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A Hot Chocolate at Bouchon Bakery, Napa, USA

A few years ago I visited Bouchon Bakery in New York City, and had a hot chocolate there . Today I had the chance to visit the original Bouchon Bakery, opened by Chef Thomas Keller in 2003 in Yountville in Napa Valley. The Bakery is just a block away from [...]

April 4th, 2017|

San Francisco




Hot Chocolate at Tattered Cover, Denver, Colorado, USA

We asked a friend what we need to do while visiting Denver. The first thing he told us was to visit Tattered Cover Book Store in historic lower downtown, or “LoDo”. So we did and we weren’t disappointed. Tattered Cover Book Store started as a tiny little store in Denver [...]

September 7th, 2012|





Hot Chocolate at Patagonia Home Made Products, Miami, USA

If you've had enough of the sun, sand and craziness of South Beach, head over to Miracle Mile in Miami. Miracle Mile is lined with a range of stores (mostly bridal) and also a lot of interesting restaurants and bars. In a little corner, almost hidden is Patagonia. Patagonia is [...]

February 27th, 2012|

Hot Chocolate at Segafredo Cafe, Miami, USA

Espanola Way in South Beach is a street just north of 14th between Washington and Penssylvania Avenues. Modelled after Mediterranean villages in France and Spain, the street looks slightly like a tourist trap that tourists don't mind being trapped into. The area has a very rich history, starting out in [...]

February 16th, 2012|

Hot Chocolate at 11th Street Diner, Miami, USA

The 11th Street Diner at 1065 Washington Ave looks like it was taken straight out of a movie set, both on the outside and the inside. Inside you are seated at comfy blue and red booths. The Diner was built in 1948 by the Paramount Dining Car Company of Haledon, New Jersey. [...]

February 12th, 2012|

Hot Chocolate at News Cafe, Miami, USA

I spent the past weekend in Miami, South Beach. South Beach isn't necessarily known for its hot chocolate, but I had the chance to experience a handful of places first hand. First stop, News Cafe. Open since 1988, News Cafe started as a small sidewalk cafe and bookstore on the corner [...]

February 10th, 2012|





New Orleans

Hot Chocolate at Croissant D’Or, New Orleans, USA

For morning number two in New Orleans,  I had done my research as I wanted to visit a French Patisserie.  Luckily I found a few with fantastic reviews spread out across the French Quarter. Le Croissant d’Or was the one we were most interested in so we walked several blocks [...]

July 15th, 2013|

Hot Chocolate at Cafe du Monde, New Orleans, USA

I have been wanting to go to New Orleans for a long, long time and finally had the chance this past weekend. We arrived on a Friday night and stayed at a generic hotel near Bourbon street.  Initially I was not very impressed, but come Saturday morning when we had [...]

June 18th, 2013|



Hot Chocolate at Kilwins, Baltimore, USA

Baltimore is known as the Charm City and after having spent a couple of days there I can definitely see why. Charming is the perfect word for it. Walking along the waterfront past a range of ships and boats, an old power plant has been turned into one of the [...]

August 18th, 2014|



New Mexico

Santa Fe

Hot Chocolate at Café Pasqual’s, Santa Fe, USA

The motto of Café Pasqual’s is ‘Panza llena, Corazon content!’ which means full stomach, happy heart. Over the past 3 days Café Pasqual’s did both for us; filled our stomachs (several times) and gave us warm and very happy hearts. Located just a couple of blocks away from the main [...]

September 8th, 2014|


Hot Chocolate at World Cup Cafe, Taos, USA

The scenic drive from Santa Fe up to Taos is magical. The landscape turns from red rocks to green forests and snow capped mountains, all within the space a couple of hours. We passed through villages with a feel of Old Spain, some known for their wood carvings, others for [...]

September 15th, 2014|

New York

New York City

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 [...]

October 5th, 2015|

Hot Chocolate at MarieBelle, New York City, USA

Entering MarieBelle is like entering a decadent and over the top aristocratic French wonderland. And things get richer and more decadent the further you walk into the store. First you pass the ice-cream selection, perfect for today’s hot weather. Then you enter the heart of the store, a large room [...]

November 17th, 2014|

Hot Chocolate at Bouchon Bakery, New York City, USA

As I have mentioned in blogs before, NYC is the playground of world famous chefs and pastry chefs, many of whom open little bakeries that tempt us and make us crave delicious French pastries all the time. If you are in the vicinity of the Rockefeller Center, start at Bouchon [...]

