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Inside Italy’s first Starbucks

Inside Italy’s first Starbucks

IN PHOTOS: Inside Italy's first Starbucks

Will the Milan Starbucks tempt Italians inside? Photo: Starbucks
Starbucks claims its Milan branch, which opens to the public this week, is “the world’s most beautiful”. So what does it look like?
The flagship “Reserve Roastery” is located inside a former stock exchange and post office near Milan’s cathedral.

The American company, whose founder Howard Schultz claims to have been inspired to start his empire by a trip to Milan, says the cafe was designed as “a tribute to the Italian coffee culture that helped shape Starbucks and a celebration of everything the company has learned over the years about the art and science of coffee”.

Beans are roasted onsite in a giant, Italian-made coffee roaster.

The beans travel to this giant, rotating cask. We’re not sure what it’s for but Starbucks says it “periodically unfolds and rotates, like a blooming flower”. Ok then.

A board displays the blends available.

The Milan Starbucks also features what the company calls its “first ever affogato station”, where staff use liquid nitrogen to make ice cream based on the traditional Italian dessert of of gelato topped with espresso.

Bread is baked onsite in partnership with Italian baker Rocco Princi.

Outside is a terrace featuring seating in giant “bird cages” as well as a mermaid, the company’s logo, carved in Carrara marble.

Upstairs is a cocktail bar serving alcoholic drinks and aperitivi.

Hot drinks will be served in crockery, unless customers request a cup to go, while cold drinks will be served in single-use plastic cups – to the disappointment of environmental campaigners who had challenged Starbucks to avoid the use of disposable cups in Italy.

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HOMEMADE COFFEE SYRUP

HOMEMADE COFFEE SYRUP

Author:  Elsie Larson

I just whipped up a fresh batch of coffee syrups for our studio. I learned to make them from Emma and tried some new flavors this time.

Honey Simple Syrup: Simply simmer together 1 part honey and 1 part water for 20 minutes or until the honey has completely dissolved into the water. This basically creates a much thinner honey that works better for mixing in coffee drinks.

Lavender and Brown Sugar Syrup: simmer 1 part brown sugar and 1 part water with 1 tablespoon lavender buds for 20 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved completely. Strain the buds out when you are pouring the syrup into your bottle. It’s so good!

You’ll need a funnel to add these syrups to bottles and a fine mesh strainer if you are infusing any fresh ingredients.

You can see Emma’s simple recipes for vanilla, raspberry and caramel syrups here. These syrups are super easy to make, fun to infuse with new flavors and make great gifts!

In the past, we’ve gotten a lot of questions about shelf life. After doing some research, I don’t feel comfortable naming an official shelf life. It can be affected greatly by the ingredients you use (fresh ingredients infused into the syrup can make it’s life shorter). I, personally, have used syrups I have made for coffee and cocktails for up to six months (without refrigeration). If any of you have recommendations for shelf life, please share.
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Taste the Flavor of the Island: Jamaican Latte

Taste the Flavor of the Island: Jamaican Latte

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Cook:
Level: Easy
Serves: 1
System: Metric

Description

During the week I drink office coffee, which as we all know can be slightly lacking. So over the weekend, I really like to spruce things up. This recreation of the latte that I had at Chicago’s “The Bourgeois Pig” cafe is so simple to make that it doesn’t really count as a recipe, but I never would have thought to use the allspice/honey combo, and I must pass on the love.

Ingredients

  • ⅔ cups Good Quality Espresso
  • ⅓ cups Half-and-half
  • 2 teaspoons Honey
  • ⅛ teaspoons Allspice (plus A Pinch For Sprinkling)
  • 1 Tablespoon Bourbon (optional)

Preparation

Make your espresso. Buy some of the good stuff! Yes, it’s more pricey, but for a treat over the weekend, it’s definitely worth it.

Heat and froth half-and-half; create as much foam as you can.
Combine espresso and half-and-half in a cup of your choice, and stir in the honey and allspice. Taste it and adjust to your desired sweetness level. Add the foam and sprinkle a little allspice on top. After drinking it plain, I tried adding 1 tablespoon of bourbon—it added a fun bite, but I like it best whiskey-less.

Now find a comfy chair and a good book, and relax!

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Jamaican Latte

Jamaican Latte

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When Morning Dreams Are Filled With Imagination

When Morning Dreams Are Filled With Imagination
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When you are half asleep, it means you are not fully awake. It also means you are still in your comfort zone, a state of splendor and ecstasy. On this realm of relaxation, you might find yourself wearing pajamas, a gown or a nightie. Yes in this frame of mind, you can dream BIG and venture anywhere!…

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Just to fill your tummy with a plate of huge pancakes, you might find your way through a forest where an enchanted, happy tree directs you into the porous entries of his rooted trunk. When inside, the enchanted tree transforms into an exciting treehouse restaurant.

