Saturday, March 29, 2014

Favorite LavAzza Treats

After posting what favorites I have at Starbucks, I can't possibly leave my favorite LavAzza items behind!
Any time I go to the local LavAzza cafe is an upbeat time, enjoying the eclectic art and bright modern
Nocciolato, pic borrowed
decor, and enjoying a particular European sense and sensibility. I always feel my shoulders relax down from my ears, and I automatically breathe more deeply. Love it!

Although I was sad when they discontinued my shop's particular Twitter feed, I understand the difficulties of controlling the brand and keeping content fresh across all vehicles.

So here's the rundown of my favorite treats at my local LavAzza Espression cafe:
  • Grandissimo decaf orange mocha mio
  • Nocciolato
  • Biccerin
  • Prosciutto and Stracchino Piadina sandwich

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Favorite Starbucks Treats

sweet tea, my southern fave
I have a few solid favorite treats at Starbucks that I always go for. I find Starbucks time to be a treat and a pause form a busy day. I get to break away, both mentally and physically, and focus on a treat (hopefully not overly caloric) and then take some time to relax and enjoy it apart from the daily schedule and hubbub.

I've been a registered gift card-using member since the mid 00's if I'm not mistaken. Registering a gift card and continuing to charge it up (reload they say) allows you benefits such as freebies after 12 purchases and on your birthday.

There are also special deals that pop up under the app's rewards tab to look out for. These are typically in a dollar value or percent off a particular drink or food item.

Here's a little rundown of my favorite treats whenever I stop by one of my local Starbucks:
  • Iced | Grande or Venti | black tea | sweetened 
  • Grande | green tea latte 
  • Tall | peppermint hot chocolate 
  • Tall | chai latte
  • Chocolate chip cookie | warmed 
  • Turkey and Havarti Sandwich
  • Spinach Feta Breakfast Wrap | warmed 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Dinner and Dessert

Unsure about what to make for dinner tonight, I opened up the cupboard and discovered chia seeds and polenta.

Polenta is pretty easy to make, you just put 1.25 cup of cornmeal into a large pot full of six cups of boiling water. Add a pinch of salt and whisk gently for about 15 mins on low. Top with butter, olive oil, cheese, or pasta sauce. Easy peasy. Note: I basically am using Giada DeLaurentiis' recipe for basic polenta)

For breakfast tomorrow, I made a mason jar full of banana-chocolate chia seed pudding. Another easy recipe: place 1/4 cup chia in a lidded container, add 3/4 cup dairy or non-dairy milk of your choice, 1 sliced banana, 1 tb chocolate powder. Add lid and shake the crap out of it. Then place in fridge overnight. Can't go wrong for bfast or dessert! Note: I'm basically adapting any chia pudding recipe, including this one from Gluten Free Cat.

Glad when things work out well like that ;o)