With my various home projects on hold, pending the return of the professional painters for their final final touch-ups, I decided to declare today a Reno-Free Day. The sun was shining, the temps were headed to the high 50s–a perfect day to be out and about!
So what did I do on my free day? Well, after a brief (hah!) stop at the dermatologist’s office, it was on to another potential form of torture:
Yep, I spent part of my free day in the belly of the beast, so to speak, exploring the wonderful world of chocolate. Unfortunately, most of the actual chocolate was shown only in pictures. I suppose the risk of broken display cases was too much for them.
The exhibit is really interesting. The ecological requirements of our chocolate source, the cacoa tree, are presented:
So, if you’re not inclined to protect the rainforests for their environmental benefits, do it for the chocolate!
The exhibit also covers the history of chocolate, where it originated (with the Maya and Aztec of Mexico and Latin America) and how it became a global commodity via the Spanish conquistadors, European society, and then on to North America. From there we moved to current technologies, including scientific discoveries such as the medicinal virtues of cacoa’s components
. All thoroughly interesting and without any effect on my waistline.
And yet…I still found it necessary to have a chocolate cookie afterward.
It seemed fitting…and the safer choice when compared to the frosted jumbo brownie in the museum cafe. But I made a note to go back for one of those brownies on another day. They looked yummy!
I closed out the excursion with a 2-mile power walk and now I’m home and preparing for a 20-minute nap. All in all, a most excellent day and a great start to the weekend! We’re looking at a couple more days just like this one, weather-wise, and I do NOT plan to be cooped up in this house!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead! Any special plans?