October 28 is National Chocolate Day

They day I’ve been waiting for! Check out this post from Foodimentary.

Source: October 28 is National Chocolate Day

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Take2 Chocolates and Call Me in the Morning

I just read an article saying that dark chocolate can help relieve persistent coughs.

http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20041124/chocolate-ingredient-may-calm-coughs

Sure enough, a quick troll on the Internet brought up a number of sites that suggest theobromine, a naturally occurring substance in chocolate, may be effective in suppressing the nerve involved in coughing.

Luckily I have been getting my fair share of theobromine. The cool autumn weather marks the start of my chocolate season and I have been indulging weekly in all manner of chocolate treats.

And my current chocolate destination of choice? Soma, located in Toronto, Canada.

http://www.somachocolate.com

They produce a decadent drink called the spicy Mayan. It’s dark chocolate, spices and your choice of added water/milk. You could also have it straight up as the ancient warriors, who originally concocted this drink, did.

The possibility of theobromine cough medicine could become a reality! It doesn’t appear to have the same side effects as codeine (ie drowsiness) and I’m sure it would taste better than Buckleys. Yet another reason to include dark chocolate as part of a healthy diet!

Regardless of the results of further research, I challenge everyone to have a chocolate day every week; eating the good stuff in moderation and savouring every morsel without feeling guilty for doing so.

Are you up for the challenge?

Around the World in 80 Bites – Bite 10

I have finally made it to double digits in the Around the World in 80 Bites series. Bite 10 is inspired by my recent trip to the Canadian province of New Brunswick.

Bite 10: blueberries

Wild blueberries are grown and cultivated in New Brunswick but it is Oxford Nova Scotia that has the title of ‘(wild) blueberry capital of Canada‘.

Blueberries/bleuets New Brunswick
Wild Blueberries Association of Nova Scotia
Google Images of Oxford, Nova Scotia and the Big Blueberry

My family is from Nova Scotia and every summer my maternal grandmother, ‘Granny Colley’, would come for a 3-week visit to Toronto. While here, she would buy my brother and I the fruit of our choice from what was surprisingly a decent fruit stand inside a suburban mall.  My brother always opted for raspberries while I got the blueberries. It was our ‘treat’. I looked forward to getting an entire pint of them all to myself but little did I know at the time that I was enamoured with a superfood.

The World’s Healthiest Foods – Blueberries

Blueberries are renowned for their antioxidant capacity and contain significant levels of vitamin K and C, manganese and fibre. They are versatile in their use and apparently still retain their antioxidant potency even when frozen. They pair well with sweet or savoury flavours and are particularly akin to lemon, white chocolate and other berries. Try blueberries in smoothies, cakes, pie, scones, muffins, salad, mustard, jam, yoghurt, granola, cookies etc.
I prefer to eat them raw because I like them just the way they are.

How do you like your blueberries?