Dining Out: Cook & Taste (Barcelona, Spain)

December 8, 2017 Editor 0

Due to several recommendations from friends, we (spouse and I) decided to take a half-day cooking class while in Barcelona. Now I will in turn rave about it to any future visitors! Even if you do not normally enjoy cooking, as long as you enjoy eating, you will have a fabulous time. The classes are 65 euro per person – you get to learn to cook (and eat) four courses, drink what appeared to be an unlimited amount of Spanish […]

Dining Out: Pakta (Barcelona, Spain)

December 8, 2017 Editor 0

One of my most memorable meals during my recent trip to Spain was at Albert Adrià’s Pakta, so that’s the one that I really have to write about. My husband and I were so lucky that we scored reservations during the few days in May that we were in Barcelona, but I think that was partly due to the fact that the restaurant only opened in April so the buzz hadn’t gotten out of control yet. When we went for […]

Off Topic: Robot Turtles Board Game Kickstarter

December 8, 2017 Editor 0

I don’t often get really excited about a Kickstarter campaign especially since a couple projects that I’ve backed haven’t turned out as well as I had hoped (although there are others that have been quite successful). This one unites my love of programming and playing games into one board game for young children. My Emma is too young (she’s only two months old) to play this game, but I plan on sharing it with her in a couple years. During […]

Off Topic: Codlo Sous Vide Controller Kickstarter

December 8, 2017 Editor 0

One of the founders of Codlo contacted me last week to tell me about the water bath temperature controller that they’ve designed and are planning to build with the assistance of Kickstarter (the online crowd funding website). I’ve used a variety of methods to control temperature in a water bath for sous vide cooking and one of my favorites is simple: plug in a PID controller equipped with a thermocouple to the wall and plug in a device like a […]

Recipe File: Espresso Brownies

December 8, 2017 Editor 0

Brownies are a controversial subject. By varying the proportions of a few simple ingredients you can get drastically different outcomes. Which style of brownies do you prefer: Cake-like fluffiness or batter-like gooeyness? Take this Espresso Brownie recipe for example; it is a standard recipe that I have enhanced with a shot of espresso. The addition of two fluid ounces of espresso changes the consistency and the depth of flavor. It adds a barely perceptible nuanced layer to the chocolate flavor […]