After Leila visited L.A. Burdick in Boston, it stoked my memory, and Angel and I went to L.A. Burdick in Flatiron. I had not been in about 4 years. (Which of course has not stopped me from expressing opinions.) Of course this meant we needed to buy one of everything:
LA Burdick is especially known for its selection of single-origin hot chocolates. When I went four years ago, I got a sampler of hot chocolates and... a lot of other things. Here is the email I sent to Leila and Angel immediately after getting home:
LA Burdick has not great bon bons and chocolate mousse, BUT it has a really interesting hot chocolate situation. they have 6 different single origin hot chocolates. the madagascar, ecuador, and venezuela were GREAT. the bolivia, dominican republic, and grenada were not good. the first three were, like, around vosges-level good. which is really good.Yes, we have been serious about this stuff for many years now.
In any case, my previous suspicions were confirmed on my return. The bon bons were nothing special. The cake was a disaster -- there was some fruit situation hidden sparsely inside. The macaron was adequate.
But the hot chocolates were great. We got Madagascar and Venezuela, having pulled up my old email (though a few of the flavors had changed). I of course preferred the Venezuela. Angel preferred the Madagascar. But, in any case, two satisfied customers.
We also got two chocolate bars:
They were clearly crafted with love:
And in fact they may have been the highlight of the whole stop. Both bars were excellent. I had never seen this before, but they had a percentage range -- 69%-72% and 70%-72%. Not that much of a range, but still. The former was a blended origin with nibs and the latter was a simple Venezuela origin. Both were delicious, and both were devoured within a few minutes.
Bottom Line: If you keep it simple here, you will do very well. Just don't get carried away. In other words, don't be us.