A Hot Chocolate, a Good Night Sleep and a Fantastic Meal at Bonaparte, Montreal, Canada

I’ve already mentioned in a previous post that Old Montreal is full of gems. The Bonaparte is another one of these gems, perhaps the gem. Housed in a five story building built in 1886, this restaurant/hotel has been operating since 1984. The entrance is modern and trendy, dripping with holiday cheer. If you are looking for a place to stay in Old Montreal this comes highly recommended and is incredibly affordable considering its location and history. The service is fantastic, the glass of sparkling wine when you check in doesn’t hurt either, and the rooms are great. Included in the [...]

January 23rd, 2017|Canada, Montreal, 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|

A Thing of Beauty; the Hot Chocolate at Rococo, London, United Kingdom

I’m not really one for celebrities…but some chocolate makers, chocolatiers and even the chocolate itself have become the celebrities that I follow and that I hope that someday I’ll have the chance to visit. Rococo was one of these places, and still is. It was perhaps the first quality chocolate company I’d heard of before I was into this type of things. I lived in London for years, somehow completely unaware that it was located not that far away from where I lived. So today we decided we would dedicate the day to visiting Rococo and the ritzy neighbourhood that [...]

December 5th, 2016|EUROPE, London, United Kingdom|

A Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Inspired Hot Chocolate at One Aldwych, London, United Kingdom

One Aldwych is a luxury hotel in the heart of the Theatre District of London. The building itself was originally built in 1907 to host the Morning Post newspaper. Over the years it has also housed the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Works, Lloyds Bank and a popular London Brasserie known as the Aldwych Brassieri. In 1998 it opened its doors to one of the few independent hotels in London. The space is really something special. Service is impeccable and the rooms are modern yet cozy with great views of the city. The hotel has a collection of over [...]

November 14th, 2016|EUROPE, London, United Kingdom|

A Day in Trondheim and a Hot Chocolate at Skydsstation, Norway

Trondheim, the third largest city in Norway, was founded as a trading post by the Vikings in 997 AD. This makes it the oldest city in the country. I only had the opportunity to spend one full day here but I loved it. As I find whenever I travel to Norway, I feel I would be happy living here…if it were warm and sunny like it was today everyday. When I asked around to figure out which hot chocolate I should try in Trondheim I was directed to visit cheerful and friendly Gurli, the owner of Baklandet Skydsstation near Gamle [...]

November 7th, 2016|EUROPE, Norway, Trondheim|
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