Food Friday! : Brought to you by GROUND ZERO
The best part of any skiing or snowboarding excursion is not the cold wind rushing against your cheeks. It is not the adrenaline rush of zipping down a mountain at a demonic speed. It is not even the sense of accomplishment one has after having conquered the mountain’s treacherous twits and turns.
Let’s be honest - the best part of skiing happens in the cabin afterwards, by the fire, wrapped in a cozy blanket. It’s the hot, decadent, comforting cup of cocoa in your hands.
The best hot chocolate that can be had in Los Angeles is at GROM in Malibu. GROM is an authentic Italian import that (ironically) specializes in gelato. Don’t get me wrong – the gelato is top notch, a treatise on creaminess and flavor. However, GROM’s hot chocolate is the stuff of dreams. It’s thick, rich, and tastes as if some culinary revolutionary was audacious enough to take the best chocolate bar in the world and melt it down to liquid perfection.
The reason it tastes that way is because that is exactly what GROM does; the hot chocolate consists of pure Venezuelan and Bolivian semi-sweet chocolate melted down with the help of neither milk not water. The whipped cream (which is technically optional, but shame on those who forego it) is made fresh, and is a distant cry from the fluffy stuff that comes in spray cans. This whipped cream is thick yet light, an edible cloud of sorts. It is the perfect vessel for playfully transporting the first couple spoonful’s of hot chocolate into one’s mouth before proceeding to the gulps and slurps.
But if Malibu is a little too far to trek to as the new semester gets underway, we at Ground Zero Performance Café have some choclatey concoctions of our own to keep you warm on these (surprisingly) cold Los Angeles nights. For a smooth and flavorful treat, try the “Go to Sleep Grandma”, our peanut butter hot chocolate made with Ghirardelli’s finest chocolate powder. Or perhaps try our “Rosco’s Hot Cocoa”, a hazelnut and cinnamon hot chocolate that warms both the palate and the soul. Of course, we also offer good old-fashioned hot chocolates made with your choice of milk.
In all honesty, a hot chocolate isn’t quite the equivalent of a skiing trip to the mountains. But it is arguably the closest thing without having to leave campus.