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Baking with Starbucks Via

Baking with Starbucks Via

Anyone who has been in a Starbucks lately has seen Starbucks Via. The coffee company has been promoting their new instant coffee like crazy, so it’s pretty hard to miss. If you were lucky, you might have even gotten a free sample or two in a promotional taste test. I say “lucky” because Via is actually excellent for an instant coffee (and quite a bit ... Read More »

Coffee-Pairing Lunch at Lucques

Chocolate Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream

I rarely mention restaurants – unless I’m dining out of the country – but this week I had a lunch that was so foodie-oriented, I can’t resist writing about it. It was a coffee-pairing lunch hosted by Starbucks at Lucques, a restaurant in Los Angeles. The lunch was held at the end of Coffee College, a day long seminar that Starbucks hosted (and was generous ... Read More »

Homemade Orange Julius

An Orange Julius is a frothy cold orange juice drink that tastes kind of like a creamsicle, except much lighter and much better. The company that makes them – also named Orange Julius – has been making these drinks since 1926. I remember getting so excited when I was a little kid and saw an Orange Julius stand. Absolutely nothing was more refreshing on a ... Read More »

Coffee Cup Cookie Cutters

Coffee Cup Cookie Cutters

Cookies and milk go together like, well, cookies and milk. Even though they “go together,” I tend to keep the elements separate – drink in a glass, cookies on a plate – as long as you don’t count any crumbs floating in the mug after an extended dunk! This set of Coffee Cup Cookie Cutters has given me some new perspective on how the two ... Read More »

Splat Stan Coaster

Splat Stan Coaster

I always use a coaster near my computer just to try and keep any moisture from drinks- “sweat” on cold glasses on hot days or drips down the sides of other beverages – away from my computer. Most are pretty boring, as the majority of coasters are still sold in sets with the intention of being used in a more formal room where the wood ... Read More »

Loose Leaf Tea Tumbler

Both coffee and tea are staples in my diet, with breakfast, with baked goods and with dessert. I also often take an insulated mug or thermos out with me when I’m on the go, especially on chilly mornings. This works best with coffee, as tea bags left in thermoses will easily oversteep, and loose leaf teas take extra time in their preparation. When I saw ... Read More »

Shortbread Lattes from Starbucks

SBL, shortbread latte

Last week, the Starbucks stores in my neighborhood rolled out their holiday drinks – namely the gingerbread (yum!), peppermint mocha¬†and eggnog lattes. I noticed that several stores had special announcements of another drink: a shortbread latte. The drink wasn’t on the regular menu board, but merely written up on the chalkboard with the rest of the specials. My first thought was that it was a ... Read More »

The perfect Cuppa

cuppa mugs

People have¬†always gotten along just fine by “eyeballing” the amount of cream or milk that they add to their coffee. But why estimate when you can get your cup of coffee or tea just the way you like it every time without guessing? One solution is to emulate a few of the more precise coffee drinkers out there and measure the exact amount of milk ... Read More »

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