For family day weekend, my fam and I took a little outing to Chocolate: The Exhibition at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. The exhibit takes you through the history of cacao harvest and chocolate making starting in the Mayan era. In all honesty, I don’t really think I got a whole lot out of it, but I would totally recommend it for families with kids. They had a few chocolate making demonstrations, and best of all, some epic-ly giant chocolate props for photo-ops. Nom nom nom.
Also, who knew that chocolate starts out with these massive, wonky looking pods? They extract the beans from inside these pods, dry them out, grind them up, and add sugar and milk fats to make choco. Sounds glamourous eh?
After taking a few too many photos with giant chocolate bars, we went across the street for a bite at Easterbrooks. If you’re from the Hammer, and have never been here, you are missing out. This place is an institution. They’ve been around since the stone age (1930s), and serve awesome footlong dogs, ice cream, and other standard greasy fare.
It’s certainly not gourmet, but definitely tasty. And an awesome throw back if you’re into that sort of thing.
If you’re looking to kill time with the kittens over March break, or just have a spare afternoon, these are both fun destinations. Chocolate: The Exhibition runs until April 15th, and good ole Easterbrooks is open year round. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go continue my hunt for gigantic imitation food items….