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    katzenjammer
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    The Espresso Machine was first invented in Italy by Luigi Bezzera in 1901. His goal, was to decrease the time of his employee’s coffee breaks, and subsequently increase productivity. His espresso machine accomplished this and went beyond, creating a thick, bold, coffee that has become very popular.
    Espresso is the base ingredient for cappuccino, latte, and macchiato.






    #864299

    katzenjammer
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    And a very Happy Thanksgiving to US TDKers!
    Time for the bird. And stuffing. And side dishes. And more eats. And for giving thanks. Especially to KM for making this pawsome site pawsible. And to all my fellow TDKers for adding fun to each and effuryday!


    #864300

    JerseyJoan
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    Not a coffee drinker here, much less espresso, but it does smell good!

    Happy Thanksgiving! Got some of my goodies done, will do the rest after some shut eye.

    #864302

    Moonshadow_NZ
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    #864303

    Moonshadow_NZ
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    #864304

    JerseyJoan
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    MS, that wee black kitten pic has always reminded me of my Taz. Her button was always on!

    #864306

    pussigato
    Participant

    Love the ‘presso!


    The horror 😮

    All TDKers and their fur balls! Mwah!

    #864307

    lagatta4
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    I’m having a hit of it right now. I have a stovetop “mocha” espresso pot, but it is a very good one. I bought it at a yard sale for $8. I could tell that it was heavy and good quality, but when I took it in to Ferramente Dante nearby to have its “washer” changed, the owner told me that it is an Alessi and worth over $200. I’d never have spent so much, but it makes VERY good coffee.

    I doubt it actually saves much time in Italian business and industry, as while one can drink it in one gulp, workers stand around chatting for quite a time; it is a pretext for extended espresso breaks.

    Yesterday I made spanakorizo, a Greek dish (spinach rice) which is “creamy” like a risotto, but there is no cream or butter; just olive oil (and not a lot of that) and especially minced spinach. If one doesn’t add a bit of feta cheese, it is vegan. I also roasted a potimarron (red kuri) squash, with beautiful deep-orange flesh. So my veg for a while.

    While it isn’t Thanksgiving here, unfortunately “Black Friday” has arrived here, and in Europe – doubtless elsewhere as well.

    #864309

    katzenjammer
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    Back at you PG!

    I don’t get the “Black Friday” thing either. Nor the “Cyber Monday”. That said hopefully I will take advantage of 50% off sale on some neat handbags. The 2-in-1 thing, where you get a tote and a smaller bag. Reg $40, sale $19.99. And while one store is already sold out, another branch told me they have them in stock!

    I make my own coffee brew. Instant Israeli coffee, good strength. I add plenty of sugar, then boiling water, then goat’s milk, then cream or french vanilla flave cream. I mix it all up and put it in micro until it’s really hot. Mmmm . Jonesing for one right meow! 😉 And it will happen – soon!

    Purrfect weather for this bevvie as in way bone-chilling cold!

    #864310

    Kittyzee
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    Dropping in before I start my online shopping! I am lazy today, even though it’s our official Thanksgiving day–we will be celebrating ours on Saturday. So most of my prep will be tomorrow and the day of will be putting dishes in the oven and letting the oven do it’s magic. I’m going to fix my 20 lb. turkey tomorrow, and the mess will be cleaned up…YAY!

    I just finished a coffee–espresso has waaaay too much caffeine for me. I drank one once and thought I was having an anxiety attack! 😆

    Off to browse and shop–later!

    #864312

    lagatta4
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    I need my espresso hit in the morning, but don’t drink coffee at all afterwards. If I need a hot beverage later on, it is tea or “tisane” (herbal tea).

    There is a lot of espresso-strength instant coffee throughout the Mediterranean. Nearby here, I can buy an Italian brand, but only used that when I was going to be interpeting somewhere I knew there would be only so-called “church coffee” (very weak). I have been terribly busy and have not even had the time to check out the new Kosher supermarket near me; they would probably have the Israeli coffee. I told a friend who keeps kosher about that supermarket, and as he lives in Park-Extension north of there, he is thrilled!

    I think that in general North Americans drink a far larger volume of coffee than people in Mediterranean countries, but in many places each cup is far weaker.

    All I really need is true winter boots; I have waterproof neoprene boots but want something a bit warmer, but also waterproof due to all our slush and sleet. But I won’t buy footwear without trying it on, unless it is a repeat of something I’ve owned.

    #864315

    AV
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    Ahhhhhhhh, fat and happy here 😉
    Great family and food, everyone gone ….. mr. Av napping, and me rocking on the porch with Caddy …. waiting to switch out loads from the dishwasher, but can do more tmrw. I refuse to go shopping on black friday, so for me, tmrw is a day of rest, cleaning and changing decor to the next holidays theme …. hope everyone had a great thanksgiving!!

