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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    • Seattle Wine and Food Experience: Wine, Food, & 200 Vendors!

      New Experiences and 200 Vendors at Seattle’s Premier Tasting Event More than a tasting, guests “experience” an educational world of food and beverage at the Seattle Wine and Food Experience February 22 The Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE), is back for a seventh year Sunday, February 22, 2015 (12-5 pm VIP, 1-5 pm General Admission) at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

      Shona Milne/ Woodinville Wine Update- 2 readers -
    • Alan Kerr’s Vintage’s January 24th Release Notes

      The wines for Spain take centre stage for the January 24th release. Spanish wines are usually fairly priced in the LCBO and many of these wines offer the consumer great wines at reasonable prices. Lots to buy so please read on…… Wines of Spain 392522 FINCA LOS ALIJARES GRACIANO 2009 Vino de la Tierra de Castilla $17.

      Alan Kerr/ Gang of Pour On Wine- 4 readers -
  • Brief notes

    … 2009 Rockford Basket Press Shiraz. A transient whiff of blackcurrant, though mostly and more consistently it's leather and prune. Spiced, bold and ripe in the mouth, slightly sweet and verging on Port. It's true to the house and very appealing. Cuddly and warm. 2005 Domaine A Cabernet. Black currant, and DMS. I like this more than before…

    Wino sapienin Cabernet Sauvignon Pinot Noir Riesling- 3 readers -
  • Book Review: The Chocolate Tasting Kit by Eagranie Yuh

    …-obsessed might eventually use up. It also comes with a pouch for storing labels from your favorite chocolates as well as 12 tasting flashcards; for example, the "fruity" flashcard reads: Fruity is one of the biggest flavor families in chocolate—which makes sense, since chocolate comes from a fruit. The most common flavors are red fruits, berries…

    Mattie Bamman/ By The Tun- 3 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 …

    Veronique Deblois/ Food & Wine Chickie Insider- 2 readers -
  • 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…

    Tim Pawsey/ hiredBelly.comin Syrah- 4 readers -
  • 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…

    Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrell- 3 readers -
  • Get Your Holiday Cheer in Grapevine

    … Forget twelve days of Christmas! Grapevine, Texas celebrates the season with 1,400 Christmas events held over more than 40 days! And as usual, Grapevine has some special treats in store for wine lovers and holiday revelers alike. Here are just a few examples: There’s plenty of cheer available at Grapevine’s Urban Wine Trail. You can sip…

    Rebecca Marmaduke/ Texas Wine Lover- 1 readers -
  • Alan Kerr’s Vintage’s November 22nd Release Notes

    … of orange, peat, stone, toffee, treacle and Asian spice. 175794 POLI GRAPPA DI SASSICAIA Italy 500 mL $127.95 Quite tasty, notes of burnt tangerine, honey comb, caramel and peach. Has a mellow note on the palate, but good solid flavours of fruit accented by a touch of anise. Find this wine WINES FROM THE REST OF THE PACK 294298 CONUNDRUM RED 2012…

    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 -
  • 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- 3 readers -
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