Divine Decadence

Judging by the crowds at the Y this week, everyone is deep in the throes of initial commitment to their New Year’s Resolutions. Sweaty earnest faces scrunched in the mental litany “I will lose weight I will” … it’s all so depressing, especially as I know from prior observation that the crowds will die down by the end of the month as one by one they fall off the resolution wagon.

So what about those resolutions to treat yourself better, eh?

My nightly walk to and from the Y brings me past ACKC: The Cocoa Gallery, the 14th Street newly opened branch of Alexandria’s Kingsbury Chocolates. This little red shop and cafe is exactly the sort of place I’ve been craving for my neighborhood. Rows of pristine artisan crafted truffles, stacks of exotic chocolate bars, and a cocoa bar.

Really, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but what I do have is a rampant winter obsession with hot chocolate. So the sight of people bellying up to a cheerful bar, sipping the divine indulgence with a variety of additions like chipotle, lavendar, orange – instantly pushes me over the resolution edge.

It’s a love affair that will last longer than the elliptical. And honestly (rationalization alert!), if you limit yourself to occasional indulgences, it’s better for you, right?

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