eye candy: bodum

Before I decided to go to culinary school in Paris, I worked for a defense company, where I sat in front of the computer all day either in my office or down in the basement labs, which I always lovingly refer to as the dungeons. Needless to say, life wasn’t exactly all sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but there was something at work that always brought a smile to my face… my darling, little Bodum Chambord 12-ounce Coffee Press =) It brews a deliciously smooth cup of coffee, but that would also require freshly ground coffee beans, and since I figured bringing in my own coffee grinder would be going just a tad bit overboard, I turned to another stimulant to get me through the day… TEA!

Hardcore enthusiasts of the French press might consider it sacrilege, but I actually love using my little Bodum Coffee Press to brew tea. Ceylon, chai, oolong, jasmine pearl, even chrysanthemum flowers look ethereal floating in the glass carafe. After a few minutes of brew time, all I have to do is press down on the plunger to filter out the tea leaves and pour myself a relaxing cup of tea. And since I’m already brewing tea in my office with a Bodum Coffee Press, I may as well go all out and complete the ensemble with a couple Bodum Pavina Thermo Glasses =D
These double-wall thermo glasses are super lightweight and look so sleek, but the best part of all is that they resist heat, so even if you pour hot liquid inside, the glass won’t get hot! (The only caveat is that you might burn your mouth if you don’t already know there’s hot liquid inside ><) There's also a bonus for all the Monica Gellers out there (myself included, I think…) who gasp at the idea of not using a coaster. Bodum Pavina glasses also prevent condensation, which means we don’t have to worry about setting a cold drink on the table anymore =D

The only thing I worry about when using these Bodum glasses is breaking them =( They’re made of borosilicate glass, which is supposedly strong and durable, but they still feel extremely fragile. I don’t even put them in the dishwasher even though the glasses are dishwasher-safe. I know I’m increasing the chances of them breaking by using them everyday, but work just wouldn’t be the same without them =P Tea time, anyone?

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