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  • Romantic ideas for St. Valentine’s Day

    When Christmas holidays with their cozy home hustle and warm family dinners are gone, when there seems to be no more place for wonders and winter weekdays look all the same, – St. Valentine’s Day will come to cheer us up and once again adorn our homes and town shop windows with hearts, angels, flowers and other cute little things. The morning of February 14th will make us remember how important it is to tell our second halves that we love them and how wonderful it is to know that we are loved.

  • Valentine's Day ideas and recipes: no rush and bustle

    You can easily avoid the rush on Valentine's Day and surprise your beloved with a special surprises throughout this romantic day. It's not only the restaurant dinner, by the way, which can also be done by yourself, but also the whole day full of love and care. You can start it with delicious breakfast in bed for you soulmate, than create some extraordinary appetizers, spend your evening with romantic homemade dinner and finish it with festive dessert.

    Marky's gourmet blog has prepared some Valentine's Day ideas and recipes for you and your sweetheart. Enjoy!

  • Dark Chocolate a Sweet Superfood!

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    Dark chocolate has recently been discovered to have a number of healthy benefits. Amazing that something that so many people enjoy eating just for the sweet creamy indulgence can ALSO be good for us! Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate two or three times each week can help lower your blood pressure. Dark chocolate increases blood flow to the brain as well as to the heart, so it can help improve cognitive function, help prevent strokes, prevent hardening of the arteries as well as protecting us from Type II Diabetes. The flavonoids in dark chocolate help reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain the ability to use your body's insulin efficiently. Dark chocolate also has a low glycemic index, meaning it won't cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels. Dark chocolate also contains several chemical compounds that have a positive effect on your mood and cognitive health.

  • A Brief History of Chocolate

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    Historians trace the origin of the word "chocolate" to the Aztec word "xocoatl," which referred to a bitter drink brewed from cacao beans. The Latin name for the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, means "food of the gods”. Many modern historians have estimated that chocolate has been around for about 2000 years, but recent research suggests that it may be even older. Sweetened chocolate didn't appear until Europeans discovered the Americas and sampled the native cuisine.

  • Chocolate Party? Yes, Please!

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    A creative party idea is to throw a chocolate party. Make chocolate your theme and let the ideas melt into your mind. Start with your invitations, include small chocolates inside the invitations or spray them with a chocolate scented body spray.