CHOCOLATE and its Devotees

 

Aerating rustic chocolate beverage prior to serving to museum visitors.

Aerating rustic chocolate beverage prior to serving to museum visitors.

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A few years ago we visited the newly opened Museo de Cacao¬†near Tikul, Yucatan. I’m reminded of that delightful trip because I’ve stumbled on a blog written by an Aussie, a philosopher of science who fancies chocolate. (The museum can be enjoyed as part of the ruta de puuc bus trip, which departs from Merida; it’s in the same region as the pyramid at Uxmal, which is also included in that trip, I believe.)

Grounds of the museum, in  chocolate orchard setting

Grounds of the museum, in chocolate orchard setting

 

 

 

EAT YOUR HEART OUT, ‘CHUCKY*

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Groundhog Day, February 2, has long been a favorite holiday of mine. I have especially enjoyed the movie of the¬†same name annually, with Bill Murray. But now I recognize the date for what it was: a pathetic ploy to con myself into surviving another dreadful winter. Why live in place seriously devoid of sun when¬†there is warmth enough to sleep with the windows open all winter just a few thousand miles to the south? (There’s a small pool in the backyard, although not big enough for the guest depicted above.)

Six more weeks of winter¬†is mostly a lie.¬†¬†(*Many northerners also call the groundhog a woodchuck, thus ‘Chucky.)