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

      Yet another high end release is on the books for this Saturday’s Vintages “Uncork The Finest”. This coupled with the amount of snow in the area means it must be Christmas after all. Several good to very good wines, but the board was in a bit of Scrooge mood as they were not as generous with the amount of wines sent for tasting as they were for the last release.

      Alan Kerr/ Gang of Pour On Wine- 1 readers -
  • 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 -

    … to hard and blue cheese. No recipes, just pairings. Quality/price rating: 91. 16.125 BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP RECIPES (Robert Rose, 2003, 2014, 192 pages, ISBN 978-0-7788-0072-9, $19.95 CAN paper covers) is by Julie Hasson, a cookbook author and host of the Internet cooking show "Everyday Dish". It was originally published in 2003, and is here…

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

    … marrow bones, crispy pork belly, "poutine" hand-cut fries in turkey neck gravy, charcuterie house-cured meats, duck confit, beef short rib pot roast. You get the picture. And the grilled cheese and tröegswurst were delicious. As for the beer, we took the low alcohol approach with their everyday Dreamweaver Wheat and Sunshine Pils. Both solid…

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

    … programs in London and has over 500 participating restaurants. Participating restaurants in Greater Boston include 51 Lincoln, Aquitaine Boston, Chestnut Hill & Dedham, Ashmont Grill, Battery Park, Beat Hotel, The Beehive, Blue Dragon, Blue Ginger, Brasserie Jo, Cinquecento, Gaslight Brasserie, L’andana, Lolita, Metropolis Café, Mistral, Mooo, No. 8…

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  • Halloween S’mores!

    … Halloween S’mores! Halloween is approaching and if you are looking for something gooey and fun to do with the kids, lay out at a party, or just enjoy for yourself, then you will want to make these fun Halloween S’mores. Using Wilton’s Color Gels (orange of course) your s’mores can be the conversation piece of the night. Gooey and melty…

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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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  • Alfarroba: Southern Portugal’s Guilt-Free Dessert

    … I’m a chocolate lover. I’m also a fig lover. Then I took a trip to the Algarve and discovered that chocolate and fig had a love child, and its name is Alfarroba. Vacationing in the Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal, has its benefits; and it’s not just for the beach and the great weather. The Algarve is home to an abundant variety…

    Andrea Smith/ Catavino- 2 readers -
  • Tasting Dinner With 12 Bottles Of 1964 St Emilion

    …, stable leather and autumn leaves. Very good but lacks a bit of definition. The taste is mature, dry and medium bodied with notes of red currants, plums, tobacco and iron. Soft tannins. The finish is on the short side. The taste of iron gets more pronounced with air. Very good. 85p (tasted 2014/10) 1964 Château La Dominique A rather big, warm…

    Barolista- 6 readers -
  • Two Elysian Pumpkin Beers

    … I will have some articles coming soon on Portugal where I am visiting Porto and the Douro valley. In the meantime, enjoy this very quick note on two excellent seasonal beers. I nearly always hate pumpkin beer. Too sweet, insipid, soap-like use of spice. I’ve tried a bunch, nevertheless, and there are none from B.C. that are any good right now…

    Just Grapes- 2 readers -
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  • Chicago’s Andersonville Dessert Crawl 2013

    … chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, chocolate brownies Ranalli’s of Andersonville – Assorted cheesecakes & toppings Svea Restaurant (at Simon’s Tavern) – Swedish Rice Pudding Swedish Bakery(at pH Comedy Theater) – Swedish butter cookies Taste of Lebanon (at The Landmark of Andersonville) – Baklava Urban Orchard – Éclair Bakery French pastries…

    Vino Con Vista Italy- 2 readers -
  • 1 Weekend, 8 New Raleigh Hotspots

    … with habanero and chocolate nibs from next-door bean-to-bar chocolate factory Videri (327 W. Davie St.). I found most of the other beers on the thin side, but the Holy Spokes was definitely worth a tipple. Make sure you give the cranks on the back wall a whirl or two or your experience won’t be complete! The next morning, I met up with fellow Triangle…

    Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrell- 2 readers -
  • Sonoma Valley Portworks Petite Sirah Port 2007

    … give all their attention to after dinner drinks. Sonoma Valley Portworks makes sherry, grappas, and wine-infused vinegars in addition to port. The typical list in their tasting room includes a sampling of everything but the grappa. Which means I need to work on getting them to offer grappa tastings too! Co-owner Caryn Reading did our pouring…

    Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrell- 6 readers -
  • Two More Bottles Of 1964 St Emilion

    …, mature, fully open nose with notes of mildly clean stables, cooked red currants, old tobacco, dry leather and a nuance of dog fur! Very old fashioned, very typical and very yummy. Kept very well in the glass. The taste is mature, dry and medium bodied with notes of cool red and black currants, old chocolate, tobacco and autumn leaves. A very good…

    Barolista- 4 readers -
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