Chocolate Chip Day in LA

In the spirit of National Chocolate Chip Day, this Thursday May 15th we are comparing the classic chocolate chunk Pizookie at BJ’s to one of Los Angeles’ most recent talked about chocolate chip dispensaries – Sycamore Kitchen. The Pizookie is a signature dessert at BJ’s. It is brought to your table in aluminum tin with which it was cooked and a scoop of vanilla ice cream right on top.  The cookie is so warm that the chocolate chunks are oozing out of the cookie crust surrounding it. The chocolate chunk combined with the doughiness of the inside making you makes this soft pastry melt right in your mouth. This sweet sensation is the perfect chocolate chip dessert.

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Another chocolate chip cookie that has been getting a lot of buzz in the LA area is at Sycamore Kitchen in Hollywood California. This cookie experience was a sweet sensation! On first bite, I was taken aback by the dark chocolate chips that had an undertone of bittersweet coffee. With each bite I could taste the complex flavors of the chips and a hint of sea salt on the top crust. This was such a great compliment to the multifaceted and dense flavors presented in this cookie. Salty and sweet are a classic and always amazing combination in food. The part of the cookie I loved the most was the core of it. The center was made up of melted chocolate chips that eventually hardened in the cooling process. It was so dense in chocolate that the actual inside of the cookie was a dark brown, almost resembling the color of black licorice. This never tasted before blend of chocolate flavor was incredible – I loved it!

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Written By Sarah Liss:  A current undergraduate at the University of California Riverside, majoring in Ethnic Studies, this food lover knows her way around a menu. Her background as a biracial woman has not only made her interested in her own cultures, but also the cultural experiences of others around her. She is very perceptive, analytical and compassionate. These core characteristics helped her to see how food isn’t just nourishment, but a threshold into others’ lives.

 

The Perfect Date Night for National Chocolate Chip Day

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When you and your special companion celebrate a holiday, what is it that makes it so special? Is it the fact that you are together, shutting out the world and tuning out all distractions ? Well, when May 15th arrives, you can find another reason to do just that! National Chocolate Chip Day is a day to celebrate that sweet sensation found in many of our favorite pastries, such as cookies, pancakes, bagels, brownies, muffins, and much more. What better way to celebrate this sweet holiday than to bake a delicious batch of chocolate chip cookies or try a new chocolate chip dessert with your significant other?

Start the day off with a romantic getaway to the grocery store together. Doesn’t sound fun but shopping as a couple can be quite enjoyable – you just have to make it that way. Peruse the aisle with your beau to find just the right ingredients for a sexy night in doors with your favorite sensual ingredient. A hint of whipped cream and strawberries may be just the right ingredients to add to a sexy night of chocolate. Before going to the store try checking out Pinterest or IG for a chocolate dessert that will set the right mood for your evening.

When you arrive home set the tone with a romantic playlist and begin the adventure of making your chocolate delight together. Now is the time to be hands on with your dessert and your partner so don’t be shy. While you’re preparing the dessert sneak a bite or two – your beau included. Once the dessert is prepared to bake, head to the shower to cool off. After letting off some steam wear your partner’s favorite bedtime attire and hit the dining room to have a sweet chocolate night.

Elevate the mood by changing the music to something sultry. If you’re an old fashion music lover try crooners, such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Louis Armstrong, and Bing Crosby, for a number of slow dance songs. Songs such as ‘In My Life’ & ‘Something’ by The Beatles, ‘Memories of You’ & ‘Girl in My Dreams’ by The Four Lovers (the band that became The Four Seasons), and ‘My Girl’ by The Temptations are sure to put you both in a feel good mood. Make the kitchen your dance floor and whisk your beau off his or her feet for a magical night of dancing. And we haven’t even gotten to the dessert yet.

For a dance break, set out the dessert with your favorite sweet wine in a candle lit room facing a window for a a perfect view of the city. Be sure to sit next to your partner so you can feed each other the savory chocolate treat. Take in all the sweet sensations from the music titillating your eardrums, to the beautiful cityscape, the taste of sweet chocolate on your tongue, the smell of chocolate mixed with your partner’s natural fragrance, and the the warm touch of your beau. Each sensation will make the mood that much more magical. You can heat up the night by popping in one of your favorite romantic films and cuddling on the couch together with your edible creation – let the night take you away. That is one sweet treat that is tough to beat! Happy National Chocolate Chip Day, everyone!

Z.M. Wise is a poet/writer, assistant editor/co owner of an international publishing press, poetry activist, student, full time worker, voice actor, old soul/old fashioned romantic, animal lover/animal rights supporter, lover of fitness, and more. For one year, he has been giving free love/dating/relationship advice to help as many women as possible, whether the question is about the relationship itself, how to get over a breakup, how to be a better person, and everything in between. His theory is that love is so vast and unlimited that it has no definition. There are a large number of awful relationships and it is his genuine pleasure to help and try to decrease that number in nearly any means necessary. All he asks in return is that the advice works in the long run. His motto in life contains two simple, but powerful words: POETRY LIVES!! He will make sure it remains vibrant for the rest of his days and beyond. Love, like poetry, shall live on. After all, it is what we live for.

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