Lazy Sunday Morning

Lazy Sunday Morning
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Okay, I am pooped.  If I could just crawl in my bed, play Damien Rice quietly in the background, put up light-proof blinds, and sleep for the next 72 hours, I would!  Actually, that sounds like an ingenious plan...  Too bad it's not going to happen.

  • Two jobs.
  • Writing a food blog - taking pictures, cooking, baking.
  • Writing a book.
  • Being an anal retentive individual and hyperventilating because I am NOT in an organized, clean state of mind right now...
  • Trying to find my place in this world (corny cliché, but true none-the-less).

GAH!

So today is June 17, 2012.

Today is Father's Day.  Happy Father's Day Scott!

Today is also Tommy's day of attempting to get things done and be productive while relaxing and enjoying my day off.  Not sure how this is all going to work out.  The morning was pretty brilliant though!

I slept in until 9:00 (late....I felt like half of my day was gone already).  Coffee, where WAS my coffee?  Here comes the only recipe of the day.  But it is not a recipe at all.  It is just a simple tip of how to make your own kick-butt cappuccino in the comfort of your own home.  Let's save that $5 we'd be dropping on our Starbucks addiction...

As you can see, I own an espresso machine.  And I use it every. day.  Way to only further my addiction to caffeine...I am really thinking I need to chilax on this?  Anywho, we all know that is not going to happen anytime in the near future.

I have to say, there are some days, especially ones like today, where I just don't want to leave the house.  Especially to get a cup of coffee.  But I want a latte, with brilliant foam. As much as I love my espresso machine, the foam that it makes is sub-par...  It's just not great.

enter solution:

FRENCH PRESS

Hold up, wait a minute.  For reals?  Yes!  You can use a French Press to make some café quality foam for your latte or cappuccino!  How you may be asking...

  1. Heat up your milk in the microwave.
  2. Dump the heated milk into French Press.
  3. Put the top on.
  4. PLUNGE AWAY!

I typically will plunge about 10-15 times.  It all depends on how much foam you like - the more times you plunge, the more foam you'll have.  Once you've got your desired amount of foam, pull some shots of espresso into your mug and pour in the foamed milk!  Voila!

Funny story: last summer I was taking the train into Chicago quite often to interview for jobs, none of which worked out.  My friend Emma had told me about this amazing coffee shop called Intelligentsia.  Every time I went into the city I bought a cappuccino before the interview and a latte afterwards to take on the train home.  Holy addiction!

I like Starbucks.  Really, I do.  But the  Intelligentsia drinks tasted so much better!  I couldn't for the life of me figure out why.  So, on a slow day at the 'bux I began playing around on the bar...what were they doing that Starbucks wasn't?!

The answer was simple.  Default milk.

Starbucks = 2% milk. Intelligentsia = whole milk.

HELLO WORLD OF DIFFERENCE!

I always thought that I hated whole milk.  Too much fat.  I felt as though I was drinking cream.  But in a latte?  It is the most delicious thing!  I still make my lattes with nonfat latte at home, though.  I would feel too guilty about drinking a whole milk latte everyday.

Grease.  No, not the John Travolta/Olivia Newton John movie.  I am talking about the fat lard that comes from animals.  The stuff that is not good for you, yet makes everything tastes like pure ecstasy!  What an unfortunate conundrum...

Today, I took the grease!

Bagel's By the Book is a small bagel shop in my hometown that serves the most amazingly greasy and delicious breakfast sandwiches you'll ever shove into your face. Egg, cheese, bacon and sausage on an egg bagel.  Best combo.

Sitting outside, drinking a cappuccino, eating a breakfast sandwich, and catching up on my Men's Health reading was exactly what I needed.  Thank you Father's Day for giving this yet-to-be-father (or should I say far-from-being-a-father) a GREAT Father's Day!