When my Dennis and I visited MarieBelle for the first time on a frigid December day, we were ready to come back. I scheduled an event titled “Drink hot chocolate” for February 3rd my Google calendar. A perfect pre-Valentine’s date. But what pairs well with hot chocolate?? We decided to try some ramen that didn’t come with a separate flavor pack.
I specifically picked Totto because I am trying to avoid pork. (I messed up and ate a ham sub at a Superbowl party the next day, but such is life). Unlike most other Ramen places, Totto serves a chicken-based broth, as opposed to the more popular pork-based tonkatsu. You can choose chicken or pork belly add-ins. The broth!! It is super-rich and creamy, definitely something I’d to drink straight on a cold winter day. (The other elements were, in my opinion, just okay). In order to mix things up, I ordered the spicy chicken paitan, which is topped with their spicy sesame oil. Let’s just say I really appreciated the prompt water refills. Be aware that all their New York locations are cash only!
I discovered MarieBelle through Rendezvous En New York (which has becoming my favorite blog for new and interesting things to do in the city). MarieBelle is a gourmet chocolate store with a cafe located in the back. Both are completely adorable. They serve their hot chocolate in delicate little tea cups. I love that they give each person sample of their companion’s chocolate — because FOMO is real. Dennis claims that this is the best chocolate in the world — so much better than the chocolate we had in Switzerland (“the so-called chocolate capital of the world” in his words). It’s not the milky hot chocolate most of us our used to, but more like thick molten chocolate that you drink. I recommend a flavored version like hazelnut. Honestly, I like the experience better than the chocolate itself. When we went this past weekend, we got there right before closing and drank our to-go chocolate on the subway.
Do have any plans for Valentine’s Day? Are you like me and try to celebrate it way earlier to avoid the crowds?