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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Tour Best Brooklyn Chocolate Shops

The Brooklyn Chocolate Tour from A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours needs to be on your bucket list. I feel Tony's tours are the best to see Brooklyn, they are very carefree, and you can tell much work went into the planning of the tour.    
We had one of the most gorgeous days when we took the tour, and the views were just over-the-top New York ! 
Looks like a postcard, doesn't it ?  
Our first stop was my favorite Jacques Torres, Mr. Chocolate, original location in DUMBO ( Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), which I had been to once before. Mr. Torres was the master pastry chef for Le Cirque, and opened this first location in 2000. He has shops in Manhattan, and I highly suggest you stop in.  
The chocolate combos are just wonderful here, the chocolate chip cookies quite famous 

What a great gift to take back to family and friends, after you are done with the chocolate, you have a nice little box for trinkets.  
We sampled chocolate covered cheerios, chocolate covered blueberries and chocolate covered almonds. The cheerios will just blow your mind!  
We also visited Valentino Pier  in Red Hook, Brooklyn, which had gorgeous views of Lady Liberty  
We were really very lucky with the gorgeous day we had on this first of many chocolate tours! When you go on a tour with someone who is from Brooklyn, they will take you places you probably won't know to go on your own. That is what makes it worth while. 
Brooklyn has some cool architecture as well 
The Chocolate Room was a place I had heard about and always wanted to visit. It did not disappoint. 
How nice of Tony to hold the door for everyone to check out this chocolate heaven! 
We were able to meet one of the owners, Jon Payson, which was very neat. He talked about how they started the shop, and we were able to ask questions. 
Now I must say, the smell in this place was like being in the chocolate room of Willy Wonka! It smelled so, so good. I could have stayed all day.  
We were treated to the most tasty hot chocolate, think of a melted chocolate bar! 
Their famous chocolate layer cake was given to us to taste in cupcake form.  
This was truly an amazing foodie experience.  
Adorable cafe, not very big, but oh so worth the trip. I hope they open one in Manhattan in the future as I would be really thrilled! They do ship some of their items online.  


Raaka Co. Chocolate Factory in Red Hook was our next stop. Raaka is Finnish for "raw" because they do not roast the cocoa beans. Most chocolate that you buy is made by roasting the beans, this is a different process that produces some of the most amazing flavored chocolate. 
Happiness is Unroasted 
We also had the pleasure of meeting the co-owner here as well, Ryan Cheney, who talked about what was important to the company. Raaka supports in-country growth and development by giving cocoa farmers around the world an effective 20 percent raise for their beans. 

They have chocolate making classes, sign me up! 
We had a tasting of about 5 of their bars, and one was better than the next. The coconut milk and apple pie were my favorites, and came home with me. 
My only regret here is that we couldn't go behind the factory to see them making the actual chocolate. That would have been pretty darn cool, they do have tours available. 

The bars' gorgeous wrappers, are pretty amazing as well. Printed with soy inks on 100% recycled paper and processed with wind-generated energy, it's good for the planet, too. This apple pie bar is just unreal, you can actually taste the crust from the graham cracker on top. Sublime. 
Li-Lac Chocolates in Industry City was our last stop on the tour. This is the oldest Manhattan chocolate shop, opening in 1923. I have been to their location inside Grand Central Terminal, but this was a nice spot to check out their new place. Industry City is really growing by leaps and bounds. 

I never met a chocolate shoe I didn't like! They have some of the best chocolate molds here. 
Wonderful gifts to bring back home! Their chocolate is really so flavorful and yummy. 

This was amazing to see the chocolate being dipped on what looked like cookies! I was looking to see if Lucy was going to come and try to work the machine! (I actually have a hallmark ornament of her doing just that!) They are also in Chelsea Market and Greenwich Village. A must stop for the chocolate lover! 

This Brooklyn Chocolate Tour was just wonderful. The time went by too fast, I need to do another one with a friend! The tours run Monday, Wednesday and Friday, leaving from Union Square area. The tours run about 4 hours and cost is $50.00 per person. Advanced tickets are required, and you will not be disappointed in this tour. You actually may wish to take it more than once, to cater to your chocolate and Brooklyn fix!


