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Gentle Reminder

Sometimes, you just need a simple message to remind you of what’s important:

Food Lab, West Hollywood

Food Lab, West Hollywood

If you can do just these three things today, you’re ahead of the game. Happy Hump Day!

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Shake Your Latte Maker

During a recent hypoglycemic jaunt to Whole Foods, I came across a gadget I did not know I needed. Behold the Hario Latte Shaker: a simple plastic device that makes latte foam in about thirty seconds.

Fill to the line with ice cold milk.

Fill to the line with ice cold milk.

I mean, this is genius. I love low tech stuff…I am one of those odd birds who were upset when they got rid of Scantrons and scratch paper for Important Exams.

Shake for about 30 seconds. Ludacris tunes optional.

Shake. Ludacris tunes optional.

Easy to use. Easy to wash. And really kind of unbelievable. I prefer to use whole or two percent milk. Haven’t tried soy milk but almond milk didn’t really foam up. Shake for about 30-40 seconds or until you feel less liquid in one half of the shaker because it has become foam. Don’t shake too long or you might get butter, which sounds delicious, but probably not in your coffee:

Voila!

Voila!

Good morning and Happy Monday!

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Call and Response

It’s my day off but I’m getting ready to go to a mandatory work thingie. These are half-day affairs, usually consisting of continuing education and financial updates, practice improvement announcements and a sprinkle of propaganda. This one is being held at a fancy hotel downtown. I briefly glanced at the agenda last night. An excerpt:

9:00 – 9:05 am WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS Dr. *. ****
9:05 – 9:15 am ANAL HEALTH Dr. *. ********

I am assuming we are allowed to go business casual today. My sartorial response:

Blazer by Helmut Lang. T-shirt by Nordstrom Rack.

Blazer by Helmut Lang. T-shirt by Nordstrom Rack.

I knew this shirt would come in handy someday.

*For the concerned, I do have two hands. This is just an intentional optical illusion. Yeah, that’s it.

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Genius in a Cup

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Behold the Dirty Root Beer Float: two scoops of vanilla ice cream with root beer and two shots of espresso. The espresso tempers the sweetness of the root beer and gives the drink a dark chocolatey taste. I gave up soda a few years ago, but this is an exception. I know my friend pjr would love this: two of his favorite drinks…in one cup! I also know that as long as the weather stays hot and I have to be coherent at work, the nice guys at bru coffeebar will be seeing a lot of me.

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It’s The Little Things

A more Rubenesque Siren

A more Rubenesque Siren

This is my new favorite coffee mug. My friends, K and D, who also happen to be my neighbors, brought it back for me from the Starbucks mothership in Seattle. The logo is a throwback, with the NC-17 version of the Siren, rather than the stylized one currently in use. They got it for me because they thought I would like the venti-sized nature of the mug and well, it just reminded them of me. Because 99.9% of the time they knock on my door, I can be heard shouting, “Hold on! I’m not wearing a bra!!!” And then I proceed to answer the door anyway, with my arms crossed over my chest, where they stay for the duration of the conversation.

With friends like these…life is more fun!

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Buzzed Shopping is Drunk Shopping

This past Sunday, I went to brunch with a pal and naturally opted for bottomless mimosas. Great way to spend a drizzly, lazy afternoon. Until you have to drive home. My car was in the parking structure of a mall complex across the street, so I had only one choice. Buy a grande vanilla latte and shop.  I had recently told my friend M that I feel I am now at an age where I should give up novelty tees (no, the horror). Maybe it was the bubbly, but I couldn’t resist this:

It's not a novelty tee, it's a public service announcement.

It’s not a novelty tee, it’s a public service announcement.

Plus, it was on markdown at Nordstrom Rack. Have you ever met a nice Oriental Lady who didn’t love a good bargain?  Case closed.

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