Easter Bunnies

IMG_2038When I was a kid I loved Easter, or maybe that should read: when I was a kid I loved chocolate.

When I think about it other than the rare batch of brownies, mostly we didn’t have real chocolate in the house very often at all, and given we weren’t religious all Easter really  meant to me at the time was that we would sometimes hunt for easter eggs (chocolate) and always be given a big milk chocolate bunny (on a good year we might get a few bunnies or a big egg, depended on resources and my mothers mood).  Truly my middle name should be sweet tooth, as I could devour a good size Bunny in a matter of an hour given that I wasn’t prevented from doing so: Save some for tomorrow!  Would always be the cry from my mother.

My favorite place in town for anything chocolate and molded into a shape is the New York City classic old time chocolatier Lilac Chocolates in the West Village (it was for decades on Christopher and now it’s on Eight Avenue and Jane street and they also have an outpost in Grand Central.  You gotta check out their website if only to see the pink bunnies).IMG_2039The Easter Chocolate pictured here is all from Whole Foods, the exuberance of the displays was pretty impressive – I love how they have the main display somewhere in the store then just as you are waiting in line at check out you turn a corner and there is another huge display…it’s like the bunnies are stalking you.  They have a kind of evil grin don’t you think?

IMG_2040IMG_2041…and can someone tell me what chocolate easter bunnies have to do with Easter?

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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