[Food] My Water Bottles

Water is essential! I often have a headache when i’m dehydrated, so i like to keep a bottle of water nearby. Here are the bottles/tumblers i used on a regular basis.

1. A5 Memobottle Reusable Slim Water Bottle

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The cool bottle is a new addition to my collection. I love how slim and small it is! It fits perfectly in my crossbody bag. Apart from the black cap (in the photo), it came with 2 spare ones (white and green). The only disadvantage i found so far is the weight on my shoulder when i filled it with water and put in my bag. Overall, awesome design with great function! 🙂

2. Starbucks Stainless Steel Sunny Bottle

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This one is from Starbucks Coffee Japan. I got it from eBay, shipped directly from Japan. It designed for summer because i can open in the middle and put ice cubes in it! If you own one, all you need to be careful is not to loss the silicone ring inside the bottle because that’s what seal the water. I enjoy using it during short trips out of town as it is easy to fill and clean!

3. Zojirushi Stainless Drink Bottle 300 ml

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I bought it to replace the one i already have which my dad took it and used everyday. I like the smaller one anyway, so that works for both of us. This is the only thermo bottle in my collection and also the smallest one. I use it from time to time because it’s a bit difficult to fit ice cubes. I actually have a special ice tray with for it. It fits the side of my new backpack perfectly!

4. Sigg Design Water Bottle 0.6 L Peacock

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The Sigg bottles were very popular in Europe when i was studying in Germany. I bought one for cycling in the city and daily use at the university. It is light but strong and won’t break if you drop it. What i dislike about this bottle is Sigg wants you to clean it with its cleaning tablet which is hard to find here. However, the alternative is to use vinegar and baking soda mix.

5. Rubbermaid 400 ml

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I keep this one at work and refill it twice a day. I initially got it for working out when i was a member at the gym near my first office. So, it is at least 7 years old but still solid. This bottle may not be the most attractive bottle i can find in the market at that time but i like it a lot. It does the job and is easy to clean. Pretty affordable and durable for a plastic bottle! 😀

[Book] The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing – Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed

I’ve already written 2 posts on coffee (links of those posts below) and don’t want to write about it again… but i recently got my hands on a book called, “The World Atlas of Coffee” by James Hoffmann. After read it, i decided to write a review because it’s a very good book for a coffee lover like me. Although i’ve read a lot of books about coffee and attended a Barista training course, i feel that this book gave me new pieces of information! 🙂 I learnt so much from it, like Robusta is a parent of Arabica and there are different varieties of Arabica coffee trees, and etc. The content of the book divides into 3 parts:

Part I: Introduction to Coffee – Coffee tree, fruit, harvesting and processing, as well as how coffee is traded

Part II: From Beans to Cup – Roasting, Grinding and Brewing… it’s even including the new “Aeropress”! 😀

Part III: Coffee Origins – Countries and regions in Africa, Asia & America where coffee beans are harvested

I enjoyed reading it a lot. The cover has a nice texture, similar to a burlap coffee bean bag. It’s full of beautiful images, pictures and maps. The book is informative and easy to read, so it’s highly recommended any coffee lovers out there!

Fun fact: “Caffe Latte did not originate in Italy.”

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The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing – Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed

Author: James Hoffmann

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group Ltd (2014)

Language: English

*Related posts:

[Food] Starbucks Coffee & Me

https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/starbucks-coffee-me/

[Food] Coffee Culture (including a review of a book: “Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World” )

https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/coffee-culture/

[Food] Coffee Jelly Recipe for “They Draw & Cook”

After I learnt about “They Draw & Cook” (http://www.theydrawandcook.com/) back in 2011, I decided to submit my first artwork to the website! I would like to share my recipe with you. 🙂

Coffee_Jelly

Feel free to check it out at: http://www.theydrawandcook.com/recipes/coffee-jelly-by-pannita-kor

Coffee Jelly with Vanilla Ice Cream

(2 servings)

Ingredients

1 cup Brewed coffee (250 ml)

3 table spoons Sugar (27 g)

1 packet Gelatine powder (5 g)

(*For vegan or vegetarian, replace gelatine powder with agar-agar or kanten)

2 scoops Vanilla ice cream

Cocoa powder for garnish (Optional)

How-to

1. Make a cup of coffee

2. Pour coffee into a bowl with sugar

3. Add gelatine powder and stir well

4. Pour the mixture into 2 serving glasses

5. Set to cool and then chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours

6. Top with ice cream and garnish with cocoa power

Coffee Jelly

For those who love those illustrated recipes, i recommended their first publication, “They Draw and Cook: 107 Recipes Illustrated by Artist from Around the World”. I feel like it’s a good inspiration for amateur artists… like me. I really hope that my recipe will get selected for their next book! Wish me luck! 😀

TDAC

They Draw and Cook: 107 Recipes Illustrated by Artists from Around the World

Author(s): Nate Padavick & Salli Swindell

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: Weldon Owen (2011)

Language: English

Source: Book cover is from Amazon.com (my physical copy is in Bangkok)

[General] Leaving on a Jet Plane…

MOVING!!!

