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Coffee Adventures

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Rolling Stones & Coffee “Rockin’ Morning, Champ”

Today’s coffee adventures includes an amazing, hand-me down from my boss, Rolling Stones 1972 Tour t-shirt and a hot frickin’ day. In New Orleans, it’s so hot. Like, I’m sitting in this office right now, sweating. I’m not moving period, but I’m sweating. Atleast, I have an awesome Bobbie Gentry Pandora station to help ease the heat ache!

Caffee Machiatto with Milk- Sweet Love

Today’s coffee pick is a Caffe Macchiato! It can either be a doube or triple shot of Espresso, infused with a small amount of milky foam on top!  “In Italian, Macchiato literally means ‘marked’ or ‘stained (with)’. This coffee is ‘marked’ by a drop of milk, which differentiates Caffè Macchiato from dark Caffè Espresso.Caffè Machiato has two variants: Caffè Macchiato Freddo (with cold milk) and Caffè Macchiato Caldo (with hot milk). Freddo is good if you are in hurry or can’t wait until your coffee gets to a drinkable temperature.”

For those interested, here’s the nutirional facts from StarBuck’s:

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (16 fl oz)
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 60
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 3.5g 18%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 150mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 32g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
10%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
35%
Iron
0%
Caffeine 150mg
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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Starbuck’s Double Shot Vanilla Espresso & Red Hair

Today’s coffee adventure was a lot exciting, and a little on the rock star side. I decided to go for it, and dye my hair red, like Rock Star red. It was an awesome choice and I loved it! So edgy, cute, sexy, and rockerish. Anyhow, my coffee adventure was more of a “straight espresso” kind of adventure. I enjoyed Starbuck’s Double Espresso with Vanilla!

Honduras El Paraiso Bourbon

Today’s coffee pick is an unique one I just purchased from Amazon.com. I can’t wait until it gets here! It’s The America’s Honduras El Paraiso Bourbon.

Details:

  • ARABICA VARIETAL: Typica & Bourbon
  • AROMA: Sweet, nutty and caramel-like with hints of cocoa
  • BRIGHTNESS: Light and subdued, this coffee is rich and body driven (vs. bright acidity)
  • FLAVOR: Rich roasted nut character with toffee, caramel-like syrupy sweetness
  • BODY & FINISH: Creamy and herbal with distinctive cinnamon tones

 

The Red Diaries, in 4 photos:

It’s Scarlet for Me, for Now.

Coffee Adventures

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Novel, Rain, The Carpenters, & Coffee ❤

On this rainy Friday, my cup of steaming, soothing coffee is helping me kick the rainy blues! Well, maybe that and the fact I basically have more sugar & creamer than coffee…but, that’s how I like it! My Carpenters Pandora station is easing the rainy blues too. Side Note: “The Flock” is an amazing memior of a woman who lived with, discovered, and overcame multiple personalities.

Wake the F**K Up Coffee

Today’s coffee selection can be found in almost every store in New Orleans! I love it. It’s extra strong, and could you really pass up the picture with the name? Plus, its aroma is soo tempting. It’s almost like a hybrid between wine and a cigar barrell. It’s made from “Costa Rican & Brazilian coffees, Artisan roasted and ground in New Orleans. Espresso beans are ground into the mix”. Oh yes, it’s delicious. It’s a very heavy coffee, very strong. If you don’t like strong coffee, it’s not for you.

To send you off this today, I’ll leave you with an inspirational message :”Everything is as it is meant to Be.  It is what it is/you are who you are for reasons beyond human comprehension.  All is divine perfection.”

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Can you tell I love sugar?

On my Instagram account, I started my Coffee Adventures series. I’m addicted to coffee. I need it to function in society, be peppy, and to resist temptation to kill people. So, without further ado, here’s today’s coffee adventure & a coffee pick of the day.

Peanut Buttercup Coffee

Today’s coffee pick comes from PBfingers.com. I follow her blog, and I love it! She suggested this coffee, I ran out and got it. It was a wise decision. If you love coffee and pb, then this is for you my friend!

What are you enjoying today?

Beignet High at Cafe du Monde

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Vintage Cafe du Monde

I just wrapped up a little sweet, indulgent lunch at the one & only Cafe du Monde! Let me break it down for you. It’s a legendary cafe that’s globally known! Upon arriving in New Orleans, most tourist make a pit stop here first. It’s opened 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The atmosphere is busy, simple, and sweet! If you like neat, spot clean, and crowd-free then this is not the place for you.

Just a little history for ya!

Café du Monde is a coffee shop on Decatur Street in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is best known for its café au lait and its French-style beignets. In the New Orleans style, the coffee is blended with chicory.

The location at the upper end of the French Market was established in 1862.For over a century it was one of two similar coffee and beignets places in the market, the other being Morning Call, which was established in 1870 and moved out of the Old French Market in 1974 to the suburb of Metairie, Louisiana.”

My Favorite Perks of Cafe du Monde

    • Open 24hrs= best place after a night of partying
    • Nice old ladies work at night
    • Hip, younger kids work during the day
    • Live music/entertainment always outside on the sidewalk
    • The vibe is very French cafe, chic, and warm
    • CHEAP- I had 2 orders of Beignets, chocolate milk, & Cafe au Laite for $10.67

So Tastey: Cafe au Laite and Beignets

Friendly Service

Welcome Ya’ll

How to Make Your Own Cafe du Monde beignets!

