Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Pascucci's liquid chocolate

I have finally satisfied my hot chocolate craving with a real delicious cup of hot chocolate, by that I mean real melted chocolate texture, not the strong cocoa based drink with a milky after taste.

Anyway, the chocolate here is literally as thick as fondue, sauce like, and when you drink it it still remains thick. I managed to see the machinery for the hot chocolate, it is constantly stirred to keep it thick and runny, or else it will go lumpy.

I also appreciated the temperature of the hot chocolate, not boiling, but just the right temperature that you can drink without burning yourself.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Coffee or dessert, fun at Pascucci

All the way from Italy, a truly Italian coffee shop, a menu loaded with choice and attractive pictures.

189 Piccadilly W1J9ES
London - England

Earl's Court roads, 231 SW59AH
London - England

It took me ages to decide, I wanted to try everything, luckily I could limit my choice to half, since as I don't not drink coffee, yet I was also tempted to try the yoghurt one, since the coffee is only a tiny amount.

Anyway I ordered the chilled Coconut Pas Ciock (chilled coconut chocolate), served exactly like the pictures, I liked it so much, because you can treat it as a drink or dessert.
My chocolate was thick as a smoothie, you could drink it with a straw or spoon it like a dessert. The texture was so light, almost like whipped cream, but lighter, with bits of super fine blended ice. The chocolate was so creamy, not the cocoa taste, and it had bits of dessicated coconut in it, as well as that, you can taste the aromatic flavor of coconut as well. On top were little pieces of dusted chocolate nuggets. The rum of the glass was dusted with coconut too. One cup is not enough!!!!!
I want more.

Monday, 16 February 2009

Artificial man-made eggs

During a raid on a wholesale centre in Guangzhou city, the capital of China 's Guangdong province, a large quantity of fake eggs was seized.

Their wholesale price is 0.15 yuan (S$0.03) each - half the price of a real egg.

Consumers have a hard time telling a genuine egg from a fake one. This is good news for unscrupulous entrepreneurs, who are even conducting three-day courses in the production of artificial eggs for less than S$150. A reporter with Hong Kong-based Chinese magazine East Week enrolled in one such course.

To create egg white, the instructor - a woman in her 20s - used assorted ingredients such as gelatin, an unknown powder, benzoic acid, coagulating material and even alum, which is normally used for industrial processes.

For egg yolk, some lemon-yellow colouring powder is mixed to a liquid and the concoction stirred. The liquid is then poured into a round-shaped plastic mould and mixed with so-called 'magic water', which contains calcium chloride.

This gives the 'yolk' a thin outer membrane, firming it up. The egg is then shaped with a mould. The shell is not forgotten. Paraffin wax and an unidentified white liquid are poured onto the fake egg, which is then left to dry.

The artificial egg can be fried sunny-side up or steamed. Although bubbles appear on the white of the egg, those who have tasted it say the fake stuff tastes very much like the real thing.

But experts warn of the danger of eating fake eggs. Not only do they not contain any nutrients, a Hong Kong Chinese University professor warned that long-term consumption of alum could cause dementia

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Coca-Cola and dyspepsia

Coca-Cola was first invented by John Pemberton, a drink initially sold as a patent medicine for five cents a glass at soda fountains, which were popular in the United States at the time due to the belief that carbonated water was good for the health. Pemberton claimed Coca-Cola cured many diseases, including morphine addiction, dyspepsia, neurasthenia, headache, and impotence. Pemberton ran the first advertisement for the beverage on May 29 of the same year in the Atlanta Journal.

What is dyspepsia? Dyspepsia in plain English is indigestion, meaning hard or difficult digestion, is a medical condition characterized by chronic or recurrent pain in the upper abdomen, upper abdominal fullness and feeling full earlier than expected when eating.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Water with sparkles and design

First there was Bling H2O, a high-end version of bottled water, frosted glass and swarovzki crystals,
and now a bottle designed by Jean Paul Gaultier!

Ferrero Roche garden

Since the beginning of time, Ferrero Roche has always been the same, same box, same taste, same packaging.

A few years ago they introduced a coconut version, wrapped in snow silver, a lighter option of the orginal.

"Ferrero Garden" the next new item, so many cute pastel colours, a must have for girlies.
A new soft and crunchy Confiserie specialty and offers a variety of little summer-delicacies. Five flavors of the summer raffinesse: pistachio/almond, hazelnuts, raspberry, strawberry and coconut.

Monday, 19 January 2009

Burger King fragrance for men

Usually when u hear burger king, you think of burgers, but Burger King has introduced a new cologne for men "FLAME", with a hint of their flamed grilled burgers!!!
Their website for FLAME is quite amusing too.

Cajun squirrel crisps!!

Chilli and chocolate, crispy duck with hoisin sauce and Cajun squirrel are among a tastebud-testing new range of crisp flavours launched in Britain on Friday.
The flavours, chosen by the public and developed with the help of top chief Heston Blumethal, also include fish and chips, builder's breakfast and onion bhaji.

They will be sold until May, after which there will be a vote to decide which flavour stays on sale permanently. The creator of the winner will get 50,000 pounds (77,000 dollars, 56,000 euros) plus one percent of future sales.

Of the six finalists, only one was proposed by a man: Cajun squirrel is the brainchild of Martyn Wright, 26, who said he was inspired to enter when he saw squirrel on a restaurant menu.

"This gentle Cajun flavouring will be delicious for the public and although the idea might sound bizarre, it really works," he said, while underlining that no squirrels were harmed in making the crisps.

The six flavours are: Builder's breakfast
Cajun Squirrel
Chilli and Chocolate
Onion Bhaji
Crispy Hoisin duck
Fish and Chips

Eating on a bog

Imagine a restaurant furbished by toilet seatings, and basins as the dinner table, and the food served on mini toilets and basins.

Here's a restaurant that just does that!

Albino purple sweetcorn

Saw this strange looking sweetcorn, not the normal golden yellow, but in a variety of colours, light yellow and purple, so I got some to try. Boiled it for 10 minutes.

Taking the first bite, wow this stuff is chewy, and hard, it texture is very similar to that of barley, wheat kernels. In context to asian food, its texture is like glutinous rice.

After researching it on the net, found out that it is called Glutinous rice sweet corn.

Taste wise, not sweet at all, just slightly salty, and a little starchy, especially after it cools down and the corn starts to deflate and shrivel up.

Friday, 16 January 2009

Dr Browns celery flavoured soda

Cel-Ray by Dr Browns, Celery flavoured Soda.

Burger King Crisps

Apart from perfume, Burger King has also teamed up with the Inventure Group, who would like to be known for their Intensely Different products.

Their new product is being promoted as a Burger King snack item that can be purchased outside of the fast food outlets and are free of trans fats.
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