Kollar Chocolates – Yountville Yummies

Kollar Chocolates is a unique artisanal chocolate shop located in the charming town of Yountville in the Napa Valley. Chris Kollar, the self-taught chocolatier, shares his love of chocolate in his glass walled kitchen.

As you approach the small shop, the rich aromas of chocolate lure you inside. Gleaming display cabinets showcase the delicacies in the extensive and unique chocolate Kollar repertoire. These are more than extraordinary desserts; the beautiful truffles are actually small works of edible art – tiny bites filled with intense flavor and rich essence.

Chris uses only the best quality ingredients to create premium chocolates, that provide more than a fleeting moment of chocolate bliss! From classic European-style chocolates, to new world flavors, Naomi Pasztor and Chris Kollar have brought a personal sense, style and panache to the world of chocolate.

Chris & Naomi invite you to watch and learn about quality handmade chocolate through a glass show kitchen, where Chris produces his small batch confections. On the other side of the marble cooling slabs, Naomi Pasztor manages the front of the shop, offering pre-packaged and to-order chocolates, Gelato, and Espresso coffee.

Wine touring should be combined with chocolate tasting – at Kollar Chocolates. The unique chocolate design and sophisticated packaging is ideal for corporate or personal gift giving – or keep them all to yourself! Online ordering if you haven’t time to escape to the wine country.

Located in the V Marketplace on Washington Street in Yountville. http://kollarchocolates.com/index.html

A wall of Chocolate, who wouldn't be pleased?

A wall of Chocolate, who wouldn’t be pleased?



Temple Bar, in the Village

Off the beaten track and worth the search, seek out the elegant Temple Bar on Lafayette Street in the Village, the green door marked only by a gecko drawing. You want the left Gecko, not the right Gecko.

Thank you Barbara Tanis and David Tanis for inviting me!

You will be reminded of bygone days, of novel and film scenes of the 1940’s in this elegant and handsome bar, the barmen are serious mixologists who take inordinate pleasure in their unique offerings. Traditional and creative drinks are presented with vigorous shakes and generous pours.

A stylish cocktail lounge, decorated with walls of mahogany, dim moody lighting, a long bar sweeps across the room, snuggle in the luxurious leather chairs or perch in the comfy bar stools.

Rye Manhattan with glacier ice cube

Simple but well prepared bar bites: Deviled Eggs, Fresh Guacamole, Ginger Glazed Spare Ribs…I would suggest a Rye Manhattan on the rocks or as the bartender pointed out on the rock – singular. One large square ice cube the size of an orange – colossal cube is the new trend, doesn’t dissipate the drink. Who knew?

Deviled Eggs- a summer must have!

If you drop in, look for my umbrella hanging under the bar, I was so engrossed in conversation; I forgot to take it with me, please return it to The Lowell Hotel.

Loved the cheeky bartender who prepares Ginger Beer every few days, he said I could take the menu when he wasn’t looking! David, have you figured out the recipe yet?

332 Lafayette St, New York, NY

Sad News, Temple Bar is closing December 31.