San Churro, if you don't know, make the best hot chocolate in the world. The Azteca is full of chili and very thick hot chocolate goodness. A few weeks ago after a session of indulgence, my friend asked me how my drinking chocolate fit into my chocolate slavery morals when it comes to eating chocolate? I hadn't thought about it. But drinking it, or even cooking with cocoa - it's all part of the same problem.
So... another letter, and another reply:
Firstly, let me thank Read more [...]
Of the emails I sent, Nestle was the first to reply. I didn't realised that they purchase 11% of the global supply of cocoa-that's massive! Read their correspondence for yourself below if you wish. While I haven't heard of UTZ certification, I have to say at least they replied, and the site www.thecocoaplan.com clearly tells me one thing: CORPORATIONS DO HEAR US.
Of course, their care for the consumer comes only relative to the care for the shareholders - who in order to get profit require that Read more [...]
Didn't they abolish slavery a couple of hundred years ago? Well no - it continues... and it continues such to provide the "haves" with what (in my opinion) is the most delicious tasting delightful experience of all my being: chocolate.
In my opinion there is NOTHING worse than physical slavery and nothing better than chocolate, and so I face the greatest polarity in my world: the best and worse wrapped into a block of bitter sweetness.
Can you believe that in today's day and age some humans Read more [...]
Easter is celebrated at Spring equinox, a time that for thousands of years was a celebration of the goddess Ishtar resurrecting the god of food and vegetation (Babylonian god Tammuz / Sumerian god Dumuzid).
Ohhhh, it makes so much sense!
The burgeoning of spring: a time of fertility, when rabbits lay eggs, flowers come out, seeds sprout and our food grows. Easter is a wonderful celebration of the sun's warmth returning to us, a celebration of new life, and best of all - CHOCOLATE EGGS!!!
Springtime Read more [...]
So I borrowed my mum’s scales to check the Christmas damage. 64 kilos. What the f??? I don’t step on scales so often, judging by measurement more than kilos. But, well, “in the day” I weighed 55kgs. And on average I think I’m around 58-60kgs. I’ve seen myself at 62kgs, and I know I’ve complained about feeling fat on this website before. But 64???
Ok, time to get back into routine: a walk in the morning before breakfast to reconnect my mind and body; a yoga or pilates session a few Read more [...]
Ok I know that's a shocking photo (it's from a family celebration for my sister's engagement last night which makes it even worse)... but I think it's worth a laugh. And I tell you what, the chocolate semi fredo I'm licking is the very best dessert in the world... and today I could tell...
I went to my first bikram yoga class tonight and in the 40+ degree heat I had a revelation.
Mirrors are commonplace in yoga studios but the nature of bikram leads one to strip off to bare essentials and in Read more [...]
I emailed Lindt a year ago and pretty much got a 'no comment' response but I emailed them again today and got a response already and guess what?! They DO NOT GET THEIR COCOA BEANS FROM THE IVORY COAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They do not use slave labour!!! Hip hip horray!!!
This is EXTREMELY good news seeing as I have boycotted my favourite chocolate for an entire year, and now I can go to the supermarket and get CHILLI DARK LINDT CHOCOLATE AGAIN! WAHOOOOOOO!!!!
I know this sounds over-the-top but Read more [...]