I’m moving back to my hometown, Bangkok, Thailand, within a month from now. I’m so excited to be home and resume my career after spent one and a half years working remotely in the US and i would like to share with you things that i will miss about here. They are all about food! 🙂

10 American food items I will miss most

1. IZZE Sparkling Juice Grapefruit: Refreshingly Different

IZZE Grapefruit

2. Morningstar Farms Grillers Original: the best-selling veggie burgers

Veggie Burger

3. Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino Ice Cream: Starbucks Ice Cream is saying goodbye!

Starbucks Ice Cream

4. Quorn Chik’n Nuggets: Meatless & Soy-free, Made with Natural Ingredients

Nuggets

5. TCBY Frozen Yogurt: the country’s best yogurt

TCBY

6. Tofurky Italian Sausage: Gourmet Sausages

Tofurky

7. Bison/Buffalo Burgers

Bison Buger

8. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Dark Chocolate Dipped Caramel Apple

Caramel Apple

9. Oscar Mayer Original Turkey Bacon: Smoked Cured Turkey Chopped & Formed

Turkey Bacon

10. Coca-Cola Cherry Zero: Calorie Free Cola with Cherry Flavour

Cherry Coke Zero

[Book] Lonely Planet’s The Food Book

I love food and we, Thais, love to eat! Food is always our priority. Especially My dad and me, we love to travel and check out local menus! I also miss traveling. So, i bought “Lonely Plant’s The Food Book” from Amazon for 18.77 USD. The book is pretty big and bulky with the dimension of approx. 7 x 7 x 2 inches. It features most, but not all topics related to food like culture, regions, feasts, etiquette, the menu, daily meals, essential produce, shopping, preparation, defining dishes, and drinks as well as some of the recipes from 47 famous cuisines of the world! I’m sure my dad will be very happy to know that his favourite Black Forest gateau or “Schwarzwälder kirschtorte” featured in defining dishes part of Germany section. As for me, the chapter about Thailand made me hungry for Thai food and missed home very much! 😦

Btw, here is the photo of Black Forest Cake i tried to bake for him back in 2007. He said the whipped cream wasn’t right… so i never made it again! LOL

Black Forest Cake

List of Recipes from this book

  1. France: French Onion Soup (An onion soup with a crust of oven-browned cheese)
  2. Italy: Insalata Caprese (A simple salad, made of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil, seasoned with salt and olive oil)
  3. Portugal: Piri Piri Sauce (A red hot chilli sauce)
  4. Poland: Bigos (A stew, made of cabbage, meat and vegetables)
  5. Iran: Kubideh Kabobi (A minced meat kebab)
  6. USA: Chocolate Chip Cookies
  7. Canada: Maple Syrup Pie
  8. Jamaica: Jamaican Crawler (A cocktail drink, mixed of rum, melon liqueur, pineapple juice and grenadine syrup)
  9. Guatemala: Elotes (A grilled corn on a stick)
  10. Brazil: Acarajé (A peeled black-eyed peas fried bread)
  11. Argentina: Chimichurri (A green sauce used for grilled meat)
  12. Ghana: Kelewele (A snack dish of fried plantians seasoned with spices)

I like this book very much but i had a hard time read names of dishes, especially French ones! (German, English, Japanese and Thai dishes are ok because i’m familiar with those languages.) So, i usually type in those names in google just to see how they actually look like. Anyway, it’s one of the best coffee table book in my collection. 🙂 Recommended to those who love food and travel!

The Food Book

The Food Book: A Journey Through the Great Cuisines of the World

Author: Lonely Planet

Hardcover: 888 pages

Publisher: Lonely Planet (2013)

Language: English

[Food] Starbucks Coffee & Me

My relationship with Starbucks Coffee started when Thailand’s first store opened at Central Chitlom department store near my high school in 1998. It’s a shame that the store closed down in 2011. 😦 Anyway, i always have a good time at Starbucks and enjoy its coffee. To me, Starbucks’ coffee is the best coffee ever but at least you can be sure that you will get a decent cup of coffee every time you walk in there! What Starbucks has to offer is standard coffee, perhaps? 🙂

Starbucks Coffee Menu

Although most of the drinks are espresso based, Starbucks’ menu is quite different from Italian’s espresso bars. Starbucks is good at using various kinds of syrup which i don’t like, so i’m much more in to traditional drinks served in a coffeehouse. Anyway, here is the list of drinks i’ve ever got from Starbucks!

1. Starbucks VIA: I prefer Italian Roast flavour and drink it everyday mixed with warm milk. It’s the best instant coffee on earth!

2. Caffe Latte: When i was working in downtown Bangkok, i usually drank it in the morning before work unless i had early meetings.

3. Caffe Mocha: This menu is something i would order, cold w/o whipped cream, when i need sugar and energy in the afternoon.

4. Espresso: A single shot is definitely my afternoon sleepy remedy at work when i’m full and don’t want to add milk to my stomach.

5. Java Chip Frappuccino Light: My favourite Frappuccino but it’s expensive so i only get it for special occasion, free drink rewards!

