About Me


I’ve been a lawyer in Washington, DC, for more than ten years, and am starting a twelve-step program to cope with my infatuation with chocolate.  Jokes aside, I’ve transitioned out of the practice of law and into the fantastical realm of cacao and chocolate.  In the last few years, I’ve immersed myself in this world, including studying at LEcole du Grand Chocolat in southeastern France and at the Barry Callebaut Academy in Chicago, completing a pastry program at L’Academie de Cuisine, and staying in the jungles of southern Belize to experience firsthand how cacao is grown, harvested, and transformed into chocolate. Through this blog, I share my observations about this transition, cacao, and chocolate.  Or, as I call it, Vie de Cacao.

You can also visit our online boutique at www.Zivaara.com, or e-mail me at puja@zivaara.com.


2 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Kendall Cramm says:


    My name is Kendall Cramm, and I am a Social Media Manager at an agency called Community in Toronto, Canada.

    Our agency was tasked with the task of finding someone in the Silver Spring, Maryland area much like yourself who could be our “boots on the ground” resource and could supply us with content from local events and cool happenings on a monthly basis for our clients social channels.

    I am reaching out to you after reading your blog wondering if you or anyone in your network would be interested in this opportunity. I’ve have a project brief as well which I can send along to help better explain but essentially we are looking for 10-15 photos each month of events, new restaurant openings or cool new additions to the Silver Spring area as well as a bit of background information on each event.

    We are looking for photographers, social media specialists and bloggers for this task. If you are interested can you please provide us with your hourly rate, we predict about 15 hours of work each month.

    Let me know if you have any questions and I’d be happy to answer.

I'd love to hear from you.

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