Last weekend a friend introduced me to the most amazing coffeehouse ever: Rim Cafe in Philadelphia's 9th Street Italian Market. Behind the counter was owner Rene Kobeitri, master of making wonderful coffee and hot chocolate drinks. My friend swore she had the best espresso ever at Rim Cafe.
We walked in on a chilly night. One look at the menu and I knew I had to try the hot chocolate volcano.
Rene assembled our drinks in front of us, first filling a mug with whipped cream. He then poured in the hot chocolate creating a volcano like affect as the whipped cream erupted in the mug.
By then I thought I found heaven. But it only got better. Rene started taking out homemade blocks of chocolate. One was flavored with ginger, Another with peppers. One was white chocolate. I lost track as he shaved bar after bar into our hot chocolate. He described each bar as he loaded our drinks with chocolate.
All Rene's stories are punctuated by his two favorite phrases: "Oh my Gid" and "Make it Happennnnnn" which he made my husband and I promise we would do after leaving the cafe.
I'm not sure what was the best part. Meeting Rene or drinking his hot chocolate. And I can't forget to mention the old school Italian musicians who were playing in the background. Jeff certainly seemed to enjoy it and I know I can't wait to go back.