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Cacao Mexican Chocolate

Cacao Mexican Chocolate

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 For 5000 years the Cacao bean has been in Mexico including cultures along the Yucatan like the Mayans.

A Spanish soldier who was part of the conquest of Mexico by Cortes tells that when Montezuma II, emperor of the Aztecs, dined, he took no other beverage than chocolate flavored with vanilla or other spices. His chocolate was whipped into a froth that dissolved in the mouth. No fewer than 60 portions each day reportedly may have been consumed by Moctezuma II.

 

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Chocolate was introduced to Europe by the Spanish and it became a popular beverage by the mid-17th century. They didn’t use sugar in the recipe until the Europeans added it hundreds of years later.

Nowadays, Mexicans enjoy their hot cocoa as a nightly treat with sweetbreads (pan dulce) and during the Day of the Dead celebrations you can find all manner of Mexican chocolate in the shape of skeletons and skulls.

 

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The Home of the Tree of Life’s

Izucar De Matamoros, Mexico is the home of the Traditional Mexican Pottery, The Tree of Life

 

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Izucar De Matamoros, Mexico is where the Mexican pottery, the Tree of life’s are made. The city is thought of as the “Home” of the Tree of Life’s. On Bev’s latest trip to Mexico she visited Izucar. Bev has collected tree of life’s for over 25 years so her trip to Izucar was very exciting. She buys a lot of Day of the Dead merchandise from this particular workshop. The craftsmanship and attention to detail by the workers is amazing. Even the children are able to earn extra money after school by helping at the workshop.

It was great to see the young people learning this traditional craft!

 

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Shop Local this Holiday Season

Shop Outside the Box this Holiday Season and support local small business!!!

 

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Coast Hwy Traders will be serving Wine and cookies daily until Christmas.

While you do your holiday shopping enjoy the goodies and festive atmosphere! Coast Hwy Traders is packed full of one of kind gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Below is just a small sampling of what you can fine. If you have any questions please feel free to call 760-944-1381

Holiday Gift Ideas from Coast Hwy Traders

 

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Great stocking Stuffers…

puzzles $5.95 and coloring books $5.00 (above)

and plush toys $8 and up (below)

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Local handmade signs of favorite surf spots….$25

 

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Handmade driftwood sign by local artist Debi….$35.00

 

 

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Charming Talismans

Fish and Coins are for prosperity
Heart of for love
Flower is for happiness
Elephant is for long life
Sun is for Health

 

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Embroidered children’s dresses from Oaxaca… $25.00

All sizes available…. So cute for holiday photos

 

 

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Inspiring signs handmade by local artist Carolyn…$42

 

 

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Shop Small Business Saturday

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This Saturday, November 26th is small business Saturday.

Come shop small and support local at Coast Hwy Traders.

We have a wide selection of handmade one of a kind gifts made by local artisans.


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We hope to see you on Saturday, 11/26!

 


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Local Business Coast Hwy Traders is Turning 21!

 

An Iconic Downtown Business Celebrates 21 Years.

Local business Coast Hwy Traders Supports local Artists/Fair Trade

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Coast Hwy Traders is thrilled to be celebrating their 21 first birthday on Saturday, October 22 2016 at noon. We will be celebrating with Mexican Food, Music and door prizes.

Coast Hwy Traders was founded in October 1996 by owner Beverly Goodman as a venue for local artists,fun imports,and unique items. Coast Hwy Traders supports Fair trade buying and they support local charities like an orphanage in Mexico and a children’s foundation in Nepal.

Owner Beverly Goodman has been traveling to Mexico for over twenty years meeting local artists and importing their goods. She first met Moises Rodriquez when he was a young father with two small children. He was living and working in a small village outside TONALA,Mexico. Moises family counted on Bev’s visits to help support him and his family. Moises is now a well known artist. Buying from him was easy as his work is beautiful. Today his children are grown and married. Their room is now a gallery for his art. This is a story repeated many times by the unique art at Coast Hwy Traders.

Coast Hwy Traders also has the largest collection of Day of the Dead merchandise in Southern California.

 

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Artist Moises Rodriquez and his handmade pottery

 

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Mexican Folk Art

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With the iconic Folk Tree Import store closing this month, their is one less store to buy unique authentic Mexican Folk Art. It is also a loss for all the artists Rocky (the owner) bought from. Coast Hwy Traders will do our best to take up the slack. We certainly have wonderful authentic pieces from Mexican artists. Many of which are one kind items. We are always happy to E-mail you pictures so you can shop from afar.

Just tell us what you are looking for!

Bev

 

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Importing from Mexico

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People often come in with items they bought on a trip and want to import. Well my items from my last trip are still in TJ where they have been for four weeks. What makes delays. Well there is a lot of paperwork to do. You have to have receipts for everything you buy. So all those fun one of a kind items I buy at the market in Tonala they need their own receipt. All this information then goes to a broker.

My conversation today with broker….Broker, “we need a copy of your signature.” Okay.

Second call, “You signed your name, we need it printed too”…and so it goes.

The good news is that the items will arrive this week.

 

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A Magical Town….Guanajuato, Mexico

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Everyone knows about San Miguel De Allende. Everyone is always like I want to go there. San Miguel is a beautiful town but it is very Americanized. You are hard pressed to hear any Spanish in the restaurants. Only 45 minutes from San Miguel is Guanajuato.

 

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Guanajuato is a magical town. Very European in flavor. It sits high up on a hill with a maze of traffic tunnels underneath. We ate at two superb restaurants there. Actually we ate at both of them twice. There are many museums in Guanajuato. The Diego Rivera, The Don Quixote, The Mummies Museum, and The National Museum. There are wonderful sculptures on many streets. The University is there too. Near PiPila (pronounced peepee la ) is a fabulous bed & breakfast called Casa Zuniga…full of art…great city views …delicious breakfast.

With the new TJ tunnel you can fly on Volaris from TJ to Leon. Guanajuato is just 20 minutes away!

 

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Mexico Shopping Trip Adventures

I recently came back from a buying trip in Mexico. I had a great time and did my share of shopping for the store!!

I wanted to share my trip with you….

 

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I started at the gift show in Enart Tlaquepaque then off to San Miguel and then to Guanajuanto.

Here are some random photos in San Miguel.

 

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If you are ever going to San Miguel, make sure you add two or three nights in Guanajuato. It is an easy bus ride. A wonderful city!! It is so European. To me Guanajuato is much more interesting than San Miguel.

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I would highly recommend CASA Zuniga in Guanajuato it is right under the PiPila monument. You say it peepeela! 

Casa Zuniga is an amazing Bed and Breakfast.

 

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Breakfast at CASA De Las Flores. Lunch $4.00 shrimp

 

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Shopped until I dropped!

 

Having a blast.

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All the Cheetos one could ever eat.!!!

 

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I have found so many wonderful hearts this trip. I am going to make a heart/corazón section when I return to Coast Hwy Traders.

 

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Shopping in TONALA today

 

Shopping in TONALA today

 

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I Love My Rain Barrels!!

 

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In Southern California we always have a water shortage. Last year I decided to install rain barrels. Rain barrels hook up to your gutter and capture the rain. Once I started looking I was so happy to find some Mexican ones that go with my house. This style had an added bonus of being able to plant on top. These succulents have really grown since this summer! I found these rain barrels on Hayneedle.

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