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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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Coffee Adventures

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Gizmo, Guns n Roses, & Costume Jewelry ~ Perfecto.

Once again, my steaming cup of java and I, are met with early morning showers. It’s alright. I love rain. There’s a simplicity that’s beautiful about rain. Anyhow, I hope everyone’s enjoying Father’s Day. I’m off to visit my Daddy!

Coffee and Chicory

Today’s coffee pick is a New Orleans classic Coffee and Chicory. When I first moved here, I was perplexed. Chicory? I tried it and it’s pretty tastey. I love the Community Coffee House’s blend. It’s Arabica beans and high quality chicory . “The bittersweet richness of chicory lends itself to a heavier-bodied coffee that has become a New Orleans favorite. Made with 100% Arabica premium and specialty coffee beans.”  It was brought to the states during the Civil War by the French. They found that when brewed, it gave the coffee an almost chocolate flavor and lessens the bitter edge of coffee! Go, try it for yourself!

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.”

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!

Out & About in the Big Easy

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Guess what I’ve learned today? I’ve learned that downing a cup of coffee in 15 seconds on the side of Royal St will make you feel as hyper as a 2year old on caffeine. My mind is running rapidly! So, anticipate some fun posts today!Yesterday, I had (basically) a day off. My boyfriend and I spent the day like tourist in New Orleans. Every time I walk the streets here I get excited. There’s no other place like it! The busy steets, ecletic mix of people: tourists, fortune tellers, gypsies, street performers, beignets, crawfish, It’s all here!!! You can feel it in the air! Okay, anyhow, here’s our trip in pictures!

Yikes! Big Great White & Whale Shark!

Local Kids Enoying Fish! Fav shot of the day!

Jazz Hands & Rock Hands

I’m a Fat Kid inside.

My HEAVEN!!!

Random Shot of “Scarf Lady”

Sea Horse Carousel

Happy Feet!

Butterfly Kisses

Snow Balls!

WaterFall!

Care for a carriage ride?

River Walk fountains

Enjoy Your Day, Today!

My New Love

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I’ve been pretty much enamoured with all things made naturally, from mother  nature’s hands for a while now. It’s only natural. When did the world become obsessed with procesed, man made crap? That’s right in the 1970’s when food science was created. Anyway, here are some of my favorite, all natural products!

All Natural Soaps

My Favorite:BEAUCOUP – Lavender, Honey, Oatmeal, Cocoa Butter, Goats Milk, Eucalyptus

Imagine smelling this delicious!
PRALINES & CREAM – Cold Process Cocoa Butter and Milk Soap – Handmade New Orleans

ABSINTHE -Anise, Peppermint, & Lemon Balm Essential Oils

The Sweet Olive Soap Works, this little gem is walking distance from where I live in New Orleans. When I walked past the store (when I was first discovering my new city) I swear I was like all bug-eyed. It was heaven. All natural soap is beautiful, smell fabulous, and leaves your skin feeling so amazing. Try it. You can order here:http://www.etsy.com/shop/sweetolivesoapworks?ref=seller_info

My favorite Out of Africa Soap

My other favorite brand is Out of Africa. That brand gives proceeds to school children in African villages!

What do you think of all natural products??

 

WTF Monday.

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Poor Monday, it gets such a bad rap. I don’t like Mondays because it’s always the ‘Back to real world job, while healing from the weekend’. It’s a fun sucker. Anyway, I’m going to start posting WTF worthy pics or stories. Why not spice up Mondays?

This is real. I’m not kidding.

1.) Um, WTF cake winner.  Meet this Dutch artist who turned his dead cat, Orville,  into a helicoper. This is creepy, straight up. Bart Jansen (the artist) gave this kitty some more lives.

You’re famous now, buddy.

2.) This stuff is too good to make up. Meet this little porn star who murdered, dismembered, sent body parts through the mail, and then ate his lover. Get this, he was caught in an internet cafe, while borwisng himself on the internet. His famous last words, “You Got me.” Want to watch his porn? Just google Luka Magnotta. Seriously though, such a horrible thing to happen to anyone, my thoughts go out to the victim’s loved ones.

Oink, Oink.

3.) The Early Learning Centre in the UK removed a toy pig from their property because….get this, after taking a poll they discovered (you ready for this?) the pig offended Muslims and Jews. Really, you don’t say?

“Your implants exploding would have been more entertaining.”

4.) Please, do yourself a favor and youtube these girls from America’s Got Talent. Holy crap, they do not have a drop of rhythm. It’s truly hilarious.

The Perp.

5.) Guess what I saw jumping off garbage cans and other solids near the River Walk in New Orleans? That’s right, a freaking ninja in a full body suit. Only in New Orleans.

 

For more of the creepy cat helicoper, here’s the article.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/dutch-artist-turns-dead-cat-remote-controlled-helicopter-dubbed-orvillecopter-article-1.1089478?fb_ref=s%3DshowShareBarUI%3Ap%3Dfacebook-like&fb_source=home_multiline

Mister Cannibal

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/cannibal-porn-star-luka-rocco-magnotta-captured-berlin-article-1.1089564