dievca’s schedule has shifted and at this moment she is back to work on Saturdays – masked and ready.
Here’s hoping that others are masked and regaining employment, too.
Thinking of everyone with positive wishes.
Comic: Gary Varvel 2020
Il Piccolo Ristoro Cafe in Chelsea serves a nice breakfast in the garden.
A lovely garnish to an excellent Cappuccino!
Plus, some Tootsie Pop Art to remind dievca of her Dad.
Photos: dievca NYC Chelsea Neighborhood 09/2020
The City is even quieter.
New Yorkers are trying to squeeze in the last week at the beach.
Are you trying to fit in the last road trip before September?
Please have a coffee for dievca on the beach.
She’ll be having hers on the rooftop or by the Hudson River.
Gotta work with what you have on hand~
XO your dievča
Do it before the 2nd wave of quarantine…
Have a good week.
When you have a guest over for coffee, you want everything thing to be “just so”.
Brew your coffee the night before using good-quality coffee beans, and make it very strong as it’ll be diluted with ice and milk. That way, it can come to room temperature by the time the morning comes around. As always, add cream (milk), sugar, simple syrup to your taste!
dievca’s friend likes to add simple syrup to her brew, so dievca will be making her own syrup – directions below.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup coffee, at room temperature
2 tablespoons half and half*, or more, to taste
To make the simple syrup, combine sugar and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Let cool completely and stir in vanilla extract; set aside.
Serve coffee over ice with half & half and simple syrup, to taste.
dievca took a friend to an early morning outpatient medical procedure. One is not allowed to sit in the waiting room for the pick-up, so dievca wandered down to the East River to enjoy her coffee. An excellent choice.
Note: dievca brought her own coffee in an amazing Japanese brand ZOJIRUSHI thermos that a friend gifted to her.
Photos: dievca UES 07/2020
Good Morning! from Bucks Co. PA
Four cups of strong coffee a day might be the recipe for a healthy heart, especially for older adults.
That amount may vary from person to person – but it seems to be a good solid number. Also, note that though caffeine is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about coffee, it also contains antioxidants and other active substances that may reduce internal inflammation and protect against disease.
The following focuses on caffeine intake – about 250 – 350 mg a day.
A team of German researchers, led by the molecular biologists Judith Haendeler and Joachim Altschmied, thinks it has discovered clues about how coffee works its caffeine-fueled magic on our heart health and how much caffeine we should drink each day to see the best benefits.
By studying caffeinated lab mice and dosing human tissues with caffeine, the researchers discovered how a jolt of the stimulant could improve the way cells inside our blood vessels work — essentially, by making certain proteins inside older adult cells perform more like young and nimble ones. The study was published Thursday in the journal PLOS Biology.
“When you drink four to five cups of espresso,” Altschmied told Business Insider, “that seems to improve the function of the powerhouses of our cells, and therefore seems to be protective.”
Scientists have for years noticed that people who drink coffee seem to be less likely to die from all sorts of causes, including heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. Perhaps the best evidence yet for this comes from two massive studies: one of more than 400,000 people in the US by the National Institutes of Health, and another of more than 500,000 Europeans. Both studies found that regular coffee drinkers were less likely to die from any cause than people who don’t sip a daily brew.
Coffee is also associated with a whole host of other health benefits, including a lower risk of liver disease (cirrhosis), a lower risk of developing certain kinds of cancer, lower rates of dementia and Alzheimer’s, and a reduced risk of depression. It’s also great for your heart — people who drink three or four cups a day may be 19% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease.
Altschmied said he hoped his new study would debunk the old advice that people with heart problems shouldn’t drink coffee, and he argues that drinking the equivalent of about four shots of espresso a day could help reduce the risk of heart attacks, especially for people who are obese or prediabetic.
“It will not replace other things,” he said. “Keep on doing your sports, eat healthily, and add coffee to your diet.”
If you don’t like the taste, green tea has similar levels of caffeine and could also be an effective way to boost heart health.
It’s important not to overdo it with the new recommendation, as too much coffee can quicken your heartbeat and cause other health problems. But drinking up to six cups a day should be OK, cardiologists say, and may even reduce arrhythmias in people with irregular heartbeats.
One caveat: The study wasn’t done in humans — only in human tissues and lab mice. What works in a hyper-controlled environment of mice, dosed with very specific amounts of caffeine, may not be the same as what happens when you drink a cup of joe at home.
“If I had four cups of espresso and you had four cups of espresso, we cannot guarantee that we reach the same level in the blood,” Altschmied said.
He also offers a word of caution: Because caffeine can make blood vessels grow, providing more oxygen to fuel tumors, the coffee-drinking advice might not hold for people who have cancer.
“Where people have a diagnosed tumor, we would say better take your hands off the coffee,” Altschmied said. “But if you’re otherwise healthy, it will not harm you, and it might help your heart and circulatory system stay better functional for a longer time.”
This post originally appeared on Business Insider.
So, what’s your method for getting it done on a Monday?
Still working from home, Zoom meetings…and trying to get the clothing items not going to the RealReal listed on eBay.
Using self-bribery with fancy coffee and a treat to get it done.
The sun is peeking up to reveal a world cocooned by humidity.
Moist air smells of the ocean, a river glistens like glass.
broken by the cry of a seagull, the honk of a car horn
NYC starts Phase Two.
dievca was able to get her tickets to Europe refunded.
It was a relief to get the money back rather than receiving vouchers.
Now there is $5000 sitting on an Amex card.
she will just have to pay her rent with the Amex card…
or maybe she should splurge and buy this espresso maker to remind her of traveling.
