Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dog Days of Summer

A hot, humid day here in NYC, so here's a cup of melting chocolate gelato from the L'Arte del Gelato stand at the High Line park.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Joy of Babka

Good chocolate babka is a special treat and the chocolate babka from Russ and Daughters is amazing. Kind of a mix between a bread and pastry, infused with chocolate, a chocolate babka typically comes in a loaf. Russ and Daughters sells wrapped chunks and I can't recall seeing as much chocolate as they stuff in their babkas.

Chocolate Babka

Chocolate Babka Swirls

Tiny Figures Harvest the Chocolate from the Babka

Here are some yummy looking, other babka offerings in New York City, and more here at Serious Eats. Russ and Daughters isn't on either list, probably because it's more of a deli than a bakery. But if you happen to be on East Houston Street in Manhattan, over by Orchard Street, pop in and try a hunk of this chocolatey goodness.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Chocolatey Linkies

A chocolate bathroom? Sounds delish.

There's a chocolate Kickstarter project worth checking out: Les Chocolats de Chickee-Indulge Your Senses.

One of my favorite chocolate treats when I was a kid was chocolate covered jelly grahams. The chocolate was dark, the jelly raspberry flavored. They're hard to find now, but Russ and Daughters has them. They make them in small, thick bars, not the flatter squares I remember from childhood, but the taste is just as good.

Chocolate Covered Jelly Graham

Partially Eaten Chocolate Covered Jelly Graham


Monday, August 18, 2014

One Link or Two

Thanks to Neatorama, we now know about chocolate LEGO blocks! In other LEGO news, this LEGO Female Scientist Kit proved to be really popular, which should have surprised.... nobody.

You can get a S'Mores maker, available on Amazon.

Gotta love this bookish cake. Because, CAKE! And Books!

I like these painted water towers and need to find some to take photos of.

I haven't read the Outlander books, but I am enjoying the STARZ TV adaptation.


Chocolate Bar Treat

There's no denying that chocolate goes well with something salty. Chocolate covered pretzels have always been a favorite of mine, provided the chocolate is dark. But I hadn't considered chocolate with potato sticks despite having loved potato sticks when I was a kid. The Chocolate Bar has remedied this lack in my life.

Potato Sticks on the Back of the Chocolate 

Front of Chocolate Potato Sticks Bar
The taste was wonderful. The chocolate was what I've come to expect from Chocolate Bar chocolate: rich, smooth, chocolate goodness. The potato sticks brought back happy memories of childhood when I would stuff my face with them. My only problem with this confection is that the potato sticks were stuck on the back where they readily fell off as I broke off pieces of chocolate, or tried to take a bite from the bar, itself. I wish they'd found a way to work the potato sticks inside the chocolate. Also, a corner of the bar was broken off when I got it home, but that could have happened in transit. All in all, an item I would happily buy again.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Movie Poetry

The marquee of this multiplex movie theater made me smile. All it needs is proper punctuation, maybe an added article and/or preposition.
Into the Storm Lucy Step Up All in Get on Up Planet of the Apes
In other news, I had a great chocolate shake from Bareburger and bought a pair of gray jeans from Eddie Bauer. The yumminess of the shake was expected; finding a pair of gray jeans was not. I haven't had a pair of gray jeans in ages, not since my last pair fell apart from wear and tear years ago. It's so hard to find them, let alone to find a pair that color that fits me. I'm excited.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Beach Day

After a failed outing last year, a friend and I set out last Friday for Rockaway Beach, one of New York's worst hit areas during Superstorm Sandy nearly two years ago. We were happy to find all the beaches open, and even some food concessions. One is CitySticks, where you can get ice pop treats. I'm pretty sure that's where I got a yummy chocolate ice cream cone. At any rate, it was an all-around lovely death, with perfect beach weather.

Rockaway Beach