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Co Co. Sala’s Killer Chocolate Drinks

The idea of chocolate mixed with a mojito sounded strange to me. So did a chocolate martini — mostly because I’m not a huge fan of martinis. But I’ve become a believer. Just as bacon elevates any food to a higher level, maybe chocolate does too.

I don’t have much to say here except that oh lord are the drinks to die for at the chocolate lounge, Co Co. Sala. I was there enjoying happy hour with a few of the lovely ladies I work with. We shared these cheese fritters and lobster crostini (which somehow I forgot to take a picture of).

And we sampled a few of the homemade chocolates. Props to chocolatier Katie Musser for her great work.

The Co Cojito, a mojito with chocolate-infused vodka, sprinkled with chocolate shavings.

The hint of chocolate is subtle, but it’s clearly there. Awesome drink.

And the malted milk martini.

A cold drink that goes down warm, if that makes any sense. I think it’s the Baileys that transforms it into something comforting and hearty, ideal for a cold night. And again, those chocolate shavings… yum.

Co Co. Sala isn’t far from our office, and I propose that we hold all work meetings there. I’m only half joking.

Co Co. Sala
929 F St. NW
Washington, DC

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VIDEO: A Chocolate Life — J. Chocolatier

Across from Georgetown Cupcake on the other side of M St., sits the chocolate shop J. Chocolatier. It’s a wonderfully cozy little shop, with exposed brick, beautiful chocolates perched in glass displays, and soft lighting. The weather around DC appears to have gone south in a hurry, but if you’re munching on a chocolate and sipping something hot at J. Chocolatier, things aren’t all bad.

Here’s a video I shot with owner Jane Morris to to show you what the shop is all about. I recommend that you get there soon and treat yourself to a chocolate.

J. Chocolatier
1039 33rd St. NW
Washington, DC

An Almost Guilt-Free Dessert

When summer rolls around, there are two certainties: gas prices will rise, and so will my food bill.

Happens every year; see, triathlon season’s in full swing, and as anyone who does endurance sports will tell you, training turns your body into a voracious fuel-burning furnace that must constantly be fed.  This will not continue indefinitely; they say once you hit 40, your metabolism does a Thelma and Louise off a cliff.  But for now, it is what it is.

So I’m eating a ton, and I have food cravings.  At the moment, it’s for dessert. Fruit usually does the trick, but once in a while when I need something more, I’ll make bananas with chocolate sauce.

It’s so easy — just slice a couple of ripe bananas lengthwise, heat up a drip of olive oil, and pan fry the sliced bananas for a few minutes on each side until they’re soft and golden brown.

Meanwhile, pour out a small handful of chocolate chips (or a piece from a chocolate bar).

Put the chocolate in a saucepan with a bit of milk, heat it up, and stir until you’ve got a nice melted sauce.

Then drizzle the chocolate sauce over the warm bananas.

Immensely satisfying and so simple to prepare.  The bananas turn sweet all on their own; the chocolate sauce is the bonus.

As nutrition goes, you could do far worse; all you’ve got are bananas (healthy) and a small amount of chocolate (also supposedly healthy).

It’s an almost guilt-free dessert.