Tag Archives: Drink

Starbucks Evenings

Seattle coffee chain Starbucks is introducing a new concept to their stores called “Starbucks Evenings.” We all know what it’s like to arrive at our own local Starbucks for the morning rush, but it looks like the chain is hoping to bring either a new crowd or that same crowd to their stores after work as well. Unveiling in major cities including Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Portland, Starbucks will begin to sell alcoholic drinks and offer up appetizer and dessert menus to customers after 4PM. Food items will include chicken skewers, macaroni n’ cheese, and chocolate fondue with a selection of wines and beers varying at different stores.

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Currently Craving:

I’ve always been very partial to smoothies with boba specifically Strawberry Peach or Taro. However, recently I was recommended to just try milk tea with boba and can I just say that it was life-changing? What have I been doing this whole time? I’ve been on an Earl Grey fix ever since I became obsessed with the ice cream flavor at Tin Pot. I figured ordering the Earl Grey Milk Tea wouldn’t be much of a change. It was amazing. I can’t wait to walk myself down to Tea Era tomorrow for another.

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Currently Craving:

If it were’t for my phone today, I would have completely forgotten that we were springing forward. Luckily for me, it still feels like 11:30 when it is actually 12:30 so because of that fact alone, I’m seeing how many extra blog posts I can fit in.

I was introduced to Coco Cafe’s Cafe Latte last month and I’ve been obsessing/craving it ever since. At first glance, I thought I would hate it. At first taste, I thought I would stop. I ended up guzzling half of it down and still wanting more. I’ve never been a huge fan of coconut anything, but you really can’t even taste it. The shot of espresso is just this awesome bonus that comes along with it. I need a lifetime supply.

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Currently Drinking:

At our office, we have a little something called “Drink of the Month.” Since the first day I saw this drink in the fridge and its first day in our office, I have been hooked. I drank it on a daily basis for two days and realized that the caffeine may have been a bit too strong for me. I found myself getting some mini headaches throughout the day, but after a couple of weeks have passed, it seems like I’ve been able to develop some sort of a tolerance. We also have the Tea’s Tea Matcha Green Tea Latte version as well, but that tasted kind of chalky to me. This Black Tea Latte version tastes so similar to Milk Tea itself and I think I am slightly addicted. Mom’s not going to be happy about this – I can already tell.

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Anna Kendrick’s Super Bowl Commerical

There’s a little bit of suspense taken out of the Super Bowl when all of the commercials get leaked before the actual game day, right? Regardless, we love Anna Kendrick and we find her to be quite endearing and funny. I know Pitch Perfect feels like forever away, but hopefully she’ll be in something before that that we can look forward to.

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DIY Hot Cocoa Favors

On my first night back last night, I stopped by Nordstrom with Ashley to check out the Wit & Wonder pop-up shop. The area was jam-packed with gifts perfect for white elephant and secret Santa exchanges so naturally, I had to pick up something for my upcoming White Elephant. It’s getting to be that time where everyone is kind of scrambling about for Christmas shopping – a period of time that I prefer to avoid. Seattle was more crowded than usual as expected. So if you’re like me and would love to avoid that as much as possible, I definitely encourage taking the route of DIY gifts. I stumbled across this last week and am now just getting to post it. A DIY contributor from Green Wedding Shoes came up with this super cute idea to gift friends and family DIY hot cocoa mixes. How adorable is the cork stopper?!

For the full recipe click here.

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This or That:

Sriracha flavored vodka – would you drink it? When I came across this post while blogging, I think without even realizing it, my face immediately just turned itself sad. This sounds like the most dangerous thing ever and while I’m sure that it won’t come out red or anything like that, I’m curious as to why anyone would think this could taste good. Sure- maybe there could be a use for this when making a Bloody Mary, but nothing else. The vodka is infused with a blend of chili peppers, garlic, and vegetables that were made to imitate your favorite (or not so favorite) sauce.

Yum?

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Jason Biggs Calls Out Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

A Los Angeles Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf shop was caught having these two tip jars on display by the American Pie franchise star. Apparently, the jars were out so that visitors of the location could vote for their favorite Paul Walker film. Hello! The guy just passed away three days ago. It’s shocking to believe that employees at that location would find this appropriate or that a manager would approve it. Thanks to Jason’s tweet, a spokesperson was able to remedy the issue, but I don’t think anyone is going to forget about this incident happening.

A spokesperson for that specific store also assured NBC News that the jars have been taken off the counter, adding that they cannot release the location in question “as the matter is still under investigation.”

