I came to Park City expecting some epic skiing, quality time with the fam and the slight possibility of bumping into a B-list celeb. Not that I have low expectations, but on my last visit to the Sundance Film Festival, the only star struck moment I had was seeing Crispen Glover at Deer Valley Lodge. (In case you are wondering who that is, he played George McFly in Back to the Future. Don’t worry, I didn’t know that either. I simply stared at him and said, “Hey! You’re George McFly.” Ability to talk to famous people isn’t a strength of mine.) But this past weekend I can safely say expectations were exceeded. Skiing was still epic, family time was particularly quality, the celebs were A++ (Hello, Joseph Gordon Levitt!), and I drank the best hot chocolate of my life. Here’s a little glimpse into Sundance 2013, followed by a fantastic recipe for Nutella Hot Chocolate.
Confession: I didn’t attend a single film this weekend, unless you count Blades of Glory, which we watched after a long day of hitting the slopes. Nevertheless, I did stroll up and down Main Street which was a star-studded Mob Scene. After taking this picture, I literally turned around and almost walked straight into Joseph Gordon Levitt. He smiled and…I still lack ability to talk to famous people. I’m pretty sure I just said “HUH?”
Some of Banksy’s infamous street art on Main Street.
I am a HUGE Jim Rash fan. For those of you who don’t know him, he one-upped Angelina Jolie’s leg at the Academy Awards. He also co-wrote the Decendents and stars as Dean Pelton on Community. Very nice guy.
Later that evening, it was time warm up with some Nutella Hot Chocolate. Minimal ingredients: Milk, Nutella, and some optional Frangelico Liqueur (in the Stanley Flask). I know how to pack.
Heat the milk over medium-low heat until just warmed. Do not let the milk start to boil!
Excellent trick I learned this weekend. Heat up your mugs with very hot water just before adding the hot chocolate. This ensures a nice warm drink. (Thanks Shauna!)
Whisk in the Nutella and heat to your liking.
Pour hot chocolate into each mug using a ladle. Add one tablespoon of optional frangelico and whipped cream if desired. Enjoy!
Nutella Hot Chocolate
- 6 cups milk (whole or 2%)
- 3/4 cup Nutella
- 6 Tablespoons Hazelnut Liqueur, such as Frangelico (optional)
- Whipped Cream (optional)
Heat milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat until warmed. Whisk in nutella until combined. Continue to heat until it just starts to bubble around the edges and steam. Pour hot chocolate into each mug and add 1 tablespoon to each serving if using. Top with whipped cream and serve.
Adapted from Saveur Magazine