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Dallas’ Most Innovative Food Tours Rock the House!
Dallas by Chocolate and Dallas Bites! have taken Dallas by storm, and by chocolate, barbeque and burgers. We offer specialty food tours to some very unique, off-the-beaten-path, locally owned restaurants and shops. Led by some of Dallas’ most knowledgeable food aficionados, each tour treats you to delicious samples and great drinks as you learn about cool food finds, the history of chocolate or a given food, how it is made and more.
The tours are taken in luxury mini buses and last from three to four hours. During that time, three to four locations are visited and tasty treats are sampled at each location. The tour guides make the tours plenty of fun with interesting facts and contests. Tours (depending on the tour) include wine or beer, water and juice. Kids are welcome too. The tours are like a mini escape from the day to day, and are perfect for individuals, families, friends, groups, special occasions and team building.
In addition to weekend and weekday tours for individuals through the www.DallasbyChocolate.com and www.dallasbitesfoodtours.com websites, Stevens and her guides also do private chocolate tours and tastings for groups. “We have a lot of families, even bachelorettes, seniors, homeschoolers, birthday parties and Girl Scout troops,” she says. “It’s a fun experience and it’s different than the typical shopping trip or stadium tour. Everyone makes new friends, and some guests have booked three or more tours because every tour is different.” Click here for more information.
It’s no secret that a Boston winter can be brutal so take a break from your shopping and sightseeing to cozy up with a mug of luscious hot chocolate at L.A. Burdick’s Handmade Chocolates in Harvard Square. The hot chocolate options include dark, milk and white chocolate, but the choices don’t end there. There’s eight soul-soothing selections like the Bolivian- a dark chocolate blend made from wild cocoa that has hints of grapefruit, floral notes and a velvety mouth feel. Or the Ecuadorian- a robust earthy blend with a hint of mint, spices and coffee. And if you feel like going grown-up with America’s favorite childhood treat, be sure to ask about the hot chocolates with select liquors.
Chocolate: Seed to Sweet 9/4 – 12/31
Americans consume more than 3.3 billion pounds of chocolate a year. Explore the process that satisfies our insatiable love for chocolate; from pods on a tree to candy factory.
Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. That’s what you’ll find here at the annual two-day Chocolate Lovers Festival in Old Town Fairfax. There are plenty of events to participate in: buy chocolates from vendors at the Taste of Chocolate; create a work of art using chocolate as the medium at the Chocolate Challenge; devour the chocolate chip pancakes at the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. There are also historic re-enactments, children’s activities, craft shows, open houses at historic buildings and many more chocolate themed events. Some of the events do require a fee, while other ones are free to all visitors. Whether you’re bringing a date or the whole family, there’s plenty to do here.
For a modest $3 admission, visitors can learn how plants living at the Conservatory are the key ingredients in many scrumptious desserts. Bananas, vanilla beans, cinnamon bark, and chocolate trees abound, and Tropical Treat Stations throughout the Conservatory offer the opportunity to sample these natural sweets. Hands-on activity stations give both young and old the opportunity to make a variety of scented gifts and cards, and live music at the Tropical Café rounds out the day. Special guests on February 6 offer a honey-tasting event; on February 13, the special highlight is a vanilla-tasting presentation.
The Decadent Gourmet Tour title says it all. This is one tour that you don’t need to be a tourist to enjoy. It is 2.5 hours of culinary adventure starting with an extravagant cheese tasting, tea tasting, and finally a chocolate tasting. Through the various courses, attendees will be able to taste Philly’s finest in these genres from some of the city’s hidden culinary gems. If the way to your heart is through your stomach, then you might fall in love with Philly after this tour.
They say that a little too much chocolate is just about right, and at Penn Quarter’s trendy Co Co. Sala Chocolate Lounge & Boutique, there is definitely enough to go around. Founded on the premise of being a “chocolate treasure-like oasis,” this pastry shop by day, chocolate lounge by night, is sure to stir the senses with its unique concept and euphoric tasting menus.
Sit back and relax as chic patrons lounge in dark, velvety booths sipping sinful libations to the pulse of hip, Latin beats. The light, unique cocktails, like the Strawberry Basil Martini with Balsamic Drizzle, balance the richness of creative savory small plates (all with a subtle hint of chocolate, of course). Be sure to try the Four Cheese Orecchiette with Chocolate Covered Bacon for a to-die-for twist on traditional mac and cheese. To finish off the evening, let the bubbles of a colorful champagne flight tickle your nose as a pairing to a decadent four course dessert tasting.
Insider tip: For a great date spot, be sure to sit at Co Co. Sala’s glass-enclosed “chocolate bar.” Watch as accomplished pastry chefs create one-of-a-kind chocolate sculptures while you and that special someone savor your own chocolate treats.
Sample some of the treats at this world famous chocolate factory.
With over 5,000 types of candy on three sweet floors, the New York Candy Cafe and multiple private party rooms, Dylan’s Candy Bar is not only the largest candy store in New York, but the largest in the world. As featured in Vogue and the New York Times, Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York is the ultimate sweet-tooth attraction for the candy lover in you. Peruse the award winning displays of candy – there’s a life-size tree made of over-sized lollipops – or challenge yourself and your belly to an I Bet You Can’t Sundae – that’s ten scoops of ice cream and ten toppings for twenty bucks! Make sure to go in on this one with a friend or two if you hope to get up out of your seat when the spoons have hit the bottom of the dish. Or if you prefer to save your figure, just buy a few of your favorite childhood candies, they are sure to have whatever you are looking for here in this spectacular world of lollipops, gummy bears, jelly beans and chocolate. Looking for gourmet sea-salt caramels? They’ve got that. Kosher Marshmallow twists? You’ll find them here. Yummy edible bikinis? Yeah, they’ve even got those.