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SodaStream: Because There’s No Power Quite Like the Power of Carbonating Your Own Water

Once I was visiting a kind-of newish friend, and she offered me home-made sparkling water (because she loves the earth). I was so excited because I had wondered how the at-home carbonators worked and figured this was my chance to try it before I buy it. It was terrible. It was so flat it was like drinking a bottle of soda that had been open for a week. Sadly, I didn’t know this friend well enough to complain to her [ 🙂 ] so that day I didn’t get to learn that the amount of carbonation…

Places to Drink Coffee in L.A.: Paramount Coffee Project (a.k.a. PCPLA)

Today I am reviewing the Australia-inspired coffee shop Paramount Coffee Project Los Angeles, which is PCPLA for short. It took me approximately 5 weeks to learn the correct order of that acronym, but I love Australians so I forgive them for making me think I am stupid, temporarily (for 5 weeks). Paramount Coffee Project started in Sydney as a collaboration between Jin Ng of Paramount House, Mark Dundon of Seven Seeds and Russell Beard of Reuben Hills. After success in Sydney, PCP decided to open Los Angeles, and in keeping with the specialty coffee and food format of a…

Gingerbread Cookie Dough from Trader Joes (Alert! Seasonal Item! Seasonal Item!)

I once went on a date with a guy during the holiday season where – during conversation – it came up that I would have 1 or 2 freshly-baked gingerbread cookies every night. His response was, and I quote, “EVERY night?!” To which I responded with some combination of indignation and confusion, “Yes, every night.” There wasn’t a second date, and it goes without saying that even though he never technically asked me on a second date, that this was by my choice. Not that I have to justify this to anyone (you…

Winter Baking or “This is my deal with granola” aka Caramelized Maple Granola

Let’s be honest: granola is really just a cookie disguised as health food that you can eat for breakfast without your friends judging you. Actually, who are we kidding… they’re judging you. (#thatishighinsugar  #thatisalsohighincarbs) But, really, who cares? Cookies are great! And I will not judge you.  I am a baker.  Mostly I bake cookies – but I also bake bread and a few other things that are distinctly non-Paleo.  As it turns out, I also bake granola. This year, after Halloween, I thought it would be “fun” to cook my carving…