28 Days of Hot Chocolate

City Bakery’s annual festival – featuring a different flavor daily – starts today

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The monthlong City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival – otherwise known as The Only Thing That Gets Us Through February – kicks off today in its 18th season, with the iconic café pouring a different flavor of its signature beverage for every day of the month (starting with Lemon, being served up as we type). Here’s what you need to know: Here’s what you need to know:


CB owner Maury Rubin’s new flavor for 2010 is Moulin Chocolate Rouge, a mix of dark chocolate and espresso spiked with lemon and pomegranate. It drops on February 10.

-Our picks: Chili Pepper (February 2), the classic Caramel (February 7), Bourbon (February 12), Beer + Brown Sugar (February 25).

-This year’s theme is “How to Knit a Marshmallow,” with a special all-you-can-drink cocoa-and-knitting night on February 18, when knitting shops like Soho’s Purl and Carroll GardensBrooklyn General Store will be on hand to provide needle-clacking tutorials.

-And of course: the full calendar: You can click through to each day of February on City Bakery’s Hot Chocolate Festival website, or you can spy the whole lineup in one list over at The Feed.

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