I Love Lucy

If you follow the food scene in DC, you've probably heard about the perky chocolate shop that recently opened at 1529 14th St. NW (pictured).

Artfully Chocolate Kingsbury Confections — aka ACKC (just in case you haven't had your RDA of acronyms) — serves multiple roles in the neighborhood. Stop in to shop for a box of chocolates, novelty cocoa gifts or a potted orchid. Or have a seat for a cup of hot chocolate or espresso. "It’s kind of an alternative to the coffee bar,” co-owner Rob Kingsbury told me last summer.

One of the biggest draws is the customizable hot chocolate menu. Pick your milk (whole, skim, etc.), your infusion (like lavender and orange) and the type of chocolate or go for one of the suggested creations, all named for lovely ladies of the screen and stage (Joan, Audrey, Marilyn, Liz, etc.).

I'm currently having a love affair with Lucy, a (literally) hot little number infused with a spicy hit of chipotle pepper and topped with whipped cream and a generous dusting of cinnamon. I love her in the morning and at night, thanks to the shop's extensive hours. Been by and have a favorite mistress? Let us know.