Tag: chocolate

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Arrigoni Winery

Want to pair wine with pancakes or pumpkin pie? Arrigoni’s specialty wines are subtly crafted, and your tasting favorites may surprise you. Chocolate Love, a red blend, has just hints of the chocolate infused at the end. Smashed Pumpkin is a crisp, autumnal white made with locally grown fruit. And

Paris Picks | The Best Restaurants and Bakeries

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Paris Picks | The Best Restaurants and Bakeries

I’m taking a step away from the usual recipes today because I just got back from a trip to Paris, and since my main question in planning the trip was, “Where should I eat?” I thought some of you might want some fresh recommendations as well.

The following picks stood out

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August First Bakery & Cafe

Best Chowdown In The Big Town“Flatbread Friday” is this bakery’s entry in the all-you-can-eat stakes. For $12 (kids under 10, $8), dig into classic pizzas, as well as inventions like chicken-and-pesto or green-olive-and-pepperoncini. Unlimited salad, too, and chocolate-almond frangipane pizza for dessert.

Mix Café & Bakery, Jeffersonville, Vermont

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Mix Café & Bakery, Jeffersonville, Vermont

The first thing that hits you as you walk into this sunny spot in the tiny village of Jeffersonville is the mouthwatering scent of fresh-baked pastries, decadent creme brulee French toast, and whatever waffle is on special.
If your taste runs to hearty, you won’t go wrong with the cafe’s summer

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Ava Marie Handmade Chocolates

BEST CHOCOLATE STOPFrom rich caramels and creams to delectable and distinctly designed artisanal creations, Susan Mazzone’s chocolates look beautiful and taste even better. And when it’s hot, don’t forget her ice creams, including the tantalizing named “Death by Chocolate.”

Unbridled Chocolates

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Unbridled Chocolates

Many of Alan Crofut’s creations have an equestrian theme as a nod to his love for horses, but his big-bellied little Buddhas, chocolate stars, and frogs are all about quality, true flavors, and whimsy.
135 Main St.
Marlborough, NH
603-876-9111
unbridledchocolates.com

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Captain Jackson s Colonial Chocolate Shop at Old North Church

In Colonial times, pure chocolate was a drinkable delicacy, and Captain Jackson made the best at his chocolate mill on Clark’s Wharf. Today, employees in period dress help visitors make their own chocolate concoctions within Old North Church. Customize your spice blend; then grind it up with a metate. BEST

ChocoLee

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ChocoLee

Lee Napoli’s handmade truffles are filled with the current darlings of the chocolate world–chiles and espresso–as well as old faves hazelnuts and Grand Marnier.
83 Pembroke St.
Boston, MA
617-236-0606
chocoleechocolates.com

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Chocopologie Cafe

Best Chocolate InfusionNo apologies for sweet-tooth temptations from breakfast to bedtime: cocoa-intensive baked goods for dessert and candies such as ginger-passion fruit. There are savory offerings, too, and a French-accented menu that includes cocoa-braised short ribs.

Crosby Bakery

“C” IS FOR COOKIEA true local favorite–and for good reason. Hermits run just $4 a dozen; a half-pint of homemade gorton (a.k.a. creton, a French Canadian version of p te) is $3.75; and a homemade decorated chocolate birthday cake costs $15.

Eleven Forty Nine

Even with eye-popping decor and a take-noprisoners menu, it’s the house-made chocolate desserts—chocolate lava cake, chocolate flourless torte, cheesecake with chocolate pecan crust, and triple-chocolate bread pudding—that keep you coming back. Entrees: from $12.

French Memories

No one handles puff pastry, gooey white pastry cream, picture-perfect fruit, and rich chocolate quite like a French pastry chef. One taste of the “Paris-Brest” pate-a-choux or a square of caramel-chocolate mousse “Diva” cake will have you speaking in tongues–French, to be exact. BEST FRENCH PASTRIES.

