Today we had the pleasure of visiting the Peguche plaza where Miriam’s chocolate shop is under construction. The village is where Miriam grew up and is home to about 400 people. Miriam’s shop is in the center of a plaza right next to a church and a very popular local restaurant which is owned by Miriam’s husband’s (Luiz) Uncle. The shop is two floors and Miriam and Luiz are discussing how the second floor should be converted into a cafe (coffee and tea) and possibly a hostel (three rooms). Manuel (Luiz’s papita/father) lives behind the shop.
We had the extreme pleasure of hearing Miriam’s father (Allejandro) play the harp. he played several songs for us – one was a wedding song and there were two that are played only when a child passes away. We were all in tears by the end (including Allejandro). It was beautiful. Miriam’s mother (Juana) prepared corn soup for us which is served during celebrations. It was delicious – a corn-based broth with potatoes and a slice of beef.
Right now, Miriam and Mimi are in the kitchen testing some chocolate recipes. Miriam gathered fresh herbs (including lemon grass) to put into the chocolate. I can’t wait to taste test their creations!
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