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#latteart at the Coral Tree Cafe, Encino, California via Instagram

October 12th, 2018 No comments

#latteart at the Coral Tree Cafe, Encino, California via Instagram

#latteart at the Coral Tree Cafe, Encino, California

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Want to learn to more about latte art and coffee? Check out these books from your local library or Amazon!

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Trip to the first Starbucks in Italy. Via Cordusio in Milan [Video] (3:20)

September 22nd, 2018 Comments off

Trip to the first Starbucks in Italy. Via Cordusio in Milan [Video] (3:20)

We just happened to arrive in Milan on the day that Starbucks opened their first store in Italy. It was all over the news and the day before there was a line down the block to enter. I stopped by the next day. It was busy but no wait to check out this “amusement park” of a coffee bar.

Please forgive the heavily stabilized video as the GoPro did not react well to being worn while walking.

More photos and panoramas coming soon!

Trip to the first Starbucks in Italy. Via Cordusio in Milan [Video] (3:20)

 

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Starbucks is upping their draft Coffee game via Instagram

September 5th, 2018 Comments off

To Read: The One-Bottle Cocktail: More than 80 Recipes with Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit by Maggie Hoffman

August 20th, 2018 Comments off

I came across this book in my reading and immediately added it to To Read list. My local library holds both print and ebook copies so it shouldn’t be long before I am poring (or should I say “Pouring”) over it soon. This sounds quite similar to another book I highlighted recently, 3 Ingredient Cocktails. it could also be the source of a party ideas I first mention with that book — each person brings spirit and some other ingredient and we use the book to blend up some cocktails we might never have tried before.

The One-Bottle Cocktail: More than 80 Recipes with Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit by Maggie Hoffman

To Read: The One-Bottle Cocktail: More than 80 Recipes with Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit by Maggie Hoffman

One bottle recipe

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In The Kitchen: Reusable Nespresso Coffee Capsules – Fussy, but usable

August 9th, 2018 Comments off

In The Kitchen: Reusable Nespresso Coffee Capsules – Fussy, but usable

We were recently gifted a Nespresso coffee maker and while I do enjoy the convenience of it, I prefer to use my own coffee purchases rather than rely on those provided by Nespresso or, as in my case, Amazon.

For my morning coffee, I still use a standard Bialetti Moka Pot for my morning coffee but find I use the Nespresso for afternoon and evening coffee when I desire it. it is simply quicker and easier to use.

I decided to research some reusable pods in hopes of making better use of the machine and keeping my costs down. After poking around on Amazon for a while I came across these Reusable Nespresso Coffee Capsules.

While they work ok, they can be a bit fussy to use and it has taken some time to learn the optimal settings for coffee roast, grind, amount of coffee to use and how tightly to pack the coffee in each capsule.

First, unless the coffee roast is fairly dark i.e French roast or Italian Roast you will get a somewhat weak cup of coffee. As for the grind, I find an espresso grind works well, but unlike a pressure espresso machine, you will not want to tamp the coffee at all. Simply fill the cup, knock off the excess and close the lid. If I tamped the coffee at all, it would often fail to brew, simply dumping the water into the capsule holder on the machine and making a mess.

I have also crumpled 2 of these capsules in the machine when closing the top lever. I have not figured out exactly how I did this, but after taking more care to position the capsule it hasn’t occurred since.

So, if you want to gain a little of the convenience of a Nespresso machine without limiting your options to pre-packaged coffees — and you’re willing to fuss around a bit — these capsules might be a place to start. The fact is, there are a host of different designs for these capsules so there might be those that work better, but I haven’t felt the need — or had the attention – to pursue it further.

Finally, if you just want the full convenience of Nespresso machine without the hassle, here are some third-party, pre-made, coffee capsules that I have purchased from Amazon. the quality is pretty good and yields a decent cup of coffee in just a minute or so.

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The Cosmonaut Cocktail Is the Perfect 4th of July Drink via Lifehacker

June 30th, 2018 Comments off

I talked about 3-Ingredient Cocktails in a recent blog post — Read it here — Douglas

“…I found the recipe in Robert Simonson’s 3-Ingredient Cocktails which, as you probably guessed, is extremely my shit. Though the original recipe calls for raspberry jam, I give you permission to play around with various fruit spreads; I made mine with blackberry preserves, and it was very nice. To make one yourself, you will need:

2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 bar spoon of raspberry (or your other favorite) jam

…”

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Tea Time at Amanda’s, Palm Desert, California via My Instagram

June 21st, 2018 Comments off

Tea Time at Amanda’s, Palm Desert, California via My Instagram

June 20th, 2018 Comments off

Tea Time at Amanda’s, Palm Desert, California

Tea Time at Amanda’s, Palm Desert, California

A spot of afternoon tea in the desert. Very nice. 

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Starbucks Reserve in Palm Springs via My Instagram

June 17th, 2018 Comments off

Classic Cafe Affogato at Starbucks Reserve via My Instagram

June 15th, 2018 Comments off