Hot Chocolate at Cocoa & Cardamon, Houston, USA

  Note: I very recently moved out of Houston and had been waiting until winter to post this, my favourite Houston hot chocolate. But given what has been happening in the city, I wanted to share this today with the hopes that, as soon as things dry up a bit and get back to normal (hopefully very soon), you will go and visit Cocoa and Cardamon. Houston is a strong city and I know, even given how terrible the situation is, it will come out stronger and better than before. I wouldn’t call Houston the ultimate hot chocolate destination…or even [...]

2017-08-30T01:20:17+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Houston, NORTH AMERICA, Texas, USA|

A Hot Chocolate at Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe, Perth, Australia

When you eat, and drink, as much good chocolate as I am lucky enough to eat, and drink, you lose patience very quickly for bad chocolate. I drink many, many more hot chocolates than I review here. The sad truth is that most are really not great (and the café owners then seem surprised that no one ever orders them, and then they make no effort because no one orders them and you have a chicken and egg scenario….). When a Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café opened up on St. Georges Terrace the chocolate snob in me kicked in and I [...]

2017-08-23T01:07:04+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Perth, Western Australia|

Hot Chocolate at Cafe Brazil, Houston, USA

Cafe Brazil is one of those places I love, over do it a bit and get tired of and don’t go for a long time, before finding myself there again and loving it all over again, wondering why I stayed away. Every time I go through this cycle (and this happens several times a year), I order their hot chocolate, very specifically their Mexican hot chocolate which comes with a hint of cinnamon and a tiny bit of kick. I'm not even sure if it is on their menu as I've just asked for it by name for years. It [...]

2017-07-31T07:00:27+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Houston, NORTH AMERICA, Texas, USA|

Sculptures by the Sea and the Hot Chocolate at Il Lido, Perth, Australia

I have never seen anything quite like Sculptures by the Sea anywhere. Sculptures by the Sea is an annual event that goes on for several weeks. For that period, the beach and area around the beach is transformed into a large, open air, and free art gallery. The sculptures are from a variety of artists, both homegrown and foreign, sharing pieces that range from breathtaking and serene to powerful and thought provoking. A large glass marble reflects the world upside down, dolphins swim across the sand, a surfer appears and disappears depending on where you stand. We visited many many times and each time discovered [...]

2017-07-31T06:31:38+00:00 August 7th, 2017|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Perth, Western Australia|

A Hot Chocolate at Duck Duck Bruce, Freemantle, Australia

Given the name and logo for this little café in Freemantle I assumed I’d enter to find ducks everywhere. But no, no ducks. But there is a Bruce. And there is a nice little hot chocolate. Lets start with Bruce. Lets start with the fact that Bruce is a bit of mystery since the creators of this great spot are actually Sean, Charlie and Woody. I guess Bruce is hiding out back with the ducks but no problem, I’m a fan. Actually I did a bit more searching and Bruce is the name of the model shark used in the [...]

2017-07-31T05:58:17+00:00 July 31st, 2017|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Perth, Western Australia|

Heather’s Helsinki and a Hot Chocolate at Hymy, Helsinki, Finland

Rich and I are big fans of food tours. Whenever we travel we always sign up for a food tour if it is available. Some have been absolutely fantastic, some not really so great, but we always learn a lot about the city and the culture, more than we ever have taking normal tourist tours. So when we booked our trip to Helsinki we did a bit of research on food tours and signed up to Heather’s Helsinki. Heather has been in Finland for around 14 years, married to a Finnish man, and she has been doing tours in Helsinki [...]

2017-07-31T07:24:55+00:00 June 5th, 2017|EUROPE, Finland, Helsinki|

A Hot Chocolate at Bread in Common, Fremantle, Australia

Freemantle may seem to be a part of Perth, but to those that live here it isn’t at all. Freemantle, or Freo as it is called here, is its own little wonderful world and once you visit you understand why the locals not only love it, but see it as its own city. Between the Freemantle Market, the port, the little stores and gorgeous historic buildings, it is a real jewel. If you walk through the centre of Freemantle, turn left down a little road, then right, there it is. This building at 43 Packenham was originally a pharmaceutical warehouse [...]

2017-05-15T03:23:40+00:00 May 15th, 2017|AUSTRALASIA, Perth, Western Australia|
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