I made this last year for the first time, but it’s a recipe worth sharing again. The winter weather and tree decorating has put me in a permanent hot chocolate mood. Out of all the hot chocolate beverages, my favorite is this Nutella one.

Extraordinary Desserts is one of those places we often frequent when we have out of town guests visiting. It’s a little on the expensive side but the dessert displays are gorgeous and there’s such a large variety of offerings that there is a little bit something for everyone.

We prefer the Little Italy location as it is much bigger and holds more seating. Once inside, you are met with displays of scones, cookies, cakes, etc. They also offer several flavors of homemade ice cream, with flavors that rotate daily.

If it’s too busy, you can also get your desserts to go. Luckily the wait wasn’t too long when we visited, so we were able to get a table. In addition to desserts, they also have quite a big selection of teas too. I love tea time!

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

This was my choice on our last visit. It’s probably my favorite dessert here and one that you can only get if you dine in. Bits of chocolate croissant are baked in a custard and syrup and served warm with a side of vanilla ice cream. I think it’s pretty self-explanatory why this would be amazing.


One of the best bites I had this year was the fried chicken I had at Thomas Keller’s Addendum, a small stand built behind his Ad Hoc restaurant which serves his famous fried chicken as boxed lunches.

I purchased the Ad Hoc cookbook shortly after it came out and after reading his recipe for his buttermilk fried chicken, it didn’t seem too bad. But like all Thomas Keller recipes, there are a lot of careful steps which can be a little time consuming.