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wutzizname Dec 30, 2011 09:12 AM

I have a friend coming to visit from out of town, and she's a self-proclaimed Chocoholic. So I'm hoping to gather suggestions for the very best chocolate dishes throughout the L.A. land.

For my purposes, I'm probably more interested in desserts (at restaurants and cafes, both high and low end, or at bakeries, or food trucks, or anywhere they're available) as opposed to confections (like truffles or artisan candies) although feel free to rave about those too.

Essentially looking for all of your very favorite chocolate-centric concoctions, hot or cold or somewhere in between. Anything that might appear in a real chocolate lover's dream.

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  1. Servorg RE: wutzizname Dec 30, 2011 09:17 AM

    Josie's chocolate bread pudding.

    2424 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

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      Emme RE: Servorg Dec 31, 2011 10:22 PM

      and the chocolate pave.

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      L.A. Jay RE: wutzizname Dec 30, 2011 09:37 AM

      At Porto's: chocolate croissant, Parisian cake, Opera cake!

      Hot chocolate from Leonidas is a must for any chocoholic!

      1. ipsedixit RE: wutzizname Dec 30, 2011 11:53 AM

        Try Syrup in DTLA.

        From chocolate waffles, to chocolate crepes, to hot chocolate, to chocolate pastries, your friend can sample a cornucopia of chocolate desserts.

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          maudies5 RE: ipsedixit Dec 30, 2011 12:01 PM

          The chocolate-iest dessert I have had recently was at Milo and Olive. Zoe turned out a chocolate tort that was a beautiful, dense slice of the best chocolate ever. . Served with a big dollop of freshly whipped cream. I have no idea if it is available every day but it was on Tuesday. My husband, who is the great chocolate connoisseur, said it was one of the best chocolate desserts he ever tasted.

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          HaroldandMaude RE: wutzizname Dec 30, 2011 04:26 PM

          The chocolate blackout cupcake at Sweet n Savory Bakery on Huntington in San Marino/South Pasadena.

          And the brownies ( I like their walnut brownies best, but they have oreo brownies that are good, too) at Big Sugar Bakeshop on Ventura Blvd in Studio City.

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            Fru RE: wutzizname Dec 30, 2011 10:07 PM

            The Langham does a chocolate afternoon tea. Personally, I haven't been because of schedule conflicts but plan to. Anyone else want to chime in?

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              Fru RE: wutzizname Dec 30, 2011 10:11 PM

              Also, Herrell's Hot Fudge which is from Northampton, MA can now be found at Whole Foods. It is the BEST and no HFCS. Put that over Carmela's Dark Chocolate Cacao Nib ice cream http://carmelaicecream.com/ice-cream-...

              1. Emme RE: wutzizname Dec 31, 2011 10:30 PM

                Bistro Gardens Chocolate Souffle

                Angel Maid Bakery Chocolate Dobash

                Masa's Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

                Cut's Chocolate Ganache

                more fun chocolate - K Chocolatier (for chocolate that.... ahem, puts you in the mood?), Teuscher (for champagne truffles), Edelweiss, Chocolatt... from Belgium

                Amandine Chocolate Croissant

                ...and my brownies.

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                  tastycakes RE: wutzizname Jan 1, 2012 08:33 PM

                  Anything from Madame Chocolat, or try the new Vosges boutique.

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                    maudies5 RE: tastycakes Jan 1, 2012 10:24 PM

                    If you can't get to the Vosges Boutique, try those chocolate, salt caramel bars by the check stand at Trader Joe. I think those bars are just under $2.00. Tastes exactly the same as the Vosges bar for 4x price. I know others who agree. Just sayin..................

                  2. wutzizname RE: wutzizname Jan 9, 2012 10:20 AM

                    Great suggestions so far.

                    1. wutzizname RE: wutzizname Jan 20, 2012 10:07 AM

                      Any other great chocolate ice cream ideas. in addition to Carmela's?

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                        jackattack RE: wutzizname Jan 20, 2012 12:45 PM

                        Snoqualmie of Seattle Brand chocolate MUDD ice cream in pints at most Ralphs markets. Trust me. Fosselman's in Alhambra makes a dark chocolate ice cream that's pretty dang dark.

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                          CulverJack RE: wutzizname Jan 20, 2012 12:49 PM

                          Yes - Sweet Rose in Brentwood, and Coolhaus in Culver City (with other interesting flavors too, and fantastic hot chocolate).

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                          Jwsel RE: wutzizname Jan 20, 2012 12:51 PM

                          The chocolate, chocolate, chocolate dessert at Melisse. It has four different items: (1) a chocolate souffle to which they inject Valhrona chocolate via syringe; (2) a white chocolate bon bon stuffed with chocolate semifreddo; (3) a chocolate-mocha mousse; and (4) a piece of chocolate peanut-butter which is like fudge on a crisp.

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                            hungryveggie RE: wutzizname Mar 7, 2012 08:02 PM

                            Incredibly intense, rich, super high quality chocolate brownies at Sweets for the Soul in Atwater.

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