The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Cadbury Screme Eggs

cadbury screme I don’t usually go in for Halloween candy because A) trick-or-treaters never come to my house; and B) I would just end up eating it all.

However, there is one thing I’d at least like to try: the Cadbury Screme Egg. These are basically your typical Cadbury egg (chocolate shell, fondant filling), but with a Halloween twist: a “ghoulishly green” yolk instead of the usual yellow.

I’m sure the taste is just the same, but I don’t know — I think it looks cool! And hey, any excuse to eat Cadbury chocolate is a good one in my book.

Getting the podcasting bug

A friend and I are thinking of starting a podcast. We haven’t worked out all the details yet, but it will probably be about sports. Or movies. Or books. Well, clearly we have a long way to go before we actually put something out there.

But that hasn’t stopped us from looking for cheap microphones for recording our thoughts and ramblings. We’re thinking that if we actually buy some equipment, it’ll motivate us to take our idea to the execution stage. We’ll see!

Hario Mini Coffee Mill

hario coffee mill I’m not a coffee snob by any stretch of the imagination. I usually just drink drip coffee made with already-ground beans purchased from the grocery store. The brand doesn’t even matter to me; I just get what’s on sale.

But recently people have been telling me that grinding my own beans right before making coffee would really change my appreciation for the beverage. So I looked into some hand grinders (mills), saw that they were only around $20, and decided to give them a try.

While I won’t say my world has been rocked, I do notice a difference now that I’m using this Hario Mini Coffee Mill.

This Hario is a burr grinder (which I guess is what you want) and is very easy to use. It’s tiny, though, so should only be purchased if you tend to brew coffee for one or two cups at a time.

Anyway, you just put some beans in there, turn the crank, and grind away. You can adjust the blades to get the coarseness or fineness that you want, of course. This takes some playing around (and some bad cups of coffee in the process) until you find the size that suits your tastes and brewing style. I’m not going to go into details about that, as I don’t know enough about it, but it really is a matter of taste.

So… the results. Again, my world wasn’t rocked, but I definitely think coffee from my grinder tastes… I don’t know…smoother or more uniform (?) than the stuff I had previously been using. I get a more consistent cup of coffee for sure, and find that I get fewer upset stomachs (heavy, kind of “ugh” feeling) with freshly ground coffee than the pre-ground products. To me, that’s a win.

I’m not sure how this Hario would appeal to the experts out there, but for me, a casual drinker who couldn’t identify the “good stuff” out of a lineup in a blind taste test, it’s perfect. Small, cheap, and (so far) durable. Recommended!

MIDI Pad USB Controller

I’ve never been much of a musician, so I’m generally unaware of all the cool equipment that’s available right now. That’s probably why I was so blown away by the M-Audio MIDI Pad USB Controller that I saw while at my friend’s place the other night. This thing was pretty sweet, and kept me entertained for quite some time. I’m not saying I’m going to talk to local bands and ask them if I can join now.. But you get my drift!

Time for new running shoes

kinvara 5 It’s just about time for me to buy new running shoes. I used the Running Shoes Advisor over at Runner’s World, and got a few interesting suggestions that I might try out. Among them are the Saucony Kinvara 5, Mizuno Wave Rider 17, Adidas Adizero Tempo 6, and Newton Energy NR. I’ve never worn Saucony before, but have heard GREAT things about the shoe. This is the pair I want to try, but am having trouble finding them at stores near me. Unfortunately, ordering from the Internet is not going to work either, because I would be unsure about my size.

I’m not giving up yet!