Posted by: travelrat | December 20, 2015

Travel Theme: Naughty or Nice


Whenever I visit Spain, at the earliest opportunity, I visit a churreria, to partake of a breakfast of chocolate con churros. For the benefit of those who don’t know, it’s a plate of deep-fried dough sticks, dipped in a mug of thick hot chocolate. Very nice, but also naughty, for such a dish usually has the ‘Cholesterol Police’ recoiling in horror.

Chocolate is usually marketed as the most sensual experience you can have with your clothes on. But, there are ‘authorities’ who sometimes claim it as the eighth deadly sin. Which is surprising, because the pioneer chocolate makers in Britain, Joseph Fry, Joseph Terry, Joseph Rowntree and George Cadbury were all devout Quakers. Not sinful people at all!

They thought that this ‘new’ drink from Central America might prove an acceptable alternative to spirituous liquors. They were partially right. Chocolate is indeed an acceptable substitute. But, when you come in from the cold … hot chocolate is even better with a tot of rum in it!

Now, chocolate, whether you drink it or eat it, is often associated with luxury, enjoyment and all the other good things. Alas, there’s a certain section of society that thinks if it’s enjoyable, it can’t possibly be good for you. For such people, I have a quote given by no less an authority than the National Geographic Society:

‘Fifteenth Century Aztec emperor Moctezuma I believed eating chocolate on a regular basis made him more virile, and better able to serve his harem.’

I rest my case!

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