Enderly Coffee Company

The coffee beans for October is from Enderly Coffee Company.  These actually came earlier this month but I haven’t bothered to blog about it yet.

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The beans are from Columbia’s Huila region.  The beans emit a wonderful berry and nutty aroma mixed with some chocolate smells.  It wasn’t very strong but extremely aromatic.

After grinding, the aroma opens up more.  I start smelling a very sweet aroma.  Making the latte, the berry, nutty aroma disappears.  What I get now is a very chocolaty mild and smooth flavor.

Car Dashcams

Is there an integrated rearview mirror and camera combination sold in the market?  The type of device I’m thinking of is a device capable of auto recording video on a 6 hour loop  (6 hour is a random time frame I chose) when the car is on and moving and a camera mode to take still pictures every hour or when there is an abnormal “bump” to the car which turns on the recording function for the 15 min (also random time frame).

When I think about it, the camera doesn’t even need to be part of the rearview mirror.  The car just needs to have an integrated front  and back camera (at a minimum) and the ability to record the video/take pictures.

With the potential of accidents occurring, why haven’t car insurance companies offered discounts to drivers that have dash cams?  Surely it would be in the best interest of the insurance companies to know what happened during the accident from at least one point of view.  Right?

 

A bigly app for Trump?

So I read on the BBC today there’s a new app that “applauds” China’s Xi Jinping.  It’s purely a communist political tool for China.  But the concept of this app is ingenious.  It brings the whole country to participate in such rousing patriotic spirit by applauding the President Xi.

Come to think of it… This would be a great app for Trump.  I need to learn how to program apps.

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-41693817

New York Times Interview with Trevor Noah

I watch Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show on fairly consistent basis.  My YouTube feed popped up an hour long interview the New York Times did with Noah about Race and Identity as it relates to him.  When he talks seriously these divisive subjects, his responses are eloquent and thoughtful.  It’s worth listening to.

 

Ali Wong Stand-up Comedy

Recently I went one of Ali Wong‘s comedy show in Las Vegas.  I know her from her Netflix special called Baby Cobra.  So when I found out she was touring and had a shows near by, I jumped at the chance to go to one of the shows.  I’m glad I did.  I initially paid for a back section but was upgraded closer to the stage.  I guess they closed the back section and moved quite a few people closer to the front.

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Her routine is a mix of personal stories and observations of Asian Americans in US.  Some of the bits are spot on perfect while others are more exaggerations of Asian American culture biases.  This show definitely is different from the Netflix show.  Some of the bits are continuations of the stories she told while most of it comes her experiences going through pregnancy and then motherhood.

I highly recommend anyone to watch this show.

The Mind of a Chef

There’s this awesome PBS show called “The Mind of a Chef” that’s being shown on Netflix.  According to the website and wiki, it’s a documentary about a chef and his/her inspiration into cooking.  I’m currently watching Season 1 which stars David Chang of Momofuku Restaurant Group fame.  One of his restaurants apparently is a 2 Michelin Star restaurant.

Of the 10 episodes I’ve watched so far, his love of ramen is evident.  It honestly makes me want to go out to have some ramen and tsukemen at some of the local ramen shops in the neighborhood.  But as the show dives into his inspirations, I find his passion for cooking is amazing.  I was surprised that he even lectured at Harvard in the pork/buta-bushi episode.  Granted most of the biology was covered by microbiologists at Harvard but to go so far as to try to understand the process of what makes pork/buta-bushi unique at a scientific level shows passion.

I’m almost done with season 1.  I’m going to go find myself a hearty bowl of tonkotsu ramen…

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

It’s October.  But due to the Fortnum & Mason beans, I haven’t tried Angel’s Cup from September which comes from Bird Rock Coffee Roasters.

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It’s an Ethiopian coffee from what’s apparently the Gedeo zone.  I smell a faint nutty aroma.  I sometimes get whiffs of berries or apples.

Grinding the beans, the dominant smell of nuts and berries take over.  I also get whiffs of something else so possibly it’s the peach and kiwi?  I don’t know… it smells very fruity yet doesn’t smell exactly like berries.

Making the latte gives a smooth feeling to the tongue.  I still get the same fruity yet not really berry aroma.  The latte didn’t go down as quickly as the Fortnum & Mason beans.  However, these beans do give a refreshing after taste though.