Tag Archives: Drink

The Best Time to Visit Seattle

It’s actually been a few weeks since I returned from my trip back home! It almost feels a bit outdated to write this post now, but then I remembered that I couldn’t not share all of the photos of everything that I ate while I was in Seattle. It just seemed like the wrong thing to do. Even though I’m calling the Bay Area home now, Seattle is never that far away and I don’t take advantage of the short flight as much as I should. It can be challenging because I have times at work where I should be in the office and not on vacation, but luckily for me the summertime is not that time. And that time also happens to me when Seattle is the hottest and the brightest! I decided to go back for Father’s Day and a few days extra which ended up being the right amount.

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Before I even landed in Seattle, I had one request and that was for Kevin to pick me up at the airport (okay a 2nd request) and take me straight to Wasabi Bistro. I didn’t get to go here when I was in town during the holidays and it was the only thing that I wanted because no offense – California can’t even match up to Seattle when it comes to sushi and seafood. We were all thinking it. Also, I had sushi three times when I was home, so there.

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The Week: 5 Things

Woof! Well it feels like this week just completely flew by us. I can’t believe I’m starting over again tomorrow on a Monday and doing this whole thing all over again. This week was feeling particularly chilly…except for today because I’m sweating all over my couch in 80 degree weather right now. I don’t mind the one-off days though so earlier this week, I threw on my favorite Brandy Melville sweater and equipped myself with a Starbucks Toffee Nut Latte. I’m back and forth between Starbucks and Blue Bottle these days and not sure why I can’t make up my mind. I think it’s because I get Blue Bottle for free, but Starbucks gives me that suga suga that I need to function.

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Review: S’mores Frappuccino

I recently found myself at Starbucks for a midday afternoon caffeine kick and while I was there, thought it would be a great opportunity to try the new S’mores Frappuccino. It wasn’t too long ago that we blogged about its new existence. I came into my local Starbucks and told them right up front, “I’m going to order the S’mores frapp because I’m going to blog about it.” When it arrived at the counter, the barista told me that she was a little nervous because she heard it was going to be on my blog. Poor girl. Basically the frapp is a “campfire in a cup.” It actually had a hint of a coffee taste in it and while it was good and sweet (exactly what I thought it would be) it was WAY SWEET. Like just filled to the brim with sugar I’m sure. I can’t believe I used to have frapps on a weekly basis back in college, but now I know why – because they got me completely wired. Do I think I would order this again? Probably not, but that’s only because I’m an adult and drinks like these would probably give me headaches. Did it taste like a real s’more? Absolutely. I also really like the crumbled graham crackers at the top for the extra added crunch. Also,  I have just one little nitpicky detail which was that there was a glob of chocolate syrup on the bottom. Serious question – is it my job or the barista’s job to make sure that it is stirred in well? I had gotten a gulp full of it which really alarmed me.

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The Weekend: 5 Things

This was the first time that I was seeing Mandi since we learned of her engagement so as girls, we just couldn’t stop being excited! It also happened to be her fiance Eric’s birthday as well so it was a double birthday/engagement celebration over in Sausalito at Bar Bocce. It was the perfect day trip getaway for us.

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Five Favorite Pins: Cinco de Mayo

Would you believe that I have never had a true Cinco de Mayo celebration?! College doesn’t really count when it’s just a Cinco de Mayo themed party. I’m actually looking forward to celebrating this year if I get the chance though I don’t have any plans lined up yet. While most people are looking forward to the drinks, I’m always looking forward to the food. Here are just a few recipes that I think would contribute to the ultimate Cinco de Mayo party and that will keep your guests fed and happy.

Roasted Strawberry Margarita via Style Me Pretty

Because every party NEEDS to start with a drink.

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The Weekend: 5 Things

Caturday

So remember how two days ago I said that I would just do a montly roundup of photos? Well, I’ve got this thing about inconsistency… Actually, I found some extra time to do one of these posts this weekend so I thought I’d just do while it was still relevant and fresh as opposed to waiting till the end of the month. Let’s just say this will vary on a case-by-case basis and call it good.

This past weekend was Caturday at Dolores Park and a few of my co-workers were going so I thought I would just tag along! I wish I loved cats…but let’s just be real here – I’m much more partial to babies and kids than household pets. I figured that if I was going to attend this thing though, I was going to get really into it and the only way to do that was to have someone let me “Simba” their cat. Mission accomplished. Have you ever seen me look this happy?!

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Blog Roundup

– Because everyone here is obsessed with Blue Bottle’s New Orleans Iced Coffee – here’s how you can prepare your own at home! [BlueBottle] – I pretty much do the short version of this every morning at work ;)

– Our favorite Craigslist Ad of the week.

– How Slack is changing workplace culture [Slate]

– Secret shutters [Circa]

– Emily Schuman talks about how she created her successful blog [Inc.]

