Chocolate

Buzzwords Chocolate comes from the beans of the cacao tree that grows in tropical climates. The word cacao has been traced to the Olmec. The Maya continued the use and introduced this to the Aztecs who called it xocolatl, meaning ‘bitter water’ in the Nahuatl language. The Spaniards sent chocolate to Europe. It took a …

Chocolate Festival of Belize

Poster Punta Gorda, Belize hosts the annual Cacao Festival May 18-20, 2018. The two main visitor events are the Saturday/Sunday Wine and Chocolate and Grande Finale. The Friday street fair is a great day, just less attended. The Friday Pre-Chocolate Fest Bash is expected to attract a more local crowd. X-Band will be performing. The …

Tejate

Photo: Guadalupe Juárez prepares fresh tejate Oaxaca’s traditional energy drink is tejate, ‘the drink of the gods.’ This beverage was originally served to the ruling elite of Zapotec society. Tejate is usually served in markets in lovely hand-painted, gourd bowls called jícaras. Like most Oaxacan delicacies, tejate’s ingredient list is complex. The libation is made …

Cacao

Buzzwords Cacao = beanlike seeds from which cocoa, cocoa butter, and chocolate are made. The word cacao has been traced to the Olmec. The Maya continued the use and introduced this to the Aztecs who called it xocolatl, meaning ‘bitter water’ in the Nahuatl language. The Spaniards sent chocolate to Europe. It took a while …

Chocolate Oaxaca

Chocolate is not just a dessert in Oaxaca. Here is our updated insider’s guide for drinking, eating and buying cacao products. History Chocolate comes from the beans of the cacao tree that grows in tropical climates. The word cacao has been traced to the Olmec. The Maya continued the use and introduced this to the …

Edible Scat for the Holidays

Online shopping and shipping is not an available option, but hand-crafted edible excrement that mimics the poo of native animal species is available direct from the Natural Lands Trust. Teenage volunteers who have attended education programs at Crow’s Nest Preserve for many years and are now looking for ways to give something back and making …

Share the love during responsible travel week

#please #share #love A few dozen participants from around the world are sharing their love of responsible travel in an ongoing online conversation this week (February 13-19). 2017 is the ninth year for Responsible Travel Week and Planeta.com‘s 18th year of innovative conferencing. Participation is free and Pay What You Want (PWYW). Registration for Responsible Travel …

National Chocolate Day

Poster The word chocolate comes from Mexico’s Aztecs and is derived from the Nahuatl word xocolatl which combines xocolli, meaning bitter and atl, which means water. The USA’s National Confectioners Association created National Chocolate Day, celebrated on October 28. In Henderson, Nevada, Ethel M Chocolate celebrates the grand reopening of its chocolate factory. The venue …