward to about 20 years ago and the spirit of Babette travelled once again, this time to Montreal where she became the inspiration behind a café on Rue Saint Denis, Festin de Babette. The reason most visit this [...]

January 7th, 2017|Canada, Montreal, NORTH AMERICA|

Best Breakfast in Lower Garden District and a Hot Chocolate at HiVolt, New Orleans, USA

You know that movie Oceans 11? It was a big deal when it came out. The plot was centered around a crew of 7 or so who rob a bunch of Las Vegas Casinos at the same time. Sitting in HiVolt, I felt like I was on the set of Oceans 11. I guess I should explain. I don’t know if it was my mood this morning or I just saw something that others didn’t, but I swear that the staff at HiVolt must be some sort of Oceans 11 like crew. I bet you that in the evenings they [...]

June 20th, 2016|Louisiana, New Orleans, NORTH AMERICA, USA|

A Walk Down Magazine Street and a Hot Chocolate at Sucre, New Orleans, USA

Most visitors to New Orleans have heard about Bourbon Street and its many bars, and will usually make that their first stop. New Orleans is so much more than Bourbon Street however, and there are several other famous streets around the city that are a must see. Magazine street is a six mile long street that goes across the city, through the French Quarter, Lower Garden District, Garden District and beyond. It is lined with some fantastic independent stores, countless restaurants and cafes and all sorts of other interesting shops along the way. Lots of the famous New Orleans parades [...]

June 13th, 2016|Louisiana, New Orleans, NORTH AMERICA, USA|

The Best Donuts Anywhere and a Hot Chocolate at District Donuts, New Orleans, USA

For weeks before I arrived in New Orleans I had been following District Donuts on Instagram. Every morning they post a picture of their donut display case made up of a handful of much loved classics. Every morning they would torture me with their unique donuts of the day. There was a crème brulee donut one day, maple sriracha the next, followed by smores, cotton candy, strawberry basil, cookies and cream, olive oil and rosemary. Every day was different, and every one of them looked incredible. So when I woke up this morning in my comfy bed in the Lower [...]

June 6th, 2016|Louisiana, New Orleans, NORTH AMERICA, USA|

Where to base yourself in New Orleans and a Hot Chocolate (or better yet coffee) at French Truck Coffee, USA

We took a while to decide where to stay on our most recent trip to New Orleans. You are spoiled for choice really. Most choose to base themselves in the Downtown and Warehouse District. This is where the big chain hotels are and it is just across the street from the French Quarter, the heart of New Orleans, and of course Bourbon street. Within the French Quarter there are several smaller B&Bs, small hotels and apartment rentals as well. On this trip however, we chose to base ourselves near the Garden District. Many tourists only see the Garden District from [...]

June 1st, 2016|Louisiana, New Orleans, NORTH AMERICA, USA|
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