Wednesday night, we went downtown so I could collect a kombucha "mushroom" from my brother's girlfriend. I'm not hoping for a miracle cure for anything, just a bit more energy and perhaps a metabolism boost. It's got six more days to ferment before I can taste it, and then I'll have to see if it has any effect. I do hope I can get used to the mad-scientist look of the thing in the kitchen.
The kombucha "mushroom" in my jar. Hocus pocus, eh?
After picking up the kombucha, we went to our favorite dessert destination in Portland - Mio Gelato - for some gelato and a cup of their newest treat: cioccolato caldo. Their hot chocolate is like nothing you've ever had - it's sweet and rich, but not excessively so, and the consistency of warm pudding. You might think it sounds like that stuff Starbucks had, but you'd be wrong - Starbucks' version (called a "Chantico") was chalky and too thick, and so rich that a teaspoon was very nearly two servings. So, put that Chantico nonsense out of your head and stop into a Mio Gelato soon (they now have three Portland locations). It's the perfect antidote to these cold, wet winter days.
And though this has nothing to do with food, I'm disturbed by this. As the saying goes, "I resemble that remark!"