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Anything you think about chocolate will be changed after trying Peluso Chocolate from Sicily. This special chocolate is not just about eating chocolate, it is about eating a story. And Peluso Chocolate is the Please The Palate pick of the week. Peluso chocolate is called chocolate "made in the cold." This recipe was created in 1746 in the southern city of Modica in Sicily and has been made the same way ever since. The cocoa seeds are ground and mixed with sugar. Those are the only two ingredients! There is no butter or oil or milk added. The processing is done at a low temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit. By processing it at a low temperature, the healing properties of the cocoa are maintained (they are typically lost when the temperatures reach more than 104 degrees). The healing properties of cocoa are tannins, which have antioxidants and blood pressure regulators. That means that this chocolate has benefits for cardiovascular health, antibacterial protection and safeguards against viral diseases. Flavanoids (which offer protection against tumors) ensure better liver function and help strengthen immune defenses to fight free radicals.
The best way to learn about wine is to taste wine.  But, it's understandable if you would prefer to taste before you commit to buying one. That's why one of the great things wine retail stores offer are regular wine tastings that focus on a region, producer or varietal. For anywhere between $5-$25, you can taste a selection of wines and if you find one (or more that you like) you can buy it on the spot!   In a city like Los Angeles, you can most likely find an in-store tasting on any given night/day of the week. Here is a list of some of the local stores in Los Angeles that offer tastings.