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1 Mar


I’m sure most of you enjoy popcorn – especially at the movies – which brings up the question, why is movie popcorn so much better than regular popcorn? I can only assume because they pump it full of chemicals and drizzle it in butter. But what about at home? Do you enjoy it then?

My family is HUGE on popcorn, especially during the Leafs’ games. Even at the Leafs games in the ACC, first intermission, I always grab a tim hortons and bag of popcorn! And you know what’s so great about ACC/Leafs popcorn? THE DAY AFTER. Still not sure why.

You all know Jiffy Pop…
Photobucket – where you furiously move it back and forth over the stove, until it looks like it’s about to BURST – even though you know it won’t.

But remember the good ol’ days when your grandma used to stand over this?
Photobucket I sure do! There was nothing better than natural popped popcorn.

Whenever my dad reads something on the internet, or sees it on TV, or one of his friends tells him something, he more or less believes it. Even if I told my dad the exact same thing weeks or months ago! Well he read up on microwaves, and how they are not good for you. I think in some way we all know microwaves are not good for you (even if you don’t believe it), come on… don’t you find it weird and scary that you can cook food in less than 5 minutes?

Well, out the microwave went. It is now collecting dust somewhere in our basement. No more 2 minute reheats of last night’s dinner for us!

Fast forward to Christmas, my sister and me are now on the hunt for Christmas presents for our mom and dad. My mom loves everything from Williams-Sonoma, and this was our first stop. It’s like they knew we were walking in, because right at the front was the Cuisinart Easy-Pop Electric Popcorn Make. Well, we were sold (perhaps it was because we hadn’t had popcorn since the summer).

Here are some facts:

– A half cup of corn kernels produces ten cups of perfect popcorn within five minutes.
– Requires less than a tablespoon of oil per batch.
– Aluminum popping plate ensures even heat distribution.
– Motorized stirring mechanism keeps kernels in constant motion for even popping without burning.
– Vented to produce crispier popcorn.
– Durable plastic lid has stay-cool handles and doubles as a serving bowl when vent cap is attached.
– Includes vent cap, measuring cup and recipes.
(A Williams-Sonoma exclusive.)

And they weren’t lying. The popcorn is delicious, even plain (I personally am not a fan of butter on popcorn anyway). But every piece is fresh, crisp and delicious 🙂


Microwave cooking is killing you!

Starbucks to the Rescue!

26 Feb


Ever think you could live at Starbucks? Why not? Infinite supply of hot beverages for those cold winter nights, cool refreshing drinks for those hot summer days, comfy couches to sink into to read the perfect book, and the perfect place to people watch.

Starbucks, for many, has become (almost) a daily routine. If I go shopping, if there’s a Starbucks near by, it’s like I have to go in. I’m not really one to venture to all their drinks – although, I have tried probably 90% of their board. I almost always stick to my:

White Chocolate Mocha – sometimes in variations, sometimes non-fat, and now because Dairy is not my friend, SOY White Chocolate Mocha – and always, 99.9999% ICED. It’s -30 out there? No problem, I’ll still get it iced 🙂 And here’s a picture of my iced white chocolate mocha freezing in those freezing temperatures

Last year I stopped off at Chapters (my favourite place) with my friend Kait (who is also a Chapters/Starbucks lover – we are an awesome team :P). We were grabbing a coffee before heading to those comfy chairs to check out some books. If I feel like a dessert, I usually just grab one of their gigantic cookies and eat it all day. But today was different – they had delicious-looking pretty cupcakes.

– Vanilla Bean
– Red Velvet
– Double Chocolate

We indulged in the Vanilla Bean and the Red Velvet, cutting them both in half to try both. We skipped on the chocolate – not sure why? Seems boring, chocolate is chocolate… right? WRONG. My sister finally tried the double chocolate and I stuck to my Vanilla Bean. DELICIOUS.

The Vanilla Bean is moist, and fluffy. There are tiny sugar sprinkles on top that are simply wonderful… top it off with the perfect warm (or cold 😉 beverage and you’re set.

Tired? And need a wake-up? Definitely go for the
Caramel Macchiato: “reamy mix of vanilla and freshly steamed milk marked with intense Starbucks® espresso, topped with velvety foam and our own proprietary buttery caramel sauce.” – Starbucks (also available iced ;))

PRICE: $2.25 EACH (cupcake)
Grande White Chocolate Mocha: $5.09

So why do many hate Starbucks? Probably 99.9999% of complaints is the price – but the “insane” prices are for the speciality coffees, which is not much different from other coffee franchises.

Tim Hortons Large Coffee: $1.38 (14 ounces) = 10.1 cents per ounce
Starbucks Grande (Large) Coffee: $1.88 (16 ounces) = 8.5 cents per ounce

You be the judge!

And how can you hate Starbucks when they have the (STARBUCKS) Red?




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