There you see lots of patrons. Oh, and there is an aroma of hot pancakes. They smell so good! It is so entertaining to watch jolly cooks batter and platter the fruited herb filled pancakes. Rhythmically they run to and fro mixing, flipping and serving them hot in tall stacks.

When a waitress walks over with a huge stack, you assume they are for you. With your arms stretched out reaching for the pancakes, you follow her. But then your eyes meet the patron who ordered that stack of pancakes. He gives you a daring look, to “Back off”!

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Some dreams are so connected that when one realm closes, the door to another opens up. You could find yourself peering upon a castle and then suddenly your inside.

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Breakfast is just what your heart desires. You are now inside of a castle restaurant with big bottles of syrups scattered about the tables. There seems to be so many flavors… Apricot, maple, assorted berry flavors and peach. It’s so weird, but everyone is dressed in sleepwear and eating huge pancakes. No problem, because you too are in your sleepwear. And, you are a perfect blend with this crowd because just like you, everyone appears to be half asleep or in their own world.

As soon as you sit down, a waitress comes over takes your order for pancakes. After ten minutes of anxiously waiting, the waitress serves you one, big… GIANT buttery, cinnamon-covered pancake in a plate. But, each time you reach for the tasty bread of love, the pancake, like a mirage, just keeps disappearing.

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The most unfortunate place to wander while not fully awake is to a haunted mansion.

It looks eerie on the outside but you believe you are smelling Buttermilk pancakes. So, you take your chances and head inside. The interior is dark and dreary, and there is no one in sight. But the kitchen looks as though “breakfast” is about to happen, because all about are the fixn’s for a huge breakfast. You call out “hello, hello! Is there anyone home”? You repeat this callout three, four and five times… and still you get no answer.

Who could imagine the many bottles of syrups, buckets of dripping butter and a huge pot of coffee percolating and yet, there is not a soul in sight? What is also strange is a rectangled table with plates and cups has been neatly set. But then you hear hissing, sizzling sounds.

Slowly, you follow the sounds into the cooking area of the kitchen. And there upon a grill, giant Buttermilk pancakes are being cooked. You don’t know who is doing the cooking, because, still, there is no one in sight.

Breakfast will be a waste if the pancakes burn. So you take on the job to rescue the pancakes and struggle to flip them. Incredible! You handle the huge pancakes and put them into a delicious stack on a plate. But then suddenly, out of nowhere, a transparent figure of a young lady appeared and grabbed the plate of pancakes and began eating them.

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(You are awakened by the musical sounds from your phone device. It is 7a.m.)

(you pickup and answer) Hello
(It is your cousin Allen)

Hi Allen!”

“Trace!” (he says) “–you won’t believe this, but I had the most crazy dream about you.

(he chuckles and continues) I dreamt you were stealing food from restaurants. Everything in the dream seemed so real.”

(there is a long pause and then he continues) “I hope everything is okay with you, Trace. How about us going out for a pancake breakfast?”

(there is a long span of dead silence. You observe that your feet and sleepwear are filthy dirty)

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From Summer Heatwave to An Icy Chill : A Hotel Made of Ice… The IceHotel

From Summer Heatwave to An Icy Chill : A Hotel Made of Ice… The IceHotel

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The entrance of ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, 2007, with two kicksleds outside

An ice hotel is a temporary hotel made up of snow and sculpted blocks of ice.[1]Ice hotels are dependent on sub-freezing temperatures, are constructed from ice and snow and typically have to be rebuilt every year. Ice hotels exist in several countries, and they have varying construction styles, services and amenities, the latter of which may include ice bars, restaurants, chapels, saunas and hot tubs.

The Icehotel (styled as ICEHOTEL) is a hotel rebuilt each year with snow and ice in the village of Jukkasjärvi, in northern Sweden, about 17 kilometres (11 mi) from Kiruna. It is the world’s first ice hotel.[1]
The entire hotel is made out of snow and ice blocks from the Torne River, even the glasses in the bar are made of ice. Each spring, around March, Icehotel harvests tons of ice from the frozen Torne River and stores it in a nearby production hall with room for over 900 t (990 short tons) of ice and 27,000 t (30,000 short tons) of snow.

