Tag archives for chocolate

Finding the Beat of Brussels

Brussels is far from undiscovered, but it can feel underrated. Here are some highlights from a recent trip to a city that feels more like an inviting village than an anonymous urban expanse — where everything is close by, prices are reasonable, and a decidedly peaceful vibe works its way into your stride.

When we travel, we can become someone else, and in Brussels, I fancied myself a chocolate designer. I’d open a small corner shop just off the Grand Place, where it’s less chaotic and I could create beautiful pieces of art that also happen to be delicious.

The Radar: Travel Lately

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The best thing about the digital age is dialogue. We’re not here to tell you what we think you need to know; we’re here to start a conversation. Some of the best conversations spring up around controversial topics — and a recent post about the world’s best chocolatiers has provided a jumping-off point for just that.

Who doesn’t love chocolate?

Here are ten of the best chocolatiers in the world.

There might not be a right way to eat chocolate, but there may be a better way.

National Geographic’s Digital Nomad, Andrew Evans, recently met up with Swiss chocolate sage Michel Baud of Philippe Pascoët, who shared with him these five tips on how to maximize the chocolate experience.

Now we’re sharing them with you.

Finding Zest in Zanzibar

Growing up in Ohio, I never gave a second thought to cinnamon. I just accepted it as a fact of life: toasted split-top wheat bread in the morning spread with butter and a sprinkling of cinnamon-sugar. At that point in my life, spices came in little red and white plastic bottles that lived forever on…

This week’s #FriFotos theme is CHOCOLATE, so we thought we’d throw a curveball by choosing a photo of the so-called “Chocolate Hills” in Bohol province, Philippines. The green grass that covers these famous mounds turns brown in the dry season, calling to mind a chocolate candy land. We’d take a visit to these hills (there…

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

Saturday Night Out in Madrid

I arrived in Madrid a few weeks ago with only a handful of hours on a Saturday to show my fiancé around town, so I wanted a way to pack in as much culture as we could, and if possible, do it on the cheap. Enter my colleague Meg Weaver’s excellent Free City Guide to…

Organic Chocolate in Ecuador

Kallari bars are considered to be some of the best chocolate around (at least by pastry chef Kate Zuckerman–see this article–and Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert). Available in Whole Foods markets, they are a sweet you can feel good about buying: Over 850 Kichwa families living in the Amazon rain forest region of Ecuador have formed…

London’s Easter Sweets

With Easter just around the corner, there’s only one thing on my mind – chocolate. While I won’t be traipsing around London tasting some of the world’s finest chocolate anytime soon, I hope to live vicariously through my fellow chocoholics who find the time to do so. For the Easter holiday, the four-star Mandeville Hotel…

Anybody hungry? This week, we introduced the Foodie Challenge, a food/photo contest where the winners can snag a Chocolates of the World Gift Box from National Geographic Foods of the World. All you have to do is add your favorite food shots from your travels to our Flickr pool (and tag them NGTFC). The contest…

Introducing: The Foodie Challenge

We love food. And we know that you love food too – as frankly, it’s a huge part of the travel experience. So we here at Intelligent Travel decided to pair up with National Geographic Foods of the World to introduce the first ever Foodie Challenge. And we’re pretty darn excited about it. Here’s the…

Global Chocolate Quiz

Want to test your chocolate geography skills? Try Traveler’s online WorldWise quiz for October, featuring our favorite sweet treat. Learn chocolate-related facts about Turkey, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Ghana and Italy.  Here’s the first question: Thornton’s, a British chocolatier, created an 860-pound wall of chocolate for an Easter 2007 event. Dubbed the “World’s First…

Destination: DC Dessert

Traveler Intern Catherine Pearson learned that sometimes the sweetest trip can be the one that you take without leaving your city. Ladies and gentlemen, we present you with a “Staycation.” Catherine and her roommate can always make room for cake… We were bound for Niagara Falls. My roommate and I had never been, and it…

Tour Guide: New York Chocolate

I don’t think I need to introduce this post with a quirky anecdote about how much we love chocolate here in Traveler‘s office. But clearly I got a bit excited when I found out that there’s a tour company that gives chocolate tours of the Big Apple (yum…apples and chocolate). Chocolate Zoom Magazine offers three…

Associate Editor Susan O’Keefe caught up with Brian O’Day, the general manager of The Hotel Hershey, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and is still as sweet as ever.      The Hotel Hershey when it opened in 1933, and the hotel today. Hi Brian, Congratulations on Hershey Hotel’s 75th anniversary. We’ve all…

Biagio: Bacon for Dessert

“Have you had the bacon chocolate bar?” she whispered. We were strangers in the cafeteria line but we’d bonded over the crispy breakfast food. That’s how I found out about Biagio Fine Chocolate in Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle/Adams Morgan neighborhood. The next week I trudged there to buy Mo’s Bacon Bar ($7) by Chicago-based Vosges…

Chocolate to Power Trans-Saharan Journey

On November 23, a team of Brits began the “first ever carbon-negative driving expedition.” Andy Pag of London and John Grimshaw of Poole will drive their recycled BioTruck some 4,500 miles from the U.K. across the Sahara to Timbuktu in Mali, West Africa. The catch? Their truck runs on chocolate fuel. UK-based Ecotec has “developed…

Choc-a-blog

We’ve made no secret of our love for chocolate, but it’s been a while since we dedicated an entire entry to our favorite indulgence. So, we thought to ourselves, what better time to do so than Valentine’s Day? While your devoted bloggers have their fingers crossed that boxes of their favorite hometown cacao products will…

Choc and Awe

We’ve all played Around the World with booze and basketballs, but who’s tried it with chocolate? The Chocolate Sophisticate pitched us the idea and, well, since it involved free samples of chocolate, IT acquiesced. Michel Cluizel’s World Tour includes “flights” of chocolate from five locations: Madagascar, the Dominican Republic, São Tomé, Papua New Guinea, and…