June 22nd, 2014|

Hot Chocolate at Vosges, New York, USA

This past weekend we were in New York City, a city that is filled with fantastic hot chocolate places....if you know where to find them. I haven't had a hot chocolate in a few weeks (a very rare occurrence) so I was looking for my first hot chocolate to be [...]

November 27th, 2012|

Hot Chocolate at Chocolat Michel Cluizel, New York, USA

Ah Michel, who knew that I would fall in love with you. It wasn’t planned, it just happened and when I least expected it. You see, I was out shopping with my mother on 5th avenue…perhaps more window shopping than any real shopping. After hours of walking we stopped at [...]

May 23rd, 2012|

Hot Chocolate at The City Bakery, New York City, USA

I am considering moving to New York in 2013 just for the month of February. I will find a place to live just near Union Square, more specifically above The City Bakery. Why you ask? Well, The City Bakery has a hot chocolate festival during the whole month of February. [...]

May 18th, 2012|

Hot Chocolate at Filicori, New York City, USA

I had 20 minutes before my shuttle bus was supposed to leave for the airport right across from Grand Central Station, plenty of time for a good hot chocolate. New York was a bit of a mixed trip when it came to hot chocolate. I found some fantastic looking places [...]

May 16th, 2012|



Hot Chocolate at Pacha, Austin, Texas, USA

Pacha is located in a little house in the popular neighbourhood of Rosedale in Austin, not too far away from downtown. The outside of the building is painted bright yellow, like a ray of sunshine beckoning you in. And it does its job of beckoning well as the place was [...]

April 20th, 2015|

Hot Chocolate at Mozarts, Austin, USA

Austin is a fabulous city. I wish I could spend more time there. If I could, I would become a regular at Mozart’s Coffee Roasters and Bakery. Not so much for the Coffee Roasters part however….or for the bakery (although they do have some delicious looking goodies and a good [...]

January 7th, 2014|

Hot Chocolate at Easy Tiger, Austin, USA

I love a lot of things about Easy Tiger. I love that it is in Austin (but wish it was closer to where I live!). I love that it is called Easy Tiger (what a great name). I love the décor which is warm, fun and inviting. I love that [...]

September 25th, 2012|


Hot Chocolate at Maxine’s, Bastrop, United States

Bastrop is a small town right on the banks of the Colorado River near Austin. It was named a Distinctive Destination in 2010 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in recognition of the City’s work to preserve its historic character, promote heritage tourism and extend its welcome. We visited [...]

March 14th, 2014|


Hot Chocolate at Bear Moon Bakery and Cafe, Boerne TX, USA

Boerne is a German Hill Country Town in Texas.   It isn’t easy drinking hot chocolate when it is 35degrees Celsius outside, especially if you choose to drink your hot chocolate while sitting outside. But at the Bear Moon Bakery just looked so cute and since Boerne (pronounced Bernie) is a [...]

October 1st, 2012|


Hot Chocolate at Cocoamoda, Calvert, USA

I haven’t had much luck so far with hot chocolates in Texas, and in particular Houston. They usually range from mediocre to some of the worst hot chocolates I have had ever, anywhere. That is….until now. Today I had a hot chocolate somewhere along the highway between Houston and Dallas [...]

April 8th, 2013|


Hot Chocolate at High’s, Comfort, USA

Comfort must be the cutest little town in Texas. Established by German settlers in 1854, the main street is said to be one of the best preserved in all of Texas. We were here exploring the region on a long weekend (which was also a friend’s birthday).  Meyer’s Bed and [...]

July 12th, 2012|


Hot Chocolate at Cocoa & Cardamon, Houston, USA

I wouldn’t call Houston the ultimate hot chocolate destination…or even a hot chocolate destination at all. Houstonians aren’t really into hot chocolate and understandably so as it is hot here, really hot, melting hot. But I think Houstonians have also not really been interested in hot chocolate because they haven’t [...]

August 30th, 2017|

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 [...]

August 14th, 2017|

Hot Chocolate at Patika, Austin, USA

We almost drove past Patika as it’s incredibly easy to miss. But others haven’t missed it, and today the parking lot and inside were both packed (they also have an outside terrace but its 40degrees Celsius outside…empty). The front part seems to be not just where the coffee is ordered [...]

