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#ElCafeDe2013 Coffee tip of the week: Bring on the Chocolate!

While walking down the Embarcadero in San Francisco I was thinking about getting a coffee beverage once I reached the Ferry Building. While walking past Pier 17 though something caught the eye, the TCHO Beta Factory Store.

TCHO chocolate, San Francisco

TCHO, pronounced β€œchoh!”, is a luxury chocolate maker headquartered here along the waterfront. I went in to take a look, being a huge fan of chocolate and…

TCHO chocolate, San Francisco

TCHO chocolate, San Francisco

…immediately noticed there was caffeinated beverage opportunity!

TCHO chocolate, San Francisco

I ordered an iced TCHOchocolate mocha. It was refreshing and delicious chocolate combined with Blue Bottle espresso (a major local bonus yum) and milk.

TCHO chocolate, San Francisco

While enjoying the deliciousness I realized they give chocolate factory tours, but you need to sign up in advance. Something for a future visit along with checking out their unique chocolate methodology and product selection more in-depth.

TCHO chocolate, San Francisco

Drinking coffee straight, downing espresso shots and giving your java a kick with whiskey all have their place in this year of coffee. If you have the chance though also…

Tip #20: …bring on the Chocolate!

I would wind up consuming coffee at the Ferry Building too of course but what a way to start the day in San Francisco by stopping at TCHO.

San Fran’s Pier 39: Besides the Sea Lions.

When in San Francisco, I always make sure to stop by Pier 39 along the Embarcadero. Like most people, my main motivation is to see the famous sea lions, but that’s not all.

Pier 39, San Francisco

The foodie in me also takes me to the outdoor strawberry stand at Vlahos Orchards Fruit Market.

Pier 39, San Francisco, strawberries

Some of the biggest and reddest strawberries you’ll ever see. πŸ™‚

Pier 39, San Francisco, straweberries

I also always make sure to stop in at Chocolate Heaven.

Pier 39, San Francisco, Chocolate Heaven

More local and imported chocolate in one place than you can imagine. You’ll come across chocolate covered anything, but I always gravitate towards…

Pier 39, San Francisco, Chocolate Heaven

…their chocolate covered potato chips. Yum! You’ll find lots of touristy things inside the store as well. I need to combine these two stops sometime. Anyone else thinking chocolate covered strawberries?!

Pier 39, San Francisco, Chocolate Heaven

I walked around the perimeter checking out the sea lions, along with the boats and marina and San Francisco Bay.

Pier 39, San Francisco, pier

Peaked into some of the other shops, mainly the NFL Shop. There is a great selection no matter your team. Have bought lot’s of Denver Bronco gear there over the years. πŸ™‚

Pier 39, San Francisco, shopping

Pier 39, San Francisco, shopping

Pier 39 has been around since 1978 providing many dining, entertainment and shopping options with great views.

Pier 39, San Francisco, shopping

It was a great time walking around, while consuming foodie goodness. Checkout Pier 39 when in San Francisco for the strawberries, chocolate and sea lions. Who knows what else will catch the eye?

Checkout the time I spent hanging around the sea lions.

What is your favorite spot along the Embarcadero and/or Pier 39? Along the water in general in San Francisco?