Saturday, November 22, 2008

Boston Chocolate Buffet

Because it is Thanksgiving, I feel obligated to say something about thankfulness and American forefathers, so I will say that just up the coast from Plymouth rock (in Boston), I found something that I was tremendously thankful for: a CHOCOLATE BUFFET. The Langham Hotel's Café Fleuri has a chocolate buffet on Saturday afternoons September through June, $40 per person, and it is completely worth it. The friend I went with told me that this was something she wants to do before she dies, but I would seriously consider going back again.

There was a surprising number of kid birthday parties in the restaurant, and an array of packaged Tootsie Rolls, Hershey's Kisses, and other candies to cater to them, but here are photos of the endless grown up options.

The photo above is the "Wicked" hot chocolate, one of two hot chocolate options with handmade marshmallows; this hot chocolate was quite rich, with a touch of Grand Marnier.

A crêpe bar provided freshly made chocolate crêpes: chocolate batter, and your choice of various chocolate, candy, and fruit fillings, with crème anglaise or whipped cream to top it.

Beautiful little sweets proliferated: an Oreo with a hat of mint cream, a glass of chocolate quinoa pudding and raspberry jam, and milk chocolate caramel layered cake.

We filled our plates with random goodness (clockwise from upper left): salted chocolate caramel, mini whoopie pie, chocolate madeleine, carrot cake with white chocolate icing, cannolli tipped with pistachio, chocolate pecan tart, pink and white cookie, chocolate coconut mound, and a chocolate fondu-dipped marshmallow.

An elegant and subtle Boston cream pie.

Stacks of cannollis!

Macarons! I may have tucked a few of these into my purse: pistachio with chocolate filling (a bit too crisp on the outside) and raspberry (quite good!)

Not chocolate, but very pretty: thick tapioca with fresh blueberries.

Needless to say, I only had one bite of each thing, and worked hard at taking my time to eat things slowly and space them out with coffee. All the staff working there were extremely helpful and in good spirits; who wouldn't be in good spirits at a chocolate buffet? It was a decadent, beautiful experience.

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