Chocolatour with Doreen Pendgracs | Chocolate Adventurist and Wizard of Words

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chocolate makers of Costa Rica

I hope you’ve enjoyed the series of posts I’ve done about my visit to Costa Rica for the 2014 Puerto Viejo Chocolate Festival. I’ve already introduced you to Caribeans Chocolate in the November 17th...

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my 10 catalysts of gratitude

Tough times make us step back and take stock of the goodness in our lives. So this week, I’m bringing you a post to help focus on the important–and small things alike–that bring us happiness and...

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another accolade for Chocolatour

Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate, volume I, has been declared a Finalist in the 2014 Awards sponsored by the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA.) The 2014 NATJA Awards for excellence...

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growing cacao in Costa Rica

Have you ever thought about where the cocoa comes from that is used to make our beloved chocolate? Or what it’s like to grow cacoa? Having now seen cacao growing in five distinctly different...

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Valentine interview on CBC radio

I was pleased to be interviewed by Laurie Hoogstraten of the CBC Weekend Morning Show on CBC Radio One in honour of Valentine’s Day and the important connection chocolate has to it. We spoke...

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finding your happy place

I’ve just returned home from a month’s retreat at a lovely and serene wine resort in British Columbia. Somehow, I’d wished I never had to leave this peaceful place, as it was stress free...

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thinking about the Dominican Republic

Looking at my list of places I intend to visit this year made me realize I’d omitted one important destination. The Dominican Republic was the place that planted the seed for my desire to further...

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the need to rejuvenate

I have spent the month of January at a wine resort in the South Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. I chose Spirit Ridge for this retreat because of its remote location and serene setting....