NYC Chocolate mini trip
So, I made a weekend trip to NYC to visit Bobby and Catherine. While there, we went to a couple of chocolate places (we used a NYC chocolate map downloaded offf the net -- Chocolate Guide Manhattan but there are others like Chocolate Obsessions map).
We went to Vosges first, which is by far my favorite chocolate bar store. They were out of the new bacon chocolate bar, which I had wanted to taste and so I was a bit disappointed. However, the store had just started doing floats! So, we tasted the 2 float combinations they recommended -- root beer with wattleseed custard ice cream and ginger ale with pandan dark chocolate. While both were great-tasting, the root beer with wattleseed won hands down for me -- it was a wonderful (but subtle) twist on the standard root beer float. We also sampled a few of the truffles at the store, and while I'm not a truffle person (too sweet), they were good, even the olive oil truffle which used "white chocolate" (an oxymoron if I've heard one and a concept that personally offends me).
After Vosges, we went to the upper east side to La Maison du Chocolat, where we decided to sit in the cafe and chill. We ordered a couple of hot chocolates, some macarons and relaxed. The place was deserted (on a Saturday afternoon) which seemed a bit weird to us, especially considering the current chocolate craze. However, busy or not, the hot chocolates were good -- rich, creamy and about what you expect from a european hot chocolate.
However, after the crazy goodness of the float, some trufffles and the hot chocolate, we were kinda full and decided to adjorn the chocolate tour for the nonce and continue onto other pleasures. I figure we are going to continue the tour next visit.