In celebration of 24 years of Vancouver’s beloved art festival, the Eastside Culture Crawl Society (ECCS) is pleased to announce Take Flight – the official launch benefit to this year’s Crawl, and fundraiser featuring a silent and an art-tote auction, as well as the return of our wildly popular Art Roulette (please see www.culturecrawl.ca/takeflight2020 for Art Roulette information & tickets).
The art-tote auction opens October 14th, and each of the 130 screen printed canvas bags of creations will have a package of 3 delicious handmade truffles by Artisan Truffles By Trish! So support the arts & buy local!
Fall is here! Doesn’t it make you want to curl up in a sweater and indulge in a delicious handmade truffle? Fresh batches of truffles are arriving at Renzo’s every couple of days so stop by 1301 Commercial Drive and spoil yourself or someone else today!
The Health Benefits of Chocolate by Dr. Rhonda Lowe
According to Nielsen Research, more than 58 million pounds of chocolate candy will be sold during Valentine’s week. But buying chocolate doesn’t just have to be in the spirit of love – there are convincing health benefits to eating this sweet indulgence.
A review published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews found that the antioxidant properties in dark chocolate can have a positive impact on blood pressure in the short term. It seems an association between the cocoa polyphenols in chocolate and a natural chemical in our blood helps our arteries expand and relax. And according to studies published in the European Heart Journal and Journal of Nutrition, eating as little as a ¼ oz. (about 10 grams) of dark chocolate per day can help to lower your blood pressure, improve blood flow to the brain and heart and boost memory, attention span and problem-solving skills.
But make sure you give your loved one the right kind of chocolate. Dark chocolate is rich in the cocoa liquor that contains the polyphenols (you can tell by the bitter taste), but it needs to have at least 70 per cent cocoa for you to reap the health benefits. Milk chocolate doesn’t have the same effect because it doesn’t have as much cocoa liquor, and white chocolate doesn’t contain any cocoa liquor at all.
I know!?! Shocking that it’s that time of year again (already?)
Someone asked me yesterday if I was taking orders for Christmas parties and stocking stuffers yet…and I said no, not yet (let me get through Halloween first)!?!
Then I realized that actually, it’s not so far away and people are probably planning or attending parties, work events, potlucks, mailing packages ect. so, YES! I am going to gear up to take orders for holiday events, celebrations, thanks-yous, stocking stuffers ect, ect… and lets not forget about New Years Eve. Most people throw or attend some kind of gathering or shindig – what a lovely treat for a special night.
What a great way to show someone how much you care than sharing chocolates that are handmade with love right here…so bring on the holiday orders !
Stop by Renzo’s Coffee 1301 Commercial Drive to try my handmade with love truffles. We now have 3 vegan varieties available Dark & Minty, Renzo’s Famiglia Espresso Truffle & the Cherry Bombed made with red wine and organic bing cherries.
Sure, mom likes flowers…but wouldn’t she rather have some lavender infused or red wine chocolate truffles at the end of the day? Place your orders now for mothers day 🙂 firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-251-6910