The ice is used for creating Icebar designs and ice glasses, which are used for ice sculpting classes, events and product launches all over the world while the snow is used for building a strong structure for the building. About 900 t (990 short tons) of what is left is used in the construction of the next Icehotel.
When completed, the hotel features a bar, church, main hall, reception area, plus about 100 rooms for guests.
[3] The room rate starts at 1500 kr. The hotel hosts also an ice restaurant.[4] The furniture is sculpted blocks of ice in the form of chairs and beds. The thick walls, floor and ceiling are made of ice. Even the beds, the fittings and decoration are carved from ice. No two rooms are the same; the rooms are unique works of art. At the Icehotel the beds are bedded with reindeer furs and people are given special equipment to use while sleeping in the hotel. The guests sleep in polar-tested sleeping bags. There is no heating and the bedroom temperatures are constantly around −5 °C (23 °F). There’s no plumbing at the hotel, but there’s a sauna that is run on the premises of the Icehotel with hot tub outdoors.[1]

The ice suites do not have any bathroom facilities but bathrooms for guests are found in a warm building close by. There is also warm accommodation available next to the hotel. The Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi is known to be the biggest hotel of ice and snow in the world, spanning over some 6,000 square metres (64,600 sq ft).[5] Each suite is unique and the architecture of the hotel is changed each year, as it is rebuilt from scratch. Each year, artists submit their ideas for suites, and a jury selects about 50 artists to create the church, Absolut Icebar, reception, main hall and suites. When spring comes, everything melts away and returns to the Torne River. The Icehotel only exists between December and April, and has been listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Sweden.[6] The northern hemisphere’s aurora borealis can be seen during the winter month in the location.[2]

Documentaries that focus on this hotel can be seen from time to time on the Discovery Channel[7][8] and National Geographic.[9] The hotel appeared in a sketch about Sweden in one of the shows of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, courtesy of Lynda Woodruff. The Icehotel has guests from many countries. There are many charter flights to the nearby Kiruna Airport, directly from London.[10]

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SWEDISH COFFEE
Swedish coffee – better than Irish coffee? You decide! You make the coffee drink simple with punsch, coffee, cream and cocoa. Excellent to serve after dinner or when you want to warm up with something more luxurious than usual coffee!

INGREDIENTS
PORTIONS: 1 glass
2 tablespoons punsch
About 1 1/2 dl freshly brewed coffee
2 1/2 tablespoons light whipped cream
Cocoa or coffee beans for garnishing

DO THIS:

Pour the punch into a heat-resistant glass (for 1 glass).
Fill with hot coffee and spice with cream.
Sprinkle some cocoa or garnish with a few coffee beans and serve.

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“Booker T. and the M G ‘s – Green Onions (Original )”

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Booker T. and the M.G

.’s is an instrumental R&B/funk band that was influential in shaping the sound of Southern soul and Memphis soul. Original members of the group were Booker T. Jones (organ, piano), Steve Cropper (guitar), Lewie Steinberg (bass), and Al Jackson, Jr. (drums). In the 1960s, as members of the house band of Stax Records, they played on hundreds of recordings by artists such as Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor and Albert King. They also released instrumental records under their own name, such as the 1962 hit single “Green Onions”.[1] As originators of the unique Stax sound, the group was one of the most prolific, respected, and imitated of its era. By the mid-1960s, bands on both sides of the Atlantic were trying to sound like Booker T. & the M.G.’s.[2][3]

In 1965, Steinberg was replaced by Donald “Duck” Dunn, who played with the group until his death in 2012. Al Jackson, Jr. was murdered in 1975, after which the trio of Dunn, Cropper and Jones reunited on numerous occasions using various drummers, including Willie Hall, Anton Fig, Steve Jordan and Steve Potts.[2]

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, a the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee in 2008, and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2012.[4]

Having two white members (Cropper and Dunn),

Booker T. and the M.G.’s

was one of the first racially integrated rock groups, at a time when soul music, and the Memphis music scene in particular, were generally considered the preserve of black culture.[5]

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“Werewolves Of London”

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“Werewolves of London” is a rock song composed by LeRoy Marinell, Waddy Wachtel, and Warren Zevon and performed by Zevon. Included on Zevon’s 1978 album Excitable Boy, it featured accompaniment by drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie of Fleetwood Mac. The single was released by Asylum Records as catalog number 45472. It entered the American Top 40 charts on April 22, 1978, reaching number 21, and remained in the Top 40 for six weeks.

According to Wachtel, “Werewolves of London” was “the hardest song to get down in the studio I’ve ever worked on.”[1] However, Wachtel “laid down his solo in one take, before he’d even had a chance to partake of the bump of coke and drink he’d placed in front of him.”[2] According to Jackson Browne (who was the producer for the recording), “Werewolves of London” along with “Excitable Boy” were written while work was being done on the album that preceded Excitable Boy but were not included on that album in favor of other songs.[3] The song is in the key of G major, with a three-chord progression that runs throughout.[4]

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