National Hot Chocolate Day is January 31—and with an influx of cold weather on the way, what better way to celebrate than sipping a cup of steaming hot, chocolatey goodness and burying your nose in a good book?
If this sounds as good to you as it does to us, Shelf Indulgence Used Book Café is the place to go. This Sarasota bookstore, located on U.S. 41 across from Ringling College, offers an array of hot chocolate flavors—the most popular include peppermint, hazelnut, and toffee. Pro tip: add a specialty whipped cream on top like chocolate, maple spice or a non-dairy option made with coconut milk for a truly decadent treat.
And though you may go for the hot chocolate, you're sure to find something else that catches your attention. Shelf Indulgence offers coffees roasted by Sarasota's Latitude 23.5 Coffee and Tea, tea and specialty drinks. There’s also a menu of sandwiches, wraps and panini—with vegan and vegetarian options—to choose from. Don’t forget to grab one of the cafe's famous brownies, too. With a vast collection of books spanning biographies to poetry and mystery thrillers, readers of all kinds are guaranteed to find a page-turner to go with their hot cocoa.