Bikes, hot chocolate, and a perfectly clear Vancouver evening…it doesn’t get much better for mid-January. Vancouver’s Annual Hot Chocolate Festival is currently in town, and needless to say I’m a huge fan. The premise of the festival is the creation of delicious, one-of-a-kind hot chocolates in cafés throughout the city. Small business owners and chefs succeed in putting together some pretty phenomenal drinks during the duration of the festival, so it’s worth getting out and exploring the various venues. We spent a Friday evening on bikes zipping around the city’s cafés for a sampling of what there is to offer this year, and we weren’t disappointed. Try wrapping your senses around these hot chocolate flavours: curry, rum eggnog, banana bread, hibiscus white chocolate…to name a few. There were even some chocolate-themed cocktails on the menu for night-crawlers like us. If you are in Vancouver – go get yourself some hot chocolate. And if you are in a different city, that has the misfortune not to have a hot chocolate festival – start one!