Monday, February 7, 2011

Did Somebody Say Chocolate?



February is the month of Valentine's Day, love and romance and yes, CHOCOLATE. The heart-shaped box of chocolate candy has long represented love between lovers of all ages. Chocolate is said to possess magical qualities related to sex, love and romance but actually creates this feelgood factor by boosting serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain. The history of chocolate has been traced back to Mexico and Central and South America. The Mayan culture is said to have used chocolate in its religious ceremonies. A drink made of chocolate was favored by Mayan royalty, and the Aztecs used cacao seeds as a form of money.

My name is Lois and I am a lifelong Chocoholic. I am also the owner and innkeeper of Su Casa B&B, a three-room bed and breakfast located on five acres at the very edge of Kansas City, Mo. Su Casa B&B fully embraces the universal love of chocolate. Chocolate-covered Strawberries, Rich Fudgy Brownies, Homemade Chocolates and Truffles, Homemade Chocolate-dipped Caramel Pretzels, a multitude of Chocolate Cakes and Cookies, Chocolate Bread Pudding, Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Chocolate Fudge, Banana Strawberry White Chocolate Bread, Cherry White Chocolate Scones, and on and on ad infinitum. During the past twelve years that Su Casa B&B has been open for business, only a very few guests have ever admitted to not eating chocolate. Of course there are always those who are on a diet or trying to eat healthy or who have allergies. But for some reason, chocolate is rarely included on the list of foods that people do not eat. The key is moderation, of course, as with any other food. If you visit Su Casa B&B for a week or for a weekend, I promise you that you will be offered chocolate in some form, at least once during your visit. And yes, you may even have chocolate for breakfast - especially during February. If you have a favorite chocolate dish and you tell me about it, I just might make it for you during your stay!

Lois Hoover, InnkeeperSu Casa B&B