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2011 - It's chilly. It's the holidays. It's hot chocolate time.

What's good?

I beautifully kicked off the season with the best Mexican hot chocolate I've ever had at C Casa in Napa.

First is was much better than real hot chocolate., The whipped cream was amazing, thick and ivory colored. The chocolate was nicely spiced, not too little not too much.

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C Casa
644 1st St, Napa, CA 94559

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  1. I really enjoy the maya hot chocolate at Coupa Cafe in Palo Alto. Bonus points for their ability to make it dairy free using soy milk. I'm not sure how venezuelan hot chocolate differs from mexican - perhaps the spice blend? I also love the cachapa pancake there.

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    Coupa Cafe
    538 Ramona St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

    1. Mmm, this thread is reminding me of the glory I experienced at Cacao Drink Chocolate in Portland. http://cacaodrinkchocolate.com/

      Other than Coupa Café, what other chocolate drinking bars are there in the Bay Area worth visiting?

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      Coupa Cafe
      538 Ramona St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

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      1. re: sairuh

        Bittersweet Cafe in Oakland: http://www.bittersweetcafe.com/store_...

        Excellent place to drink cocoa, but they also have a large selection of chocolate bars, and their cocoa mixes are great to make at home. Some times they have a killer pot de creme too.

        1. re: j mather

          I love their bicerin for my hot chocolate fix as it's spiked w a shot of espresso. Try the one made with water so that you don't think "mocha".

      2. It you want to have it on hand at home Chuao Chocolate's is very good and they're having a Black Friday-Cyber Monday special now. http://www.nexternal.com/chuao/free-h...

        1. Viva Cocolat in Petaluma serves a wonderful European Sipping Chocolate. Think of it a the espresso of hot chocolate.

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          Viva Cocolat
          110 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA

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          1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

            A few photos of Viva Cocolat.

            http://ruthvenphotos.com/vivacocolat

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            Viva Cocolat
            110 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA

          2. A new SF strong contender is Ma'velous on Market near Civic Center. I wanted to like Coffee Bar on Montgomery in the FiDi, but too much globby unmelted chocolate at the bottom turned me off. Cafe Madeleine remains my favorite morning hot chocolate -- it's not so thick that it results in a daylong chocolate stupor like some of the European style drinks (Boulette's Larder, for instance).

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            Cafe Madeleine
            149 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

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            1. re: david kaplan

              Re Boulette's-- my thoughts exactly! That stuff is too rich for me. Reminds me of the hot chocolate that Francois Payard used to serve at his late, lamented patisserie on Madison Ave in NYC-- like drinking a melted chocolate pot de creme.