An Evening on the Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise in New York City

Once the holiday season officially kicks off, calendars fill up pretty quickly. It’s not just the holiday shopping and decorating, or all the cooking and baking. It’s the holiday parties, too. From office functions to dinner gatherings, it can sometimes feel like we’re caught in an endless loop of Nat King Cole, hors d’oeuvres and eggnog. But what if you moved the location of that soirée to a yacht, added a live band and some caroling, threw in some cocktails and brews, spiked that cocoa and served it with cookies, and for good measure, offered stunning nighttime views of the greatest city in the world?

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The Big Chocolate Show

Can’t get enough chocolate? Well, The Big Chocolate Show has you covered. Now in its second year, this chocolate-centric annual expo brings together over 50 exhibitors from Europe, North, and South America in an epic celebration of everyone’s favorite decadent treat.

From September 28th through Sunday, September 30th, meet chocolatiers, artisans, chefs, and experts from across the globe at The New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan. Attend demonstrations by award-winning pastry chefs and chocolatiers. Enjoy guided tasting classes. Learn from experts about the chocolate making process. Join workshops to see how to roast, crack, grind, temper, mold and make amazing chocolates for yourself. Participate in The Big Chocolate Show’s FAVE awards and vote for your favorite brands, flavors, and textures.

Visit one of your favorite chocolatiers or discover a new love. Either way, it’ll be one sweet trip.

For additional information, such as tickets, event times and a list of exhibitors, check out The Big Chocolate Show’s site here.

The Daily Grind: My Favorite Coffee Shops in Manhattan

I’m not a car guy. I don’t collect watches or chase the newest technology. I’m not a smoker and a rare drinker. I only have one significant vice–if it even qualifies–and that’s coffee. I have a deep, visceral, obsessive love for coffee.

“Back home we toss a horseshoe in the pot. Stands up straight, coffee’s ready”
-Frank Hopkins, Hidalgo

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