I know many of you out there have been negatively affected by the storm, some worse than others. I consider myself extremely lucky to have made it through safely, along with all my friends and family. I got stuck in Washington DC for two days, was without power or water for 5 days, and am still without heat or hot water, but I have basically had fun each step of the way, as I've had some amazing hosts and chauffeurs.
Of course, during that period I ate a lot of chocolate. You know, to help me through the dark times. In fact, during one 48 hour period, I ate only one meal and otherwise just tons of chocolate. That chocolate will constitute a second ongoing series, along with reviews from The Meadow. They break down into three groups: during the storm, the ride home, and raiding my brother's apartment. But, to let you know it all had a good ending, check this:
After walking to work in midtown from Greenpoint (across the Pulaski and Queensboro Bridges), I was ready for breakfast. When I went to China this summer, one of the hostels at which I stayed blew me a way with something I'd never had before -- chocolate oatmeal. I've been hooked since. I was carrying some miscellaneous leftover chocolate with me (as usual), so I got a nice big cup of regular oatmeal from Devon and Blakely (good and reasonably priced), and I threw in most of my remaining chocolate. Spoiler alert: I'm spoiled.