Chocolatour with Doreen Pendgracs | Chocolate Adventurist and Wizard of Words Blog

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A visit to the Guittard Chocolate Company

I’ve investigated chocolate in California through two chocolate festivals–the Los Angeles Chocolate Salon in Southern California and the International Chocolate Festival in The Bay Area–home to some of the finest chocolatiers and chocolate makers...

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exploring Punta Gorda, Belize

Our trip to Belize in November, 2018, was full of adventure. As I’d mentioned in this introductory post, we flew into Belize City, and then took a small plane to the southern tip of...

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sweet memories of Ottawa

Happy 2019! Ringing in the New Year brought back sweet memories of my recent trip to Ottawa, Canada, where I had the opportunity to enjoy the amazing Afternoon Tea in Zoe’s Lounge at the...

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2018: a year of transition

Whether your end-of-year celebrations have centred around the Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or some other theme, I hope your heart has been filled with love and a generosity of spirit, as I believe...

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exploring Belize

In a previous post, I mentioned that many moons ago, I’d been on an incredible snorkelling trip in the northern part of Belize at Ambergris Caye–one of Belize’s 200 small offshore islands. In this week’s...

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the many faces of volunteerism

This week’s post is a tribute to International Volunteer Day via an update of a popular post I wrote several years ago on the importance of volunteerism. Volunteerism plays a huge part of my...

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5 Great Things About Winnipeg

I haven’t lived in Winnipeg since 1982 (I spent 25 years living on an acreage by Birds Hill Provincial Park and have lived in Matlock, a small lakeside community one hour north of Winnipeg...

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chocolate in Ecuador

It was believed that humans first began consuming cacao in Mesoamerica approximately 3,500 years ago. But a recent discovery made in burial grounds in the South Ecuadorian region known as Mayo-Chinchipe has uncovered pottery dating...