As you can tell, if you read my last blog on Wine, chocolate is another major LOVE in my life! So, in this A to Z Challenge for my time here abroad in Argentina, I was a bit concerned about the dreaded “X” for an X word! But to my delight I saw this sign at the Neochea Cafe while riding the bus to the downtown:
Now, I cannot say that I’ve yet indulged in this delight, but I will be sure to do so ASAP and I’ll update this blog accordingly!
For now, I can say that I’ve been to the Neochea Cafe on the Boulevard for ice cream treats and cafe on a few occasions – two other indulgences I love! In fact, on International Women’s Day I went here with my Mami (mother-in-law), Tia (Aunt) Adriana, and a friend of Tia’s for a breakfast celebration. That day I enjoyed their delightful coffee with two medialunas (croissants).
Now regarding their artisanal chocolate – I will soon try these. Essentially, Xocolatl is an Aztec word meaning “bitter waters” and is pronounced with the “X” as a “sh” sound – see this LINK for its pronunciation. It was treasured by the Emperor Montezuma.
“The divine drink, which builds up resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this precious drink permits a man to walk for a whole day without food.”
The Neochea Cafe website says the following about their chocolates:
Xocolatl Necochea, collection of chocolates.
Chocolates whose flavor comes from careful selection of fine cocoa beans from Ecuador and Puratos developed by Belgium in their semi-sweet and white variants, milk. Cocoa occupies 71% of the raw material of this product tranformándolo in comparative advantage, and so emerge tasting nuances of flowers and a subtle reminiscence ground.
“As always we make a difference”
Developing filled bonbons and chocolates in flavors of almonds, walnuts, figs, chestnuts, cherries, caramel, hazelnut ganache, orange peels, pistachios crispy mint rhum and a variety of flavors every week elaborate for you.
I cannot finish this blog without this digression. The word Xocolatl became more familiar to me when I learned of the murder in Costa Rica of a family friend from my childhood – Kim Blackwell (click to read the article about her murder). She lived the life of a free spirit and had begun an Organic Chocolate business in Costa Rica named Samaritan Xocolata. So if you are ever in Costa Rica, be sure to try out Kim’s legacy.