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昨晚刚刚看完这本书:

 

作者是一个三明治狂热者,他把自己吃的各式各样三明治放到扫描仪上,经过加工制作后,很清楚的把一个三明治呈现在读者面前。因为扫描仪是平面的,很多时候连一滴芥末都看得清清楚楚。这比用最好的数码相机去拍三明治更实在,亏他想得出!(更重要的是比例是1:1的~)

出书以前他在自己的网站 http://scanwiches.com/ 上就post过很多照片;有在外面买的sandwich,但更多是自制的。书里较为详细地介绍了作者选出来的人为具代表性的三明治的来历,名称,和成分,材料等的变化。虽称不上妙语连珠,读起来还是很风趣的。而且见识长了不少哦!比如英国除了下午茶时间的tea sandwich,原来还有一款俏皮的三明治叫Butty:

*Scanwiches Book Sneak Peak! Chip Butty: Hot Chips, Ketchup, on White Bread. 

Chip Butty: Hot Chips, Ketchup, on White Bread. (photo taken from http://scanwiches.com/)

两片面包中间夹薯条!哈哈,可惜上次去伦敦时根本不知道这玩意儿,没尝到。

如果不是这本书,我又怎么会知道西安有个有名的“东方汉堡”叫肉夹馍呢!真的好想吃吃看哦~

最让我心动的是Sandwich Loaf。Google翻译为夹心面包,看它的样子我认为叫“蛋糕面包”更确切吧:

据说这款用面包代替蛋糕,Cream Cheese代替奶油,中间随你加什么咸的沙拉(青豆啊,午餐肉啊,蘑菇啊,蛋,鱼等)都可以的party food很难在外面买到,只能自己在家做了。可要很有技巧才能把它“化妆”成跟个蛋糕一样吧:

大饱眼福,大流口水呀!

 

昨天还发现一篇有趣的博文:

http://www.fromaway.com/cooking/bacon-and-egg-candies

"Bacon and Egg" Candies

看起来很像荷包蛋对不对?呵呵,博文的题目是”Bacon and Egg” Candies,是模仿西方经典早餐“培根鸡蛋”的糖果。蛋白部分是化掉的白巧克力,蛋黄则是黄色的M&M糖衣巧克力。培根部分博主用了两根Pretzel Sticks(椒盐脆饼条),个人认为其实可以用真的培根,撕成小碎片就好了。当下不是很流行把培根混到甜食里吃吗?听到到处都在卖培根圣代,培根纸杯蛋糕,培根味甜甜圈等等,虽然我一样都还没试过…

 

Me and my camera

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Tonight I got my best Christmas present of the year! A Sony Cybershot DSC-T2 8MP Digital Camera! In its limited edition color blue! It’s waaaaayyyy cool!

The best thing is the touch screen, where I can not only touch to mimic button actions but use the supplied stylus to draw scribbles! Check it out:

And of course, it shoots videos! and stores it in its internal built storage so no memory card is needed! I have yet to explore its many many fuctions and features which include lots of picture frames, as well as scrap books! I’m too thrilled!

With this camera, my dream of taking pictures whenever and wherever I like will come true! (I used to have a nice Casio digital camera too but of course my dad took it! lol~ I ain’t letting him have this one!)

Sticking to my desire, here’s pictures I took minutes after getting the camera:

Dinner was at none other than California Pizza Kitchen!! Look at its cute take-out box!

Mmmm, Spinich Dip as apetizer, with bread and butter. Bon Appétit~~~

Mango Tandoori Chicken pizza! From the CPK website, here’s the good stuff:

“Grilled Tandoori chicken, mango, mild onions, red peppers and Mozzarella cheese on a SPICY Golden Curry sauce. Topped with fresh cilantro and a sweet mango chili sauce.”

Of course, I would never leave without having dessert. But the Tiramisu was so good that I totally forgot to take a picture before devouring the whole thing! haha. I’ll just borrow the picture from the CPK website:

Damn thing melts in my mouth so quickly and costed me $6.29!! Fine, my night is too good to be spent on calculating!

The Best Inventions Of The Year

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This issue of the Time Magazine: has a special report on The Best Inventions Of The Year. I’m not surprised iPhone made the cover but I thought three other inventions were so cool that I would not want to forget about, so I’ll list them below. All credits go to Time Magazine.

  • “An ATM For Books”

“The Espresso Book Machine—meaning “fast,” not coffee—can churn out a 300-page paperback on demand, complete with color cover, in just 3 min. The $50,000 machine could transform libraries into minibookstores, making hard-to-find titles as accessible as cappuccinos. At $3 a book they might be cheaper too. Available Now ondemandbooks.com

  • “Hot or Not”

“You know the feeling. You try on a shirt at the store and think you look pretty fly, but you need a second opinion. With Social Retailing, developed by IconNicholson and shown at Bloomingdale’s in March, you can send a video to your friends’ cell phones and instantly get their vote. You can also try on outfits virtually using a mirror that shows how fab they might look—or not.Available 2008 iconnicholson.com

  • “Discard The Cord”

“When people talk about going wireless, they’re usually talking about the kind of wires that involve data. But what if you could actually charge gadgets without a power cord? That fantasy became a reality in 2007 with devices like the WildCharger charging pad. Fit your cell phone (or whatever) with an adapter, put it on the pad, and it will power right up, as fast as it would with a wall plug. Available Now wildcharge.com

To read more, go to http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/0,28757,1677329,00.html