SWEET TIMES—Being low watt, I forego the San Diego Natural History Museum’s exhibits on Pre-hispanic roadrunners, who survived the machine age. But this year, The Nat is on a roll. They nabbed a boatload of visitors with its popular spring to fall “Titanic” exhibition. Now, they parlay that success with a timely holiday exhibition simply called “Chocolate.”
“Chocolate” unearths the origins of chocolate and how the drink was transformed from a bitter drink of kings into the indulgence we all love today. The exhibit runs through the New Year to March 10, 2013.
Suggested reading before trekking to The Nat in San Diego’s famed Balboa Park is a Smithsonian Magazine article: “The Brief History of Chocolate.”
Of course, there’s chocolate nirvana, a.k.a. the Disneyland of Chocolate in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Hershey’s Chocolate World with its elegant hotel and world class botanical gardens is a complete day trip on its own. www.hersheys.com/chocolateworld/
One very creative re-use of a long outdated chocolate factory is how Nestle’s helped save London’s old Menier Chocolate Factory and turned it into a live theatre venue with a chocolate themed restaurant. https://www.menierchocolatefactory.com I will update this site from England later in the Spring.