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Stovetop Espresso Maker

Went to a friend’s house in Medway today for a little barbecue/get together. Had a great time out in the countryside, and their place is beautiful.

After our late lunch, Sue made espresso using their stovetop espresso maker –just like the Italians do, apparently. And I have to say that the espresso really was amazing! (Of course, putting light cream in mine I’m sure just made it that much better… yum!)

So now I’m thinking that I need to get a stovetop espresso maker, as well. After all, they start at around $30. Cheaper and better tasting than those new espresso makers!

And of course, I went onto Amazon.com and found this gorgeous, sleek Bialetti one for $45 instead. And with Christmas not for another 7 months or so, I’m thinking that I need to do a little early shopping…

Bialetti Class Black Stovetop Espresso Maker

 

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Brewfest ’07!

Last November, 11 other friends and I went to Shrewsbury (near Worcester) to brew our own beer at Deja Brew. We made 6 batches in total. Three weeks later we went back to bottle it. I’m glad to say that the beer turned out really well! (I’m also still slowly working my way through those 3 cases I walked away with.)

I snapped a bunch of pictures on my Nokia E65 and promptly forgot about them until today. Silly me!

Check them out my online photo gallery!

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Joanna & Me

Tonight I finally went to the Kowloon on Route 1 in Saugus for dinner. With its big tiki tacky, I’ve been wanting to go for years, but never actually got off my tush to go.

This afternoon I met up with my friends Tim & Joanna to hang out and get dinner. They live in Melrose a hop, skip, and a jump from Rte. 1, so instead of the same old place we love (Turner’s Seafood), I suggested something different. Something cornier. Something tiki-er — the Kowloon!

Kowloon Restaurant on Rte 1 in Saugus

Well, I skipped the Scorpion Bowl because I wanted to be able to drive home tonight, but otherwise it was a fun visit. That place really is over the top, even on the inside!

At some point during dinner, Joanna grabbed Tim’s Nokia N95 and took this great picture of us. Isn’t she adorable?

Joanna and Anthony

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Why is honey often packaged in bear-shaped containers?

Recently, I rediscovered my love of honey and I consume it almost daily on my oatmeal and yogurt. I much prefer the taste of plain yogurt sweetened with honey to “lite” versions of yogurt and most other flavored yogurts.

Anyway, it’s been driving me crazy lately wondering where the “honey bear” package came from! Although I typically buy honey in glass jars and have been experimenting with lots of uncommon varieties (desert honey, melon, lavendar, etc.), there’s still that honey bear staring me in the face every time I visit Trader Joe’s.

So finally this morning, I got off my butt to do a bit of investigation on the Internet. And found it on like the third hit!

In short: the honey bear package was invented by the founders of Dutch Gold Honey empire in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1957. The founder and his wife were at a friend’s house eating dinner and discussing the recent death of A.A. Milne, creator of the Winnie the Pooh cartoons, when they thought of the idea. Naturally, sales soared after introducing the container. A new iconic package for an old product was born.

Read more about the founding of the Dutch Gold Honey company, including this story, by downloading the following PDF:

www.dutchgoldhoney.com/store/press/pr_A10.pdf

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Cuchi Cuchi in Central Square

Last night, I met up with a friend of mine for dinner at Cuchi Cuchi in Central Square. I’m embarrassed to say that I’d never heard of Cuchi Cuchi before, so it was a new experience for me. And how delightful of one at that!

The restaurant offers amazingly tasty small plates (like tapas) and has an excellent and original drinks menu. What’s even cooler is that that all of the staff dress like 1920’s Flappers. Well, the women do anyways, and the guys dress in similar period outfits. Very cool! Plus, the interior design looks like some over-the-top drawing room in the sweet old lady’s house down which seems to have remained untouched since then.

The only down side to the restaurant is that it’s incredibly expensive. Dinner for the two of us was about $110 with tip. Youch! Still, I highly recommend it — especially for a special date with a significant other. (I’m taking the boyfriend there sometime soon, but I need to save up for it first!)

