Last weekend, I got to go visit one of my favorite cities.
As I've written here a few times before, Boston has many, many opportunities for enjoying delicious chocolate treats. I was, however, saddened to learn that one of my favorites, JP Licks on Newbury Street, had closed.
Shedding a few tears was an appropriate reaction.
Just like anger was an appropriate reaction to seeing much lower caliber shops open up on Newbury Street instead.
Apparently, they are spreading. Like a disease.
However, I was happy to see that some things weren't changing. For example, Teuscher is still opening their doors for everybody seeking high-quality Swiss chocolate, and I was able to pick up a 77% cacao bar, which is one of my favorite dark chocolates from their shop.
Just down the street, Hotel Chocolat beckoned, and I stepped in to grab a few single-origin bars, a nice orange dark chocolate bar, and some dark chocolate pistachio pieces.
The best thing I came away with was some insider information about potential Hotel Chocolat expansion plans in North America. They made me very, very happy.
Finally, I found one good change - a new storefront for LA Burdick, this one in the Back Bay, right near where I was staying.
Though I passed on the single origin hot chocolate this go-around, I did pick up their Brazilian dark chocolate bar out of curiosity, and will, of course, report back on how it turns out.
Such a short weekend. So many chocolate shops. So many delicious dark chocolate bars to nibble at until my next trip up north.