If you haven’t dined at The Chocolate Room before, I suggest stopping what you’re doing right now and ordering something decadent off their choco-centric menu (The Brownie Sundae, please). Not only does The Chocolate Room serve up cakes, ice cream, brownies, and cookies, but they also make their own chocolate candies– particularly a variety of to-die-for truffles.
For Valentine’s Day, I recommend getting a selection of Raspberry Cayenne Heart Bonbons for something sweet and spicy. Sample them for yourself on February 12th at The Sauce’s Aphrodisiac Cocktails & Toys for Couples event at Gallery Nine5. Guests will learn how to make their own Atsby Vermouth cocktails, as well as taste some Aphrodisiac bites and take part in a sex toy workshop.
Get your tickets here.
Pralines are one of those treats that I’ve heard of before, but growing up in New Hampshire, they weren’t a common sweet snack. After giving Brooklyn-made Love Sweet Love Pralines a try, I’m sad I’ve been missing out on them all this time. Love Sweet Love makes bite-sized treats with Georgia pecans and goats milk; they’re also gluten-free. I love the crunchy yet fudge-like texture, the sugary vanilla sweetness, and the nutty flavor with each bite. Love Sweet Love was created by New Orleans Native Courtney Feemster, when she couldn’t find good Southern-style pralines in New York. After getting some good feedback on her homemade candies, she began selling them at festivals and markets.
The pralines are currently distributed by Fare Trade NY, but will soon be available online. However, you can try them on February 12th at The Sauce’s Aphrodisiac Cocktails & Toys for Couples. Get your tickets here.
On February 12th, join The Sauce, Atsby Vermouth, and Gallery Nine5 for an arousing evening of aphrodisiac cocktails and bites, giving you the tools for an intimate Valentines Day. Couples will take part in a sex toy workshop as well as learn how to contruct the perfect vermouth cocktails. As you sip and taste goodies like bonbons from Brooklyn’s The Chocolate Room, explore a private showing of Chilean artist Ignacio Muñoz Vicuña’s work. Each couple will depart with an aphrodisiac goodie bag, including Tiny Oven Macarons to keep the mood alive at home. Tickets are $150 per couple.
Get your tickets here.
One of my favorite Brooklyn websites, BK Styled is hosting a fun Valentines-themed workshop on February 1st at King & Grove Williamsburg. You can learn how to mix cocktails, make your own cards or stationery, or do both. Kari Morris of Morris Kitchen will share some essential tips on how to prep for a party and great delicious drinks using Owney’s Rum, The Mason Shaker, and Brooklyn Bitters. Of course, it will be followed by an hour of cocktails and treats. Then, Emily Johnson of Hartland Brooklyn Card Co. will teach basic illustration skills as well as introduce attendees to the art of pen and ink, sponsored by Tres Belle Spa and Knot&Bow.
Bonus: All attendees will walk away with a goodie bag of local products provided by the sponsors, and I’ve gotten some intel that they’re going to be awesome.
Learn more and get your tickets here.
Single guys and gals, Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day for couple-y dates anymore. On Tuesday, February 12, 2013 (6-9pm), MeetMoi and Brooklyn Exposed want you to join other singles for a night of mingling and matchmaking at their Singles Valentine’s Mixer.
It’s at a hot place too– MISDEMEANOR at NU Hotel in Boerum Hill, a loungey spot to get your flirt on. You’ll get to sip on BULLDOG Gin’s “Love Potion” cocktail during the one hour open bar (6-7pm), and Additional drinks and food will be available for purchase. And if the open bar wasn’t reason enough to get there early, the first forty people to arrive will receive a special gift bag from NYC’s female-owned sex toy store, Babeland.
PLUS, guests will get tips during the event from, Rachel Russo, a Sex & Dating guru and an NYC-based Dating, Relationship and Image Coach. She’ll help facilitate introductions for singles, as well as offering sex and dating tips.
So get on this. The cost is $10, but only $8 with registration/sign-up to MeetMoi. There are limited tickets available, so get yours quickly! Learn more here.
Still looking for a unique gift for your Brooklyn sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? I’ve picked out three of my favorite sweet treats that I think your valentine will love just as much as I do.
1. Hot and Bothered set from With Love From Brooklyn
Spice things up with this set from one of my favorite curated gift sites, With Love From Brooklyn. The four-pack includes Jacques Torres Wicked Hot Chocolate and Wicked Chocolate Bar, Nunu Chocolates Mezcal Chili Truffles, and Spoonable Chili Caramel. It’s sweet. It’s spicy; and it’s the perfect artisinal gift for the one you love. Use the code HOTSTUFF to get 20 percent off.
2. Knipschildt Strawberry Hazelnut Bark from The Chocolate Room
I have a deep connection with The Chocolate Room and any of their chocolates and baked goods. I’m loving this Knipschildt Strawberry Hazelnut Bark for Valentine’s Day. I like it’s festive and unique look– milk and pink colored white chocolate bark with hazelnuts and strawberry powder. Pair it with these pretty rosewater truffles for an extra sweet surprise.
3. Red Hook Red Hot Cupcakes from Baked
Who wouldn’t like red velvet cake with a hint of valrhona cocoa, layered and topped with your choice of vanilla cinnamon buttercream or classic cream cheese frosting? One of my favorite bakeries, Baked in Red Hook offers the Red Hook Red Hot cake in cupcake form, which I think is a little bit cuter than the whole cake. Contact the bakery soon to place your order.
I was quite spoiled with gifts today, and (of course) each gift had a hint of Brooklyn. How else would you treat Becoming Brooklyn to a Valentines Day celebration? I received a gorgeous necklace from one of my favorite Brooklyn shops– Teddy, a trendy clothing and accessories shop at 216 Court Street.
Next, no V-day is complete without chocolate, and my Valentine gave me a chocolate bar from Mast Brothers, a chocolate company based in Williamsburg. My second favorite part (after the amazing tasting chocolate) is the wrapper on the back of the bar, which outlines exactly where each ingredient comes from. The salt from France, the almonds from California– it’s all there!
Finally, I recieved flowers at work from one of my favorite local shops– James Weir Floral Company in Brooklyn Heights. A festive mix of lilies, roses, and carnations, the bouquet was a beautiful addition to the day. What more could a Brooklyn girl ask for?