As an early birthday present to my mom, I treated her to a night at the Cocoa Lounge at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, CA. For only $18, you have access to an all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet. Amazing, right?!
Just imagine a room full of delicious chocolatey treats, all yours for the taking. This was my second year of attendance, so I knew what to expect. I ate a small dinner before so I had plenty of room to indulge.
Round 1: At first I thought the chocolate-covered bacon was just for display because they were stood up in a flower vase. Maybe they were for display, but I took one anyway.
Round 2 included several kinds of mousse too. I loved all the different ways you can incorporate chocolate (or white chocolate) into so many types of desserts: tarts, cake, cupcakes, mousse, cake balls, bars, cookies, etc.
Round 3: The white chocolate lemon bar was my favorite of the night! Normally I go for the real chocolate, but this dessert just had the right mixture of flavors.
My mom and I were stuffed by the end of the night, but that didn't stop us from sneaking a few pieces of chocolate-covered bacon in our purses. What can I say?...it was the perfect snack when my stomach got some more room again.
The Cocoa Lounge is open for two weeks every February. This was the fifth year of the event. I will definitely be attending at least once next year. I can't wait!