Archive | August, 2017

You are cool? I’m cooler!

28 Aug

When you live in Paris, France you never think about cooler.

When you live in Florida, it’s a real question as it’s so hot here all the time.

Picnics, shopping at the grocery store, or just driving around with cold beverages in the trunk are just the basics.

Those are the standard usages for a cooler but when you live out of a suitcase in hotel rooms and can’t empty the fridge to put your own stuff (you touch/move, you pay) … you need a cooler solution.

I need a cooler!

3 brands are standing out in the “cooler world”: Yeti, Pelikan and Icemule.

  • Yeti is a great brand and they have a wide range of “cool” products available from the tumblers to proper wheeled cooler. I liked the Yeti Roadie 20 ($199), perfect for the car … but I can’t fly with this!!!
  • Same with the Pelikan ProGear Elite wheeled cooler ($341 for a 40L). Very cool but not ready to wheel it around the world and to check it in.

Then there was one, the Icemule cooler!

I decided to go with the Classic large (enough for 18 cans and ice). The price is fair $69,95 and it keeps everything cold for 24 hours, I just need to refill the ice everyday (easy when you are in an hotel).

This model is enough to keep cold my chia puddings from ChiaPods, tigernut horchata  from Organic Gemini and coconut water from Harmless Harvest for the day.

OK, now lets test it for the next 2 weeks in my hotel room in NYC … more to come

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PS: The small and medium sizes are also available.

 

Ban-the-straws movement

14 Aug

Since last April 2012, Miami has banned the plastic straws!!
In theory, no more sipping in south Beach … in theory! I wasn’t aware of this law.
The idea is to clean the beaches and to avoid plastic straws to end up in the sand and ocean.

The straw consumption is high in the US, daily consumption of plastic straws is about 500 million a day!

Let’s check my daily consumption of plastic straws:

  • One homemade banana/chia seeds smoothie to kick the day, one straw.
  • One pineapple black tea at Starbucks in the morning, one straw.
  • One lunch at Moshi Moshi, one plastic straw for my ice green tea.
  • One charcoal sesame bubble tea at Mimi’s in the afternoon, another straw.
  • One fresh coconut water that I open myself, one more straw.

Without forcing, I used 5plastic straws a day … at least …

not cool for the environment, the turtles, the fish, the ocean …

What’s the solution?

  • Drink from the glass … why not but I like sipping …
  • Drink from my Klean Kanteen bottle, can do. Starbucks would fill it in with pleasure and it goes in the dishwasher.
  • Or drink from reusable straws (bamboo, metal or glass straws), I don’t like it because it’s very difficult to wash and keep clean. 

Or … I can try paper straws!

While in Orlando at Mickey’s house (Animal Kingdom), I discovered the paper straws from Aardvark . And I liked it.

Aardvark paper straws are FDA and EU-approved and decompose themselves in 30-60 days (depending on the model).

So here’s my shopping list now at Aardvark,

  • one Giant straw for my smooth,
  • the Jumbo for the ice tea
  • and the Colossal for the bubble tea.

Now, you know what you need to do, there’s one “clean” straw for each occasion so #stopsucking on plastic straw and go for #strawlessocean and my sushis will thank you!

Also, check out the edible cups from Loliware (as seen on Shark Tank).

PS: the paper straws are not really intended for warm beverages.

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