At the end of March Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo played host to the 2nd annual Food & Wine Festival: 32 Tastes. 1 History. 1 Soul.. Three full days of activities, celebrity chefs, culinary presentations, food & wine tastings, brought together food lovers from all over, to enjoy the flavor and soul of Mexico.
Capella Ixtapa hosted two Food & Wine events, which I was excited to attend.
First there was a delicious Chocolate Tasting with Jose Ramón Castillo, a Chocolatier and TV host. Jose Ramón created a magnificent chocolate sculpture that still stands in the hotels reception area (the whole room smells like chocolate!). Meanwhile, guests had the opportunity to create and taste chocolate bonbons.
It was a great presentation- not only delicious, but informative. Some of the interesting facts I learned include:
- The word chocolate comes from the Aztecs, they called it ‘xocolatl’, and they used to drink it spicy.
- In Mexico we have two kinds of chocolate, the tropical one from Tabasco, and chocolate from the heights from Chiapas.
- 95% of chocolate that you can buy in the store is not from pure cocoa: to buy the real (and best) chocolate always check the back of the package: make sure it includes cocoa butter!
- Not only can chocolate be enjoyed with cava, champagne, but also along side an artisan beer, tequila or mezcal.
Next we moved into Capella Ixtapa’s Terrace Bar and joined Mark Oldman for a Tequila Tasting. Did you know that you should enjoy tequila as wine – by sipping it? Mark revealed that today 75% of people drink tequila in a margarita, 15% drink it as shots, and 10% sip it (however, this number is growing). Tequila can even be paired with food. For example, Mark recommends having tequila añejo with some light food, like ceviche, to complement the flavor.
Tell me, do you love chocolate and tequila as much as I do? Please leave your comment or any questions below. Our Chefs and Sommelier will be happy to provide an answer for you.