Golden Stage Inn

Julie and Michael Wood’s passion for innkeeping is evident in their loving restoration of the eight rooms of this historic lodging. They also share a love of cooking and serve homemade soup daily as well as Michael’s signature “Saturday Night Chocolate Cake” as long as it lasts. Julie’s other passion

J House

The gallery is dominated by rich contemporary art, the hotel rooms all come equipped with iPads, and the poolside cabanas are always calling. Seal the deal by dining at eleven14 Kitchen, where rich pastas, fresh fish, and Angus beef are always on the menu. For something sweet, don’t miss the

Kane’s Donuts

Best Early-Bird TreatsInsomniac doughnut junkies can get their fix at Kane’s from 3:30 a.m. every day. Established in 1955, this internationally acclaimed small-town bakery makes plain, chocolate coconut, honeydip, and a myriad of other doughnuts so large you’d need a bowl of coffee to dunk them.

Kimball Farm Ice Cream & Restaurant

Best Kiddie ConeParents get their money’s worth with immense kids’ portions of homemade ice-cream flavors such as raspberry-chocolate chip and peanut-butter chocolate. And if that’s not enough to win over the younger set, look for low-flying propeller plans coming in for a landing at Silver Ranch Airpark next door.

Kristin’s Bistro & Bakery Downtown

This mother/daughter operation uses recipes from family and friends, including a cranberry-raisin pie bursting with fruit. Their chocolate cream pie is a rich yet not-too-sweet pudding topped with a blizzard of whipped cream.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2010

L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates

The ambience is as close to Paris as you’ll find in the Granite State, and the all-day menu ranges from charcuterie and cheese platters to steak frites. Around 5 p.m., white tablecloths and the dinner menu appear. Between meals, patrons sip Bordeaux, espresso, or the world’s richest hot chocolate. Entrees:

Le Rendez Vous French Bakery, Cafe & Belgian Chocolate

Best French BakeryFine French bread and assorted Parisian delicacies might not be what you expect in the Great North Woods, but that’s what you’ll find at this cozy bakery–along with almond croissants, madeleines, chocolate-cranberry crullers, and apple tarts. Certified Parisian bakers Marc Ounis and Verlaine Daeron run this cozy spot,

Liv’s Oyster Bar

Stylish seafood and heirloom veggies in a renovated movie theater.–Yankee Magazine, March/April 2012Here, you can slurp down icy shellfish or sample the fish-centric menu. We quite like the oyster sampler, followed by Stonington scallops with lobster risotto. House-made desserts include Key-lime white-chocolate tart and cafe au lait cheesecake.

Mix Cafe & Bakery

From the granola to the English muffins–even the chocolate milk and the cranberry cocktail (made with locally grown berries)–it’s all from scratch.–Yankee Magazine, March/April 2012

Morano Gelato

We’re in trouble. Or would be, if we lived within a 20-mile radius of such heavenly temptation. The freshly-made-each-morning Sicilian gelato here comes in bright flavors that are shockingly delicious: Florentine cream, hazelnut, pistachio, and dark chocolate, with sorbettos like raspberry and Concord grape that startle the tongue. Our professional

North Bakery

A pastry chef without a sweet tooth? Kelly Dull admits that it’s the pastry world’s artistry that inspired her studies at Johnson & Wales. Here, savory muffins, scones, and hand pies coexist with sugary treats. Salt-dusted chocolate-chip cookies outsell them all. Pastries: from $1 each. Best Inventive Baked Goods

Nutty Steph s

Ready to pig out? Every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, this granola manufacturer dishes out huge platters of locally raised bacon, served with dipping sauces (including chocolate and caramel), plus live music and well-priced microbrews. BEST BACON CELEBRATION.

Pastiche Fine Desserts

Best PastriesEven Bostonians have been known to eschew the South End and brave I-95 for Pastiche’s seasonal fruit tarts and chocolate hazelnut tortes.

