Taking my Espresso Machine Everywhere

I’ve purchased the Litchi Portable Espresso Maker for a reason, a simple reason.

Sometimes you want coffee, other times instant coffee, or Keurig pod coffee and last of all…you got to get yourself an espresso.

While you’re camping, instant coffee is okay but a shot of espresso definitely calls you in the morning. A bit of luxury in the wilderness is a gift I’m willing to accept.

What I have here is the portable espresso maker by Litchi. It works as promised. The espresso comes out warm instead of hot so I would add a bit more hot water to it after pumping out the espresso. I think it’s the pumping air action that must cool the hot boiling water to a cooler temperature. It’s not so bad since I can drink the shot of espresso right away.

All in all, I give it 3 out of 5. It’s easy to use and easy to clean up., Very portable and easy to pack away. I just wish the cup of espresso could be a bit hotter at the end hence the 3 out of 5.

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Korean Walnut Pastry – American Made

Got this fantastic Walnut Pastry from friends in California. I’ve never heard of Cocohodo till now but they make some awesome tasty morsels of sweet Korean dessert delicacy.

The cookie is soft and moist. It’s like a mini cake but with red bean paste filling and a piece of walnut on the inside. It dries out pretty fast, within two days about, so it’s good to eat it right away. The taste of the red bean paste is just right, not too sweet and a semi-creamy like texture due to the red bean paste. The walnut brings a bit of crunchiness when you bite into it, giving it a different texture to the taste.

After having eaten the tasty treat, this led me to wonder about this creation… Doing a research about this dessert, I found that this confectionary was created in the Cheonan region of Korea by a married couple Jo, Gwigeum and Sim, Boksun. They created this unique delicacy by combining Korean and Japanese influences. This was in 1934 during the Japanese occupation of Korea.

Korean Walnut Pastry – Not Cocohodo
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Coconut Soda? What!

I got a chance to try a Coconut soda. This is the Cocorico taste test…What do I think about it?

I’m not a fan of Coconut and I don’t think much about Coconut water as well. I would have totally disregarded this drink if I haven’t seen it for the first time in my life.

No soda taste great unless its chilled and I was right! There’s nothing like a cold can or bottle of soda pop in your hands on a hot day, any day, actually.

My initial thoughts from the first sip were, “I don’t think I’m tasting any flavor.” Later, it was, I think I taste a bit of saltiness then back to nope, nothing. I drank nearly the whole can but left a couple sips worth in the can to warm up to room temperature. At room temperature, I could immediately taste the coconut flavor and the saltiness. Not my cup of tea at this point. I would drink this when it’s cold but not at room temperature. 3 out of 5 stars.

Later, looking through Amazon on coconut sodas, I saw several varieties. Who knew you had other brands like Goya and Tropi-Coco with their own coconut sodas.

What do you think about Coconut flavored sodas?

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Korean mall, the food edition

The wife and I decided to grab a bite to eat at Shinsegae Mall before heading to the movies.

What’s nice about Korea is the easy transportation system and underground pathways filled with shopping stalls. Being underground wasn’t that bad, and being comfortable during bad weather is a major perk!

I wish I would have recorded more but I wasn’t thinking much about recording; just that it was fun being out with the wife enjoying the Korean experience. This was back in 2014 and I don’t even remember what movie we watched. I think it was a Korean movie, either that or a Marvel movie release.

We ate at a Japanese stall. I had the Yakisoba like noodles and the wife had ramen. We then choose some Mochi ice cream for dessert. I also wish I had recorded the trip to Krispy Kremes as they had some outrageous donuts that were only available in Korea (maybe Asia).

Korean Fusion Food

Korean Fusion Food

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Taste test a gourmet root beer

Its time for trying out another Bundaberg branded soda and this is one of the gourmet root beer brand. There are so many different brands of root beer and its not for me to say who makes the best root beer, I’ll just try them as I find them.
The root beer maker Bundaberg is based out of Australia and the cost for purchasing one of these bottles of root beer is not cheap, this is a good root beer but I’m more partial to more familiar taste of something like A&W or Dads root beer. It has an interesting flavor which makes it a taste that I believe you would come to appreciate over time.
The Bundaberg root beer gets its unique taste from ginger and has a citrusy taste. I will say that Bundaberg does come up with some interesting flavors for your taste buds that you should at least try once. I will say that this doesn’t taste straight out like a hard root beer due to the citreous flavor but this is definitely not your father’s root beer, that is, if you’re not from Australia.
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Not Happy with the Grand Mac 🍔😣

 

 

When the Grand Mac came to Washington, I was way too excited! My friend had went to McD’s the previous day and said it takes two hands to eat it – it even says so on the box…
I had to try it.
The taste of the Grand Mac is as expected, taste just like a Big Mac as it should. The burger was good but as you can see from the video, I was a bit disappointed by the size of the Grand Mac… Maybe they were talking about Trump’s hands but I could it eat it with one hand.
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Visiting 85C Bakery

 

 

85°C Bakery had their grand opening this past weekend. I believe it’s a Taiwanese bakery franchise that is very popular in California as well.

Due to work schedule conflicts, I visited the bakery after the promotions on Monday. It was a good thing as I’ve heard the wait time was over two hrs during the weekend. I arrived here early enough that there wasn’t a crowd, though once I got in, the crowd started to develop outside.