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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

October 5th, 2015|New York, New York City, NORTH AMERICA, USA|

An Unlikely Jewel – Hot Chocolate at Cocoa Bar, New York, USA

New York is this fantastic mix of all sorts of things, things that are not usually seen together, all blended up together. A woman wearing designer clothes walking down a street covered in garbage and graffiti. A trendy new restaurant located right next to an old soup kitchen. Busy streets filled with angry taxis right next to surprisingly large and numerous park spaces filled with toddlers playing, young guys playing basket ball, and grandparents chatting on park benches. You quickly pass from a street where the apartments have doormen and they are all hosing down the street and sprucing up [...]

September 28th, 2015|New York, New York City, NORTH AMERICA, USA|
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