March 31, 2009

Serviceable and Satisfactory Espresso Maker Good for Daily Use, review DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker

Serviceable and Satisfactory Espresso Maker Good for Daily Use
DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker

Home espresso machines have usually two non-negotiable functions. One is the making of the espresso, and the other is the production of steam for foaming milk. The DeLonghi Espresso Maker accomplishes both, and sits on a space smaller than my standard coffee brewer.

Working well is the creation of an average espresso. The water heats quickly, and the pressure is enough to generate a sweet crema. The taste compares with most coffeehouse espressos.

Making froth is not as easy as the manufacturer implies. The steam spigot hangs low, meaning only the smallest of mugs can fit. In my case, to also avoid milk splash, I turn it so that the spigot hangs over the counter. Inevitably, a mix of water and milk drips to the floor. Similarly, the spigot drips while heating up.

Cleaning is not hassle-free. The removable tray does as intended. The underlining tray does not. Coffee drips there, and dries, and is difficult to remove.

Single- and double-shot coffee holders are provided, and the used grounds pop out quickly, especially when dry.

I do not own the accessories, like the frothing cup. I use a mug. Also, while I have espresso cups, I prefer to retrieve a double espresso with a tea cup to avoid overflow.

A more expensive machine will have more bells and whistles, but for an economical daily morning appliance, this is a great, functional solution.

Making the perfect espresso may be impossible with the DeLonghi Espresso Maker, but a good one is achievable. For the price, I am satisfied.

--Brockeim

DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker

March 27, 2009

Another, another! Faux Gold Flowers Found in Bag of Restoration: review: Werther's Original Caramel Chocolates, Milk, 5.2-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12)

Another, another! Faux Gold Flowers Found in Bag of Restoration
Werther's Original Caramel Chocolates, Milk, 5.2-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12)

The long day ending a long week stood no chance as I reached into the plastic-metallic bag. Spiraled ripples hidden beneath the tightly wrapped faux gold foil waited for me.

Stripped quickly of its modesty, the chocolate caramel scent flooded my car as I drove home. The edge of the workday diminished.

Another, another! A frenzy of unwrapping excited me, each delivering another headful of milky flavor. Crumpled aluminum balls lay upon the driver's seat like shining yellow flowers on the upholstery. Soon, a garden of foil bloomed within my vehicle, and pleasure invaded my heart.

This day was restored, thanks to 5.2 oz. of Werther's Original. Restore yours with a bag today.

--Brockeim

Werther's Original Caramel Chocolates, Milk, 5.2-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12)

March 25, 2009

For Tuesdays in July, For Making Smiles Wider: review. Citrus Medley: Navel Oranges

For Tuesdays in July, For Making Smiles Wider
Citrus Medley: Navel Oranges

No smile equals that of an orange grin worn by Nancy a Tuesday morning in July.

Summer Tuesdays at five years old could not have been more blissful. Yet, there, that day, she stood, smiled, and revealed the brightest orange peel in lieu of teeth. Best yet, as we laughed, she handed me one.

These were navel oranges. Not uncommon. Just as you see here. Her father cut them into quarters, from stem-to-end. We, she and I, ate each section as we giggled in the yard with her dog by the evergreens.

It has all the Vitamin C we could want, and plenty of energy. I learned that later. Then, this last summer before first grade, I cared more about blowing dandelions and chasing cabbage moths than Vitamin C. However, it is there, ready for you when you reach the age in which orange smiles with your friend loses its draw.

What were sunny Tuesdays built for? Orange smiles. May your Tuesdays this July be as playful. Buy these often.

--Brockeim

Citrus Medley

RIP Stephen Haines, March 24, 2009

Normally, I approach this blog to be hopeful, encouraging, whimsical... filled with light verse and romance. Not today. A sad moment has occurred, the loss of an online friend.

RIP Stephen Haines, March 24, 2009. The world is less.

Strange how someone I only knew from a discussion board grieves me. It shows me that, though I knew him far less than others, the slightest encounter can still bear heavy weight.

I cannot say Stephen (also called The Bunyip') and I were close, or knew much about the other, but this is most of life. We know slices, not entireties, about most of those with whom we come into contact with.

The slice of Stephen I saw, was thoughtful, intellectual and humorous. I think if we shared a pot of coffee we would have laughed a lot.

March 15, 2009

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Those flowers that we knew last summer... Where are they?

Rumors suggested Albuquerque, but has really just been winter here where the wind blows. Cold, rain, snow. Almost done here. I saw a flower accidentally growing near a garden.

I have never been one to find sorrow on a cold day, but joy and spring are natural friends. The winter is no less in God's hand that the sunniest day.

May you find joy with someone you love this spring... not because of spring, but because you loved all winter.

--Brockeim
Long time passing