I seem to be possessed of Roman taste buds and a non-vaporous spleen

On beer:

The Roman Empire did not like beer much, and encountered it generally far away from the Mediterranean, at Numantia for example, which Scipio besieged in 133 B.C.; or in Gaul. The Emperor Julian the Apostate (361-363) only tasted it once and immediately scorned it.

On chocolate:

“I have heard one of his servants say that he [the cardinal] took it to moderate the vapours of his spleen and that he got this secret from some Spanish nuns who brought it to France.”

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