The Shoe Review: Must-Haves for a Michigan Summer

Zingerman’s ceramic pour-over coffee filter – I recently became obsessed with the pour-over method of brewing when we started doing it at Starbucks. Comet uses them as well, and the fact that I could brew by-the-cup using only hot water (thereby tossing the ancient coffeemaker) put me in the market for a filter. After eschewing several crappy plastic filters, I selected the larger model available at Zingerman’s; it’s not their brand specifically, but it’s weighted nicely, has a strong handle and fits the width of my favorite coffee mugs. Bonus: If you’re not a fan of the paper filters, a reusable gold mesh cone fits perfectly inside.

Eucerin calming creme – The problem with taking a tumble on a run wasn’t the bleeding knees, road-rashed palms, or half-mile walk home. It wasn’t even the resulting embarrassment when I explain that actually, I don’t know what I tripped on, it was probably my own feet and yes, it’s amazing that it doesn’t happen more often, like, every time I leave the house. The real annoyance is that, while the sport-sized band-aids were great at covering my bleeding wounds, I was apparently allergic to the adhesive and sprouted rashes around said wounds, adding itchy insult to injury. A tube of hydrocortisone and several free samples of calming crème and everything save one knee is pretty much back to normal.

Tazo full leaf teas – Nothing sucks worse than a summer cold. (Except maybe treating a summer cold while still walking like a robot because you tripped on a tree root, which was probably just a rock or very likely your own foot, shut up, because it’s hard to get proper rest when you have to sleep knees-up-no-covers. I’m an athlete!) If it’s 80 degrees out and you’re congested, the Refresh and Calm full-leaf teas are absolutely the best thing for you. Note: if you just can’t take hot tea in the summer, the minty Refresh is great iced—but you won’t be able to taste or even feel your tongue for hours. Do with that what you will.

Café Zola – It’s a bit on the pricey side, but the Hediye’s breakfast at Zola is the perfect weekend treat: scrambled eggs with onions, garlic, mushrooms and asparagus served on a toasted bagel and topped with havarti cheese. Add a free-poured double soy latte and I’m in high-maintenance heaven.

Google Calendar – I’m probably the last person on earth to realize the awesomeness that is Google Calendar, but did you know that you can shortcut webpages on your iPhone? Add the GC button to your home screen, and BOOM—instant sync. No more late deadlines, wondering what’s happening this weekend, or when the hell my anniversary is.

Jillian Michaels DVDs – Domestic happiness is great. It is. It’s awesome, and I have no complaints… other than, y’know, happiness makes you content. And contentedness makes you lazy. Laziness? Makes you fat. Thanks to Action Jackie, I have been beaten in every muscle by Jillian Michaels, whose circuit training is no joke. Suck on it, dinners at Madras Masala.

Madras Masala – Aw, hell. Their chicken tikka masala, house fish curry, and resplendent, full-table vegetarian thali, Lord-and-Jillian help me, are all to die for.

Yoplait Greek Yogurt – Cheaper than Fage by half, Yoplait’s Greek versions are about 100 calories with 13g of protein. A great-tasting way not to faint in the summer sun. One note: it needs to come in more than three flavors.


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