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Unfortunately for my prodigious girth, my two favorite things to try in the world are ice cream and chocolate. Enjoy the list, but I compiled it for ME!!
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1636 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Living in Los Angeles means that when you have to go on the other side of town, it starts to feel like a roadtrip (if you are not pressed for time). So, anytime I have to leave the Santa Monica Beach and head to Silver Lake, I always stop at LA...
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Via Zamboni, 6, 40126 Bologna BO, Italy
Being a university town, Bologna has a lot of great (affordable) cafes. It's also the gastronomic capital of Italy, so the odds are in your favor that you'll eat well. At Caffe Zamboni, you can indulge in a rich European-style hot chocolate or...
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Moab, UT 84532, USA
I was in Moab Utah, hiking Arches National Park in July. The desert landscape was foreign to me; the heat was not. After a particularly grueling 4 hour hike, I recall letting my mind wander to desserts as I trudged along through the sand and rock....
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47310 Sainte-Colombe-en-Bruilhois, France
One reads about meals fit for kings, but during a stay at Kitchen-at-Camont I had a hand in preparing one. We shared the results of our labor among students, teacher, visitor and friend. We got out the good silver and set the table in the glow of...
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Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Philippines
Near the Silliman University on Silliman Avenue, this quaint coffee shop with its variety of customers has a delectable French toast coated with chocolate syrup and whipped cream with banana and mango toppings. It made for a good brunch meal,...
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Ravenna, Province of Ravenna, Italy
Ravenna, Italy, is perhaps best known for the beautiful mosaics that decorate the town, but an unexpected find my husband and I made in Ravenna was delicious Italian custard. We found the best selection of custards at the mind-blowing Forno...
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248 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012, USA
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True to its name, the Elvis ice cream cake at Parm (a modern take on a red-sauce Italian joint) includes raspberry ice cream, banana ice cream, and peanut butter ice cream. Throw in layers of chocolate, frosting, and a slice of bacon, and the King...
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Ravenna, Province of Ravenna, Italy
On a trip to Italy last year, my husband and I indulged in our fair share of gelato, but in the beautiful town of Ravenna, we discovered an equally-delicious alternative: Italian custard. The best custard we came across was at Ravenna's Forno...
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287 Upper St, London N1 2TZ, UK
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Everything at Ottolenghi is tiny and tasty with typical English charm. Apparently it's the home of "legendary flourless chocolate tea-cakes" as well as a variety of other little snacks. It's primarily take-away but there is one small table at the...
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La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
As you enter Barcelona's famous Mercat de Sant Josep de La Boqueria from La Rambla, one of the first stalls you encounter is Tocineria Marcos, purveyors of Iberico ham and a stunning array of other cured, cooked, and fresh meats. It's just one of...
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One of the things I looked forward to on my trip to Italy last year was visiting as many gelaterias as I could. And so every evening after dinner, and a few afternoons after lunch, my husband and I made our way to the local gelateria to taste what...
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Padua, Province of Padua, Italy
Few things are more synonymous with Italy than rich, creamy gelato, and nowhere did I find better gelato than at Los Andes Gelateria in Padua, located at 43 Via Monsignor Fortin. A husband and wife couple from South America own Los Andes, and...
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Daintree QLD 4873, Australia

After living in Far North Queensland for some of the summer months we decided to drive up into the Daintree Rainforest and get as close to Cape Tribulation as we could, and hopefully spot the endangered cassowary bird.  After crossing the...