Penny Lane Pub

Penny Lane Pub

English-style fare with light options (pear salad and gorgonzola!) and a neighborhood atmosphere.–Yankee Magazine, March/April 2012WINE AND ROSES:What used to be Joe’s Diner in a nondescript shingle-sided building has blossomed into Martin and Karen Cappiello’s Wine and Roses, an Old Saybrook surprise. Bold menu specialties have raised eyebrows here in

Restaurant At Burdick Chocolate

Filmmaker Ken Burns calls this pretty village home, and the elegant restaurant here rivals any Brooklyn hotspot. With Burdick’s award-winning chocolate shop attached to this Parisian-style eatery, it’s perfect for lingering over the Sunday Times and a plate of charcuterie. Entrees: from $13. Best Sunday Brunch-Yankee Magazine May/June 2015Whether you’re

S & P Oyster Company

Watch the drawbridge through the windows or gaze at the river flowing past the patio. Excellent grilled seafood and fowl, plus regionally sourced oyster options. Dessert samplers with flourless chocolate cake and cheesecake don’t stay in view long. Voted Best Water View Grill. 

Salvation Cafe

Best Rooftop BarThe tiki bar has gotten balmier with a new version on the roof. Sip under the stars with a forkful of sailor’s delight: chocolate banana purses with ginger ice cream.A funky interior and seasonal dining on the patio—with tiki bar—complement the eclectic multiculti menu, which crosses borders from

Sticky Fingers Bakery

Best Sweet StopA voluptuous cinnamon sticky bun or blueberry Danish might seem like a modest choice when you could’ve gone with a “Luxor” (milk chocolate mousse with pineapple center) or chocolate bombe plumped with Bavarian cream.

Taza Chocolate Factory Store

Best IndulgenceThis small shop carries the full line of Taza’s stone-ground organic chocolate, complete with generous samples. Reserve ahead for an hour-long tour that explains the entire process, from roasting to grinding to the final bar. Trial flavors sometimes offered.

The Cupcake Truck

The young and young-at-heart love this mobile bakery, whose clever mix-and-match ordering method only adds to the fun. An excellent case in point is the decadent “Chocolate Ruin,” topped with caramel frosting.

The Regatta of Falmouth-by-the-Sea

The Regatta of Falmouth-by-the-Sea — at the entrance to Falmouth Harbor, with a busy 90-foot boat dock just outside the main dining room’s 18 windows — matches knockout views with superior offerings from the kitchen. A selection of ethnic dishes (spicy lacquered duck with Asian greens, Thai-style lobster and shrimp)

The Richards B&B

A romantic stone house, built in 1884, with meandering garden paths.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011Best Taste Of The OutdoorsThis 1884 mansion was built from stone quarried on the property and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Pass the daffodil fields to continue a half-mile meander through the woods

Toscanini

Depending on the season, you can find Belgian chocolate, “Rather Dark Chocolate,” Aztec chocolate, or Mexican chocolate ice cream at this iconic Cambridge ice-cream shop. Then there are the malted vanilla, French vanilla, and sweet-cream flavors. And fruit? How about lemon pistachio or mango ginger? The Tosci’s team is always

Tripoli Pizza Cannolis

BEST BEACH SNACKAlthough Tripoli is known mostly for its pizza–and justifiably so–the kitchen’s cannolis get rave reviews, too. These creamy tubular confections are just the thing to reward yourself with after a vigorous day of swimming. Three flavors: traditional ricotta, chocolate pudding, and vanilla pudding ($1 each).

Vicunaca Chocolate Factory & Cafe

Food Network winner, chocolatier, and pastry chef Neely Cohen has traveled to Europe and the Amazon to study chocolate, and what she shares with us—handcrafted salt-, yellow chili–, and nibs-flavored chocolate bars—is food of the cacao gods. The cafe setting is as delicious as the 70% organic Fair Trade bars,

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