It could have been the name Juliette Et Chocolate , the curly red font and design of the logo or the fact that all the staff were floppy red hats that hearkened of an earlier time when life was slower.
Regardless of the original reason for my attraction to the café, it has special memories for me now and I will always make time to go and visit whenever I’m in Montreal.
I went in alone on this visit. My husband waited with the girlies on the busy sidewalk outside. We had made a work trip into a family trip, he took a couple of violin lessons and we spent the rest of the time revisiting old haunts and exploring new food spots recommended by Bon Appetit Magazine.
I knew where to get hot chocolate though. And despite it being July, I wanted some. The red-hatted, red-aproned waitress led me to the take out counter where I felt like I was in the chocolate factory and the staff were the Oompa-Loompas.
I placed my order for dark hot chocolate, Montreal has the best method and the most decadent hot chocolate I’ve tasted. While I waited for my order, I perused the display case full of lovely treats in little glass jars. I watched orders go out- cappuccino with a light dusting of cinnamon, velvet chocolate cheesecake and then my drink. Piping hot and richly chocolate.
I savoured it.
Every last drop.
And then I realized that it wasn’t so much the hot chocolate that I had been savouring but the whole experience. The slow process of melting chocolate, the descriptions that made me want to try everything in the display case, and the unhurried manner of the staff. They were happy to serve, happy to bring a chocolately refreshment to the busyness of life.
It was just a ten minute pause in a busy day but the refreshment stayed with me long after the drink was gone.
What special drink refreshes you? Is it the drink itself or the overall experience?