During our trip to Paris, we had to visit The Louvre. It’s one of the largest museums in the world with an astounding amount of art work. And of course, while we were there, we had to take an afternoon break at Angelina cafe, home to one of the most famous hot chocolates—many argue the best hot chocolate.

We didn’t have a chance to visit the original historical tearoom, hopefully we will another time, but the visit to the cafe inside The Louvre was a nice compromise.

There are two signature items at Angelina: African hot chocolate and the Mont-Blanc. I can’t remember why we ended up not ordering the latter. I believe it was because a few of our friends had it before our visit and didn’t care for it. But now, looking back at these photos, I wish we had given it a try. After all, we were already in Paris!

African hot chocolate

Their famous hot chocolate is composed of three kinds of African cocoa from Niger, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. The hot chocolate is served with a small pot of freshly whipped cream.

Urbane Cafe is a chain in California offering gourmet sandwiches and salads. They recently opened a new location in Mira Mesa a few months ago.

The restaurant space is fairly small, but there is a good amount of indoor and outdoor seating. The menu consists of sandwiches made with their fire-baked focaccia bread, salads, and some warm, fresh baked goods.

Fall Sandwich

Since it is Fall, I chose this colorful, Fall-themed sandwich. Roasted rosemary chicken, heirloom carrots, julienned apples, beets, cranberry chutney aioli, mozzarella cheese and arugula on fresh baked focaccia bread. All sandwiches come with a side salad as well.

There was a good balance of ingredients and the bread tasted soft and freshly baked. It was a solid sandwich, but it didn’t really get me excited. I also felt the thin focaccia bread made the sandwich feel less filling.

I’m so excited for Thanksgiving that I haven’t been able to think about much else. Over the years I’ve shared many Thanksgiving recipes on the blog. Here is my annual round-up of some of my favorite. I hope you’ll find one to enjoy as well!

Side Dishes