Monday, March 8, 2010

Harvard Square Chocolate Tour, Part I

Kicking off the tour at Hi Rise Bread Company.

TBF co-hosted the very first Harvard Square Chocolate Tour by Boston Chocolate Tours this weekend and it could not have been better. The weather was perfect, the participants enthusiastic and fun and the shops both informative and gracious. The tour began at Hi Rise Bread Company, an outpost of the Huron Avenue location and a real hidden gem. Gift bags were distributed, a brief overview of what to expect was discussed and samples of TAZA chocolate were served.

L. A. Burdick Chocolate.

Next up was one of our favorites, L. A. Burdick Chocolate. This is the closest thing we have, locally, to an old world European chocolate shop and cafe.

Greg explained the chocolate truffles we were about to sample and then mini cups of the rich, creamy hot chocolate which has made Burdick famous were handed around.

The rich hot chocolate at L. A. Burdick.

Burdick's hot chocolate is legendary: like a warm cup of pudding you can sip.

Handing out the croissants at Crema Cafe.

Stop number three was Crema Cafe. We have written about Crema before. Again, a spot in the European coffeehouse tradition, this two tiered, modern space with free wifi available is popular with Harvard students and international visitors.

Double chocolate croissant at Crema Cafe.

Crema pulled out all the stops with a double chocolate, buttery rich croissant made exclusively for participants of the tour. These are not on the regular menu.

Next up was Lush, the famous body lotions and potions shop where we checked out all of the chocolate products and learned how one can basically bathe in chocolate in one wants to and apparently many people want to.

Couples, singles, men, ladies, kids, grandmas: everyone seemed to enjoy this stop.

It's not over yet, though. In part II we will visit even more local, independently-owned and famous Harvard Square spots where we further indulge in the best of the best ...

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