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Platicas y Pruebas: The History of Chocolate

Platicas y Pruebas: The History of Chocolate

Thursday 12/6 at 7:00pm 

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Join me for this annual chocolate event!

Chocolate is perhaps one of the most intriguing foods in history, prized for thousands of years and now a global passion. Celebrate the holidays by tracing the origin of chocolate, the food of the gods, from a drink reserved for Mayan and Aztec nobility, to a drink for European aristocrats, to the simple chocolate bar. Then enjoy a tasting of Aztec hot chocolate, champurrado, and traditional pan dulce. ($20)

This class does not include a tour, it is an informal lecture followed by a tasting.

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A Conch Crawl with Leslie Mialma of Winsome

A Conch Crawl with Leslie Mialma of Winsome

This article was first featured in Life & Thyme.

Tasting Pan Dulce in East Los Angeles

The thought of spending a morning tasting conchas, the ubiquitous shell-shaped Mexican pastry, is pretty much what my dreams are made of. The only thing that could possibly make such an adventure more appealing is sharing that experience with pastry chef Leslie Mialma of Winsome in Los Angeles’ Echo Park. Mialma, who grew up just south in Orange County, makes inventive treats representative of the LA’s dynamic, multicultural influences, and is a studied hand in both pastry arts and food history.

Growing up on the border of Texas and Mexico, my family and I would go to grocery stores on both sides of the border. For the basics, we stuck to the H.E.B. in Laredo on the Texas side. But in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, we went to Soriana for the good stuff: string cheese, real Coca-Cola, mangos I can still smell, and best of all, pan dulce—Mexican sweet bread. Nothing was better than grabbing a beat-up metal tray and loading it with campechanascemitasorejas, and the family favorite, conchas (“concha” is Spanish for seashell, to which the pastries’ vanilla or chocolate cookie crust topping bears a resemblance).