Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Square 39: Chocolate

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I was browsing at All Strung Out when I saw the dark auburn Tupa yarn from Mirasol Peru. It was like smelling a fragrance that takes you to back to a particular time and place; in this case, the first time I tasted Soma Chocolate.

It is one of the most memorable taste sensations in Toronto, at the historic Distillery District. Soma's boutique offers all kinds of chocolate confections, but I recommend a shot of the Mayan hot chocolate. It actually comes in a small glass like a shot of espresso or Jägermeister. It is rich, thick and spicy, and goes down like velvet fire.

Soma products can be bought at artisanal food boutiques outside Toronto. I purchased a bag of the Mayan hot chocolate mix at Ouderkirk and Taylor in downtown Guelph. The ingredients are, "cocoa liquor, organic sugar, cocoa powder and our unique blend of spices." You blend one cup of the mix with half a cup of hot water (yes, it is very rich) and whisk in a saucepan over low heat until smooth.

A portion of the revenue from Mirasol yarns funds a children's centre in the remote Peruvian mountain community where the wool is produced. I alternated rows of Tupa with Noro Kureyon evoking the spices in Soma Chocolate.

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