My friend and I made a pact that once our children were in school we would take a trip to Boston to go to the Chocolate Bar at the Langham Hotel. About 10 years ago we flew from San Diego to Boston and had the time our lives at the Chocolate Bar. When we saw that the Langham was celebrating the 30th Anniversary of this extraordinary event, we knew it was time to go back.
The Chocolate Bar is really, truly beyond words. There are pastries and truffles, a make your own sundae bar, warm cookies and milk, a crepe station, THREE chocolate fountains and a wall of donuts. Right???
What is impressive about this spread is not just how much is here, it is the QUALITY of what is presented. I bake a great deal and it is very difficult to make that many desserts and make them well. The Langham nails it. My friend and I probably tried about 40 different desserts during our time at the Chocolate Bar and each one of them was amazing. There were a few that missed on execution, but overall, these desserts were phenomenal.
Since this wasn't our first rodeo, we knew how to tackle the Chocolate Bar the right way. Here are three tips:
1. No waist. Wear a dress or a stretchy waist pants. You don't want the restriction :).
2. Tag-team it. You get a plate and fill it and your friend gets a plate and fills it. You then taste everything on both plates - 1 to 2 bites each dessert. Taste them all and go back to the ones you really love and finish them (if you have room).
3. Tea or coffee. I don't like coffee but I know people love to cut the sweet of the desserts with the bitterness of coffee. I got a lovely pot of green tea and sipped on it while sampling the numerous desserts. This helped SOOOO much. Because of the tea, when we were done gorging, I did not feel sick at all.
I can't recommend doing this highly enough. The Chocolate Bar at the Langham Hotel is a memory of a lifetime. I think we need to do it again.