Italy Gets Its First Starbucks—Serving Pizza, Ice Cream, and Cocktails

Starbucks
Starbucks

Italy is a coffee country, and a discerning one at that. While Starbucks might carry Italian-style roasts, that doesn’t mean the U.S. chain is necessarily suited to an Italian audience. For the brand's first store in Italy, Starbucks is debuting something a little different. The company’s new location in Milan will ditch the Frappuccinos for new menu items like cocktails, wood-fired pizza, and ice cream, according to Forbes.

An expansive coffee bar made of marble
Starbucks

The Starbucks Reserve Roastery is located in the Palazzo delle Poste, a historic former post office. It has a bar that boasts a 100-cocktail menu inspired by aperitivo, the Italian concept of a happy hour with bitter drinks and light snacks. It offers food by renowned local baker Rocco Princi, baked on-site in a wood-fired oven, including the Italian breakfast favorite eggs in purgatory, pastries, and pizzas. Customers can also take their coffee in the form of an affogato—a scoop of ice cream topped with hot espresso.

The palatial space includes a 22-foot-tall rotating roasting cask, bars topped with Tuscan marble, a handcrafted mosaic marble floor, and an outdoor terrace.

A barista makes coffee for a customer.
Starbucks

It’s Starbucks’s third Reserve Roastery, the company’s more upscale, experiential locations where customers can watch their beans being roasted, learn about the coffee-making process, and enjoy food and drinks that aren’t available in other locations. There are also Reserve Roasteries in Seattle and Shanghai, the latter of which is currently the largest Starbucks in the world.

The lavish experience doesn’t come cheap, at least compared to other cafes in the area. Reuters reports that a consumer group in Italy has already filed a complaint over the fact that Starbucks charges far more than its neighbors—a Starbucks cappuccino in Milan goes for €4.50 ($5.21) compared to the €1.30 ($1.50) average.

[h/t Forbes]

These Rugged Steel-Toe Boots Look and Feel Like Summer Sneakers

Indestructible Shoes
Indestructible Shoes

Thanks to new, high-tech materials, our favorite shoes are lighter and more comfortable than ever. Unfortunately, one thing most sneakers are not is durable. They can’t protect your feet from the rain, let alone heavy objects. Luckily, as their name implies, Indestructible Shoes has come up with a line of steel-toe boots that look and feel like regular sneakers.

Made to be incredibly strong but still lightweight, every pair of Indestructible Shoes has steel toes, skid-proof grips, and shock-absorption technology. But they don't look clunky or bulky, which makes them suitable whether you're going to work, the gym, or a family gathering.

The Hummer is Indestructible Shoes’s most well-rounded model. It features European steel toes to protect your feet, while the durable "flymesh" material wicks moisture to keep your feet feeling fresh. The insole features 3D arch support and extra padding in the heel cup. And the outsole features additional padding that distributes weight and helps your body withstand strain.

Indestructible Shoes Hummer.
The Hummer from Indestructible Shoes.
Indestructible Shoes

There’s also the Xciter, Indestructible Shoes’s latest design. The company prioritized comfort for this model, with the same steel toes as the Hummer, but with additional extra-large, no-slip outsoles capable of gripping even smooth, slippery surfaces—like, say, a boat deck. The upper is made of breathable moisture-wicking flymesh to help keep your feet dry in the rain or if you're wearing them on the water.

If you want a more breathable shoe for the peak summer months, there's the Ryder. This shoe is designed to be a stylish solution to the problem of sweaty feet, thanks to a breathable mesh that maximizes airflow and minimizes sweat and odor. Meanwhile, extra padding in the midsole will keep your feet protected.

You can get 44 percent off all styles if you order today.

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Wax Paper vs. Parchment Paper: What’s the Difference for Cooking?

Wax paper is great for keeping your counter space clean (as seen above).
Wax paper is great for keeping your counter space clean (as seen above).

When it comes to kitchen accessories, there are utensils like ladles and spatulas, bakeware like cupcake pans, and then covers and wraps like aluminum foil and plastic bags. But one kitchen item can result in some confusion—paper. Specifically, wax paper versus parchment paper. Despite similar appearances, they're not the same. What’s the difference between the two?

It’s pretty simple. Parchment paper tolerates heat and wax paper does not. Parchment paper is a sturdy, kitchen-specific item made with silicone that resists both grease and moisture. It’s perfect for cake molds or for wrapping fish. (So long as you don’t reuse it for those tasks.) You can safely use parchment paper in an oven.

Wax paper also has a non-stick surface, but it’s not intended for use around any kind of heat source. The wax on the paper could melt. It’s better to use it to cover countertops to make clean-up easier. You can also use it to roll out dough or pound chicken breasts into submission.

Though parchment paper is typically more expensive, it’s far more versatile. You should opt for wax paper only if you plan on making a mess and want to discard it easily. But don’t get the two mixed up, as wax paper near heat could require another kitchen accessory: a fire extinguisher.

[h/t MarthaStewart.com]