Archive for March 15th, 2007|Daily archive page

The Can Cuff

Miller Bracelet

Recycling at its finest. These bracelets combine a generous dose of 100% sterling silver with a generous dose of 100% soda/beer can. Pick from your favorites, including Lucky Lager, Tab Cola, Coca Cola, Guinness, Rolling Rock, Dr. Pepper, Sunkist, Pabst and Miller High Life. These will set you back about $120, but with the addition of the sterling silver, it seems fair. If you purchase one, please note…

Since cans wear faster than regular metal jewelry, you should not wear the bracelets next to other metal bracelets, while doing heavy labor, or while rolling around in a pit of gravel.

Just in case you work in a pit of gravel. Fair warning.


St. Patty’s Day Brownies

I’m really curious how these taste, so if anyone gets around to making them, post your reviews (and photos)!


This recipe is from Grace Neill’s, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest bar in Ireland. It opened in 1611 as the King’s Arms in Donaghadee, County Down, and was renamed in the 19th century for it’s former landlady. These are perfect with Irish coffee with a scoop of coffee or vanilla ice cream.


  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 1 ¼ cups Guinness stout
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting


  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter an 8- by 8-inch cake pan.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the chocolates and butter, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Slowly beat into the egg mixture.
  4. Sift the flour with the and cocoa, and beat into the batter. Whisk in the Guinness. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. To serve, dust the cake with confectioners’ sugar and cut into squares. Makes 8 brownies.

Source: Adapted from The New Irish Table by Margaret M. Johnson (Chronicle, 2003).

Per brownie: 476 calories (46 percent from fat), 28 g fat (15.7 g saturated, 4.9 g monounsaturated), 131.8 mg cholesterol, 9.3 g protein, 55.9 g carbohydrates, 3.5 g fiber, 54.8 mg sodium.

Lucky Clover

Sure, a cup of coffee these days costs a couple of bucks (more or less) and it seems like a bit of a rip off. But a new machine that just came out justifies the price.

Drip coffee is getting a serious upgrade, thanks to a new machine called the Clover. A high-tech gadget that looks like a cross between a water cooler and a microwave (and it’s the size of a small one), the Clover brews a single cup of coffee at a time, to order, through a process that allows the barista to adjust the brewing to fit the flavor profile of specific lots of coffee.

Coffee brewed in the Clover has the depth of flavor of a French-press brew with none of the sediment; it has a clarity and focus, even an elegance, that you just don’t experience with other brewing methods.

This $11,000 machine, yes, $11,000, is currently up and running at only one location in LA, at the Groundwork Coffee Co.’s newest brand downtown. Two are currently operating in San Fran, and only one is being used in Seattle.

For more info and for the article on the Clover found in today’s LA Times, click here.

And speaking of coffee…don’t forget to take your Starbucks coffee break tomorrow between 10am – noon for your free cup of coffee.

Healthy Dining Finder

Healthy Dining Finder

It’s about time a site like this came along. Every day around lunchtime, people at my office try to figure out where to go for lunch to get the healthiest meal. Well Healthy Dining Finder puts an end to all that searching.

Are you health, weight, or nutrition conscious — or looking to improve your diet? Do you like to eat out? Then you’ll love this new website, which reveals nutrition information for menu choices that fit your healthy lifesyle! Please visit often, as this website continues to grow with more restaurants — from quick-serve to fine dining — and other frequent updates.

It’s a simple concept. You type in your address, select the type of food you’re looking for, enter your price range and other criteria and poof, a number of local restaurants appear with their healthiest menu items.

I’m surprised nobody did this sooner.