Tag: Celebrate Culture
Hawaii has had a variety of different crops over the years; sugar cane, pineapple, macadamia nuts, coffee and now cacao is becoming a popular option to plant and harvest.
Saudi Arabia is the largest Arab state in Western Asia. It is also one of the world’s largest coffee and chocolate drinkers! Saudi Arabia is bordered by Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. A huge portion of the country is made up of a fairly inhospitable desert, making their affinity for hot drinks even more remarkable!
From pastries to architecture is there anything that Parisians don’t do beautifully? Well, drinking chocolate is certainly no exception. The key for any drinking chocolate is high quality chocolate. Wherever you do your shopping in France you are bound to find grocery store shelves lined with powdered chocolate and chocolate bar options designed with drinking chocolate in mind. If you’ve ever seen the movie Chocolat then you will have a general idea of the care and attention to detail put into every mug of chocolate chaud. Contemporary drinking chocolate in France can be made from either these high quality cocoa mixes, or more traditionally from dark chocolate bars.
One thing that I love about drinking chocolate is its colorful history. From its discovery by the Mayans, to its eager adoption by Europe and the world at large, drinking chocolate has forever been a historically interesting and tasty beverage.
In previous articles, I’ve written about the Mayans who nearly 2,000 years ago perfected the first ever drinking chocolate recipe. By about 1,400 AD drinking chocolate was an integral part of Aztec culture as a crucial part of religious ceremonies. Upon discovering its importance, European explorers were eager to learn what all the fuss was about.
For some reason, those living in Peru predominantly enjoy drinking chocolate in the summer. Inconceivable you say! You would think that it would be a beverage to enjoy in the winter months like most other countries. That said, Peru experiences its summer during the Christmas holiday season. And along with panetón, lechón and turkey, drinking chocolate is a historic holiday treat.
Welcome to 2014! It is a new year, and this is a special one. This year marks the games of the 22nd winter Olympiad. The Olympics are special for many reasons, including the way it brings the world’s population together to celebrate cultures from across the globe.