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Ca Phe Sua Da
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I found an excellent article on how to make Vietnamese coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da) while I was searching online for pointers on where to find the drip-filter used in its preparation. It manages to be high in both information and smartassery—always a good thing in my books. In any case, he gives some tips about where to find the necessary equipment and ingredients. Apparently most asian markets will carry the filters for not too much. And, lo, we passed a T&T market while we were out for pho yesterday.

Today I got a bunch of biopsyc reading done, so I decided that my treat for that would be to go and acquire the necessary components for making my own Vietnamese coffee. A trip to JJ Bean got me fresh beans (though not with chicory, alas) in both caffeinated and decaf varieties. London Drugs yielded a coffee grinder of decent quality (which will also serve me well when I get an espresso machine—for someone who doesn't drink coffee habitually, I sure will be well-prepared to make it). At T&T we found (among other baffling and fascinating things) the coffee filters for $4.99 and the same brand of sweetened condensed milk that the guy in the article was using. I got two of the filters, and I think I will get two more for when guests are over.

It's surprisingly easy to make and oh-so-tasty when it's done. Grinding fresh coffee beans is also rather satisfying. I wish I could find a manual grinder, but I really can wait a while before I get that hoity-toity.

I also realised that the sweet dipping substance that comes with fried or steamed "slice roll", as can be ordered at Sha Lin Noodle House (yum) or Hon's (not quite as good), is exactly this brand of condensed milk.



As I promised, I got my hair cut and I shaved, making that picture obsolete. Posted, then, is the "after" picture to that one's "before". My hair's a couple inches longer than I think I will settle on wanting it to be, but it's a good enough length to try for a bit.

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The hair looks uber awesome. =) Nice and smooth and silky too.

I can never take T&T seriously. Every time I go in it seems all they sell is half-rotting zombie fish in tanks, noodles, and rows upon rows of Sunny D.

There's a reason I never thought to look there...

Though, to be fair, they have a great bakery. To be less fair, they had something called "ear picks" hanging on one of those mid-aisle strips that often have doodads and useless things hanging from them, which seemed to be exactly what they sounded like.

The drink aisle was awesome though. Rows upon rows of indescipherable and alien bottled concoctions. I had a nice plum-flavoured green tea.

"Ear picks" are tools for ape-like grooming, where one person carefully scrapes the earwax out of another's ears with special bamboo sticks. It's a very comforting experience, apparently, but I've never tried it. Sure sounds a damn sight better than the Western medical technique for it, though, which involves tickling your brain with a giant jet of pressurized water.

I think I just prefer good ol' q-tips. I mean, when it comes to a proper eargasm, how can you leave that it someone else's hands?

London Drugs yielded a coffee grinder of decent quality (which will also serve me well when I get an espresso machine—for someone who doesn't drink coffee habitually, I sure will be well-prepared to make it).

Between all that and my french press, we are set!

(Yay, decaf!)

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