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Chip off the Old Block

Long ago in the year 1853, one Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, a big business tycoon , was having dinner at a resort called Saratoga Springs in New York. After eating a few fried potatoes, he sent it back complaining that they were too thick. The chef, a native-American called George Crum, was apparently miffed at the Commodore's complaint and decided to give...

The Bittersweet Story of Chocolate

Many, many centuries ago, sometime around 400 BC, in the jungles of South and Central America, the Cacao plant was discovered which in the ages to come would become the most desired foodstuff in the whole world. The plant was found to have hard pods with each pod containing brown beans that later became the main ingredient in the making of...

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