Bialetti Coffee Maker

One of my most favourite kitchen objects is my Bialetti coffee maker. I actually have a few – different sizes to be used depending on how many cups of coffee I need to make. Mine are all silver but I think this white one should be my next purchase. Don’t you?

white Bialetti, $49.99, Sears

p.s. For those of you who have never tried making coffee with this little machine, it’s easy and it makes darn good espresso. You put water in the bottom compartment and espresso coffee grinds go on top of the water (in another compartment). When you put the machine on the stove, the bottom gets heated, the water boils, it mixes with the coffee, and gets filtered through the top. Voila – espresso is made in a matter of minutes!

Heart of Goodness

Last week I wrote about my love of coffee. Turns out that Johanne (Fashion in Motion editor and White Cabana contributor) has a talent for making hearts in her latte! Who knew?

Made with love: I spy a heart!

p.s. I know – the cup/saucer combo is pretty cool too!
p.p.s. Johanne swears this is an easy DIY. Perhaps we can convince her to share the step-by-step how-to!

Photo by Johanne.

The Friday Five: Coffee

Ahh…coffee. I love the smell, the taste and the look. I love the feeling of drinking a coffee at my local caf√©. I love meeting a friend and catching up on gossip at a new caf√© or sitting alone on a patio with a cup in hand and watching the world go by.

I’m a fan of any kind of coffee…my choice usually depends on the time of day, the occasion and the caf√©. I like a latte or cappuccino in the morning or as a mid-morning break. I enjoy a nice espresso after a good meal or as an afternoon pick-me-up.

And yes – sometimes the coffee I drink is so special, it deserves a photo! I’m happy to welcome you to today’s caffeine-filled Friday Five!

1. I was in Ascoli with my aunt, uncle and father. We stopped in at Caffe Meletti before hitting the farmer’s market. The Barista wrote me a special message in my little espresso. Sweet, right?

An espresso in Ascoli, Italy

2. I was in Gstaad with my good friend Shannon. Going to Early Beck easily became an afternoon routine for us. We shared many laughs and gossiped for hours.

A cappuccino & croissant in Gstaad, Switzerland

3. On one of my trips to Paris, I stopped in at a restaurant near the Palais Royale to write postcards and get re-energized!

An espresso and tarte in Paris, France

4. I’ll never forget the morning adventure my good friend Boba and I had in Montreal. It was pouring rain outside but we were determined to have breakfast at La Croissanterie Figaro, which came highly recommended by a friend. Even though we were exhausted after a busy work week in Montreal, we stuck it out and we were rewarded with a beautiful breakfast and a couple of delicious cappuccinos.

A cappuccino with a mountain of foam in Montreal, Quebec

5. I was on a 5-day vacation with Shannon (yes, the same friend) in Budapest and we stopped in for a coffee and strudel at the First Studel House of Pest. Our food and drinks were delish!

Latte at the First Strudel House of Pest, Budapest

How about you? What are your coffee drinking routines or memories?

Photos by Jordana.

One Fabulous Mug

Fill ‘er up!

Monogrammed mugs, $8 CAD, Anthropologie

My sister bought me one of these Anthropologie mugs (with the letter J on it – obviously) for my last birthday¬† and can I just tell you all how fabulous it is? I originally was attracted to the cool letter J and the crisp white background. But once I began using it, I realized that it’s the perfect mug! It fits beautifully in my hand, holds the right amount of coffee or tea and it looks great with my new Macbook. Two thumbs up for this mug!

Image courtesy of Anthropologie.

The Friday Five: Coffee & Tea Service

If you like coffee or tea, then I hope you’re going to enjoy today’s Friday Five. Caution…objects are hot! Gosh…do I have to quote Paris Hilton for that?

Copo Porcelain Teapot, $89.99, Digs Showroom

Coffee or tea press, $29.95, Paper Source

Radiator cup keeps hands cool, $24, Bit Rebels or Yanko Design

Teatime, $25, Holycool

Zipper cups, $40, Uncommon Goods

 

Photos courtesy of Bit Rebels, Design Sponge, Digs Showroom, Holycool, Paper Source, Uncommon Goods, Yanko Design.