Aloha Friends and Family (Juliette here – writing from Jody’s computer because I am having difficulty getting online). Yesterday was filled with magic. We started out the day by visiting the largest (?) artisan market in the world (Otavalo – just down the road from our hostel) and we finished in Miriam and Luiz’s courtyard discussing how we can each support the growth of Miriam’s Chocolate House.
Miriam and Mimi spent a good part of the day working on recipes (using local, fresh herbs and ingredients) and we poked our way through the market looking at beautiful products made by people in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and other places too. Jody and I have been sharing a lot of “plato typica’s” which is an authentic dish that has potato cakes, meat (Chivo/goat or Vaca/cow) and rice.
Mimi is back with Miriam today – continuing on with finishing their chocolates and we have had the pleasure of working with a local woman who is sharp and is helping us determine the next visits for cacao sourcing (for Miriam’s shop). Miriam and Luiz would like to become known as the supplier of the best Ecuadorian chocolate in the country. That said, it is likely that they will offer other locally produced chocolate (Kallhary Chocolates) products.
Our guide made a comment yesterday that I wanted to share with all of you as it relates directly to this project (and all of you). She said: “The law of life is you have to share. You’ve just got to give in order to receive.” How true.
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