Happy Pumpkin Pie Day! 🙂
‘I want to be a part of it; New York, New York…
My little town blues; they are melting away…’
Aah, as Elvis prances around singing New York, New York, my heart races with anticipation! Psst – if you haven’s already guessed, I am a total city girl at heart 🙂 And, New York City is undoubtedly my favorite city in the world – museums, skyscrapers, eclectic stores, jazz bars, theater and for a foodie like me – the incredible smorgasbord of restaurants! Dining out in New York City with one of my favorite people in the world, my dearest friend, Bindu…’a perfect evening’ !
So, on her birthday – this post is an ode to her and the amazing time we had spending a divine spring evening at an allergy friendly dessert bar. Here is to my beautiful friend who has been with me through teen dilemmas, boys, body-image issues, college, work, marriage and now children as we try our best to be good moms – ‘Cocoa V, decadence & bonhomie’
One of the projects I have undertaken for my blog has been to visit allergy friendly restaurants, dessert places, bakeries et al around the world. First stop – Cocao V, NYC. What a delightful experience it was in this quaint little vegan chocolate boutique in fashionable Chelsea, NY!
Founded by Pamela Elizabeth, the incredible variety of bon bons, truffles, cakes and more is mind-boggling. What catches the eye the moment you walk in is the attention to detail and the contemporary aesthetic appeal – the eclectic decor, hardwood floors, tastefully arranged chocolates on elegant white plates, the small kitchen visible from the counter and chic packaging – sheer indulgence!
But, what makes their chocolate so special?! As the Cocoa V website puts it, ‘ The cocoa beans we use are grown in the Dominican Republic, processed in Switzerland, and then the chocolate makes its way to us. The rich, smooth texture is one that is hard to find, and seems to be satisfying even our most persnickety customers.’ Also, there are not too many 100% vegan, organic, fair trade chocolate shop . Finally, their unique and traditional spread – from their signature Hot Chocolate, decadent cup cakes, Cookies and Cream Bar, salted dark chocolate, jasmine tea caramel, pretzel clusters makes this place a must visit for everyone with a sweet tooth 🙂
They also offer an extensive variety of cakes and cupcakes. But, what truly warms a foodie’s soul is the artistic touch bursting forth in all their products.