Chocolate Safari Goes Super-Sized
For a couple of weeks now I've been putting in some work on planning a Chocolate Safari on an extravagant scale. Barring unforseen mishaps I will be heading for New York City this November to visit the big Chocolate Show. And the Chocolate Show is only the tip of the chocolate iceberg (ooooh, that's a good image). New York City is home to more than a few shops that carry fine imported chocolate and I plan to get myself a nice variety of bars I haven't tried yet. But even better is the array of top notch chocolatiers and candy shops and restaurants that are scattered across the city. And I plan to hit a lot.
The current plan (again barring unforseen mishaps) is to do it up as a real vacation since I haven't taken a one in a few years (storm chasing is far from a relaxed vacation and you stay where you can). I'm trying to narrow down my hotel choice (not yet sure how high end I want to go) and hope to have my mind made up in a few days. I'm aiming to fly out on Wednesday the 8th. I hope to catch a show or something on Wednesday night then spend Thursday being a tourist (and buying chocolate). Thursday night there are a pair of Chocolate Show pre-events that I'm considering. One of them is open to the public (for a fee) and the other is for the press. I don't know yet whether I'll be considered a lowly blogger or a respected member of the press so the press event might not even be an option. Friday I plan to spend at the Chocolate Show. Saturday I'm going to play by ear. I don't know whether I'll need a second day at the show or not. I kind of hope not because I have a lot of ground to cover on seeing some of the city and buying a lot of the chocolate. I plan on flying home Sunday so that day is pretty much shot.
The big event that may take both Thursday and Saturday is going to be the New York City Chocolate Crawl. I plan on hitting about lot of chocolatiers and a few other interesting places and taking millions of pictures along the way. I'm working on trying to narrow down my list of places I want to visit, but it keeps growing when I'm not looking.
- Places I Want To Visit
- Kee's Chocolates
- Jacques Torres Chocolate
- La Maison du Chocolat
- Marie Belle (definitely the Cacao Bar/Tea Salon)
- Vosges Haut-Chocolat
- Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland
- Martine's Chocolates
- Pierre Marcolini Chocolatier
- The Chocolate Bar
- Lunettes et Chocolat
- Christopher Norman Chocolates
- Varsano's Chocolates
- Garden of Eden Gourmet Markets (lots of fine chocolate bars?)
- Chip Shop (fish and chips and FRIED CANDY BARS! /dance)
- Bierkraft (lots of fine chocolate bars plus beer flavored chocolates)
- Fairway Market (all around amazing)
Yeah. I don't think there is any chance - AT ALL - that I will even manage half of that. But nobody can say I'm not ambitious. This is where my plans stand as of right now. I have put in for the days off at work and am getting ready to try and enlist a rabbit sitter. I have narrowed my hotel choices down somewhat and am getting ready to book my hotel and flight in the next couple of days. Then I just spend the months between now and then working on a more solid chocolate tour itinerary