One of the best parts of my trip to Boston last November was the Boston Chocolate Tour I took of the South End of Boston. It was such a blast and I got to meet some cool people too. I love taking off the beaten track tours when I travel. It gives me a real flavour of the neighbourhoods and a grass roots take from its locals.
The November Fall weather made for a lovely jaunt around town and the eating of crazy amounts of chocolate from some pretty swish boutique cafes and shops whilst I was on holiday. On the tour be ready to pick up plenty of samples on the way, plus tips on tasting, buying and storing fine chocolate. Each participant also receives a VIP Card, good for discounts and VIP treatment at local gourmet businesses.
I was glad that the leader gave us a Ziploc bag that came along with my goodie bag at the start of our journey. I came with a full belly but man I can eat only so much chocolate. I’m glad I saved the lion’s share of the samples. They came to good use when I was able to eat them for dinner on my flight back to Toronto. Holla!
BOSTON CHOCOLATE TOUR OF THE SOUTH END runs on Saturdays at 2:00PM
The exclusive 2 ½-hour walking tour highlights the historic South End neighborhood. This area is home to elegant Victorian brick row houses, many dating from the 1800s, and one of the most diverse populations in Boston.
Some of the destinations we visited were:
•Feature stop: ChocoLee – this award winning chocolate shop is owned by Lee Napoli one of Yankee Magazine’s Top 5 Chocolate Makers
•Enjoy chocolate heaven in the form of a homemade Oreo at a bakery owned by Celebrity Chef Joanne Chang
•Yelp reviews call this hidden spot’s “chocolate chip cookies” to die for
•A neighborhood landmark restaurant with a celebrity chef shares their special chocolate martini during their pajama brunch
•The best homemade chocolate ice cream in Boston can be found at this Pizza restaurant
•Enjoy cupcakes named The Madison, The Harriet and The Simon voted “The Best of Boston” by the Improper Bostonian
•Rosie’s Bakery is not in the South End but their famous chocolate orgasm is and we know where to find and sample it.
The Boston Chocolate Tour of the South End meets on Saturday afternoon’s at 2:00PM at Code 10, 1638 Washington Street in Boston’s South End. The walk itself is moderate and it ends near the Boston Center for the Arts.
My favourite spot on the chocolate walking tour was a stop at the world renowned Flour Bakery. The homemade Oreo Cookie were to die for and the gluten free brownies were enough to put me into diabetic shock. I’m glad I indulged on the trip early on because tons of walking was needed to work that decadence off.
I even found the book ‘Flour’ by Joanne Chang that housed the recipes for these two gorgeous creations. It retails for $35.00 USD from Chronicle Books. Check it out here:
Advance tickets required for any of the Boston Chocolate Tours – tour size is limited to 14. Check them out here: http://www.bostonchocolatetours.com/tours/
Thank you to Victoria and Veronique for such a fun and highly educated chocolate walking tour!