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T’was A Superfood Christmas

Christmas 2009

T’was a Superfood Christmas, and all through the house,

The decorations complete, even tea towels with Mickey Mouse.

Some snacks before dinner, cinnamon coated walnuts with care.

Saving the dark chocolate for dessert, with almonds to spare.

There was spinach and roasted pumpkin salad,

Garlic & Lemon dressing made it more superfood valid.

Took the bottle of red wine out of the gift wrap,

Steamed the broccoli, peas and beans – no time for a nap.

Tarts with cranberries and cherries adorned the Christmas platter,

Saving the blueberries for the morning, for pancake batter.

Red Wine

That was my version of the traditional Christmas poem that I’m sure you’ve heard more than a few times before.  Just because it was Christmas, it was not a reason to overindulge.  The superfoods were in abundance in our home.

Roasted Pumpkin & Spinach Salad

Superfoods contribute to a healthy body and mind.  Our Christmas Eve menu consisted of  almonds and walnuts as snacks.  The sparkling shiraz was the start of the red wine health benefits, and red wine to accompany the meal.


A mixture of different berries:  blueberries, cherries and cranberries gave us many health benefits.  Broccoli, spinach and pumpkin were packed with superfood benefits and of course, a bit of dark chocolate and sweet potato pie for dessert.

Beach Christmas Day

Christmas morning started with an early swim at the beach, to get our exercise to start the day. Then we came back and had pancakes for breakfast.  The pancake batter was wheat-free and dairy-free with blueberry superfood benefits.

Blueberry Pancake

Wishing you a very healthy start to the new year – all the best to you and yours for a fabulous 2010!


San Churro Chocolate

While researching for my last post on dark chocolate, I found a website that really grabbed my attention.  The website was about a specialty chocolate and coffee shop, called a chocolateria.  The presentation of the website caught my eye.  As I was reading, I was curious where this shop was and to my wonderful surprise, there was one in Perth!  Actually, in Fremantle which is south of Perth.  The shop was called San Churro.  They specialise in the Spanish donut, ‘the churro’ and different chocolates.  They serve coffee and the famous, Spanish hot chocolate.  I was so excited that I could experience these Spanish delights here in Perth!  There are other shop locations as well in Australia.  The week after I found this website, I was meant to meet a friend in Fremantle for breakfast.  I suggested we go there to try their coffee and churros.  She knew exactly where it was and was pleased to say she had been there before and really enjoyed it.

It was Wednesday morning, when we met at 9am at San Churro on Market Street, Fremantle.  The churros are made fresh on the premise.  The aroma was filling the air as the morning churros were freshly being made.  After we placed our order, we had a chance to look around the shop.  There were different chocolates from all over the world.

Making the Churros

Making the Churros

The real bonus for me was the dipping options for the churros.   Choices between white, milk and dark chocolate and the fourth option was “dulce de leche”.  This brought back fond memories of my trip to South America, in particularly Argentina.  This delicious caramel is like peanut butter is to the United States and vegemite is to Australia.  We chose the dulce de leche and dark chocolate due to its health benefits.



There are also handmade chocolate truffles for the true chocolate connoisseur termed the “Coleccion Afrodisiaca” which translates to the Aphrodisiac Collection.  There are unique flavours for a really special treat.

If you’re not in the mood for churros, there are different cakes, cookies, biscuits to choose from.  And what  really impressed me was they offered gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan, vegetarian and low-fat options.

So really, there seems to be something for everyone.  We browsed through the shop items that offered various chocolates from different parts of the world.  Great gift ideas for the chocoholic!

We sat down on a comfortable leather lounge at the side of the shop with a wooden coffee table to have our coffee and churros on.  The coffee was one of the best cappuccinos I have ever had.  The chocolate on top of the froth was their special shaved chocolate.  That was a treat in itself.



I highly value presentation and service.  San Churro gets a thumbs up from me in both areas as well as their products.  A delightful experience I just felt I had to share.  :-)