It’s the season for spiced hot chocolate. Anything spicy and warm is welcomed in my life right about now. The winter doesn’t like me, and I don’t think much of it either. “You look beautiful in the winter,” my fiance says. He’s just saying that because he knows all about my “no-love-all-hate” relationship with winter. I’m an island gal, and winter and I will never see eye to eye! I try to stay positive, and get out of the house even on my days off.
My mouth watered every time I walked past a cozy looking and inviting cafe or restaurant with all of their signs promising hot delicious drinks. I was tempted to enter a couple, but I knew exactly where to go. I went for a quick Vietnamese meal on the Upper West Side with Fiance, and decided to go back all the way to 118th street in Harlem for the best hot chocolate in New York City. That’s right, the spiced hot chocolate at The Cecil is the best I’ve ever had in the city that I haven’t made myself. And I dedicated a whole winter looking for hot chocolate once. I’ve paid some hefty prices for a little cup of disappointment, and then I stopped looking. The Cecil brought back hope after I had my first sip of their hot chocolate. One sip restored my whole day, and I was sold. Roasted marshmallows soaked in two kinds of chocolates slowly stirred with cinnamon, and cardamom. Yes, it is heaven.
Little things that keep me from giving up in the winter? Leather gloves with pretty little buttons and studs make me happy. And so do fun hats. The wind blew my red hat off, but I didn’t care. It was kind of fun to chase after it. Pops of colors always draw my attention, and I like to contribute as well with winter accessories. And I think if you wear nice gloves, it’s hard not to care about how you look even in the freezing cold.