Friday, June 29, 2012

How to Make Vietnamese Iced Coffee ( Cafe Sua Da)


Cafe sua da is a traditional Vietnamese coffee recipe and this is my favorite way to have coffee. 

 1 1/2 tablespoons of Cafe Du Monde or (coarse ground coffee)
1-2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
A glass for the brew
A glass filled with ice
Hot water (almost to a boil)
Serve: 1

1. With a small glass add 1-2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk
2. Remove the top screen of  metal filter and put in1 1/2 tablespoons of coffee, screw screen back on. Place filter on the glass with the sweetened condensed milk. Pour just a tiny of hot water to cover the grounds and let sit for about 30 seconds. 
3. Now loosen the filter screen at 1 full rotation.  Pour hot water to top of the filter, cover and let it sit until water has gone all the way through filter. (usually about 3-5 minutes)
4. After water has passed though filter, remove filter from glass. Stir coffee and milk together. Pour the brew into a glassed filled with ice and serve. 

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Ideally you want to add the condensed milk to the glass before brewing because the boiling water actually cooks it.  For this recipe I add it after since most readers probably don't know how much condensed milk they want :)
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Cafe sua da


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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Anthropologie Inspired Zinc Letters

Hi everyone, its me again! Long time no blog huh? My life has been insanely busy this last month but things are finally starting to calm down a bit so I that I can get back into blogging mode.  Heck, maybe I'll even get to blog more than once every two weeks lol.  Anyway, If you follow me on instagram @ acupofmai you may already have seen a few sneak peek of  DIY Anthropologie inspired zinc letter I did few weeks ago.  We all have seen the silver letters at Anthropologie. I even bought letter "K" you may have seen it on my hallway gallery, but its so easy to make your own for a fraction of the cost! I bought 5 letters including paints and brush for less than the price of one at Anthro. 

Black acrylic paint, folk art pearl paint, cardboard letters and a paint brush

Paint the letters all black and let them dry for about 10 minutes.  Then dip your brush into pearl paint use long stokes to paint over the black. The silver coat will give it the texture to look like a matte metal.   Let that coat dry for another 10 minutes and paint over another second coat if you prefer.  Let it dry completely and hang them wherever you want!

I picked up these paper mache letter from Hobby Lobby for $ 2.47 a piece

You can see the comparison here: letter "H" is the diy version and "K" is from Anthropologie. Pretty similar right?
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You really can't mess this up just go with what you think looks good. You might not be able to tell in the photos but the finish is really awesome. You wouldn't guess they were paper mache.

Btw, we're getting closer to that big "Guest bedroom" reveal post.  Hope you enjoy this tutorial and have a happy weekend ahead!

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Finally! Guest Bedroom Sneak Peek

The guest room is coming along very nicely! There are only a few more things to add, but I thought that I would share a little sneak peek of what I've done so far.   If you've been following me on Instagram (acupofmai) you know that I had a change of heart about painting the wall stripes.  We decided to paint the walls white.   I'm so glad we did because it makes the small room appear so much bigger.

 I'm also super happy with the West Elm Mini Parsons desk.   I'll be posting more pictures when it's completed so stay tuned!
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Latest West Elm Purchase...

 So, with my design dollars I took the plunge and finally ordered the Mini Parson's desk from West Elm that I've been in love with for years.

So what do you think, you like? :)

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