Eat Chocolate, Help Taza

Taza Chocolates

Some of Taza's many totally unique Mexican-style chocolate products. Supporting a local business in need is delicious. // flickr/QuintanaRoo

Located in Somerville (just a short walk from Inman Square), Taza Chocolate is a local company which has been gaining some serious buzz for itself in recent years over what they’re doing: not only do they make 100% organic chocolate bars, they’re also the only 100% stone-ground “bean-to-bar” company in the United States. They receive shipments of dried cacao beans, cane sugar, and vanilla beans. Everything else is done in Somerville. The good news is that they just recently finished totally renovating their factory and brand new storefront. The bad news? Almost immediately after repairs were finished, the factory was badly damaged by the flash flooding which ripped through Somerville and much of the Boston area on Saturday, July 10th, causing millions of dollars in damage (the local police department saw almost its entire fleet of vehicles and its headquarters destroyed). They could use a hand right now. In the form of you buying some chocolate. Read more of this post


Local Ice Cream: A Better Batch

Dairy, dairy, dairy

Americans take their dairy seriously... sort of. (flickr/imuttoo)

Bostonians love ice cream. Though we suffer every year through bitterly cold and snowy winters, we still support and maintain over a half-dozen extremely popular local ice creameries, some of whom remain local and some of whom have gone on to national or international success. Ben & Jerry’s, Brigham’s, Christina’s, Emack & Bolio’s, Herrell’s, J.P. Licks, and Toscanini’s all churn out ice cream year-round and have loyal, devoted fanbases, to say nothing of the vendors located in the city’s suburbs.

We’re not the only ones: ice cream has gone from a relatively high-end, elite product into a $65 billion dollar a year industry, a figure which will continue to grow as ice cream giants like Nestle and Unilever push their brands into Asia and South America, where ice cream has never before been available on a large scale.

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Driscoll’s Strawberries Are Never In-Season

Image via Flickr courtesy eLoWeeZee

Image via Flickr courtesy eLoWeeZee

Driscoll’s strawberries remind me of gas stations.

I can only assume this is because, at various points in my life, I’ve seen them being sold there. If your local 7Eleven/Mobil/whatever stocks a handful of plastic fruit containers (called “clamshells,” in industry parlance — you’re welcome) at any given time of the year, chances are they are Driscoll’s strawberries. They ship fruit 12 months a year to any number of countries, and claim to be the #1 producer and supplier of berries in the world. It’s difficult to doubt this.

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