It will work out

When I decided to leave full-time law to dive into the world of chocolate and cacao, in order to allay my fears, I had to remind myself of all the times in my life when “it has all worked out.” And to this day, when I’m worried about making a decision, I tell myself the same.

And this is the story that most often comes to mind when I’m in search of confirmation.

A year out of law school, I had outgrown my current employer and was job-hunting. But at that time, the job market for recent law graduates was discouraging. I learned about a couple of long-term positions at a large DC law firm (the “Z” firm) where you’d be assigned to one case. The Z firm wouldn’t be hiring you as an associate with all the “rights and privileges” that come with it. Nonetheless, the position would run a year or two. If the firm “liked you” and you performed well, you might be able to turn that assignment into a permanent associate position.

After I interviewed at the firm, I told a good friend from law school about the position since the firm had advertised two openings. I might have even encouraged her to apply. What do you think happened? Continue reading

Since I was three years old

Occasionally, I am asked if I’ve dreamed about becoming a chocolatier since my early youth.  That’s a fair question.  Given my personality, if I’d known at three years old that I wanted to work with chocolate and cacao, I would have pursued that path from that young age.

Was I excited about “chocolate” as a kid? Of course! What child doesn’t enjoy the over-sugared, mass-produced-candy parading as chocolate that most of us gobbled up in our early years? But as I’ve said before, that’s not chocolate (more here).  And it’s certainly not the chocolate and cacao I work with and encourage others to incorporate into their lives. I’ve grown up. I discovered “chocolate,” albeit later in life than I would have liked. Continue reading

Antioxidant-packed Berry Smoothie feat. Raw Cacao Powder

cacao powder smoothie

Serves 1

8 oz nondairy chocolate milk ( I prefer almond milk usually)
1-2 handfuls of baby spinach (the amount depends on your taste buds)
1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric (or 1/4 teaspoon if you don’t mind the taste)
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
4 oz, by weight, frozen mixed berries
Protein powder (1 scoop, optional, if you’re looking for protein)
Cacao nibs for garnish (optional) Continue reading