Union Square and a Hot Chocolate at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate, New York, USA

I love wandering around Union Square. Just a stone’s throw away from the craziness of Times Square, Union Square is the opposite. On one side the New York Public Library stands majestically and silently. On the other side is a beautiful green space with a large area of grass to set yourself down on, or many chairs around the site where you can set up and spend the day. There are ping pong tables, an outdoor library with books and newspapers you can read for free, concerts in the summer, stands to buy coffee. It is a little pocket of [...]

2017-09-12T05:57:15+00:00 September 12th, 2017|New York, New York City, USA|

Hot Chocolate and lots of Alpacas at Bibble and Sip, New York, USA

In the heart of the theatre district, nestled between The Gershwin theatre where the musical Wicked is showing and an Irish pub, is small but mighty Bibble and Sip. If you didn’t know it was here you would likely not find it (I guess that applies to almost everything in busy Manhattan). But I knew it was here and I knew that they had a hot chocolate I wanted to try. What I didn’t realize what that they also gave me my yearly dose of Alpacas which, to be honest, I never realized I needed until I was immersed in [...]

2017-09-05T06:13:51+00:00 September 5th, 2017|New York, New York City, NORTH AMERICA, USA|

A French Chateau in NYC – Hot Chocolate at Laduree, New York, USA

When I lived in France of course I knew of LaDuree. It is a French institution, the home of the multicoloured macaroon. I visited LaDuree once in Paris, just a few weeks after I first arrived and never returned again. The macaroons were nice (but not the best you can get in Paris), definitely some of the most expensive, the atmosphere was great, but it was a tourist magnet. When you live in Paris you quickly get tired of all of the tourists and make a point to not go into those areas where they predictably are found. So LaDuree [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:05+00:00 November 9th, 2015|New York, New York City, NORTH AMERICA, USA|

A Food Tour of Chinatown and a Hot Chocolate at Tache, New York, USA

Did you know that Dim Sum was invented by a doctor? He was treating typhoid epidemics around China. A believer in both scientific and herbal medicine, and weary that many of his patients were not getting enough nutrition on top of being sick, he created these little packages filled with different herbs, ginger, ground meat and encased them in a layer of thin dough to make them easy to eat. Years later, according to our guide Raheem, other cultures have borrowed this idea and made it their own; the perogies in Poland, samosas of India and even the tortellini in [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:05+00:00 November 2nd, 2015|New York, New York City, NORTH AMERICA, USA|

The Smell of Bread and a Hot Chocolate at Maison Kayser, New York, USA

I found myself sitting between a large basket filled with freshly baked baguettes with golden crusts and, on my other side, a series of trays covered in mini loaves of olive, multigrain and pain de campaign breads. I would reach for one (or all) of each if it wasn’t for the glass windows protecting them from me. Its 10am. I had breakfast hours ago but the tourists that have taken over the place were just getting started. The room was full, as was the terrace out front. Separating the two, taking over the entrance of Maison Kayser, were the goodies, [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:14+00:00 October 26th, 2015|New York, New York City, NORTH AMERICA, USA|

West Village and a Walk on the Wet Side- Hot Chocolate at Café Gitane, New York, USA

New York City is such a fascinating place. You walk through and feel that every building, every corner has a story of some sort to tell. It may not look historic like Paris or Rome do, but there are stories, perhaps more stories. The Jane Hotel is one of those stories. It was originally built as a hotel for sailors with cabin-like rooms. The survivors of the Titanic even stayed in this hotel in 1912. I didn’t stay in the Jane but I did venture over that way for breakfast this morning, to the Café Gitane housed just inside the [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:14+00:00 October 19th, 2015|New York, New York City, NORTH AMERICA, USA|

A Walk Along the High Line and a Hot Chocolate at The Standard, New York, USA

A few years ago we walked along the High Line, north to south, on a beautiful Friday afternoon. The High Line is a 1.45 mile-long park built on an old elevated section of now disused railway line, that’s open from 7am to 11pm daily. It is covered in plants and trees, and has plenty of benches and chairs to sit and enjoy this unique space. I remember that walk clearly because during our walk, we encountered a large group of zombies, yes zombies. There must have been 50 of them, painfully dragging themselves, or what remained of themselves, along the [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:14+00:00 October 12th, 2015|New York, New York City, NORTH AMERICA, USA|

Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3, New York, USA

I’ve heard of Serendipity and its reputation. I’m not sure from where, I’m thinking it has been referenced in many an American romantic comedy. I imagine I’ve seen scenes where a couple had a first date there or two girlfriends met to discuss their boy troubles. As I walked up I was preparing myself for one thing; sweet. I expected everything about Serendipity 3, the smell, the atmosphere, the people and of course the hot chocolate, to be over the top, possibly unappetizingly sweet. At first I couldn’t find it. Turns out it is on a street obviously known for [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:14+00:00 October 5th, 2015|New York, New York City, NORTH AMERICA, USA|
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