Fellas, we are one week closer to the Love Fest and I am making good on my promise to continue helping you. Did you think I would forget? Puh-lease.
Today’s suggestion: Kee’s Chocolates. Many people talk about “freshness” as it relates to veggies, fish and the like. But chocolate? YES. These little beauties are handmade daily in an eensy-weensy SoHo crevice of a shop. Biting into the outer shell of each truffle yields a delicate SNAP, uncovering a dense center that just moments before was cooling on a candy rack.
The chocolatey guts inside are deep and complex. The Thai Chili is darkness with a kick, the Hazelnut Praline a whipped fluffiness interspersed with minniscule hazlenut shards, the Mint Mocha is like the Ritz Carlton of Peppermint Patties…
The Champagne Truffle holds a special place in my taste bud’s heart: a pyramid shape that encases dark chocolate ganache infused with champagne. The Egyptians should take note.
Kee’s also offers other delicacies like their chocolate turtles with pecans sandwiched cozily between layers of chocolate by gooey caramel,
and macarons, French meringue sandwich cookies in a variety of flavors.
Kee’s is located at: 80 Thompson Street, NYC, NY 10012. They also have a midtown location at: 452 Fifth Avenue (inside HSBC), NYC, NY 10018.
You can check out their website here.
Now, before I let you off the hook for the day, I’m going to give you TWO flower suggestions. Remember what I said about roses? BORING. Try one of the following places offering unique, seasonal arrangements:
Saipua: This Red Hook, Brooklyn flower shop’s arrangements will blow your mind. Artsy, asymmetrical (yet balanced) and natural. Saipua also sells soap that smells really, really good. Pick some up for your lady if she likes that kind of thing.
* Photo from Saipua’s website.
Sobsey’s: This is Hoboken’s finest and freshest produce market. They also offer flower arrangements, daily assembled by a local floral artist. The arrangements are thoughtful, color-coordinated, and they come in JARS! I love stuff in jars. It’s just always way cuter. Woooo…sorry I went all 7th grade girl on you there. Here was last year’s arrangement:
Let’s sum up the suggestions so far:
Sobsey’s (The Jerz)
Or your own fabulous arrangement with gladiola and basil.
See you next week!