While I went to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for their annual Chocolate Festival, I took time to walk around and found a little spot I'd previously overlooked. With a nearby bench, I took in a few moments to enjoy the sound of the water and the obvious scenic view.
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The Butterfly Garden
Both adults and children alike had their cameras out trying to capture a picture of the butterflies in a still position. It was fun as I am generally impatient and as you can see, I was successful. I'm by no means a professional photographer, but I am thankful I actually captured one of these busy creatures enjoying the garden just as much as I did.
Thanks to all of the sampling options, I reached the cooking demonstration a few minutes late. I may not have gotten a chair, but I certainly had my own sample of Chef Allen's awesome chocolate tea. With a nice explanation of how chocolate is made (and as shown, chocolate sticks) and a brief history of St. Lucia, we were given this delightful "chocolate tea."
8 oz chocolate stick (or unsweetened bitter chocolate), 1 tbsp lime zest, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp mace, 1/8 tsp cayenne, 3 cups milk, 1 whole bay leaf, 2 whole star anise, 1 whole vanilla bean, 1 cup sugar, 2 tbsp flour.
Step 1: Combine chocolate, zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, & cayenne.
Step 2: Warm milk in small saucepan. Add bay leaf, star anise, vanilla bean, & sugar. Bring to simmer and whisk in chocolate mixture. Sprinkle flour over simmering mixture and whisk well to prevent lumping. Simmer for 20-25 min until slightly thickened and rich.
Among the many trees at the garden, there is a ficus where you can write a wish and hang it on the tree. While some wish for peace and good health, I also came across one wishing for a "pokemon booster pack" and for someone's children "to be as smart as their smartphone." Sponsored by Yoko Ono in 2010, I was happy to see so many positive wishes.