• Be Mine Valentine

    chocolocateteam — 7 weeks ago

    Be mine
    How do you ‘choo-choo-choose’ something special for that person that has caught your eye? It’s as easy as downloading one simple Choco-locate app. You see I have done all the work for you (your welcome) and hit the pavement to visit every chocolate store in Toronto. Don’t believe me, go here: http://choco-locate.com/shops/

    A little spice for Someone Nice
    Yah, I told you so. I would like to think I know a thing or two about the best chocolate Toronto has to offer your Valentine or that ooey gooey budding romance on the horizon. I kid you not, give your crush a taste of chocolate bliss and they are yours forever and always... or at least until they finish the last bite.

    Here are my top picks for Valentine Chocolate this year in Toronto (in no particular order because I am only human OK!):

    Cacao, Chocolate, DarkChocolate

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  • Holy cacao!

    Choco-locate in San Fran!

    chocolocateteam — 10 weeks ago

    yum

    San Francisco is a food mecca allowing gourmet foodies of all types to indulge in vast flavours and cultures. But you may to surprised to note that a few unusual foods actually come from the San Fran area. For example, the Popsicle is a San Fran native and was first invented in the San Fran area by an eleven-year-old chap! Now that food on a stick is an everyday go to, we have Frank Epperson to thank for the original refreshing snack. The Popsicle was first invented in 1905. Did you know some other San Fran inventions include the fortune cookie, Cioppino (a fish stew) and the Chicken Tetrazzini?

    But more importantly, can you guess why choco-locate ventured there? Not just for some Nestle chocolate or Neuhaus chocolate, but for their local chocolatier of course! Yes, choco-locate has added San Fransicso to their long list of chocolaty locations!

    Cacao, Chocolate, chocolocateteam, Chocolove, Chocoperfection, ChocoSanFan, Cocoa, FineChocolate

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  • Drinking chocolate

    What I Learned About Chocolate

    chocolocateteam — 12 weeks ago

    Have your say

    Would you consider your self a choco-holic?

    • Absolutely

      20%

    • No Way

      0%

    • Depends on the Day!

      80%

    The first thing I learned while doing research for the film Semisweet is that chocolate has been around for a long, long time. The common belief is that cacao originated in a region along the border of what is now Ecuador and Colombia. As far back as 1500 BCE, the fruit and seeds from the cacao plant were used by the Olmec Civilization (who gave way to the Mayans, who gave way to the Aztecs, who gave way to the Europeans).

    I highly doubt, however, that people today would be too crazy about the type of chocolate the ancients were eating back then. For one thing, they didn’t eat it – they drank it. For another, their chocolate was really bitter, not sweetened at all like the chocolate we know today. This cold, bitter beverage was the ancient world’s answer to Power Bars or Red Bull -- they would give it to their soldiers to fortify them as they left to fight in battle.

    documentary, FairTrade, FairTradeChocolate, MichaelBlog, RawChocolate, RawFood, Semisweet

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Choco-locate in the Media

Choco-locate in Ontario Business Report

When award winning filmmaker Lalita Krishna was in Silver Springs, Maryland, pitching PBS on her new documentary "Semi-sweet," she found herself in a mall looking for some of the sweet stuff to take to the meeting. That's when she had a "light-bulb moment" about the perfect "transmedia" extension to her documentary about "the world of chocolate," which she was proposing to shoot at locations in Africa, Europe, the US and Canada. To read more click here.

Semisweet on the Radio

  • Listen to Director Michael Allcock speak about the film on 570 News Kitchener Waterloo click here.

  • Check out Ron and Nadine being interviewed live on Moose FM 93.5 Radio

  • Tune in live on June 6th to Haliburton Radio (Canoe 100.9 FM)

  • Tune in live on June 8th to the CBC's Lang/O'leary show

Semisweet in the Press

Semisweet in the Globe and Mail

Michael

'Film tells the not-so-sweet side of chocolate'

What do you think of when you think of chocolate? Decadence? Dieting? An industry rife with exploitation and labour abuses?

Toronto director Michael Allcock offers a peek at the various sides of chocolate in the new documentary Semisweet: Life In Chocolate, airing on TVO on June 6. The film tells four stories – of Ron Obadia and Nadine Artemis, two raw food enthusiasts; of employees who live and work in Hershey, Pa., known as “The Sweetest Place on Earth” and more. To read more click here.

Did you know?

Chocolate is rich in phenolics, the same heart protective antioxidants found in wine. Indulgence? I call it self preservation!

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