“This is completely inconsistent with our brand values and the jars have since been removed. Our thoughts and condolences remain with the many friends and family of Paul Walker during this difficult time. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® would like to thank Jason Biggs for bringing this matter to our attention,” the company said in a statement to NBC4.

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Blog Roundup

  • The world’s largest Ferris Wheel will be built and live in Staten Island, New York. [Source]
  • How to saber a champagne bottle [Source] I watched my co-worker and his roommate do this and it was awesome…but also awesomely dangerous so don’t attempt if you think you can’t.
  • Former Seattle Real World castmate Irene tells the true story from her season. [Source]
  • A $4 spaghetti recipe that tastes as good as the $24 one. [Source] I’m all about those life hacks. 
  • The best ice cream spots in San Francisco via Thrillist- however my co-worker Sheila would not agree with this list and I take her opinion on ice cream pretty seriously.
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Currently Craving:

Some people like vanilla. Some people love chocolate. If there’s any flavor that I could be content with for the rest of my life, it would be Snickerdoodle. Is that a real flavor? It is to me. Tonight, my co-workers and I discovered our leftover pints from Tin Pot in the company freezer and lo and behold – there it was – Cinnamon Snickerdoodle! So maybe I’ve been thinking about that all night, but I’m pretty sure I’ve had a Snickerdoodle shake before and loved it. This one highlighted by Refinery29, however, brings the booze along with it. For the recipe on how you can make this drink yourself for the holidays (or for anytime, really) click here!

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Bay Area Eats:

Since I moved here, Henry has been wanting to take me to a San Francisco spot known for their cider called “Upcider.” Back home, cider would always be my drink of choice so I was pretty excited to find a place equivalent to Capitol Cider on my beloved Capitol Hill. I had the Cherry from Tieton Cider Works (Tieton, WA) Washington represent. I haven’t actually come across a cider that I didn’t like so I suppose I’m pretty easy to please. I liked mine! Henry said it tasted like juice (doesn’t it always) and that it had a tinge of grape in it. I hate grape juice and didn’t detect a hint of that at all. We also decided to make our drink spot our dinner spot too. I ordered a petite mac and cheese with bacon from their specials menu while the rest of the group I was with sampled the selection of sliders and flat breads. We were pretty pleased for the most part, but I think next time we’d probably prefer to just come for the drinks.

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5 Things: The Weekend

succulent

After my co-worker learned that I wouldn’t be able to receive my own succulent from the start-up I wrote about this past week, she graciously plucked me one from her own garden at home and mini-potted it for me. It fits in the palm of my hand is literally the same height as my wedding bride Lego. I mentioned in my post about The Sill that I wanted to be able to take care of something for myself and since I’m at work the most, it made the most sense to leave it there. However, I’m already failing because I forgot to put it by a windowsill before I left for the weekend so that it could get more sunlight. Womp Womp.

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Kuma Coffee


For years now I’ve worked hard on getting to know Seattle via its coffee. From Stumptown to Caffe Vita to Herkimer, Seattle’s coffee choices do not disappoint. I’m happy to say I’ve recently discovered another local coffee roaster!

Kuma Coffee can be found in Ballard with owner Mark Barany. Inspired by African coffee after living in Kenya for several years, the blends are direct and fair trade. Mark makes it a point to be present with his clients and I absolutely recommend checking Kuma Coffee out based on their attention to relationships alone, and of course, the quality coffee.

After having an Americano with their beans, it’s safe to say, I’m a major fan already.

To find out more information about Kuma, check out their site here.

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Ben & Jerry’s “Anchorman” Flavor

To promote the return of Anchorman, the creators behind Ben & Jerry’s have launched a new flavor called “Scotchy Scotch Scotch” to pay homage to character favorite Ron Burgundy.

The sweet treat features a decadent butterscotch ice cream flavor with a ribbon of gooey butterscotch, and a name that hails from a famous scene in the movie where Ron Burgundy downs a glass of scotch right before he goes on air.

The Anchorman sequel will hit theaters December 20th, but you won’t have to wait for the film to be released to try the new flavor. “Scotchy Scotch Scotch” will hit stores in just a few weeks.

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The Pumpkin Tap Kit

It’s around this time of year that everyone basically becomes obsessed with pumpkin everything. I stumbled across this Pumpkin Tap Kit last night on Cool Material and thought that one of you might find a use for it. Guys, are you looking for a seasonal DIY project for yourself? Take yourself to the patch, pick up a pumpkin, gut it out and insert this tap. Fill the pumpkin with your favorite beer and earn yourself the title as an awesome entertainer because who else is going to have a pumpkin tap kit like this one?! No one.

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