On a recent trip to Hillcrest, I spotted Chocolat and wanted to check it out. With my penchant for sweet and French desserts, I was immediately drawn towards the store.

I’ve seen two other dessert places occupy this location, and was surprised to see yet another new store occupying the space.

I wasn’t in the mood to take out my camera, so we relied on FH’s iphone for these pictures.

Once inside, I saw the funny cartoon cows and realized that this store must be related to the downtown Chocolat, which I had yet to check out but have been wanting to because people have raved about the gelato.

I’ve been wanting to make a savory version of monkey bread for a while now after seeing several versions on different food blogs.

I decided to make a giant one, using my Nordic Ware Classic Bundt Pan. It’s a little amusing seeing savory monkey bread in the shape of cake. It’s almost like a fake-out.

What is better than nutella lava cookies? How about nutella lava brownies.

Imagine fudgy chewy brownies, oozing with nutella.

These came out just as good as I hoped and were a big hit with the family. Being a big brownie lover, I think I may like these even more than the nutella lava cookies I previously made.