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How to Order Coffee in Italy

Pay attention, because many things you take for granted may not work when ordering Coffee in Italy.

  • - Caffè: When not at home, this means what we Yanks conisder to be an espresso.
  • - Lungo (long): Roughly twice as much water is let through the ground coffee, giving the shot a weaker taste.
  • - Ristretto (restricted): less water in the shot, yielding a stronger taste.
  • - Doppio (double): simply two espressos in one cup.
  • - Corretto (corrected): Corrected, that is, with grappa or brandy.
  • - Americano (American): Espresso shots diluted with hot water, this is still a different taste than our typical drip coffee we get a diners.
  • - Caffè Macchiato (stained): with a drop of steamed milk. I’m presuming that “stained” is not a compliment.
  • - Caffè con panna (with cream): with cream on top
  • - Affogato: Served over ice cream or gelato
  • - Cappuccino: A breakfast coffee. 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 frothed milk. After 10 am, only children and tourists drink cappuccino.
  • - Caffè latte: Cappuccino with little or no foam.
  • - Marocchino: Cappuccino with less milk.
  • - Schiuma: The aformentioned crema; the dense foam that forms on the top of espresso.


How to beat priceline.com

One of my local television stations (KOMO-TV) ran a piece on how to beat priceline.com.It involves checking up on places like BiddingForTravel.com and BetterBidding.com, both of which are forum sites that users state what prices they were able to get for various flights, cars and/or hotel stays.

If you travel a bit,or are just looking for a way to ensure you get the lowest price, it’s worth checking out.

Thanks to Rebecca for pointing the article out


This is why am I a doofus

I’m walking around Vancouver, taking in all of the differences between Canada and the US (The differences are particularly striking when it comes to candy bars…more on that later). And I notice the Gas station prices

89.9 cents is the price displayed.

“Holy bejeezus, that’s cheap”, I think to myself. “I have to get some of that action!”

Of course I failed to realize that the price reflects the price per litre, rather than per gallon.

Oh, I am such a doofus. The plural of doofus by the way, is doofi, as in “Hey look at all the doofi!” This statement is often said by Canadians looking at all the US tourists trying to figure out how to convert litres to gallons. For the record: 1 litre = 0.264172051 US gallons, which means I paid $3.36(canadian) per gallon in Gas while in Canada.