September 25th, 2015|

Hot Chocolate at Common Bond, Houston, USA

  Houston has been in need of a beautiful bakery for quite some time now, at least in my opinion. So when Common Bond finally opened a few weeks ago, we didn’t wait for an invite! On this corner in Houston there used to be an old historic house which [...]

September 1st, 2014|

Hot Chocolate at the Rodeo, Houston, USA

When March comes around, all everyone seems to be talking about in Houston is Rodeo. This makes sense of course because the rodeo in Houston is big, big like Texas, seriously big. When I first arrived in Houston I was disappointed that there weren’t any cowboy hats and cowboy boots [...]

May 12th, 2014|

Hot Chocolate at Southside Espresso, Houston, USA

Houston has fallen in love for coffee and fallen hard. Not for watery, non descript coffee, for real coffee. I am indifferent, completely, but this has made my other half, who will (strangely) choose coffee over hot chocolate any day, very very happy. There have been several new and very [...]

March 25th, 2014|

Hot Chocolate at Mercantile, Houston, USA

Houston needs more areas like Rice Village, areas where you can park your car and walk around and have access to stores, bars, restaurants and cafes. I’ve always liked Rice Village but lately we have been visiting every Saturday morning early, and that reason is to visit Mercantile. We have [...]

January 29th, 2014|

Hot Chocolate at Araya, Houston, USA

There is this little chocolate shop called Araya which we pass by often, that  is right next to the gorgeous Art Deco River Oaks Cinema. When the cinema opened in November 1939 it showed a film called Bachelor Mother starring David Niven and Ginger Rogers. Tonight it is showing a [...]

December 26th, 2013|

Hot Chocolate at Hugo’s, Houston, USA

We have started a tradition of lunches at popular restaurants in central Houston.  This week we made a reservation at Hugo’s in the Montrose area.  It on every list of must eats for the city and is said to have exciting authentic (albeit a bit pricey) Mexican food.  I have [...]

November 10th, 2013|

Hot Chocolate at Tiny Boxwoods, Houston, USA

Tiny Boxwoods is like a little hidden world right in the middle of busy Houston. You don’t know it is there until you are in it and once inside you can’t imagine what the world outside looks like.  Tiny’s, despite what its name may suggests, spans a whole city block. [...]

June 3rd, 2013|

Hot Chocolate at Ziggy’s, Houston, USA

There are a lot of bad hot chocolates in the world. It is unfortunate but true. One of the missions of UltimateHotChocolate is not just to celebrate the good ones but to point out the bad ones too in the hope that they will be improved (or that you will [...]

July 11th, 2012|

Hot Chocolate at Catalina, Houston, USA

If you love and appreciate your coffee and you live in Houston, then you’ll probably know Catalina's Coffee Shop. I know people who wouldn't spend money on a coffee anywhere else. The whole place is a charming little ode to coffee. They will prepare it for you in a whole range of different [...]

July 9th, 2012|

Hot Chocolate at Cricket’s Creamery & Caffe, Houston, USA

The first Saturday of every month, 19th street in the Heights comes alive. This is one of the few streets in central Houston where you can park your car and walk along a wide sidewalk lined with interesting stores, everything from a barber shop, antique stores, and an old art-deco cinema that has been turned [...]

April 9th, 2012|

Hot Chocolate at Empire Cafe, Houston, USA

It was a beautiful day when I went to the Empire Cafe, 27 degrees celcius and sunny in February, who can ask for anything more! Empire Cafe is in Montrose, a charming little area dotted with coffee shops, antique stores, food vans and cute little houses. From then terrace you [...]

March 1st, 2012|

Hot Chocolate at Dirk’s Coffee, Houston, USA

I'm not sure what to write up about Dirk's Coffee. It is obvious from the reviews online and from the steady stream of coffee lovers coming through the doors that this is a well loved spot. First impression is that this isn't a spot you would choose to stop for [...]

February 21st, 2012|

Hot Chocolate at Down House, Houston, USA

If you happen, for some reason, to find yourself in Houston Texas, make your way to the Heights neighbourhood. Once you get there, drive up to the corner of 19th and Yale street and stop off at Down House. Although they actually specialise in what they call "competition-level coffee and locally [...]

February 3rd, 2012|