Originally posted on Tania Marie's Blog:
On my trip to Grenada I discovered why it is world-renowned as The Isle of Spice! The spices produced organically from this beautiful island are prevalent in the Grenadian’s foods, drinks, ointments and even things like soap and herbal teas – all of which you will be able to experience when you visit. You also have opportunity, like we did, to visit, have lunch, or even stay at the plantations and get a first-hand glimpse of how all of the savory spices and delicious cocoa/cacao are harvested, processed and transformed.
Grenada is home to ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, mace, pimento/allspice, turmeric, lemon grass, vanilla, and cocoa/cacao to name but a few. There are more spices per square mile than any other place on the planet. Grenada produces one third of the world’s nutmeg and is the second largest producer. When you visit and taste all of the wonderful gifts this little island…
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“Originaliteit in smaak” pastry made with polpa de cupuacu, cranberries and cacaosponge.
You are fond of chocolate? If you are in Paris this week I suggest you to visit the ‘Train du Chocolat’. It is a real train made of four carriages which goes from station to station in Paris and offers a free exhibition to learn more about the history, the production and the tasting of cocoa and chocolate.
Who were the first eaters of cocoa before men? What is the xocoatl? Who brought cocoa and chocolate from Central America to Spain in 1528? When was built the first chocolate factory in Spain? How did chocolate arrive to France? Who are the top five producers of cocoa? Who are the top five consumers of chocolate? etc
You will get the answers to all those questions in the very interesting exhibition offered by Yves Thuriès in the ‘Train du Chocolat’. The train will stop at the Gare du Nord on Thursday 19 March, at the Gare de l’Est on Saturday 21, and at the Gare Saint Lazare on Sunday 22. And if you miss it, you can either wait until next year… or visit Chocostory, the Parisian Museum of Chocolate, open all year.