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The Best Hot Chocolate in Tribeca is . . .

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Oh, have we got some awards to hand out! We’ve been traipsing around Tribeca in search of some sweet sips, and we have found a gold mine of deliciousness to be had in the area. Yes, it’s a job & someone’s gotta do it! Want to follow in our tracks? Here are the cocoas we’re just nuts about!

kitchenette

SUNDAY AFTERNOON PLAYDATE: Kitchenette (156 Chambers between Greenwich St. and West Broadway) This is a childhood sweet spot dream. Bring your child and a friend along for a delicious dessert during a playdate. Sample the colorful frosted cupcakes peering out behind the display amidst the cheery polka dot interior. Pure, silky and topped with tons of whipped cream and cinnamon or caramel to your liking this will definitely please the sweet tooth!

 

 

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DATE NIGHT NIGHTCAP: FIKA (450 Washington St. between Watts & Desbrosses) Psst…Mom and Dad you might want to leave the kids behind for this one. Need a chocolaty start to your morning or after-dinner liquid dessert? Well then Fika is the spot. Decadent, ultra-smooth, slightly bitter and made from the finest chocolate, FIKA has multiple awards to boast. The precision that goes into each cup is obvious from the handmade designs displayed right on top! The chocolate is so rich no whip cream necessary.

 

gee whiz

JUST BECAUSE: Gee Whiz (295 Greenwich St. corner of Warren St. heading North toward Chambers) This neighborhood diner is just the relaxing spot for the whole family after a weekend outing ice skating on the waterfront. Amid the hustle and bustle sit back and savor your hot chocolate. So creamy, the drink seemingly becomes more sugary with each delicious sip. Amid elaborate New York creations this is your classic hot chocolate.

 

 

laughing man

AFTER MORNING DROP OFF: Laughing Man (1 North End Avenue near Vesey St.) Enjoy the thickest, richest hot chocolate of the bunch. Stroll into this ultra-teensy super friendly neighborhood spot. Indulge after sending your tykes off to school for the day.  The frothiness hits you mouth after the first taste and the gourmet chocolate is evident and divine!

 

 

tribeca treats

AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP: Tribeca Treats (94 Reade between Church & West Broadway) Tribeca Treats is a truly aptly named bakery! Rush your kids here after school and let them see the bakers hard at work! Your kids will thoroughly enjoy all this shop has to offer. The chocolate is foamy, luscious and absolutely delectable! It will be hard looking around to settle on just hot chocolate!

 

 

kaffe 1668 hot chocolate

SATURDAY MORNING, WITH A BOOK (KIDS ARE AT PRACTICE) Kaffe 1668 (275 Greenwich St between Warren & Murray) Kaffe 1668 is kitsch chic. Have a few extra hours to yourself?  With its sheep décor this local coffee shop sets the mood to sit back and indulge- so do just that! The consistency is just right to linger with each sip. You’ll want to make this cup of cocoa last.

 

 

baked hot cocoa2After a Long & Busy & Hectic Day: Baked (279 Church Street between Franklin & White Streets) Long overdue for that 3 pm pick me up? Head into Baked as your day shuffling the kids around finally has a quiet moment. Opened for slightly longer than a week, in Tribeca, this Brooklyn original, has already made its mark on Church Street. Just walking inside will make your mouth water. Plus the super friendly service and numerous pastries make this bakery stop a must! The delectable hot chocolate is decked out with fresh marshmallows and an extra drizzle of dark chocolate sauce to add the perfect finishing touches. If you are in the mood to splurge try the seasonal pumpkin cheesecake perfect to share with you and your little one!

CHILL NIGHT IN: Your Apartment (Tribeca, NY) Want to spend some quality time at home time doing something creative? Why not! Make some hot cocoa of your own?! Let your kids grab their Yummy Pillow  for inspiration, take what you’ve learned from the hot chocolate  you’ve tried at local sweet spots, browse some tips  and then melt that chocolate away! Sip, Cozy Up & Repeat. -Pia Finnigan

Inspiration: Newport Rhode Island

chic getaways for families in Newport Rhode IslandWe were inspired this week by Newport Rhode Island, a beautiful and elegant town replete with seaside mansions, museums, great restaurants, beaches and more.

The “Must Do List” in Newport, includes Cliff Walk, where visitors can take a walking tour of the shoreline dotted by spectacular mansions, home long ago to the Vanderbilts and their ilk. If just seeing the outside is not enough, get a ticket to go inside and enjoy the opulent furnishings and lush settings- saddle up to a tour guide, as some of the stories are entertaining, especially for the kids, of well dressed dog companions, table manners and dining habits.

Speaking of dining, when you’re done drooling over these over-the-top pads, for a bite, head on over to The Clarke Cooke House on Bannister’s Wharf, for some fresh fish and lively atmosphere. For an after dinner ice cream, Sprinkles is a good choice on Bowan’s Wharf, where you can enjoy a casual cone while you check out the shops in the area.

Our heart belongs to The Chanler at Cliff Walk (a hotel with a delicious restaurant inside) for Sunday brunch – their menu and enviable perch are both scrumptious. The hotel is hop and a skip from Second Beach that surely wins beach with best land-view (back at the Chandler House). After showering off the sand after a delightful day at the beach, catch a   movie in town at the charming Jane Pickens theater, and then grab an appetizer or two at Forty 1° North, one of the chicest hotels in  town.

Tempted? Time to pack: get yourself in the spirit with these hand picked goodies: Go old school with the vintage mauve bathing suit, snazzy it up with a pair of stylish shades, hold tight to a Coco Chanel doll (in lieu of teddy), don’t forget a Pride & Prejudice primer and play set, and, if you’re really setting up shop and outfitting more than just yourself – say installing yourself in the Breakers or Rosecliff – we suggest a (so not shabby) shabby-chic canopy bed - perfect for those of us who’s last name should have been Rockefeller.

Been there, Done that? Check out some of our other travel ideas!

5 Recipes Must-Do Foods we found on Pinterest!

OK, like everyone we love looking at food on Pinterest, so this week we chose 5 things we had to try to dazzle the kids!! If you haven’t seen our Grub Board, it’s time for a stomach growl!

thin mint cupcakes

1. Thin Mint Brownies: You ate all the girl scout cookies yet your thin mint craving persists. Try these on for size!

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2. Rainbow Pasta: Rainbow Loom is so yesterday. Today it’s all about Rainbow Pasta! Check it out!

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3. Insane Sandwich Art: Because you have the time (yeah right). Wish wish wish!

doable sandwich art

4. More Do-able Sandwich Art: Peanut Butter & Bear!

mondrian cake

5. This is art people! Feel like you’re raising your tot’s cultural awareness when serving the Mondrian cake. Mmmm culture never was so yummy!

Got a great, indulgent treat that’s worth making? Let us know! Follow all of our cravings on our Grubs board!