Flipping through the latest issue of Boston Home, I was struck by the beauty of this “invisible” tub. Made from a thick sheet of glass inserted between the two tile walls, it’s so simple, yet I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
Sometimes hot chocolate can feel too heavy and filling, but chocolate-flavored teas are often weak and unsatisfying. What’s a cacao lover to do?
The folks at Choffy are offering one unusual solution: they’re bagging 100% organic cacao beans, roasted and ground, and meant be brewed like coffee. The grinds smell incredible (as does the brewed cup after 4 to 5 minutes in a French press.) They say you can use a drip machine as well, but it really didn’t work in our Chemex—prolonged contact helps make this hot drink flavorful.
The brewed cup is remarkably full bodied, picking up some of the protein from the beans as well as tons of flavor. If you’re a chocolate lover who mostly enjoys sweet candies, this stuff may not be for you; it’s naturally bitter, with fruity acidity. But if you get excited about the complex flavors of high-cacao content chocolate, you should look into Choffy.
The Ivory Coast version is smooth and focused, with a bright tartness. La Espagnola is earthier, almost smoky, though some tasters found it a little muddy. Both are good with a scant teaspoon of sugar.
Herschell / Special*Dark’s comment - IF THIS TENT IS A ROCKIN… lol. Article follows below:
If you’re attending any festivals this year this has got to the coolest canvas to camp out in, say hello to the VW Camper Van Tent.
Officially licensed by Volkswagon the VW Camper Tent is a full size replica of the 1965 Camper Van. Available in yellow, red or blue, it is certain to stand out from all other tents. Like the VW camper van the VW tent is large enough to stand up in (5 feet and 11 inches), and internally is divided into two rooms, sleeping 2 people in each one.
The VW Camper tent is available on pre-order from Firebox for £299.99 (approx $486) and will be available from August 25th 2011, just in time to catch the end of the festival season.
“People just don’t understand. Go to Chinatown and get your $1 pork buns maid from pigs raised in awful conditions, butchered by people living in equally horrible conditions. If it’s to expensive for you, don’t buy it, but don’t pretend Chang is doing anything wrong. Everyone wants local, fresh, sustainable and humane and they want it for nothing. Those ethical ways of treating and raising animals and farming food, make food much more expensive. Food costs money, rent costs money, employees cost money, you think you can do better have at it.”—
Herschell / Special*Dark’s comment - Save yourself $2 and never use it. lol. Article follows below:
Nike+ is about to turn five years old, and they are celebrating by giving their Nike+ GPS app away for free for a limited time. The app is similar to other run-tracking apps, but it’s got a much cleaner interface than most and a color-coded map line so that you can see the parts of your run where you were faster or slower.
Nike+ GPS also offers some fun features other running apps don’t, such as motivational messages from Nike’s top athletes, personalized PowerSongs to jazz up your run, and even the ability to hear mid-run cheers every time your friends like or comment on your run status.
Even if you are using another running app, Nike+ GPS is worth the download while it’s free (it’s usually US$1.99). And remember, Nike+ GPS uses the iPhone’s built-in GPS, so it doesn’t require the separate Nike+ shoe insert.
I liked a YouTube video: Recently voted the best burger in the Bay Area by the SF Eater reader poll, the 4505 Meats cheese burger is a labor of love. What makes this burger so special? Maybe the fact that we source local, whole grass fed beef and dry age the meat, butcher…
Large-bodied species and top predators were assumed to be the most in danger of being overfished. Studies show that smaller fish, Summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus), Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus), herring (Clupea pallasii), Winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus) and chub mackerel (Scomber japonicus) have decreased dramatically.