 Cafe Du Monde Beignets

1.)  In a bowl, combine two cups of Cafe Du Monde beignet mix with 7 ounces of water. You may have to add a little more or a little less water to achieve a good beignet mix dough, and you may have to make more than one batch to get the hang of it. Mix the ingredients with a spoon until the beignet mix is all mixed with the water. The dough should be relatively soft, like drop biscuit dough. It should not be stiff like pie dough. Do not overmix the dough. You will have tough beignets if you overmix the dough.

2.)  Scoop the mix from the bowl onto a well-floured surface. You will need additional flour to roll the dough flat.  Roll the beignet dough flat and cut into 2-inch squares using a pizza cutter. From around the edges, you will have scraps of dough left over. Do not try to remix these scraps and cut them into squares. If you do this, you will get tough beignets. Just fry these pieces just the way they are.

3.)  Your cooking oil should be at 370° Fahrenheit. We use cottonseed oil at the Cafe Du Monde, and we recommend you use cottonseed oil. However, you may use any vegetable oil you wish. Remember that the temperature of the oil will drop when you add the beignet dough to the oil. Do not add too many pieces to the oil or else the oil temperature will drop and your beignets will fry up flat. They will not puff up. The only other reason the dough does not puff up would be if you rolled the beignet dough too flat. Try rolling the dough a little thicker.

The Cafe Du Monde beignets are traditionally served in orders of three, covered liberally with powdered sugar.

Note: If your beignets fail to puff up and remain flat, this is an indication the frying oil temperature is too low to properly cook the dough. Try using smaller pieces of dough and let the fryer come back to temperature before cooking another batch. (From ABC.com)

My Beignet!

PERSONAL TIP: LOTS OF NAPKINS ON HAND and GOOD COMPANY!

Saturday Seductions..Meow

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Here we are again, another week has flown by! Here are my top 3 Satuday Seductions!

Best Facial Scrub!

1.) Deep Sea Cosmetics (DSC) facial scrub & Facial Peel

I’ll admit, when the girl in the mall stopped me, I only agreed to let her “show me how this works” because her skin was gorgeous. I mean, she looked like she was airbrushed. After me, telling her, not to bullshit me, did she really use this product, and she telling me it’s all she uses, I bought it. It was a little pricey, but I love it! It actually removes dead skin, clears your skin, and leaves it feeling refreshed. I also use the facial peel once a week…it’s like a mini laser treatment. I could instantly tell a difference.

So Yummy!

2.) Community Coffee House’s Mochasippi

When I want to splurge a little, and enjoy an unique twist to coffee, I go for the Mochasippi! It’s so good, and not that bad with calories (Grande-185 cals if you get toppings, only 90 cals the drink it’s self). Not to shabby! It’s basically a frappuccino but with espresso shots, instead of coffee.

Simply Divine Lashes

3.) Lancome Mascara

As a girl, I’ve tried thousands of mascara’s. My current favorite is Lancome mascara. It lifts and seperates my lashes like no other. It’s long lasting and doesn’t smear. If you’re looking for new mascara, try one of these!

Gallery of Saturday Seductions

DSC products are divine.

Mochasippis even come bottled!

Lash-tastic!

 

What are you finding attractive this Saturday?

National Donut Day!

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Num, Num!!!

Given my post about the NY Mayor’s attempt to ban distrubtion of large surgary drinks, I found it only appropriate to post about NATIONAL DONUT DAY!!!! YUMMY!!!!!!! I love donuts so much! They are like a slice of frosted heaven in your mouth.***especially, when they’re fresh and warm! So, in honor of National Donut Day, here’s some mouth watering facts and pictures!

Thanks to dcist.com for a quick history of this day: ” It started in 1938 as a fundraiser for Chicago’s Salvation Army, with the goal to help those in need during the Great Depression.”

You can get a free donut at Krispey Kreme or Dunkin Donuts

Hit that up real quick!

Dunkin’s Mascot hangin’ in Times Square

From the Salvation Army!

 

If you’re interested here’s some information for the cause of this day! (From SalvationArmy.com)

“Last year, The Salvation Army raised more than $215,000 and  provided more than 1.5 million nutritious meals to people of all ages through  our mobile feeding, congregate and community food pantry programs.

If you make a donation to our Donut Day taggers or online  through June 30, every dollar you  give will be matched by a generous friend of The Salvation Army.  Funds raised during Donut Day support food,  shelter, clothing and support programs for veterans, children, seniors and  families throughout the Salvation Army Chicago Metropolitan Division.

Funds raised during Donut Days enable The Salvation Army to provide meals to the hungry, assist disaster victims, shelter the homeless and provide crisis assistance and support to people in need.

To text a donation,  text “DONUT” to 80888 to give $10 or donate online.”

There’s also a free concert!!

Donut Day Concert Date: Friday, June 1st

 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 Location: Millennium Park Grill Plaza, 11 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

Go Celebrate!