Archive for December, 2007

The death of a Chicago icon (alternatively titled: farewell Pigeon Man)

I just read a very sad story that the Pigeon Man I used to always see perched on a fire hydrant covered in pigeons when I drove past Lincoln Square was hit and killed yesterday. Goodbye Joseph Zeman, your presence will be missed by many.
(photo credit: aestheticheart)

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Kids just (really don’t) love Santa

I came across a gallery dedicated to pictures of kids with Santa who would rather be anywhere but near this weird hairy dude. This gallery catalogs many generations of red faced screaming children atop the laps of jolly old St. Nicks. I am still laughing.

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Semi-pointless rant

I like coffee. I like espresso. I like it alone. I like it accompanied by the many forms of milk that exist. I don’t care for sweeteners.

I do not, however, like that many coffee houses of today make me order a flat (or no-foam) latte in order to get a true latte. Many people find themselves confused at the difference between a latte and a cappuccino, I am however not one of those people. I have decided to go ahead and give a brief explanation of the minor, but very important, differences between them.

The shortest version is that a latte should be 1/3 espresso and 2/3 steamed milk. A cappuccino should be 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 foam.

I realize that foam just happens when you steam milk and there will likely be a light foamy cover on any drink that requires steamed milk. It is however not acceptable to have a measurable amount of the stuff. You just simply hold the foam back when you pour the milk and voila! you have a latte. Not to mention you also have extra foam for the customer who in fact wants a cappuccino.

In life there are small victories and there are small annoyances, both of which can have a large impact on one’s day.

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