A Chocolate Mosaic
Collected by Anjali Virmani
My bucket list includes exploring the world of chocolate and by exploring I mean eating every interesting chocolate dessert out there.
Paris-8E-Arrondissement, 16 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris, France
Even after six years in Paris, I still find myself overwhelmed by the heaps of flaky pastries and dainty, multi-layer desserts that line bakery windows. These local joints on each block reel in passersby with the potent scent of butter and...
80 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012, USA
Handmade daily on the premises, using ingredients that you wouldn’t normally expect to find matched with chocolate—like balsamic vinegar or black sesame. You won’t believe how perfectly they mix once they’re melting in your mouth. Treat yourself....
Av 20 de Noviembre 6-8, Zona Centro, 29200 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
While my friend John Look went hunting for that elusive delicacy, rat soup, found in a small Mayan village near San Cristobal, I found the perfect edible rats right in town. At the only bakery on the Ecclesiastic Andador, 20 de Noviembre, you can...
Smit St, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa
I've eaten thousands of cupcakes before and never seen this flavor. Rochelle of Rochelle's Cupcakes makes the most delicious, moist cupcakes. I love how she inserts an extra layer of frosting in the middle of the cake. And this is the happy medium...
A beautiful stone cottage in the Vumba Mountains in Mutare, Zimbabwe that an expatriate architect-turned-pastry chef converted into the most quaint, idyllic pastry and coffee shop I've ever had the pleasure of visiting. I have never tasted such...
32 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4, Canada
On one of those (far too many for my taste) freezing days, nothing warms me up more than a cup of hot and spicy Mayan chocolate. Delicious! I also would suggest the Bicerin (pictured above) when they happen to have it on their menu. Heaven!
17 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris, France
Serendipitous light on a September afternoon--a rainbow arcing over the Eiffel Tower and ending at the gold dome of L'Église des Invalides in central Paris. (Under that dome, emperor worship continues--Napoléon I lies buried in a...
1000 Brussels, Belgium
The Grand Place in Brussels is the magnificent main square in Brussels. The square is the main tourist attraction in Brussels and is surrounded by numerous cafes and shops. Most of the buildings were constructed in the late 17th century, although...
2003 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301, USA
Although chocolate is the specialty at Artfully Chocolate in Alexandria, my favorite treats are the light and delicious macarons supplied by local baker, Michel Patisserie. Michel refined his skills working at the famous patisserie, Ladurée, in ...
Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia
You're sitting at an outdoor cafe with your friends, enjoying the cool highland air. The waiter serves mouth-watering cakes and pastries. Then he places in front of you a little tray with a glass of hot milk and a ceramic tumbler containing two...
Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Carrer de les Caputxes, 10, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Our hotel was a few feet away from Bubó chocolate and pastry shop and we must've stopped there about 5 or 6 different times while staying in Barcelona. The desserts are outstanding and the chocolate covered salted macadamia nuts make a perfectly...
Katelijnestraat 5, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
When in Belgium, make sure to try not only the famous chocolates, but also the hot chocolate! During a tour of Bruges, we became so enchanted with the medieval city that we decided to sneak away from our tour group and explore on our own—and I'm...
N Fillmore St, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
Artisan Confections is a chocolate shop in the nearby D.C. suburb of Arlington, Virginia. It sells quality crafted chocolates made on location. I enjoyed one of its delicious monthly classes with lessons on the background of chocolate and hands-on...
1275 McKinstry St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
There’s something romantic about train travel isn’t there? And when the journey is on tracks that have been around for more than 150 years in one of the word's most scenic wine regions, the ride is even sweeter. If you’re looking...
176 Perry St, New York, NY 10014, USA
One of the best and reasonably priced tasting menu's I've had in NYC. Jean George always gets it right and ended the 6 course culinary delight with an explosion of chocolate. Chocolate ice-cream, chocolate covered almonds, chocolate mousse all...
700 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA
I had the pleasure of previewing some unique concoctions in preparation for Cinco De Mayo at The Peninsula. Spicy, sour and sweet, they were all deliciously strong, needless to say I know where I'll be on May 5th! Peninsula.com/NewYork
21 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014, USA
The rule of three suggests that things that come in threes are inherently more satisfying, I agree! This Catch dessert consists of three divine piles of deliciousness. We walked through the cobblestone roads, joined the bankers and tourists to...
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