Tag: Drink Chocolate
With summer in full swing, complete with heat waves and record demands on our water supply, ice cold drinking chocolate seems to be something of a necessity. In previous posts you will have learned that drinking chocolate wasn’t always served piping hot. In fact, the Aztecs, who introduced Europeans to the beverage, enjoyed it as a cold drink
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.
Toronto is a world renowned destination for gourmet treats of all kinds, and chocolate is no exception. Located on a cobblestone street in Toronto’s famous Distillery District is Soma. While they use plenty of old world techniques, Soma has happily adopted the modern day. Their beautiful showroom and cafe are a fantastic space to take a break, and soak up some Toronto food and fashion. Once you are finished at Soma you can explore the rest of the Distillery District. It is especially magical in the winter when a thirty foot Christmas Tree lights up the square.
Forget Coffeehouses, it was London’s Chocolate Houses where all the action happened. Since the 1650s, Coffeehouses were a staple in English culture. But nearing the end of the century, Chocolate Houses began to appear across the city of London. At both venues, you could order a meal as well as a delicious hot beverage while engaging in some tantalizing conversation. Patrons would discuss politics, business, or the arts all while playing cards, dice, or gambling. I can’t be the only one who was surprised to learn about the raucous reputation that these chocolate houses earned over the years. Let me paint you a picture…
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.
Chocolate Arts located on West 3rd Avenue is one of Vancouver’s most principled chocolate making institutions, and their Cafe, is one of my favorite places to visit! I had the opportunity to visit during the 2014 Hot Chocolate Festival. At Chocolate Arts, their goal is to create delicious, innovative creations that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the tastebuds. Furthermore, when it comes to giving back to the community, they’re in a class of their own.
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.