Chocolate Tours in New York City

by NYJ Team

Are you looking for something special to do in New York City? Are you a chocolate lover or do you simply enjoy the world of fine food creation? The New Cuisine Tour takes a new twist on the most classic and beloved foods in the world – chocolate. The tour takes visitors to the stores and boutiques of chocolatiers who bring their own personal touch to this wonderful art of creating culinary masterpieces. This two-hour walking tour will bring you a wonderful opportunity to meet the owners face to face, taste their wares and bring home a selection of your favorite chocolates.


The New Cuisine Chocolate tour leaves every Sunday at noon – rain or shine – from Spring Street in Soho. Participants get to visit a number of unique chocolate boutiques owned by people from different ethnic and professional backgrounds. The tour includes a visit to Kee’s Chocolates, where visitors get to taste Asian-style chocolates created by the owner, Kee Ling Tong. The tour also takes you to MarieBelle Chocolates, where guests receive the royal treatment and get to try blue chocolates that match the decor!


Another shop that is visited on the New Cuisine Chocolate Tour includes Vosges Haut-Chocolat where chocolate is flavored with exotic spices such as curry or paprika. Finally, tourists will visit the Jacques Torre Chocolate Factory where they can watch the magical transformation of cocoa beans to chocolate bars.


The tour includes complimentary tastings at all the venues that are visited, as well as a hot or iced chocolate drink. There will be plenty of opportunity for visitors to make their own personal purchases of chocolates at these stores. It is highly recommended that visitors come equipped with a backpack to facilitate carrying their extra purchases items during the tour. The tour starts at a reasonable $70 and does not include pocket money, gratuities (which are obviously optional) and items of personal nature.


Tour participants are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes due to the nature of the excursion. In addition, they are also advised to dress in layers so that they can easily move from the heated stores to the cooler air outside without the need to deal with bulky clothing. Finally, visitors should bring with them a hefty appetite for chocolate! The tour needs to be booked 48 hours in advance.


Visit New York Journey for information on Tours and bookings can be made online.

The Tribeca Film Festival

by NYJ Team

One of the highlights of the City of New York’s entertainment calendar is undoubtedly the Tribeca Film Festival. This year’s festival is slated for April 25 to May 6 and it promises to be a week and a half of fun, excitement and pure movie magic. The festival was first created to celebrate New York’s contribution to the world of film and it has become one of the hottest events in the industry. This year the TFF will celebrate its sixth anniversary.


The TFF traditionally screens films from all around the world and viewers can enjoy a great number of premiers, since many films are first screened at this festival. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the directors and stars of the movies and rub shoulders with some of the industry’s true greats. There will be over 200 movies to see during the event, offering a wide variety of film types for festival-goers to choose from. There are also interesting panel discussions planned with top directors, screenwriters and actors, that viewers can attend and participate in. Tickets can be purchased for these events individually or as part of a package.


The festival’s name, however, should not be interpreted to suggest that the event is limited to film lovers only. A wonderful Family Festival Street Fair takes place every year during the ten days of the festival, which offers crafts and games for all ages in the vicinity of Greenwich Street. There are also a number of free events, including several film screenings and a hugely popular drive-in, traditionally held at the World Financial Center Plaza for families and movie-lovers of all ages.


Tickets and passes for the Tribeca Film Festival can be purchased through a number of venues, including ticket offices and online. Information about the festival’s program can be found through online guides or the local media nearer to the time of the event.


Some hotels in the Tribeca area include the luxurious Tribeca Grand Hotel and the moderately priced Cosmopolitan Hotel.

2007 Easter Parade in New York City

by NYJ Team

One of the most popular and best-loved New York City traditions takes place over Easter Sunday (April 8th) when visitors can enjoy the spectacle of parade participants wearing Easter bonnets and parading up and down the area of Fifth Avenue. This year’s Easter Parade in New York City will take place between 49th and 57th Street on Fifth Avenue although the best place to really enjoy the festival is around St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The event traditionally takes place between 10 am and 4 pm on Easter Sunday and is free to the general public.


The Easter Parade is not a ??parade’ per se as there are no organized floats and police barriers. However, the charm of the event lies in the fact that spectators are free to wander up and down the streets enjoying the view of so many people wearing Easter outfits and bonnets. The parade is a true historical New York symbol and has been held as an annual tradition in the city since the days of the American Civil War. The parade draws participants from all over the world to either dress in outlandish, outrageous or classic outfits and bonnets, or simply to join ??the other side’ and watch the parade go by. Even pets are brought in full costume to entertain the spectators. The Easter Parade provides some incredible photo opportunities.


In the region of the Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival, there are many other things to enjoy, such as great New York cuisine, shopping and other planned springtime events. Of course, visitors should not miss the Eggstravaganza in Central Park and other fun family-oriented events throughout the Easter weekend.