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the yogurt series, iv

I’ve been slacking on the yogurt review series, so here’s an update:

I’m currently living in Seoul, and i am impressed with the yogurt here, though there’s always something missing (i miss the pure, homemade taste of Liberté, and that unforgettable perfection of La Fermière).  Today, i’m going to write about the two Korean yogurts i like the most so far [UPDATE: Maeil’s new organic yogurt mentioned]:

pure by Maeil


viyott by Seoul Milk

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Some things i’ve been wanting very badly but haven’t been able to find

Not to sound really consumerist, but i’ve been wanting some of these things for years, as most of them would make my life a lot easier.  I would appreciate any suggestions, both for products and places where i could look.  The items are listed in order of greatest to least desire.

  • A small, lightweight compass (no more than 1.5″ in diameter) that opens and closes like a pocket watch.  A pocket watch with a built-in compass (as in, 12 o’clock would indicate North, and there would be a compass needle hovering over the hour, minute, and second needles) would make my life.
  • A leak-proof stainless steel mug that doesn’t come with a cup (like a thermos might) but has some kind of attached but partially removable cover (like a flip-top cap, i guess) for the top so that when i put it in my bag, the top won’t get dirtied.  I don’t want a thermos cos those are too heavy, and i always thought the whole cup/lid thing was unsanitary.
  • A stainless steel mug with an analog thermometer, an AC power plug (not a 12-volt power plug for cars), and at least an 18 oz. capacity.

I currently have this one, and it’s really nifty, but i’d like one with a larger capacity and an AC power plug.

And i need both mugs to have a handle, be easy to drink from, and be relatively easy to clean (it doesn’t have to be dishwasher-safe).  A stainless steel top would be great as well.  Plastic tops stain so easily…

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the yogurt series, iii

4x-yoghurtbecher2joghurtbecher © beierle + keijser (via lensculture)

I haven’t found a new favorite yogurt, but i did try some worth blogging about.  First up, Liberté’s Méditerranée line:

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via ZauBEr Hour (click image to visit)

Donna-Lynn Kovic from Liberté left a comment on my first yogurt post notifying me of Liberté’s upcoming lemon and coconut flavors in the Méditerranée line.  As per her suggestion, i contacted Julie Rivest in the marketing department to find out where i might be able to find these supposedly “European-tasting” yogurts in my area of Central Jersey.  I didn’t have much luck finding grocery stores near me that stocked them, but when i went back to NYC for school, i found these everywhere and eventually bought some from my favorite local cheese shop, East Village Cheese.  I’d been reading all over the foodie blogosphere that the Plum & Walnut flavor from this line was jaw-droppingly good, so naturally, i bought one of those, and one of Lemon and one of Coconut, both favorite flavors of mine, though i gotta admit, this is the only brand i’ve ever seen carrying coconut-flavored yogurt.  I normally hate fruit on the bottom yogurts (the water from the fruit purée forms nasty clumps in the yogurt once it’s mixed in), so i was disappointed to find out that the plum+walnut mixture was in the bottom of the cup.  But there was a resurgence of hope when i pulled back the foil lid and noticed that there wasn’t a single drop of that disgusting liquid that forms on top of most yogurts (which FAGE nicely avoids by placing a sheet of fibrous, woven parchment directly on the top surface of each of its yogurts).  I thought, as long as the fruit mixture is similarly devoid of extra liquid, this could turn out to be good.

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A tribute to my toaster oven

I use my toaster oven so much that i feel like it deserves a tribute.  My aunt gave her old Toastmaster to my mom in 1997, and we’ve been using it since.  Actually, my mom uses a toaster because the toaster oven is “too complicated for her” and she still hasn’t figured out how to use it.  I hate toasters because they don’t let you control or even see the cooking process.  I use my Toastmaster for everything, and even though it’s probably 2 decades old, it’s still working beautifully and i would never replace it.  Here are some of the tasks i use it for:

– toasting bread
– reheating pizza
blind-baking 
– melting cheese
– reheating cookies
– keeping food warm

and many more.  I can even multitask with it:  sometimes i put a ramekin of cold condiment or sauce on top of the Toastmaster while baking something in it to heat both at the same time.  The possibilities with a toaster oven are endless.  Even Eric Ripert advocates its use, although i don’t need a fancy $185 Cuisinart “Brick Oven Toaster Oven.”  

If you don’t have one yet, get one now.  It is one of the best investments you can make; trust me.

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the yogurt series, ii

Current top yogurts:

1.  Dannon’s All Natural Lemon

 

(can’t find a picture of lemon, but this is the right product line, though the packaging design has changed)

2.  Wallaby’s Organic Lowfat Key Lime

Since my last yogurt post, i’ve tried several more yogurts, and i’ve found a new favorite (that’s right, it knocked Liberté off the number 1 position, and believe me, it takes a lot to do that).  But before i talk about that, i have to tell you about this amazing yogurt i had in Morocco.

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Please cure my insomnia

insomnia1(image via John Champlain’s weblog)

Everyone who knows me knows i suffer from insomnia but refuse to take medication for it.  It’s not only out of fear for potential dependency on it; i don’t like to take medication or supplements of any kind, not even vitamins.  I just try to eat healthily and opt for natural remedies whenever possible.  But desperate times call for desperate measures, so for bouts of severe insomnia, i take melatonin, or when i happen to be sick, too, ridiculous amounts of acetaminophen, neither of which helps at all.  They actually make it worse by making me even sleepier but not helping me fall asleep.  My usual causes of insomnia are:

1.  overusing my mind
2.  stress
3.  depression

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Toys that try to be smart but end up failing miserably

courtesy of slashgear.com

the article

This toy that was designed to teach children environmentalism bothers me in so many ways.  It’s not a product yet, just a prototype (as of 09/12/07), but here are all the things that i think would be wrong with it, should it become a product:

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