Chocolate /ˈtʃɒk(ə)lət/ is a processed, typically sweetened food produced from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. Although cacao has been cultivated by many cultures for at least three millennia in Mexico and Central America,[citation needed] the earliest evidence of use traces to the Mokaya, with evidence of chocolate beverages dating back to 1900 BC. In fact, the majority of Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Mayans and Aztecs, who made it into a beverage known as xocolātl [ʃoˈkolaːt͡ɬ], a Nahuatl word meaning "bitter water". The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste and must be fermented to develop the flavor.
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    • Perfect Pairings: ChocolaTas, Whisky and Wine

      ChocolaTas: Looking as good as they taste I got a big kick out of meeting Win and Veve Tas the other day. They’re the fun couple behind Abbotsford’s ChocolaTas. And they held an informal wine and chocolate pairing the other night at their store in GranvilleIsland Market. (Oh, and there was Whisky too … I’ll get to that!) Wim and Veve moved to Canada from Belgium in 2002.

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    • Christmas Morning Brunch Recipes from Spuntino Wine Bar

      Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas Executive Chef, Josh Bernstein, wants to help us to impress friends and family with unique and delicious Christmas morning brunch recipes he serves at both the Clifton, NJ and the Westbury, NY locations. Egg White Fritatta Egg White Frittata Serves 4 Ingredients: ¼ cup Clarified Butter ½ cup Spanish Onion, diced ½ lb Chicken S ...

      Veronique Deblois/ Food & Wine Chickie Insider- 9 readers -
  • 5 Must Try Delectable Holiday Treats

    … Divine Squares Homemade treats are always well-received by guests at holiday parties. Even the strictest dieters indulge during the holidays and below are top treats sure to please holiday revelers. Chocolate Truffles Divine Squares Quebec Sucre a la Crème (brown sugar fudge) Salted Caramels Smooth as Silk Fudge Please share images and comments about these holiday treats if you make them! Cheers, Veronique …

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  • Maison Auer: family confiserie in Nice preserving traditional sweets for future generations

    … in the region source their ingredients. Unlike the more commercial Confiserie Florian, located in the Nice’s old port, Maison Auer is a pure niçoise breed, although its founder Henri Auer was a Swiss immigrant, his appreciation for the local produce kept his family business loyal to the area. Address: 7 rue Saint-François de Paule Contact: +(33) 4 93 857 798 Opening hours: Tue – Sat: 9am – 6pm …

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  • Frosty’s Chocolate Orange Martini

    … Last week, I stumbled across this old familiar Christmas friend at the Trader Joe’s checkout line. And it reminded me that I’d made a prize-winning cocktail inspired by the chocolate orange just two holiday seasons ago. Me and my Frosty at the cocktail winner reveal. That was me enjoying the spoils of my victory. Frankly, I’m sure anyone…

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  • Get Your Holiday Cheer in Grapevine

    … Grapevine urban winery. Hors d’oeuvres are served, and additional wine is available for purchase. Tickets are $40 per person, and you’re encouraged to buy your tickets early as these train experiences sell out quickly. The Christmas Wine Train runs December 11 and 18 at 7 p.m., and riders must be 21 and older. Find more Information and tickets…

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  • Alan Kerr’s Vintage’s November 22nd Release Notes

    …, with cedar, smoke, plum, black fruit, a chewy texture and dusty tannin on the palate, all laced together by pure acidity. Find this wine Cheers CZ Related posts: Alan Kerr’s Vintage’s November 8th Release – Tasting Notes Alan Kerr’s Vintage’s May 14 Release – Tasting Notes Alan Kerr’s Vintage’s May 28 Release – Tasting Notes Alan Kerr’s Vintage’s June 11 Release – Tasting Notes Alan Kerr’s Vintage’s June 25 Release – Tasting Notes…

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  • 5 Easy Pies for Non Pumpkin Pie Eaters

    … Strawberry Rhubarb Pie I’m just not a fan of cinnamon so pumpkin pie isn’t a pie I enjoy. Since it seems fitting to bake pies for Thanksgiving, here are five, fail-proof pies to serve to your guests or bring as a hostess present for Turkey Day! Crumb Top Blueberry Pie Greek Yogurt Blueberry Pie Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie Mile High Chocolate Cream Pie Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Top Pie Cheers, Veronique …

    Veronique Deblois/ Food & Wine Chickie Insider- 1 readers -
  • WineWonkette on Kitchen Party Tonight for #UnCorkChocolate

    Want to learn a bit more about wine and chocolate in a fast and fun on-line atmosphere? Another Wine Blog’s own WineWonkette Amy Corron Power will join Elise Bauer from Simply Recipes, the fabulous Wine Harlots‘ Nanette Eaton and Scharffen Berger Chocolate Expert Cy Olney on’s Google+ Hangouts KitchenParty, hosted by Rene Lynch (@renelynch) & Babette Pepaj ( ...

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  • 2012 Gnarly Head Authentic Black

    … Varietal: Petite Sirah Based Blend Region: Lodi, California – USA Cost: $12 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes: True to its name, Gnarly Head Authentic Black opens with brooding aromas of black cherry and black licorice providing a powerful entree’ to this big, robust Petite Sirah-based blend. Dark and inky in the glass, concentrated flavors of blackberry…

    George Perry/ The Good Wine Guruin Cabernet Sauvignon Pinot Noir- 1 readers -

    … informative text while keeping the focus tight. Some magazines will reissue popular or classic recipes in an "easy" format. Here are some recent "re-editions"... 15.CANADIAN CHEESE; a guide. Second edition. Updated and Expanded.(Firefly Books, 2014, 240 pages, ISBN 978-1-77085-362-1, $19.95 CAN paper covers) is by the well-qualified Kathy Guidi, who…

    Dean Tudor/ Gothic Epicures VinCuisine- 1 readers -
  • While in Hershey: Tröegs Brewery

    …Seems like we've been visiting Hershey, Pennsylvania quite often in the past year, and why not, with the zoo, chocolate factory, and amusement park. And Tröegs Brewery is always on the agenda. Hard to believe the brewery is almost 20 years old; first operating in Harrisburg and moving to the new location in the fall of 2011. Not only does…

    Todd M. Godbout/ WineCompass- 4 readers -
  • Thursday Sips & Nibbles

    … of $1 or more to their bill. Supported by the Citizens Bank Foundation, 100% of proceeds from Hearth Shares will benefit Hearth, Friends of Boston’s Homeless and a select group of other nonprofits working to end homelessness in the Boston community. Boston Chefs and Restaurateurs Ming Tsai, Chris Douglass, Jeffrey Gates, Jeff Fournier, Tiffani…

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  • Halloween S’mores!

    … marshmallow over a few squares of Hershey’s Chocolate topped with some graham crackers makes for one seasonal sensation. S’mores are perfect any time of year, but something about fall just makes you want to curl up with some of these delicious treats. Of course if you don’t have access to a fire pit or campfire (like many of us New Yorkers) you have…

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  • Sofia’s first birthday and a pinch of Halloween

    … People say that puppies are like babies. They are absolutely right. After Sofia turned 6 months (about 3 years old in human terms), my domestic life got much easier and quite enjoyable. Sofia is a sweet, cheerful and happy dog. She is great at playing with children and other dogs and everybody ends up liking her and petting her. Some chewing…

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