Yesterday, we celebrated Luke's birthday in a similarly fine fashion. We ventured north on Damen to Hot Chocolate, a beautiful restaurant specializing in American contemporary cuisine and--you guessed it--desserts. Owner Mindy Segal has been honored by the James Beard Foundation several times, and we knew we were in for a real treat.
We started with mussels, but these were not your everyday fare. Rather, they were made with bacon, shallots, cream and PBR. A hipster's dream. Next, I enjoyed a beautifully prepared flank steak. But I must admit, I was thinking of hot chocolate and desserts the entire time.
After toiling over several hot chocolate options--all of which sounded delectable--I finally decided on the Medium hot chocolate: milk chocolate with a touch of dark chocolate and caramel. It was served with a cube of marshmallow on the side, which I promptly submerged, delicately of course, into my mug of goodness.
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To put it simply, I was in heaven. And I'll be back.
In the mean time, I will attempt to recreate Mindy's Banana Brioche Monkey Bread, a recipe that she shared on Martha Stewart in 2010.
Stay tuned for the results!