Chocolatour with Doreen Pendgracs | Chocolate Adventurist and Wizard of Words

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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....

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Chocolatouring in 2015

As I continue the research for the second volume of Chocolatour, my chocolate travels will take me to numerous places–some planned, some spontaneous visits no doubt! Among the places I have pegged to visit...

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setting goals for 2015

  Right now, I’m sitting at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa in Osoyoos, BC, enjoying 4 weeks of rest and rejuvenation. I learned long ago to listen to my body, and it’s been telling me...

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My Top Travel Moments of 2014

This marks my final post of 2014. It has been a terrific year of chocolate travels–great fodder for the second volume of Chocolatour. Here are a few of the highlights: 1. February 22 I was...