6. Iced Shaken Lemon Tea: My choice of refreshment drink with little caffeine. I always order a barista to reduce 1 pump of syrup.

7. Signature Hot Chocolate: When i want non-coffee warm drink, i will get a cup of hot chocolate instead. It’s quite sweet but not bad.

8. Espresso Macchiato: I’ve just learned that Starbucks has my favourite espresso-based drink! I will order it more and more i’m sure!

9. Green Tea Latte: My friend recommended me to try it and i think a warm cup of green tea latte is quite good without any syrup added.

10. Holiday Season Drinks: The best one from those Christmas drinks is “Dark Cherry Mocha”. I really miss it, so please bring it back!

Panita Java Chip

Starbucks Cards

I didn’t collect them per se but i have quite a number of them. I picked them up for one reason only, when i like them! I got 5 cards from Thailand and 6 cards from USA. I’m also waiting for the ultimate gold card from Starbucks Rewards program! LOL Anyway, let’s talk about my favourite card. The one i like the most is the Red Cup Die-Cut Card i got during Christmas last year. I use it as my main card and also bought 8GB USB flash drive with the same design to match the card! For those of Starbucks USA, i especially like braille cards and i’ve got 2 designs from 2012 and 2013. Can’t wait for this year design. As for cards from Starbucks Thailand, i like its first card design, the yellow one in the photo below. Cute, isn’t it?

Red Cup Card Gold Card

Starbucks Rewards

I started working toward the Gold level of Starbucks Rewards last year. It requires 5 stars for Green level and only 30 stars for Gold level which means 30 purchases at Starbucks store. I took only a few months to reach it and i’m waiting impatiently for my personalised gold card with my name printed on it! Once reached gold level, every 12 stars will reward me free drink or free food. I will also get a birthday reward which i’m not sure yet what it will be. In order to maintain the level, i have to collect another 30 stars within one year. Shouldn’t be that hard i guess… 🙂

Learn more about Starbucks Rewards program at: https://www.starbucks.com/card/rewards

Download “Starbucks” for your smartphone at: http://www.starbucks.com/coffeehouse/mobile-apps

Green Gold Level

Starbucks Drinkware

I own a collection of mugs and tumblers from Starbucks because they are so cute! I think i must have at least 8 tumblers and about 9 mugs. Most of them are at my parent’s place in Bangkok. Here in Denver, i have 2 tumblers and 2 mugs. As far as drinkware goes, i especially like tumblers because i can get a bit of a discount every time i bring it to Starbucks stores. I also like Starbucks City Mug series but i’ve got only 2 of them from Berlin and Denver where i used to live and live now respectively (not sure which city we will go next?). The Gold Boxed Mug, i bought at discount price from Safeway the other day, is now my regular cup i use every morning to drink my latte. It matches with my coming gold card very well, don’t you think? 😛

Starbucks City Mugs Gold Boxed Mug

Starbucks Stores

I’m sure every Starbucks’ fans have his/her own favourite stores and of course i have them too! I have each store for each place i stay which means 3 stores as the following:

1. Starbucks Mediplex, Bangkok: It’s quite a big store for a medical complex building, so Starbucks is usually empty. Baristas are super nice too. I love to go there on Saturday afternoon but i can’t stay there too late because the store closes early at 7 pm.

2. Starbucks Pariser Platz, Berlin: This store sits right at the Brandenburger Gate which gives the best scenery ever! It’s always crowned with tourists during the day but i often go there when it’s getting dark and the gate looks so beautiful with lighting. Miss it so bad!

3. Starbucks 6th & Grant St., Denver: It’s my latest regular place to go when i’m bored being at home all day. The store is very small with just only 4 tables inside. I like to sit by the windows and do my things like drawing and reading. That’s the best kind of day. No?

Starbucks Berlin Starbucks Denver

Read more about my obsession with coffee in my previous blog: [Food] Coffee Culture

https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/coffee-culture/

[Book] The Vintage Sweets Book: Mini Version

Do you love sweets? I love them but only to look at them, not to eat them! I don’t really like sweet taste and prefer bitter and salty. As sweets are so colourful and interesting, i draw them or incorporate them with my artworks. Using copic markers, i got the colours i needed but watercolours are something that i just can’t do it right! That’s why i bought this book, “The Vintage Sweets Book”, not only for recipes but also artworks. 🙂  It reminds me of the tea party with Mad Hatter in Alice’s in Wonderland and here is my fan art of Mad Hatter and White Rabbit!

Blue Bunny & Teddy Bear in Wonderland Vintage Sweets Photos

This book is highly recommended for sweet lovers and for those who love watercolour artworks like me! Btw, this one is the mini edition, so you can also get a bigger edition of it called “The Vintage Sweet Book: A Complete Guide to Vintage Sweets and Cocktail Party Treats” instead. Anyway, Enjoy! 😀

Vintage Sweets

The Vintage Sweets Book (Mini Version)

Author: Angel Adoree

Illustrator: Adele Mildred

Hardcover: 160 pages

Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (2013)

Language: English