– Seattle start-up Tune provides for women studing computer science at UW [Geekwire]

– Kanye changes the name of his new album to “Swish” [The Fader]

– How to execute on choreographing an unforgettable music video by the choreographer who did Tinashe’s “All Hands on Deck” [The Fader]

– An acoustic performance by Lauryn Hill of “Doo Wop (That Thing)” [Pitchfork]

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Blog Roundup

– Throwback! Facebook is bringing back the “away message.” [Nylon]

– What Spotify users prefer to fall asleep to. Any guesses? [Billboard]

– Anthony Bourdain’s 3 best tips for eating out when traveling abroad [Entrepreneur]

– 20 mistakes inexperienced managers make from an Amazon exec via Quora [Business Insider]

– An illustrative guide to the most annoying trends on Instagram [Distractify]

– Summertime in a cup! Starbucks is introducing your campfire favorite (S’mores!) as a frapp. It will hit stores April 28th and you better believe we’ll be the first to try it! [Refinery29]

– The best food to order at every single major league baseball park [Esquire]

– Late night munchies? SF has got you covered. [Refinery29]

– 5 career mistakes that are OK to make in your 20’s [WhoWhatWear]

– Overdue, but we said goodbye to The Bold Italic :( [The Bold Italic]

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Currently Drinking:

I’ve already been to 85C in San Jose three times now in one week. I’d say we have a problem. I was actually planning on writing a post this week about the different ways that I’ve been saving my money lately and one of those things is because I have stopped drinking Starbucks every day on the reg and instead drinking the Blue Bottle Coffee that is now provided at work. I had a good thing going for me for the last couple of months… until this past week. On Kevin’s last day, we went to 85C for breakfast and I was caught in a whirlwind of delicious and warm pastries, a variety of desserts I could only dream of behind glass cases, and best of all – the sea salt iced coffee. This thing is heaven. I typically don’t drink coffee on weekends because I’m not working as hard and don’t need it, but I found myself making the drive to 85C on Saturday AND Sunday just so I could get this iced coffee. It’s all downhill from here…

I would drink this everyday if I could. There goes that whole saving money thing I established.

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Yow Yow! Does Portland!

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First vacation of the year – check! I’m finally now at an age where it has become maybe not a little bit easier, but more convenient for my cousins and I to get together. When we were younger, we were on family trips and there were a lot more people around, but now that we’re adults, we get to plan the trip and we get to do all the things we like doing. There’s a sort of an independence that comes with it and I think that’s why I enjoyed my weekend in Portland so much. A handful of my cousins are still in school ie) Grad school, dental school, etc. They’re all smarty pants! Kristie and I have never actually been to Portland before and since one of our cousins is currently living there and in school, we knew it would be the perfect place to visit first.

I had been itching to experience Portland for myself because for years all I’ve heard was that it was better than Seattle, worse than Seattle, more hipster than Seattle, etc. And now that I’ve finally seen it, I have my own opinions to make. First off, Portland is gorgeous. The trees, the bridges, the water – all things that reminded me of home without actually being at home. I love the little neighborhoods – Alberta, Alphabet District, Pearl, NW 23rd – it’s like any other major city that has their own area. I did, however, find the pace of Portland to be much slower, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just something I’m not used to. Our cousin also let us borrow his car the first day we were there and I found it to be fairly straightforward to get around. Let’s talk about the things we ate though since that’s usually the only reason why we write these posts.

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Suzy Kuzy Knit Beer Mitts

I’m such a sucker for really unique items like this. Just this weekend in Portland, the cousins and I stopped by this design shop called LVLY on Division Street in Portland where we came across a ton of amazing items – one of which includes the Ostrich Pillow, which we have talked about before. This knitted mit, however, was designed for beer bottles and beer cans. They’re perfect for the football season! Except… the Super Bowl is about to happen and it’s in Arizona and something like this probably isn’t necessary. There’s always next year! Want your own? Check out the product on Cool Material here.

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Blog Roundup

– Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s hack for taking the best photographs [Buzzfeed]

– The modern way to fall in love with anyone [New York Times]

– Founder of Ship Your Enemies Glitter is already regretting his viral business [Mashable]

– Why an unlimited vacation policy doesn’t work [Quartz]

– A hidden bar being a Coca Cola vending machine: Flask [Cool Material]

– Just a cheeky read that I can’t believe I enjoyed [Medium]

– MTV airs all of their programming today in black and white to honor Martin Luther King Jr. [MTV]

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A Collection Part 41

Happy almost New Years readers! We’re really looking forward to 2015 and what’s in store not only for me, but also for Yow Yow! We never go into the new year with a plan so it’s always a surprise for us. There’s a whole lot of love today in this post because well, everyone is getting engaged and love is just all we’re thinking about right now.

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Currently Craving:

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Merry Christmas everyone!!! I hope you all have a wonderful time with your families and friends. I know, I for one, am enjoying my time back in Seattle and I think it’s going to be hard to return back to the Bay after such a lengthy and relaxing vacation.

Today, I was denied from both Starbucks and my favorite Dick’s Drive In because of the “holiday hours,” and while I didn’t get to satisfy my cravings, it meant that these employees got to reap the benefits of being at home with their loved ones just like I had the opportunity to all week. It just means that my hankering for sweets is at an all time high though. We already dug into our container of peppermint bark, but I’ve been without caffeine all day, which is… concerning. It’s a little too late to be drinking caffeine now, but how good does this gingerbread hot chocolate pictured above look? AMAZING.

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