Disclosure: I was provided one ticket to attend this chocolate tour by A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours for this review. There has been no monetary compensation for this post. I only recommend products that I feel will be of interest to my readers, and that I am truly impressed by. All opinions are my own. Thank you!! 




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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Jefferson Market Garden

Jefferson Market Garden was one of those finds I just came across. Walking around in the village on Greenwich Avenue, there it was. I was like, look at this gorgeous calm place in this big city. It has been in the heart of the village for 35 years. Monday is the only day it is closed. I am thrilled to share this with you. The site of the garden was a women's prison. 
it is supported and cared for by volunteers 
as you begin to walk into the garden it is pretty amazing 
Everything looks so colorful and peaceful 
Is this not adorable? 
purple flowers just yelling Spring !!
I was so thrilled to find this gem
I sat on that bench and talked with that lovely lady ...great conversation in the shade and just relaxing 
this little guy took it to another level !!!  
The Jefferson Market Library was designed by Withers & Vaux in 1876, this turreted Victorian Gothic structure was originally built as the Third Judicial District Courthouse. Imaginatively adapted for reuse by the architect Giorgio Cavagleri, it features a number of notable decorative elements, including moralistic inscriptions, marvelous terra cotta work on the exterior, and Pre-Raphaelite style stained glass in shades of lavender and sky blue in building’s former court and the dramatic circular stair tower. 

Greenwich Avenue between Sixth Avenue and West 10th Street
closed Mondays 

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Monday, August 13, 2018

The Bateaux New York


I was thrilled to be contacted by Cloud 9 Living to work with them on one of 
their amazing tour experiences! 

Cloud 9 Living was started in 2005, and their motto is: To forever change the world of gift giving by enhancing people's lives through memorable experiences. I cannot agree with that more. So many of 
the gifts that were most impressive I gave my parents were the experiences, not things. In 2017, everyone talks about travel and experiences as opposed to buying things. Cloud 9 Living has close to 2,000 experiences nationwide, from City Tours to Race Car Driving to Dinner Cruises to Learning How to Fly! There is something for everyone, and if you are not sure what to choose, you can give a gift certificate for the lucky recipient. This would be the type of gift they will be talking about years after it has been enjoyed! 


My choice for this adventure was the Bateaux New York Champagne Cruise. The ship is all 
glass so you can see your lovely skyline as you cruise along the Hudson for 2 hours! 
I am becoming a bit spoiled every time I am in New York, champagne is on the menu! 


We were able to obtain a seat at the window as the ship was not completely full. Yay! 


Our glass of champagne was included in the price. Coffee/Tea/Soda was 
also available, and you could purchase cocktails on your own. 

The breakfast spread was pretty varied, so everyone can find 
something to their liking. 





I couldn't resist the chocolate fountain with rice crispy treats 

The views are why you would take this cruise. The day we choose was a bit dreary, but as you 
can see, the skyline still looks amazing! 




We were able to get very close to the Statue of Liberty, and even though I have seen 
her many times, it brought a tear to my eye. I have never viewed her from the 
Hudson, and I must say, it was a fantastic experience! 






Cloud 9 Living is a fantastic way to gift someone (or purchase for yourself) an experience they will never forgot. It will be a wonderful memory they will have with them for a lifetime, and that is truly the best kind of gift. There are some folks that just have everything they need, and finding the perfect gift can be a nightmare. When you give an experience gift, it really is so unique and memorable. Using the Cloud 9 Living website is very easy to book your selection, and they do offer refund/exchanges if your choice needs to be changed. The prices fit all types of budgets, which I think is just fantastic.

Cloud 9 Living Website 
Cloud 9 Living Instagram (you can see everyone's experiences here)
Cloud 9 Living Facebook 


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Disclosure: A big Thank You to Cloud 9 Living for the gift certificate for this review. There has been no monetary compensation for this post. I only recommend products that I feel will be of interest to my readers, and that I am truly impressed by. All opinions are my own. Thank you!! 

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