"Chocolate, A Love Story." Starring Max Brenner

One whiff of the intoxicating chocolate aroma and you're instantly aware this is not your average sweet shop. Emphasizing the emotional, sensual side of chocolate, at Max Brenner: Chocolate by the Bald Man you can participate in the ultimate chocolate experience as you "see, smell, listen, taste, and touch chocolate" in every imaginable form. My visit began with browsing the chocolate merchandise at the in-store giftshop, which made me even more eager to sit down and start sampling.

The menu is overwhelmed with items including Waffles and Crepes, Fondue, Melting chocolate hearts (think molten chocolate cake), Sweet Icons (chocolate pizzas and soups), and Max I Scream (ice cream). Mesmerized by words like "chocolate chunks" and "crunchy wafer balls," when it came time to actually order we panicked and randomly selected the Urban S'mores for Two ($20.25), complete with a personal grill for ‘mallow toasting, and the Gooey Marshmallow Fudge Brownie Fluffernutter Ice Cream Sandwich with the famous Max Brenner "Oh My God" cookies ($9.95). Seriously, with a name like that, could it possibly taste anything short of amazing?