April 30, 2009

Sweetens Toasted Bagels and Rainy Days: Great Lakes Select Honey, 32-Ounce Plastic Flat (Pack of 3) review

Sweetens Toasted Bagels and Rainy Days

Great Lakes Select Honey, 32-Ounce Plastic Flat (Pack of 3)

The sun had not risen, and it would not rise. This day was the kind that never sees light, and knows only rain. Any flicker from lightening was blocked by water plating the window. Coffee could not cure this morning. This took something nature delivered on a brighter day, the highly caloric and twice as sweet gift of honey.

Nancy, my neighbor across the way, smiled from her balcony as we both saw our sunrise walk and breakfast in the park draining with each raindrop. Her yellow sundress belying the circumstance danced as she turned toward her apartment. She signaled me over.

Two bagel halves newly crisped in a convection oven, were browned and ready on a napkin. Great Lakes honey stood at 32 ounces of attention, knowing the bold task ahead. From bottle to spoon to bagel, I brought the honey to its better place, and ate.

No solution could stop the rain, but honey on a bagel in the presence of a friend a morning in May lifted my temper. We laughed until noon.

May your rainiest of days be offset by the sweetest of mornings with Great Lakes Select Honey.


April 25, 2009

Riding With The Wind... review - Radio Flyer Classic Red Dual Deck Tricycle

Riding With The Wind
Radio Flyer Classic Red Dual Deck Tricycle

What my Radio Flyer tricycle has done for me it can do for you. The good life begins on this fine chariot.

Years back, in the twilight in early June, she was there. Her brunette tresses flowed like chocolate waterfalls, and her smile shone like diamonds glinting at dusk. Her name was Nancy. Her game was Hopscotch. She played hard, she played mean. And she was playing it on the sidewalk in front of my house. Her bike was parked with ardency next to her, and she wanted to ride.

With nothing but romance on my mind, I climbed quickly onto the shining hard seat. I took off down the driveway, squeezing tight the tough plastic hand grips. The brilliant red of my three-wheeled dream entranced her, like it did all girls. Wind grazed my face as I fearlessly rode, and tassels streamed back, blurring in my passionate speed. Onlookers gaped in awe, seeing me charge with abandon on such a fine vehicle as this. Three airless rubber tires grabbed the black tar, and balanced me from treacherous turns -- nothing could stop me. I pedaled rough, peeling toward her, the femme fatale of the preschool.

Nancy tossed aside her chalk. With a smile, she knew why I was there. She mounted her steel steed, and together on our Radio Flyer tricycles we met the sunset and her father, who bought us ice cream.


April 22, 2009

When a French Pastry Kisses You, Use Bounty Quilted Napkins: review: Bounty Quilted Napkins, White, 100-Count Napkins (Pack of 20)

When a French Pastry Kisses You, Use Bounty Quilted Napkins
Bounty Quilted Napkins, White, 100-Count Napkins (Pack of 20)

The scent of freshly baked French pastry lilts from where it is to where I am sitting. The butter calls out to the dough, and their love folds into gentle layers. Sliced apples, cut into curved angles, kindle a warm smile. Soon, I arise, then arrive, and Nancy offered me some of what I longed for.

One piece was enough, satiating what needed feeding. This, with a short espresso, left evidence of a tasted kiss. The Bounty Quilted Napkins, stocked always, conveniently, were an arm's reach away.

Wiping away the smudge of coffee and pastry, the napkin proved itself a worthy member of my kitchen. May your kitchen to be as complete as mine with simple and helpful Bounty Quilted Napkins.


April 21, 2009

Iron Man and Dark Knight

Iron Man compared to Batman?

Iron Man is a much deeper movie than the Dark Knight. It looked superficially like a war commentary, but was about the transformation of a man's soul.

When dealing with crisis, Batman became vengeful, and Iron Man became a redeemer. Batman was about Bruce Wayne... any good he did was a byproduct, and Iron Man was about doing the right thing, and anything good that came to Tony Stark was a byproduct.

The Dark Knight (+ Digital Copy and BD Live) [Blu-ray]

Iron Man (Ultimate Two-Disc Edition + BD Live) [Blu-ray]

April 13, 2009

Pass On Passed Bean: Civet Coffee is Not Worth Investment: review: Kopi Luwak

Pass On Passed Bean: Civet Coffee is Not Worth Investment:
Kopi Luwak Civet Coffee

I have tasted the kopi luwak coffee. Yes, it is processed through an animal's intestinal tract, but pleasantly, I can assert all fecatorial concerns are diminished once the beans are presented to the company by the blessed animal.

I have had this in espresso, cappuccino and regular brew form. It tastes like a very decent cup of coffee, but nothing so remarkable that it requires its excessive cost.

It is expensive at any price above the market value of a standard Sumatran bean, as the value is not in the taste (ordinary), but its exoticness.

Civets eat the coffee berries and then pass the beans. In doing so, various chemicals are extracted that normally are part of coffee we are familiar with. Is it is enough to lift the quality to one worth the investment? No.

If the idea is intriguing, and you want to say you have tasted all life offers, consider the kopi luwak bean. You will have a very good cup of coffee and a great laugh. If you are looking for a terrific flavor beyond all others, look at other beans.

Pass on this and enjoy more of something else.