Posts tagged "Chocolate"
Growing Chocolate in Hawaii

Growing Chocolate in Hawaii

Hawaii the state of scenic sunsets, gorgeous beaches, and chocolate?  Yes, the “food of the Gods” is grown on the Big Island near the fertile lands where coffee and avocados abundantly grow. A bit south of Kona, in a lush tropical setting with sweeping views of the ocean, sits the gardens of the Original Hawaiian...
Sculptures and sweetness in Palm Desert

Sculptures and sweetness in Palm Desert

The City of Palm Desert does have hot weather but they also have an innovative art in public places program with 150 artworks throughout the city. The park at the Civic Center has some dramatic sculptures and here are a few. Except for the birds, which are real. The Holocaust Memorial is breathtaking and reflective....
Chocolate grown in Hawaii!

Chocolate grown in Hawaii!

Chocolate, grown and made in Hawaii and off to Kona we went to explore the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory.  Over 1400 cacao trees bear vibrant pods and are harvested every 2 weeks. Through a detailed process, and much done by hand, the beans are dried in the sun to develop flavors. After tempering, chocolate is...

A Netherlands/Belgium River Cruise

Vibrant tulips, buttery coffee cakes and local wines were just the beginning as I was welcomed on board my river cruise. seven days ahead and I was ready to partake of as much as possible, and why not? It was vacation and more highlights were about to unfold. Usually boarding a ship begins in the...
Ghent, a beautiful city with Van Hecke's chocolates

Ghent, a beautiful city with Van Hecke’s chocolates

One step inside Van Hecke’s in charming Ghent, Belgium, with the aromas of butter and chocolate floating through the air and I swooned. Florent Van Hecke is 3rd generation chocolatier and baker at the family’s shop with a personality as sweet as his store. His son Stephen has learned the trade and was busy making...

Special desserts at Not Just Desserts

  French trained chef Kate Wagner left NYC after 9-11 and her desserts have been a true expression of her baking compassion.  She makes some items without flour or egg such as rich chocolate pecan pie, cranberry torte and cookies and cream cheesecake.  I asked the energetic and smiling Kate how was she able to get the cheesecake...