I went out to Lambertville, NJ today for my sorority alumni’s Founders Day luncheon. I love this area, Adam and I spent our 1st wedding anniversary in New Hope and Lambertville (across a walkable bridge from each other).

The best thing about lunch at Lambertville Station was this chocolate truffle dessert.

I went back to The Chocolate Box for more truffles and yummies. Vanilla Chai truffles, Hot Chocolate (with cayenne pepper) truffles, Ginger Pear truffles. Amazing.

I wandered around the narrow stacks of Phoenix Books looking for treasure. This is the store to visit if you’re looking for a quiet, jampacked bookstore with great finds and the perfect squeaky floors. It’s a romantic’s place.

I bought this Index to Fairy Tales while I was there.

Then across the street was Panoply Books, which didn’t have nearly as many children’s books (one shelf), but had some really fabulous treasures. It has a much more comfortable feeling to it, with a chatty owner and chatty patrons, exquisite furniture and artifacts strewn about, thoughtful arrangements of books to flip through.

I found this book, my new obsession, for $25 at Panoply. It’s an 1878 copy of Pye Henry Chavasse’s Advice to a Wife and Mother. I picked it up for a pregnant friend, but I’m so tempted to keep it for myself. It’s incredibly cool and surprisingly modern in some of its thinking about childbirth and childrearing.

And that was my Saturday, books and chocolate. How did you spend yours?