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Washington, DC, USA
If you're in the northwest area of D.C., and looking for good food with fresh ingredients, or for some unhealthy beignets that are simply excellent, then check out Founding Farmers. I started out eating on the healthy side, with an egg white...
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Carrer Avinyó, 9, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
One of the best things about Barcelona is its many delicious cafes, offering strong Spanish coffee and rich, flaky pastries. I've found the best cafes to be concentrated in the city's enchanting Gothic Quarter, or "Barri Gotic." As in a lot of...
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Selçuk, İzmir, Turkey
I was roaming the streets of Selcuk, Turkey, when I came across a pastry shop. My sweet tooth is infamous, so I stepped inside and decided to try a few of the many bite-sized treats that were on display behind a glass case. Since I speak very...
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Granada, Spain
You can't visit Granada without seeing the Alhambra and you can't leaveSpain without first having some churros con chocolate! This fried snack is delicious dipped in a whole cup of decadent chocolate--which is fine, because I'm pretty sure...
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1770 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302, USA
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Boulder was my home for 17 years, and so it's tough for me to think of it as a tourist attraction. There are of course many wonderful things to see: the Flatirons, Chautauqua, and the Pearl Street Mall, which was just a run-down street when I was...
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Plaza Arquitecto García de Paredes, 1, 18009 Granada, Spain
We knew we couldn't leave Spain without first indulging in some churros con chocolate and we found that they make a perfect post-Alhambra snack. Here, everyone races for the first bites.
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Plaza de Santo Domingo 'El Antiguo', s/n, 45002 Toledo, Spain
I took a train from Madrid to Toledo, Spain. I have several photos to share with you from the trip, and will do so soon; but for now, I want to introduce you to Maria and Lucia of Mamagula. I was traversing the steep, narrow brick roads, heading...
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Av 20 de Noviembre 6, 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...
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381 Lower County Rd, Dennis Port, MA 02639, USA
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My son had his own room with a big-boy bed in the rental house on Cape Cod. On the wall was a painting of an ice cream shop called Sundae School. Our 4-year-old atheist didn't get the pun, but he thought the old-fashioned ice cream truck was cool....
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Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
I had been skeptical of the Venetian gondola ride, thinking it too touristy and overpriced. Last summer, however, I discovered what is so special about this Venetian tradition. A gondola ride provides a unique view of Venice from the quiet...
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1ro de Mayo, San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
This ice cream shop is located in the Old Town of San Jose del Cabo, right across the street from the church. In addition to ice cream, they have homemade popsicles made from fresh ingredients and served on a wooden dowel. The flavors are...
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Alterra is a must for a quick coffee or lazy afternoon in Milwaukee. With locations throughout the city, including a beautiful lakefront view, it is impossible to not want to get comfortable in the rustic atmosphere and lose track of time. Their...
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5373 N Port Washington Rd, Glendale, WI 53217, USA
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This is just about as exotic as some parts of Wisconsin get! But it is still the best custard around! Kopps will be packed every night with their delicious burgers, onion rings and of course their grilled cheese (this is Wisconsin we are talking...
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While Ghirardelli chocolate bars can be bought at locations throughout the city, and perhaps even at your local grocery store, a visit to the original factory should be on any chocolate lover's to-do list when visiting San Francisco. A quick tour...

