Chocolate

By Greg Zompolis There are few words in any language that can conjure such pleasure. It is alluring, seductive and an epicurean delight. Archeological proof of chocolate beverages dating to 1900 B.C. The majority of Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Aztecs and Mayans. The word ‘chocolate’ is derived from the ancient Aztec word choclātl. Although the cacao seeds have a bitter taste, it was not until Columbus’ fourth voyage to the New World where he commandeered a canoe of cacao beans which he took back to Spain in 1502. Chocolate did not really become popular until 1815 when …

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Bread

By Greg Zompolis Often referred to as “the staff of life”, evidence of bread making has been discovered in prehistoric excavations. There is documented proof in hieroglyphic drawings dating back 4,000 years ago that ancient Egyptians were well versed in baking bread. A charred but intact round loaf of bread was found in a bakery’s oven in Pompeii where Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. Marie Antoinette’s famous quote “Let them eat cake” which she supposedly uttered when the peasant community was in a an uproar and had no bread continues to define her centuries later. Apparently she said “Qu’ils mangent …

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