In the “Learn Something New Every Day” category, here are a few things I learned this week:
– A cafe au lait is brewed coffee and steamed milk and a latte is espresso and steamed milk. (Thank you, Julie, as the Penfield Starbucks, for my coffee lesson)
– Starbucks calls a cafe au lait a “misto”.
– Some varieties of the apples at the grocery store have been stored for up to a year in a temperature-controlled environment where the oxygen has been replaced with nitrogen. (Thanks to the Wegman’s produce manager and staff for taking time to educate me about apples, onions and importing fruits and vegetables – and coffee bean roasting …)
– A Vidalia onion can’t be called a Vidalia onion unless it’s been grown in Vidalia, Georgia.
– The more you roast a coffee bean, the less caffeine it has. (As opposed to a tea leaf, which is opposite; green tea has less caffeine than black tea. Tea still has less caffeine than coffee. This I know from my days owning a tea shop, and that comes right from some Indian tea growers.)
– It’s important to care about your family tree and save letters, journals, photos and family memorabilia – even when you don’t really care about your family tree, because someday you’re going to care and you’ll want stuff and kick yourself for not saving things than can help you trace your heritage.
– Cats are very strange animals.