Cuchi Cuchi

795 Main Street in Central Square, Cambridge

www.cuchicuchi.cc

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Lin’s Farms Figs & Cinnamon Confiture

While I was in Israel last week for work, I wandered into a supermarket in Tel Aviv and found this most amazing jar of preserves. It was pure serendipity — Yum!

The product is called Figs & Cinnamon Confiture by Lin’s Farms, a small farm (kibbutz?) in Israel. It’s my new favorite spread to put on bagels and toast. Imagine your favorite fig preserve mixed with just the right honey. And since confiture seems to be a fancy word for preserves, it also means that there are tasty chunks of figs in the spread. Oh, heaven on a bagel!

Now the question is: Where to buy my new favorite delight in Boston? The product isn’t even listed on the Lin’s Farms exceptionally spare web site and they on’t seem to have an e-commerce capability. And unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find it in Boston yet… If you’re curious, the farm’s web site is:

www.linfarm.co.il

Oxygen Imports, a specialty kosher foods importer, fortunately does have it in its catalog. So if I can’t find this heavenly delight locally, then I’m giving Oxygen a call.

http://www.oxygenimports.com/productdetails.aspx?ProductId=211

BTW, isn’t shopping in supermarkets in foreign countries fun? I love trying to guess about the food culture of a country based on what can be found in the supermarket.

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A Day without Eating Out

I didn’t eat out once today. I ate breakfast at home, brought my lunch to work, and made dinner at home.

I know, it seems silly to point it out. But this bachelor eats out at least once almost every day, so it actually is kind of remarkable…   🙂

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A Tibetan in Davis Square

Before heading to Diesel Cafe last night to get some work done, Bruce and I had dinner at this amazingly good little Tibetan restaurant just a few doors down.

The place is called Martsa on Elm and appears to be run by a Tibetan family. Considering how tasty our dinner was, it seems that after Junior took our order, Grandma was in the kitchen whipping it up. Fantastic! I love small, family-run places like this that make genuine, good food.

I ordered the Shamday, which was little chunks of beef with potato, carrots, peas, and spinish in a mild Tibetan curry sauce. Served with rice, it was brilliant! I ordered a steamed bun (no filling) and mopped up every drop of the sauce with it.

Bruce ordered the Chicken Chili dish which was crispy fried chicken pieces sauteed inn onions and tomatoes, and served with lots of green, red and yellow peppers. Bruce loved it. I’m not a fan of peppers, but the chicken and its sauce was really good, I have to admit.

Bruce and I both ordered a traditional Tibetan tea which is blended with butter, milk and lightly salted. It was different… but still quite good. It’s definitely worth a try.

Overall, the dishes reminded me of an interesting mix of (American style) Chinese and Indian, which is probably not fair for a comparison. This was the first Tibetan restaurant I think I’ve ever been to, and I have to say that both Bruce and I were raving about our inexpensive meal. (Most entrees are under $10.)

Our server was Tibetan and provided helpful answers to our questions when we asked for advice on dishes and a bread side dish.

I loved this place and look forward to going again soon. And from the way the place filled up as we were finishing our delicious meal, it seems that it’s quite popular.

Martsa on Elm
233-A Elm Street
Davis Square in Somerville (Near Diesel Cafe)
617-666-0660

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Happy Thanksgiving!

This was my fourth year for going out to Western Mass to spend the holiday with family friends. We’re very close so I call Patrick and Kathy my cousins, and I refer to their two adorable kids (Emily, 6, and Ryan, 4) as my neice and nephew.It was Partrick & Kathy’s family, Patrick’s father, and myself. A small gathering, so we enjoyed a ham rather than baking a big ol’ turkey. (And having leftovers for weeks afterwards!)After dinner, Emily and I made buttermilk Christmas cookies. This was her first time ever making Christmas cookies! We baked the cookies that night, then decorated them this morning. Emily and I decorated most of them, but Kathy helped. Emily made a special candy cane cookie with red frosting and pink sprinkles for her daddy. (And silly me, I forgot to take a picture of it!) Emily had lots of fun and was proud that she’d done such a good job at it. She’s so cute!

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