Expect the unexpected, follow the lovers lost in this blog.

A blog to cater your mind,body,and soul as you drink Turkish Coffee. We are proud to present our new storyline called Cafe's search for his "Zahir". Everyday is a new day for the "Cafe" (from Istanbul) & his journey for "Zahir" (from Baku). Don't expect extraordinary drama from the narrator, me. Still, this is a drama (maybe real!), and have better impact on you than watching a soap opera. Guaranteed. There is genuine feelings within inspirational periods. Cross your fingers for this story to end with happy marriage :-) All rights are reserved.

EDIT (01 July 2009) - She is engaged with another man, and I finally made my marriage proposal bringing my family to Baku. The result: She stays engaged and will have her wedding, so called "toy", with that another man.

Rest in peace Ms. Zahir.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Coffee Talks, Perfume Listens

A couple of side notes for coffee.

About: Espresso Machines
Speaking of the new ugly designs of espresso machines, in a NY Times article. (Yes, it is free to read, just sign up as a free member)
By the way, while writing this post, I believer blogger is serving all my blogging needs. There are some blogging sites that charges fees, but this blogger seem to work for my basic, premature blogging needs. Thanks Google, Go-ggle.
Back to the about::::....
"What went wrong? In a word, Starbucks. It’s already been blamed for everything from the death of neighborhood coffee shops to dodgy muffins, and it’s guilty of this, too. Starbucks served its first espresso in Seattle in 1984.

Its success convinced the coffee industry that if so many people could be persuaded to splurge on fancy caffeine outside the home, they’d probably be willing to invest in a fancy new machine to make espresso, etc., at home."

Also, the author doesn't like the pod coffee.
"...the X1. It’s too chichi to be as purist as its predecessor, but it’s the unfussiest model I could find, and it uses good old-fashioned ground coffee. For now, I’m safe from the pod people."

I somehow agree, as she says, "The paper in E.S.E. pods is biodegradable, but the tin boxes they come in aren’t, nor is most of a Nespresso capsule."

When you have time, listen to DJ Tarkan at Frisky Radio. His No Smoking dj sessions are da best. One thing I am curious, the beat gets more inviting through the end of the session. I wish they keep it the same all the time. But, that's why they call it progressive house. It is progressive.

This post will be progressive now...By the way, for an internet radio station, this subscription is a really good idea. Good job Frisky!

The world keeps growing interesting minds. Here is a great merchandising dream for kitchen lovers. Reading the NY Times article, found out about the Surfas, Chef's Paradise in Cali.

Snapfish is a low-cost photo print website. Their photocards are a great gift idea.

Cleaning out the open tabs. Solution: Read Thru, Quote True!

Every post could have an interesting image. Since it is around 8 Degrees C in Philly, let's find a cold image.

Reading thru the website of Chandler Burr, I found out about an article from Chicago Tribune.
"Don't be surprised if you notice the slight hint of habanero peppers and Indian black pepper in the air the next time you enter the Park Hyatt Chicago. It's supposed to be there.

As one of two signature scents that the luxury hotel will unveil within the next few weeks, the aromas are designed to enrich your experience, making your stay all the more memorable."

An interesting fact to know:
""You instantaneously know what something is with sight and hearing," Beauchamp says. "With smell, you don't say, `Oh, this is baby powder.' You say, `Oh, I like this.'""

If you work for a retail company, letting clients (customers) feel your unique store experience is essential. Not every store has that. Puma stores have it, Adidas stores have it with the pumping music, and their spacious environment. Hyatt has it, too. In the article,
""They didn't need to be experts in scent creation," says Burr, who also covers scents and perfumes for the New York Times. "The staff is trained in delivering the Park Hyatt experience. They embody it.""

I am writing in bold character for those quotes need to be craved in some part of my mind. Training a human being is the toughest, and I guess the most time + money consuming part. As you try to convince your clients to buy your service/goods. You also need to convince your employees about the uniqueness in your work environment. OK, not too much personal comments, let's digg the web further, and close those open tabs on Firefox browser and keep searching.

Last part of the article gives more interesting insight.
Burr also worked with NoMI executive chef Christophe David to build a fragrance for the restaurant that would complement, not clash with, the its entrees.

At first, the idea of a scent billowing through NoMI concerned the French chef. NoMI has an open kitchen, David says, and the chef did not want the scent to interfere with food preparation.

As alluring as the scents may be, the real test will be if guests stop by the gift shop, looking to commemorate their Park Hyatt stay with a black tea-infused candle. Segal believes they will.

"The end is the memory," Segal says. "It's what you take with you. It's to help us close the loop of your experience and make it memorable."

Whatever you do in life, close the loop of your experience and make it memorable for those you help. The end is memory they say. True! The end is not the money. Memory or money? Memory includes some monetary, but don't be so greedy to make it money rather than memory. Memories do not last, no inflation. Money runs out, there is inflation.

The end for this article.