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“The key to self-liberation is abstinence from the destructive escapism of intoxication.”
-Earth Crisis, “The Discipline”

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Whew… back.

Posted: September 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

Yeah, yeah, sorry it’s been so long, but I’m back and ready to kick butt and chew gum. (And I’m almost out of gum. Almost)
Update: New job. Been busy with that. Moving apartments. Been busy doing that.
Expect new blog posts regularly. Probably.

So, I kind of feel bad for writing this entry at a Charbucks, drinking a ‘Pike’s Place’ ‘grande’ ‘coffee’, but to quote my African-American co-worker, it is what it is. My grinder at home broke, and all I have are whole beans (Holly Jolly blend from someplace in Kansas-thanks Reddit gifts!) I am a borderline coffee snob, and the good coffee places are either to far away to walk to, or too expensive.
Jesus, I sound pretentious.

Anyway. We all drink coffee. We all enjoy it. Some of you put cream and sugar in it. You shouldn’t (aside from the fact that dairy is gross). Cream and sugar take away from the taste of the coffee, leaving you with a dessert.

Full disclosure: I started drinking coffee in my late teens, mixed with hot chocolate packets. I then ‘graduated’ to Coffeemate flavored creamers. Then I went vegan, and found that the soy creamers were gross. So, I started taking it black with a (quite a) bit of sugar.

When I finally cut out sugar, I discovered what real coffee tastes like. Of course, by that time I was drinking the boldest blends, thinking that is what coffee tasted like. I refused to drink light roasts, even medium roasts tasted watered down to me.

When I cut out the cream and sugar, the coffee flavor notes stood out (of course, it was even more pronounced by me quitting smoking) and I was amazed. AMAZED.

So many different flavors at so many different times.

I have supplied some links and guidelines below.

What you will need:

  • Coffee. Preferably whole bean.
  • Coffee grinder.
  • A French Press, an Aeropress, or a pour-over filter.
  • A warmed mug

    Different Roasts:

 

 

 

Some Guidelines:

  1. Buy only whole-bean coffee roasted within the last few days.
  2. Grind it fresh, just before brewing.
  3. Brew it in a French press or a pour-over filter using fresh water, off the boil.
  4. Avoid dark roasts in the beginning (or forever!). Coffee is not supposed to be bitter and angry like 99% of dark roasts. Not to mention that dark roasts are very susceptible to over-extraction.
  5. Go light on the cream and sugar. It doesn’t matter how expensive your machine is or how fresh the beans are if you drown out the coffee flavor with sugar and milk. You’ll find that with good coffee you need less additives to mask the bitter, burnt, stale, and over-extracted flavor most people consider to be the “coffee” taste.

http://www.reddit.com/r/Coffee/

A Slight Disclaimer.

Posted: March 6, 2011 in Uncategorized
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You may think this is just another LA Vegan blog. Well, fuck you for stereotyping.

I don’t give a shit about which vegan restaurant is better than that vegan restaurant. Most vegans don’t go or have access to vegan restaurants. They are expensive. They taste good. But, shit, they are expensive.

Being vegan, even in LA, can sometimes be inconvenient, especially when the majority of your friends are omnivores. Maybe they don’t want to go to the Vegan Plate or Madeleine Bistro. Who are you to dictate where everybody goes to eat.

Most restaurants offer vegan options, or will accomadate you.

To all the fellow vegans out there: Stay veg,  just don’t be a douche!

16 Food Myths-

http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-204_162-10004624.html?tag=page

From: CBS News.

This blog will serve the following purposes:

1)Non-radical vegan news. I’m not a fan of PETA.  I am non-preachy, as that is rude, and nothing turns people off of veganism like the preachy mother fuckers. People can eat what they want. I would never stand in the way of someone’s steak.

2)Vegan recipes that ACTUALLY TASTE GOOD. And easy/cheap to make.

3)Vegan songs and videos. Because, why not?

That is all.

I may rant a little bit (a lot), but, isn’t that to be expected on a blog?