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Travel Tuesday: The Cronut isn’t the only reason to visit pastry genius Dominique Ansel’s New York City bakery. Ansel hits a home run for chocolate lovers with his “Mini-Me Cake” (photo). Four different textures of chocolate—mousse, sponge, ganache and miniature meringues—combine in a mix of flavors and textures. “We use 66% Valrhona chocolate, and it is one of our best sellers,” says Ansel.

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