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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...
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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...
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Calle Santa Isabel 376, Miraflores, Lima 15074, Peru
A few years back, when Lima's Central Restaurante was closed because of zoning issues, Peru's celebrity chef, Gastón Acurio, was one of many who petitioned for it to be reopened. I knew that meant the young chef at Central, Virgilio Martinez, must...
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Celetná 557/10, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia
We had an hour to kill and were lured into the Prague Chocolate Museum by an eccentric promoter/salesman. Amazing chocolate, watched a chocolate making demonstration and got a free hot chocolate afterwards, which was the perfect takeaway for a...
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Borgo degli Albizi, 46R, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Why should one travel to Italy? For the delicious gelato, of course! When I saw this girl enjoying her gelato I thought I was looking at myself at a younger age. In addition to the fruit and chocolate flavors, there are plenty that are unique,...
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Zimbabwe
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...
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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...
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Namdaemun Market, the most bustling place in Seoul. Food vendors fly through unnavigable aisles with food stacked on their heads, touts selling their wares and a constant stream of shoppers looking to spot the best bargain. Three things you should...
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3-2600 Kaumualii Hwy #1005, Lihue, HI 96766, USA
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There's nothing fancy about the Monday afternoon farmers market in Lihue. It's in the Kmart parking lot. But it's definitely local. Folks set up folding tables and sell their guavas, avocados, birds of paradise flowers, and yes, bananas. Kids buy...
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4th St SW & Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
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During my three years of living in Washington, D.C., I made it my mission to visit as many museums as I could. The National Museum of the American Indian quickly won me over. Its curves can be seen from countless rooftops and decks in the city....
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Loma de Marion, Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
The seven-room Tcherassi Hotel and Spa is an ode to modernism set in a renovated 250-year-old mansion. Colombian-born fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi named each room after a fancy fabric (the trilevel penthouse is called the Gazar). After a...
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Ocotlán, Tlax., Mexico
Chef Estela Salas Silva’s maternal great-great-grandmother came from France to Mexico in the 1860s to cook for wealthy families in the city of Puebla. Today, in the nearby town of Tlaxcala, Silva passes on her ancestors’ recipes, which mix...
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Carrer de la Diputació, 249, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
This ultramodern space—part wine bar, part restaurant—has a daunting wine list with more than 3,000 labels, plus a rotating list of 50 that you can try by the glass before committing to a full bottle. Skip the iPad and put yourself...
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Cedarburg, WI, USA
Taking a trip to Amy's Candy Kitchen in Cedarburg, WI is such a treat. The store, which opened in 1996, sells a variety of chocolate treats. Amy's is most famous for homemade caramel apples, which are dipped in all-natural caramel and then covered...
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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...
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Loay Interior Road, Carmen, Bohol, Philippines
One of the more bizarre landscapes in the Philippines is Bohol’s Chocolate Hills, a 20-square-mile area that contains some 1,700 hills. To date, these natural formations still baffle geologists, though legend claims the hills are rocks once...
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32 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4, Canada
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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!
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Isabellalei 6, 2018 Antwerpen, Belgium
One of my favorite things about Antwerp and Brussels is the wide selection of chocolate and tea houses. Move over Swiss Miss...
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Tonina, Chis., Mexico
Mexico is the birthplace of chocolate, a food reserved for the gods and those closest to the gods. Cocoa beans were so valuable they were used as money. A day laborer got 100 beans for a day's work. A "Public Woman" got 20 for her services. And in...
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Hotel Chocolat Estates Ltd., Soufriere, St Lucia
Alphonsus “Stan” Stanislas stretched a pole above our heads and slid it along a branch of a cacao tree. Using the blade at the end of the pole, he cut a squashlike pod from the tree, then scored it with a pocket knife to reveal a hive...
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Charlottenstraße 60, 10117 Berlin, Germany
The world’s largest chocolate shop also includes two restaurants and is a dream come true for travelers with a sweet tooth. At the Chocolate Café, you can fill up on hot chocolate, tortes and chocolate treats. The Chocolate Restaurant specializes...
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3 Boulevard Victor Hugo, 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
While on a trip to the wonderful Provence region of France, one of the best days was the day we visited Saint-Remy. It is beautiful in itself, but one of the true gems of the area is Joel Durand's chocolate shop. We had the honor of a private...
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41 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089855
Chef André Chiang of Singapore's haute dining spot, Restaurant André, has an obsession with the Snickers bar. The young chef reinvents the classic American candy each year for his menu. He wanted to offer his guests a timeless chocolate dessert...
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García y García 175, Barranco 15063, Peru

By Mariana Tschudi

AmorAmar is by far the chicest spot in the neighborhood. Part of the dining room is open-air, and an art gallery and a florist shop are on-site. The menu is half Peruvian classics and half fusion-y dishes. Their pisco sours with...

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2003 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301, USA
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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 ...
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Piazzale Napoleone I, 00197 Roma RM, Italy
"Via Veneto" is one of the most famous streets in the center of Rome. Take a stroll, and you'll find luxury hotels, upscale restaurants and cafes, and elegant bars. You will be pleasantly surprised when you order the famous Italian cappuccino of...
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2087 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1M6, Canada
The best hot chocolate in Montreal. The list of 27 single origin Cacao Barry chocolate choices is very impressive! The way the hot chocolates are offered is quite interesting as well. You choose a chocolate from the list ranging from 29% white...
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1025 N Fillmore St Ste H, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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Artisan Confections offers monthly chocolate classes in its Arlington retail stores. Students are given a short lesson on the process of chocolate-making, then dive into creating their own treats. In our class, we painted designs with colored...
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10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33156, USA
While I went to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for their annual Chocolate Festival, I took time to walk around and found a little spot I'd previously overlooked. With a nearby bench, I took in a few moments to enjoy the sound of the water...
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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...
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292, Carrer del Consell de Cent, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Make sure to sample some hot drinking chocolate in Barcelona. I chose a mug from Cacao Sampaka, a gourmet chocolate shop where you'll find all sorts of delightful dessert concoctions. The rich, velvety drink is nothing like American hot chocolate....
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1275 McKinstry St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
If you guess this to be an explosion of delicious sweetness in the form of tiramisu cloaked in milk chocolate, then you're right. No, it didn't come from a countryside baker in Italy, but rather aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. Touristy as it...
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Pasadizo San Ginés, 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Founded in 1894 and set in the center of Madrid, not far from Puerta del Sol, San Ginés is a local favorite and a don’t-miss stop during any visit to the capital. No excuses; it never closes. Pasadizo de San Ginés 5, Madrid, 34/91-365- 6546 This...