    #864316

    katzenjammer
    Participant

    Lagatta, that Israeli coffee is available in any supermarket kosher section – Elite brand. It’s instant, and what I consider strong, you might consider not strong enough.

    If you’re looking for boots there are lots of sales on. Unless I’m sure of a brand I like to order boots online and have them sent to a branch of the store. Then I go for try-on and make a decision. This way I’m sure that they will not be sold out, as I need a very small size. And well-made boots last. I have a pair of very warm and comfortable Pajar boots that are about 25 years old and ideal for our winter. I make it a point to take good care of my footwear.

    I did end up buying 2 bags – in burgundy and in mid-brown! Sorta like 4 bags as each one comes with a baby “cross-body” bag. This is the style:

    They were out of stock online but it was good that I shopped in purrson ’cause while the burgundy bag was exactly the same shade as online, what I thought was brown was more like olive green which I already have. So I went for the mid-brown one which looks much lighter online. The tote/smaller bag idea is ideal as I’m generally toting around gym gear and knitting and I don’t want the bags to overwhelm me. Plus the baby bag can be stored in the outer pouch if the tote – kangaroo style. 🙂 Did I mention that I love shopping? 😉

    #864317

    lagatta4
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    I’m not usually very fond of shopping, but it is not out of some faux-ecological purism. I find it tiring. My feet are extremely average in terms of length, but I have “duck feet”, rather wide in front and narrow in the back. I’m wearing Campers, which I love. I’ve also had lots of luck with Josef Seibel, and had a pair of Pajar for at least 25 years, but they finally gave up the ghost. I keep quite a few (simple, timeless) garments for countless years; I still have some things from Eatons!

    I have a friend from Chile here who takes size 5 shoes (women’s). Very difficult, and so expensive at the stores that feature very small and very large sizes. I also have a friend of Sino-Indonesian descent in Amsterdam where the AVERAGE height for women is five ft ten and of men, well over six feet. No idea where she gets her shoes, or where she bought her bicycle. I can’t borrow most friends’ and colleagues bicycles there, and at what, 5 ft 2?, am considerably taller than she is. But she is the stereotypical Asian steel butterfly or hummingbird.

    Those bags are very pretty but I really need largish crossbody bags as I’m so often cycling, or if abroad, need the relative security of crossbody bags. I have several shopping bags in cotton or nylon – not the nasty plastic material that is imposssible to wash properly.

    #864318

    katzenjammer
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    My shoe size is generally 5, depending on the make. Somehow I manage as I do have countless prs of shoes and boots. My fave brand for fit/comfort is NAOT, but they are quite expensive, even on sale. Most of my shoes get insoles of one sort or another to make them smaller.

    Size 5 used to be sample size, now it’s size 7. My straight out of uni copywriting job was in Simpsons ad dept. I’d worked at the store part-time as salesclerk and in cash office all through uni and realizing that I was reliable offered to train me when I graduated. And as they did in-house photography I got to model shoes. My foot/calf in a nude knee-high. And often I’d write the ad too! Fun part was that I got paid and had a moment when I’d cash a cheque that stated “modelling fees.” 😉 Eventually they closed down the English ad dept, then the ad dept, eventually the store. But it did give me a start in the ad field.

    #864319

    Moonshadow_NZ
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    Good afternoon all, another stunning day, very warm and no sign of rain(touch wood). Spent some of the morning with the dental hygienist and now my teefs feel fabulous and slightly like a new picket fence. 😕
    As for coffee NZ has a big reputation for great coffee according to tourists here, especially in Wellington.
    I don’t usually drink coffee but have taken to having one cup a day just recently, I needed a drink that had a little more ooooomph flavourwise than tea.
    Wow Lagatta that was a superb yard sale purchase.
    Black Friday has become a ‘thing’ here the last coupe of years. I don’t indulge.
    Happy shopping KZ.
    LOL AV, I guess you are now post Thanksgiving dinner. Are the cats all snoozing off their turkey too?
    KJ, great bag purchases and great sizes too. What ! ! You love shopping. I would never have guessed. Really.
    😉 😀
    You seem to have some pretty amazing shops to indulge your fancy though.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/cutestuff/99182055/furry-friday-glorious-glimpses

    #864321

    katzenjammer
    Participant

    MS, tks for sharing those adorable “undercover” kitties and goggies! 🙂

    #864337

    lagatta4
    Participant

    Naot are lovely shoes, but some friends who have bought them found them more suitable for an Eastern or Southern Mediterranean climate than for our island that is so humid, muggy in the summer and chilly damp in late autumn, winter and even early spring. Wonderful if wearing them in the proper weather!

    I’m putting off shopping for UGLY winter boots, meaning the kind we need here when it is at once cold and with puddles of icy water amidst the snow, ice and bare pavements. I do see some significant discounts now, though the Sears Canada liquidation is mostly a sad joke.

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