About

The true purpose of Chocolatour is to educate, entertain, and entice people into exploring the world of chocolate–whether that be encouraging them to engage in chocolate-inspired travel, or simply to expand their knowledge of and interest in fine artisanal chocolate.

I am Doreen Pendgracs, a Canadian freelance writer and author of four books, including Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate.

chocolatour

I am also a big believer in the importance of creativity, and am inspired by the passion of the many chocolatiers and chocolate masters I have met since embarking on my research of the world of artisanal chocolate in 2009.  Allow me introduce them and their chocolate creations to you. Please join me in this continuing journey as I explore the chocolate of the world.

Readers' Favorite badge

Here’s what readers are saying about the first volume of Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate …

“If there could be a Royal Principality of Chocolate, then Doreen Pendgracs would have to be its Queen.  Of course there is no such place, but Pendgracs is still “Doreen the Queen of Chocolate.”

 In what she describes as a travel narrative, Chocolatour introduces us to the farmers and growers in Central and South America who produce the cocoa plants that become the delectable chocolate we crave. Yes, there are such cravings, and eating just a little of the dark, rich food known as chocolate is actually good for you—as long as the chocolate has a fairly high percentage of cocoa (70 percent or higher.) Pendgracs outlines the research that has been done to show that good chocolate is food, not candy, and fighting those cravings is futile. So give in, but in moderation, she says. So, that gets you ready for your trip.

 As you travel, you’ll meet some of the chocolatiers and chocolate masters in Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Spain, and the United Kingdom—and learn a little about each of those countries so you can enjoy your stay—along with their chocolate.  If like me, you’re doing the travelling vicariously, you can enjoy the recipes provided, and just imagine yourself in one of the lovely restaurants or cafes in Europe.

 Pendgracs is continuing her “royal” tour in “the Americas” and Asia and will be releasing two more volumes so stay tuned!  In the meantime enjoy the recommendations from Volume 1 of Chocolatour as decreed by Doreen, the Queen of Chocolate. ~~ Christine Peets, Napanee, Ontario, Canada …

“If you’re a chocolate lover like me, you’ll want to read this book before you travel. Pendgracs knows her subject and I enjoyed learning about how chocolate is made and discovering the differences between the various regions. This is definitely a book I’ll refer to when I’m planning future trips.

I went touring some wineries in Ontario this week and recognized a brand of chocolate mentioned in the book – Brix – specially made to enjoy with wine. Tasting room staff recommended Brix Smooth Dark to go with the wines I purchased. I never would have considered chocolate with wine if I hadn’t read about it in Chocolatour.” ~~ Cheryl Harrington, Toronto, Canada …

“A world traveler and a storyteller—that’s Doreen Pendgracs. I felt as though I was voyaging with the Chocolatour herself as she set out on her decadent quest for the world’s finest chocolate sensations. I confess, I lived vicariously through her fabulous journeys!” ~~ E. Harrison, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada …
 

“I’m the lucky girl who was fortunate to win the box of Roselen Chocolates at the Chocolatour launch on July 18th. And I’ve been in heaven ever since! They are both beautiful and very yummy. I haven’t yet come across a chocolate that I haven’t loved. I’m always a fan of cherry, and Roselen does a wonderful “cherry kirsch.” I also loved the “pruney Barvarois”, “Saigon cinnamon & marzipan”, “Greek yogurt”, “pineapple coconut caramel”, and “suspiro passionfruit lavender”. Heck, even the “bleu cheese” packaged in chocolate was amazing. Roselen is officially my favourite chocolatier! Can’t wait to enjoy some of the other chocolates you’ve profiled in Chocolatour – I’m sure they are fabulous, too. Congratulations, Doreen!” ~~ Shelley Penziwol, Victoria Beach, Manitoba, Canada …

“Chocolatour is an awesome read but it should come with a warning – you need to have chocolate on hand when reading it!  I couldn’t believe how much I craved chocolate!   I want to try all of the chocolate mentioned in the book.” ~~ Laverne Wojciechowski, Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba, Canada …

“Doreen Pendgracs takes us on an exciting journey with her latest book Chocolatour; here you explore the world of artisan chocolate makers and their offerings.  Chocolatour left me craving more chocolate, unique travel destinations and her next book (Volume 2)!  Well done Doreen!” ~~ Liz Palmer, Toronto, Ontario, Canada …

Other published reviews can be found on the Flight Network website at http://www.flightnetwork.com/blog/chocolatour-book-review/.
You can follow Doreen’s chocolate adventures on her travel blog at http://diversionswithdoreen.com/.
You can read more about Doreen’s writings on her writer’s blog at: http://doreenpendgracs.com/.

If you wish to hire Doreen for a writing project, you can contact her via her website at: http://www.wizardofwords.net.

And if you’d like to learn more about and connect with chocolate movers and shakers around the world, subscribe to Doreen’s online chocolate paper, Chocolatour News at: http://paper.li/wizardofwords/1310439305.

 

13 thoughts on “About”

  1. Very well written information. It will be beneficial to anyone who utilizes it, as well as yours truly :). Keep up the good work – can’r wait to read more posts.

  2. I simply want to tell you that I’m all new to blogging and absolutely enjoyed your blog. Very likely I’m going to bookmark your blog . You absolutely come with very good stories. Appreciate it for revealing your website page.

  3. Pingback: google
  4. I must admit that since I’ve been following your blogs…
    and now that I have read your book…
    I too have been eating much more chocolate — the “good stuff”!!!
    Life is much better now that I know about chocolate! ;)

    1. Thanks so much, Satinka! I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the chocolate journeys with us. And that you’ve developed your palate so that you can now decipher the difference between chocolate candy and fine artisanal chocolate. Once you’ve made that step, you can never go back! :-)

  5. I’ve enjoyed learning about how chocolate is made and discovering the differences between the various regions. I was touring some wineries in Ontario this week and recognized a brand of chocolate mentioned in your book – Brix – specially made to enjoy with wine. Tasting room staff recommended Brix Smooth Dark to go with the wines I purchased. I never would have considered chocolate with wine if I hadn’t read about it in Chocolatour. Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Cheryl.

      I’m glad you’ve found the information contained in the book to be helpful and interesting. I actually enjoyed the BRIX milk chocolate. I’m not usually partial to milk chocolate, but there are a few chocolatiers who do make a good milk chocolate product. Cheers!

  6. Wonderful article! This is the type of info that are supposed to be shared across the net.
    Disgrace on Google for now not positioning this submit upper!
    Come on over and visit my web site . Thank you =)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title="" rel=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Current day month ye@r *