Hot Chocolate Hunt

Through out my trips *in particular Melbourne & Sydney*, there were many shops specializing in Chocolate. Solid / Liquid. *I kinda purposely sought it out…* Irregardless, it was a great hunt. With exceptional Hot Chocolate to taste… Mmmmm… Yum…….

There were 4 chocolate shops that we went. The first, Koko Black in Melbourne.

The decor was very classy, like the godfather kinda classy… hahaha It had a really relaxed atmosphere… I would go there everyday if it was only in Brisbane.. hehehe…

Everything that we ordered at Koko Black. Yum...

Everything that we ordered at Koko Black. Yum...

My Hot Mocha Chocolate

My Mocha Hot Chocolate

"Debb"'s Affogato... Looks doggone good!

"Debb"'s Affogato... Looks doggone good!

Maria & Coffeeholic's Hot Cinnamon Chocolate

Maria & Coffeeholic's Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

Belgian Spoil... *Droolsssss.......*

Belgian Spoil... *Droolsssss.......*

Darn! I should have put smaller pictures… This pictures are making me drool all over. The Belgian Spoil was really really really… absolutely Lovely! The chocolate ice cream was heavenly, the Chocolate Mousse was out of this world, the pralines, the one with stripes (amazing) was so much better than the other one, the shortbread was… urm.. normal and the mini chocolate cake was alright, not moist enough was my liking… but the mousse & the ice cream!!! Oh my goodness!

*Wait a minute, it’s supposed to be a hot chocolate hunt….* Ok my hot mocha chocolate obviously has a tinged of coffee in it, which I didn’t really like. But the Hot Cinnamon Chocolate which I had a sip was truly amazing! *Sorry if my vocabulary seems limited, cause it is* But the Cinnamon Hot Chocolate is really fantastic! How nice if I could have it everyday.. yum yum… *

Ok jump… This is beginning to be very long… NEXT!! stop #2 was… Max Brenner in Melbourne.

First up, I must say that Max Brenner is quite a marketer. His shop is much more modern and seems like a more upmarket yum cha place with same old mamak prices… *silly description*

Max Brenner's Hot Chocolate in a wonderful hug mug

Max Brenner's Hot Chocolate in a wonderful hug mug

The Milk Hot Chocolate was really interesting to drink as I have to hug the mug to drink… That’s the concept at least as U can always use one hand to drink… but to use both can help warm my hands too. Though I wasn’t cold that time.. eheheh The hot chocolate was fairly thick and milky. Lovely. *Sorry if the picture isn’t really in focus… my skills are so horrible I wouldn’t even call them skills*

This Max Brenner guy sure knows how to market his stuff… but if he were smarter, he should open one branch in Brisbane instead of all those branches in Melbourne which are so closed to each other… LOL

Stop #3 now… This time we move to Sydney. Shop of our choice? Guylian – Belgian Chocolate Cafe.

Guylian's Hot Milk Chocolate

Guylian's Hot Milk Chocolate

This one was served in a fairly interesting manner. It was served with a cup on a saucer and a piece of Guylian Milk Chocolate in the cup itself. Served together with the cup was a tin of Hot Chocolate. It was up to U how much hot chocolate you wanted to pour into the cup, to decide how mily you wanted it to be. The hot chocolate was very rich but a tad towards the sweet side. Still.. good hot chocolate in my books. I like sweet stuff… nyahahah…

Stoop #4 and the final stop… I think my readers would be sick of hot chocolate right now. The final stop is Lindt Cafe. GASP!!!! I don’t have pictures for this one!!! oh dear… oh well.. I’ll just make do without for now…

I ordered the hot milk chocolate *always will* and it was served with a mini mug containing concentrated milk chocolate, a mug containing hot milk *I presume* and an empty cup. We had more freedom in how thick & rich we wanted it to be or how milky we wanted our hot chocolate. It was very interesting, you could have thick & rich one minute and rich and milky another… fun!

However, every hunt has a winner… and the winner according to my tastebuds IS……. *drumroll please* dum…. dum dum dum… d….. u……m…………. Koko Black’s Cinnamon Hot Chocolate!

2nd: Lindt’s Hot Milk Chocolate

3rd: Guylian’s Hot Milk Chocolate

4th: Max Brenner’s Hot Milk Chocolate

5th: Koko Black’s Mocha Hot Chocolate

I didn’t get to try San Churro’s chocolate drink or Theobroma’s *cause Theobroma is in Malaysia*… Maybe some day.. some day.. for now… I shall satiate my appetite with pictures of Milk Chocolate… Mmmm…..

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The Constants

Finally back from my “month” *actually it’s just 17-18 days, far from a month… but it almost took up a month nevertheless…* long trip and there are definitely constants in the places we went. The first constant is…

Pa da pa pa pa…

Im Lovin IT!

I'm Lovin' IT!

Yeap! McDonalds was near everywhere we stayed. In Melbourne, the drive thru was just across the road! In Sydney, we probabaly had to walk about 5 mins. In Cairns, it was at the end of the block *2 mins walk*. When I’m in Brisbane, the closests fast food is Hungry Jacks… In those 3 places, we definitely went to Maccas *Australian for McD* at least once. Oh there is also a constant in a constant. A constant in Maccas itself.

Bacon & Egg McMuffin... Ughhhh...

Bacon & Egg McMuffin... Ughhhh...

Suffice to say, I won’t be eating any Bacon & Egg McMuffins in the near future… ughhhh….

The other constant is in the flight itself! Hmm… interesting ain’t it… Constant #2.

Jetstar's own In Flight Magazine featuring TV's Hottest Star, Daniel McPhearson

Jetstar's own In Flight Magazine featuring Daniel MacPherson!

Since all our flights were in the same month, the magazines didn’t change at all… 😦 no new reading material for me… I can still remember hearing “jetstar planes are the A320, or something like that…”

Time to rest a little… Nah! Just kidding… shall get working on my next post.. will try to blog about the trips ASAP.

Resting Mode

Came back a couple days ago from the Melbourne & Sydney trip. Not bad I would say but the weather in Sydney was horrible… 😦 shall leave 2morrow for Cairns. Hope the weather is good. Shall blog about it.. *i think* when I get back.

Here are a couple of pictures which I feel are pretty nice…

Windowed valleys of the Blue Mountains

Windowed valleys of the Blue Mountains

What fine weather!

What fine weather!

Interesting Architecture

Interesting Architecture

Cathedral spewing water?

Cathedral spewing water?

Astronaut's view of Earth?

Astronaut's view of Earth?

The Sun setting down on me

The Sun setting down on me

Moving landscape

Moving landscape

Brian!!!!!

Brian!!!!!

Imagine what University students do with their free time.

Imagine what University students do with their free time.

Let's Line Up!

Let's Line Up!

Amazing Sunset! *Sun setting on me again...*

Amazing Sunset! *Sun setting on me again...*

There ain’t any pictures on the places I went itself… these are like the spinoffs/ by products/ side shows of the “tour” itself… Hope U enjoyed it… ehehe… shall be back for more pictures I think… Cheerios for now.

So excited…

my legs are itching to walk,
my hands itching to pack,
my eyes itching to see a whole new place,
my mouth itching to go on a feast. *provided it gets well asap*

Just can’t wait to get on the plane this Saturday. This is very very exciting! Exhilirating maybe? Must be!

Anyway… gotta finish researching. Frankly, pretty tired researching… I’m just raring to go. I might end up walking in circles… hahahha but I trust my sense of direction… ehehe

Cheerios for now.. hopefully I’ll be able to give updates at the end of the month! nyahahha….