TIP OF THE DAY: Grown Up Snow Cones

Remember your childhood summers, and how happy a snow cone made you? The rainbow snow cone (photo #3) was our personal favorite. Alas, when one’s palate evolves, those overly-sweet syrups from street vendors no longer bring pleasure. And the day-glow colors? Sheesh! One way we’ve worked around this is to make adult snow cones with…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Homemade Ice Pops

Is this the seventh day of the heat wave? We’ve lost count. But we’re glad to have this recipe created by Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos, hosts of the Cooking Channel show, Extra Virgin. They whipped up a coffee-themed ice pop using Lavazza, Italy’s beloved coffee brand. They used the Lavazza Qualità Rossa variety, made…
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MOTHER’S DAY: Filicori Zecchini Espresso

Whole espresso beans in high-design packaging. Photo courtesy Filicori Zecchini.   Once upon a time, most of the espresso served in America was imported from Italy. In the 1970s, when coffee bean stores began to proliferate in the U.S., some people began to buy espresso that was roasted locally—from Don Francisco’s in L.A., Green Mountain…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Sparkling Water & Espresso

The chaser, a time-honored custom of alcohol consumption, is glass of water or a milder beverage consumed immediately after a strong drink. The term developed around 1897 from the French chasser, to chase. But it took some etymological evolution to create the chaser we know today. Originally, the term referred to a drink of liquor…
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FOOD 101: The Difference Between Coffee & Espresso

We keep these stackable espresso cups right next to our espresso machine. Photo courtesy Harold Imports | AMZ.   The flavors of espresso are very concentrated, intense and dark. Espresso is drunk black; sugar is permissible but milk is not. If you want milk in your coffee, choose another dark roast bean: Italian Roast and…
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