Designer and engineer Paolo Mastrogiuseppe developed the Aviatore Veloce Espresso machine. It is intentionally designed to resemble a military jet engine and can prepare a refreshing dose of espresso and tea with the help of high-pressure brewing. The hand-made, limited edition design isn’t just a visual delight but gets as authentic as one could be. It is built from a combining aviation-grade aluminum alloy, stainless steel, and aluminum bronze.
But the list is short.
The first railcar-style diners popped up in New Jersey in the early 1900s.
New Jersey essentially became “ground zero” for diners.
Railcar-style diners were modeled after rail carriages or sometimes converted from the original train cars into stand-alone eateries. Diners were constructed in factories and then shipped to their destinations, much like mobile homes, and were relatively affordable to purchase at just $1,000.
Once they arrived, the utilities simply had to be connected. Since diners, or “lunch cars,” had to be shipped using a truck or railcar, they were designed to be narrow.
At one point, nearly 95% of the shippable restaurants were manufactured in New Jersey.
And a “Thank You” to Insider.com
Look what you can find in your parent’s basement.
with pretty good coffee!
Melitta Bentz was 35 in 1908 and frustrated with grounds in her coffee. It was a common complaint but one the rest of the world seemed willing to tolerate. Percolators of the day over-brewed coffee at the expense of its taste, imparting an annoying bitter flavor. Linen rags would retain the grounds but were messy and required frequent cleaning. Surely, something else could provide an appealing compromise, she thought, and be quicker, easier and cleaner.
She experimented with several materials. She wasn’t satisfied with any of them until she grabbed some blotting paper from her son’s school book, punctured it multiple times with a nail, put it in a brass pot she filled with coffee grounds, then poured hot water over it. Bingo! No bitterness, no grounds! It was an instant hit with her friends, switching on the proverbial light in Melitta’s entrepreneurial brain.
Melitta was granted a patent for her filter in July 1908 and within months, her company was up and running with its initial four employees: Melitta herself plus her husband Hugo and sons Willy and Horst. Producing filters at first within their home, they sold more than a thousand of them at the Leipzig Fair in 1909. Demand for the simple, newfangled invention exploded thereafter. In 1936, Melitta improvised her original design and turned her filter into the now-famous cone shape with which we are all familiar.
-Lawrence W. Reed, Foundation for Economic Education
WHY THIS FABULOUS INVENTION MAY MATTER TO PEOPLE WITH HIGH CHOLESTEROL
Coffee doesn’t contain cholesterol. Instead, coffee affects how your body produces cholesterol.
Several studies over the past decade have shown a link between coffee and cholesterol. According to one study, coffee oils (known as diterpenes) such as cafestol and kahweol are to blame. Coffee oils are naturally found in caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee.
Research indicates that cafestol affects the body’s ability to metabolize and regulate cholesterol.
Coffee oils are most potent in coffees where the grounds have the longest contact with the water during brewing. A French press, which brews coffee by continually passing water through the grounds, has been shown to have greater concentrations of cafestol. Brewing in an American-style coffee pot with a filter, on the other hand, has relatively low levels, as the beverage is only passed through the grounds once. Most of the cafestol is left behind in the filter no matter what the roast. Another study found that Turkish-style simmered coffee and Scandinavian-style boiled coffee had the highest amount of diterpenes. Instant coffee and drip-brewed coffee had “negligible” amounts, and espresso had intermediate amounts.
Research has shown that drinking five cups of coffee daily from a French press brewing method can increase blood cholesterol levels by 6 to 8 percent.
dievca is rethinking her French Press usage…
Thank you to Healthline.com
The bodega downstairs’ attempts at a cappuccino just don’t cut it…
A bodega is a small corner store or market that sells groceries and wine. … If you visit New York City, you’ll see bodegas, little shops where people buy groceries and small items. A bodega is kind of like a convenience store such as 7-11 — it’s small and more convenient than a supermarket. http://www.vocabulary.com
All the long day the vapours played
At blindfold in the city streets,
Their elfin fingers caught and stayed
The sunbeams, as they wound their sheets
Into a filmy barricade
‘Twixt earth and where the sunlight beats.
A vagrant band of mischiefs these,
With wings of grey and cobweb gown;
They live along the edge of seas,
And creeping out on foot of down,
They chase and frolic, frisk and tease
At blind-man’s buff with all the town.
And when at eventide the sun
Breaks with a glory through their grey,
The vapour-fairies, one by one,
Outspread their wings and float away
In clouds of colouring, that run
Wine-like along the rim of day.
Athwart the beauty and the breast
Of purpling airs they twirl and twist,
Then float away to some far rest,
Leaving the skies all colour-kiss’t–
A glorious and a golden West
That greets the Lifting of the Mist.
The Lifting Of The Mist – Poem by Emily Pauline Johnson
Photo: NYC East River View
So what do you do with your leftover Peeps?
Yes, the coffee will smile at you this morning.
The eyes are open
Aware but barely knowing
To slide thru the day
Having a little Sunday Breakfast before the noon NY Rangers Ice Hockey game,
dievca witnessed Philadelphia Flyers fans and Rangers fans being cordial.
Must have needed some coffee before getting fired up for the game.
Flyers won, 5-3
“I’m just waiting to see if my coffee chooses to use its power for good or evil today.”
Here’s hoping your coffee has a more simple choice to make this morning.
Coffee and a Sweater.
Sharing coffee with your Sir or Madam can be the start of a beautiful week.
When discussing Hospice and a DNR-order becomes too much,
just do what dievca’s Mom did to stop the conversation –
ask for an Apricot Cookie.
dievca’s brother isn’t sure how much Mom absorbed,
but the cookie went down well with tea.
A tactic dievca plans on using in the future when facing something unpleasant.
A do-not-resuscitate order, or DNR order, is a medical order written by a doctor. It instructs health care providers not to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if a patient’s breathing stops or if the patient’s heart stops beating.