chocolate, dog walks, and tapas

March 4, 2012

Dear Family and Friends,

This morning, I got up nice and early and went to a tour of the Taza Chocolate factory in Somerville, MA! It was pretty awesome and there are lots of chocolate samples. A few friends came, but most decided to sleep in. Silly. Here is a picture of our tour guide, with a beard-net, and with the roasting machine (the red one) and the shell-removal machine (the white one). Many of the machines they use are old machines refurbished or remodeled to be used in the factory. For example, the red machine was once to be a hazelnut roasting machine in Europe.

They use stones to grind the chocolate. The samples were delicious and my favorite was the nibs, pieces of the roasted beans. ainy than you’re probably used to.

This afternoon, I went with my brother to take Sophie, our dog, for a walk. She turns 15 years old on Thursday! What a sweet heart. This evening I had dinner with a good friend. It was nice to see him after many weeks away! We went to our go-to restaurant, Tapeo, a tapas place in the Back Bay between our apartments.

It’s so delicious and if you sit at the bar, the tapas are less expensive! We tried a new dish this time, lemon pasta with asparagus and pesto and of course got the usual, queso con miel (goat cheese with honey and onions), artichoke hearts, and duck with blackberry sauce.

Hope you are well.

Love,

Annie

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