hot cocoa

23 Jan

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I’m not sure when it was that I fell in love with hot coca. These days, when I travel or when I’m with friends, I try to look for a new hot cocoa place. I’m not talking your run-of-the-mill Swiss Miss powder that you mix with hot water. I’m talking real hot coca. The kind made with real milk and real chocolate. I prefer the stuff you have to melt. I don’t have anything against powder, as some of my favorite places such as Coco-luxe uses powder. I just find real chocolate to be incredibly delicious.

Rumor has it that my paternal lola made great tsokolate (that’s Filipino style hot coca, in case you were wondering). Perhaps my love for hot coca is my way of connecting to her.

My ideal cup of hot coca is made with dark chocolate because it cuts the sweetness. Sugary cocoa ruins it for me. Since it’s been getting colder here in the bay area, I’ve been craving hot cocoa more. When I make it at home, I make it with milk, coconut milk, a chocolate tablet, and dark cocoa powder. It’s decadent, so the serving is typically quite small. To add excitement, I’ll add spices such as cayenne pepper, cinnamon, ginger, etc. (Not all at once, though. It depends on my mood.) It’s a real treat!

Recently, I visited Fraiche Yogurt with the Manpanion and some friends. There’s nothing like hot cocoa to warm a cold and rainy night. I like the coca there. Rich enough. Not sweet. Just right. I have a habit of taking photos of the cocoa and coffee I drink (it doesn’t matter if there’s art or not). The photo above is from that trip. I know Fraiche is a yogurt place. I’m sure the yogurt is delicious. But you’ll have to ask someone else about that. Cheers to hot coca!

Live deliciously!

-joanne

3 Responses to “hot cocoa”

  1. dorothysantos January 23, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    Don’t forget liquid chocolate at Christopher Elbow in Hayes Valley! http://www.elbowchocolates.com – I love that place. Honestly, I’m a sucker for Ovaltine. I can’t help it. After reading this post, I’m craving tsokolate OR Abuelita chocolate. Yum!

    • jlrondilla January 25, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

      You are correct, sister. I love that place too! Um if you’re ever in the mood for hot coca, stop by my place. I’ll make you some. Btw. I miss you! (tapping arm) I need my D fix!

      • dorothysantos January 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

        OMG! I’m in need of my JRo fix and YES…I want your special hot chocolate! Thanks again for EVERYTHING. You’re the best and THIS is why I need to see you. Also, double date or maybe Autumn and I can come over for a movie?!?!? 😉

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