The Story Behind the Day of The Dead

It may sound a gloomy, but make no mistake that this Mexican holiday is in no way somber. In fact, it’s more festive than you may think. Unlike Christian traditions in which the dead are remembered, the Day of the Dead stems from way back to the indigenous people of Mexico. Scholars say that the holiday is linked to an Aztec festival that was dedicated to the goddess of below, Mictecacihuatl. She was the queen of Mictlan, the underworld, and ruled over the afterlife. And unlike underworlds in other ancient mythologies, Mictlan wasn’t a bad place. The Aztecs believed that the souls would rest in Mictlan until they could return home to see the fam. So, families would try and tempt them to come home, hence the Day of the Dead.

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Wine Pairing Suggestions for Thanksgiving Dinner

One of the most relied-upon "rules" of wine and food pairing is "if it grows together, it goes together." Food that traditionally comes from a particular region tends to go well with grapes that comes from that region. For instance, fresh, crisp whites often come from warmer-climate areas adjacent to the sea and are usually the best bet with sea food. Dark reds, on the other hand, are better for heavy steaks. Now most Thanksgiving tables have very little fish or steak, turkey is the star after all, so what wines are you supposed to serve when you've got savory and sweet dishes, heavy and light flavors, on the table at the same time? 
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Chocolate Fun Facts

As you’d expect on a day as special as National Chocolate Day, we’ve been celebrating accordingly. Wrappers discarded from gourmet truffles litter desks in our office and lunchtime was brought to a close with a slice of our chocolate cheesecake sampler. But we wanted to have our chocolate and learn about it too. So we did a little research and thought you might find these fun facts delicious (but maybe in a different way) too:
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Why Do We Eat Turkey at Thanksgiving?

You may not have learned this in elementary school, but at the first Thanksgiving the Pilgrims were probably eating more wildfowl, like goose or duck, than turkey. And if Benjamin Franklin had his way, the turkey would be the national bird of the United States, not the bald eagle! So if turkey wasn't served at the first Thanksgiving and it almost became our national bird, how did the turkey come to grace every family table on Thanksgiving?
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