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Sunday, June 3, 2007

Top 5 Weekly Favorites

Favorite things for the week of May 27 - June 2:

1) Kozy Shack Rice Pudding
I've been hooked on this delicious pudding since I decided to try it a few weeks ago. My favorite is the European Style Rice Pudding
which is similar to their Original Recipe, but has a richer flavor and thicker texture. The best thing about this pudding is that I know what's in it by reading the ingredients, and it's all natural. Milk, Rice, Sugar, Vanilla, and absolutely no corn syrup! The taste speaks for itself.

2) Coin Rolls

I like to dump all my pocket change into an old fossil watch tin until such time as I can roll the coins up and exchange them for real money at the bank. You can buy the paper coin rolls from the store for a couple bucks per hundred or so rolls, or banks will give them to you for free, if you ask. But I find both of these options less convenient than printing them out at home, so I don't have to get my lazy butt out the door. I found a set of utilitarian templates for all denominations and a pretty template for quarter rolls only, and then decided to modify them and make my own templates. They work great and are super easy to cut out and tape together. Bravo.

3) Knocked Up
I loved this movie. It's refreshing to watch an intelligently funny movie for once instead of the usual stupid-funny movie, even though stupid-funny has its place. But it was also touching and realistic.

4) Ikea
We visited the new Ikea in Draper, and I must say it lives up to the hype. I bet all the other furniture stores in Utah are pissed, cause now they are going to actually have to make an effort to compete with a store that has both attractive furniture, and reasonable prices. It's true that the quality of the furniture isn't tops, but it's definitely not the same as target or wal-mart furniture. And besides, if it looks good, and doesn't hurt your checkbook too bad, then that's all that really matters. Mostly I like the Parade-of-Homes-type feel the store layout has. Very labyrinthine.

5) Caffe Niche
Last, but definitely not least, is my new favorite neighborhood cafe, Caffe Niche. They're located on the corner of 800 East and 300 South, which is conveniently right around the corner from my office, so it's my new coffee hole of choice, which is good, cause I was tiring of starbucks somethin fierce. Niche has the package deal, great atmosphere -- including art, decor, and jazz music -- friendly workers, and excellent and unique food. My favorite lunch item is the grilled cheese, which uses some kind of Irish cheddar, I think, and a mustard sauce and pecans on delicious bread. On sundays, they have a brunch, and I tried their excellent french toast custard, which is similar in texture to bread pudding, with fresh berries and real maple syrup. God bless you, Niche.

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