Keto Oaxacan Hot Chocolate

Happy Day Of The Dead or Dia de los Muertos! One of the popular foods or drinks to celebrate this ancient Mexican holiday is Oaxacan Hot Chocolate which leans more to spicy than sweet.

Since the weather is beginning to get cooler, hot drinks become the popular thing to drink, not only in Mexico but here as well. Chocolate is native to Mesoamerica and the ancients actually ground the beans on a grinding stone to make the delicious beverage.

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Today we are lucky enough to have cocoa powder which makes the job much easier. To make your own spicy hot chocolate, (keto approved) just follow this easy recipe.

Ingredients: 2T Organic Cocoa powder

1/2 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract

1/4 tsp Organic Ceylon Cinnamon

1/8 tsp Fine Sea Salt

1/8 tsp Organic Ground Cayenne Chili pepper

1 Cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1pkt Pyure brand Stevia

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a Ninja Blender and blend for 10 seconds. Pour into a mug and garnish with a cinnamon stick and a sprinkle of cayenne. Enjoy!

You could also top your yummy hot, spicy chocolate with some home made coconut whipped cream!

San Antonio, Sugar Skulls, and Great Food-Lexington Marine Reunion

It’s day two in San Antonio, really our first full day, which has already been busy with shopping, good food and everywhere you look, sugar skulls, as the locals and visitors alike celebrate Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. No ghost sightings to report yet on my end anyway!

On our way down yesterday, we took some pics as we started the food fest at the famous Czech Stop and had kolaches.

Barb and I enjoying off-limits food for me, kolaches!

It was crazy windy and turning cooler as we made our way through West on down to San Antonio. Hence the reason for the next pic some of you may have seen on my Facebook page.

Claudette, Barb, and me-windblown in West

This morning we started the day with complimentary continental breakfast before heading out to check out the RiverCenter mall and The Riverwalk for a while.

Claudette, Barbara, and Richard ready to walk off breakfast

Claudette, Barbara and I made a beeline for the mall so I could find some better boot socks and Barb could find some sandals. It was later that I discovered she wanted to go to the Mexican market for that, which we did but I’m not sure the sandals made it into her shopping bag. There was way too many other distractions like real Mexican vanilla, beautiful pottery and windchimes, sugar skulls galore and so much more. I had to take a picture of my beloved Riverwalk before going back to the hotel.

The flora and fauna of the river is beautiful this time of year

Once back at the hotel, we cooled our heels a few minutes while waiting for the game plan which was to go to the market, located down Commerce street about 12 blocks away. We caravaned over there, then after a humorous adventure in parking made our way to the market. What spectacular colors awaited us in every form from fine examples of pottery to stained glass windows at the Mexican restaurant we ate at.

Talavera pottery in every shape and size
Beautiful stained glass windows at Mi Tierra Cafe
Even the ceiling boated beautiful colors in light, flags, and pinatas.

A day for remembering deceased loved ones,  Day Of The Dead is traditionally celebrated on Nov 1 and 2, but being so close to Halloween, the people of San Antonio start early. I am naturally drawn to the art of the sugar skulls, intricately drawn designs in beautiful colors put on everything from masks to T-shirts. Many people had their faces painted up and walk all over the city, shopping, eating, and drinking to the bewilderment of those uninformed.

Who knows what tonight will bring, but I’m sure it will be done relaxing as these legs and feet are pretty tired! We’ll see and I’ll keep you posted on la patio‘!