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Thursday, December 25, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus - 'Doris Maurice' to his chums
Trung Nguyen Coffee:Inspired Creativity
Dragon Coffee Menu
...or indeed involved at all!
French colonists, realising that conditions were ideal for coffee cultivation, first planted coffee in the South Central Highlands region of Vietnam. The coffee also proved popular with a local resident: the common palm civet (Paradoxurus Hermaphoditus), a weasel-like animal, which quickly developed a taste for the sweet, fleshy outer layers of the coffee 'cherries' - the fruit of the coffee bush.
It was found that the fruit seeds, what we know as coffee 'beans', passed though the civet largely undigested and the resulting beans, when washed and sun-dried, had undergone a remarkable change to produce a uniquely smooth and delicious flavour. Perhaps this was because the civet would choose only the best and ripest beans to eat, but also because the beans had been modified by enzyme reactions on their journey.
Civet The legendary 'Café Chôn' (also known as Kopi Luwak in Indonesia) is rare, very expensive (approximately US$350 per kilo) and is sometimes of dubious authenticity. Indeed, many people who claim to have tried weasel coffee in Vietnam have probably actually been drinking Trung Nguyên's 'Legendee' coffee.
Legendee is produced by an enzyme treatment process developed exclusively by Trung Nguyên that mimics the changes produced in the coffee beans by the civet and produces a coffee every bit as distinctive and good as the genuine article but at about a tenth of the price (and, fortunately, without any involvement from the weasels!).
The special process used in making Legendee seems to release a whole spectrum of flavours that normally lie dormant. Rich and complex, Legendee is superb when served hot, sensational when served iced, and is certainly one of the finest coffees in the world.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones. A good documentary. Worth the watch at 2+ hours. Now beat up the brat with a baseball bat.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Time permitting, please open your ears to Pilioha, a new traditional Hawaiian Band playing every Wednesday at our favorite evening Go-To, Aku Bone.
Click here for a sample of their Hawaiian rendition of "Riders In The Sky."
Kamehameha Grad, Gary Krug's Falsetto is a beauty to listen to.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Since today is February 14th, indulge yourself in this creative, imaginative "non-fictional" tale, Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence. If you're artsy fartsy and enjoy a good dose of literary romance, give this bit of illustrated reading a chance. This most unusual book captures postcard writings between two artists separated by the Earth's hemisphere. Griffin is an UK-based artist who is intrigued and enamoured with lavishly illustrated and authored postcards he receives from Sabine, a mysterious exotic woman living on a remote South Pacific island. The dialogue that follows is the essence of the book; it is an "extraordinary correspondence."
It's actually a trilogy, but the first installment is the winner.
Amazon Link Here.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Friday, February 08, 2008
So is this a thruster??????
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
6'10 and 6'0 Andersons.
Thruster on a hull? Yup.
Profile of a water slingshot.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
-Ken McKnight, from Six Feet to Fit on Allaboutsurf.com
Being able to meet up and chat with the multi-talented Esteban Bojorquez and the "Idea Man," Kirk Putnam has been the highlight of the California trip thus far.
Check out the latest installment of The Surfer's Journal, and flip to the article on Esteban and Karen Bojorquez.
The art of Bojorquez
Bojorquez steel guitars
Bojorquez' art on display at Mollusk Surf Shop Venice
Friday, February 01, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Wetsand Surf Shop (446 E. Main St. Ventura, CA 93001, 800-750-7501) in Ventura, is not necessarily as retro/throwback as it is conscious about the product being sold. Click here for their blog. Almost all surfboards are local SoCal shapers with an emphasis on Ventura, and many of the boards are made using BioFoam. They've got spoons, stubbies, keel fishes, quad fishes, alaias: you know, the board du jour (or any board that Dan Malloy has been spotted on). Folky music is playing in the background, and their are some corporate looking offices in the background behind the farm fence.
Chinatown: brooding and sensational. Evocative of a California era that never really was. Watch it in the evening with a glass of cabernet, and delight in a true classic thriller.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Telephone: 808.536.3035) used to be a small, little hole-in-the-wall in Kalihi with an line waiting to dine inside. Now, after a move to Chinatown, Hifumi is a big hole in the wall in the Chinese Cultural Center with plenty of open tables. Under the new ownership, food can be anywhere from OK, to good, to really great. It just depends on what you order.
With that in mind, we offer the following advice- just get tempura. Don't waste your time with the combinations or specials. Just get the tempura. Make sure you get the "Giant Shrimp Tempura." It's about $12. Bring your own beer, too. These are the things you need to remember.