Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Starbucks Seasonal Drink Revue

We'll start with the most popular of the fall seasonal drinks, the Pumpkin Spice Latte.
The pumpkin syrup is extra sweet, and made the drink taste a bit much.  I would recommend getting one or two less pumps of syrup, or try the Pumpkin Spice Frappacino, which is delicious.  I prefer the cold, blended version, topped with the same whipped cream and cinnamon powder as the latte, but not as overwhelmingly pumpkin.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
If you're looking for something hot, but without the jolt of espresso, any of the hot chocolate variations are a good choice.  Those variations include the classic Hot Chocolate, the White Chocolate Hot Chocolate, the Peppermint Hot Chocolate, and the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, which is my favorite.  It has a really rich taste, with a bit of bite from the salt.

The Salted Caramel Mocha
This drink, like the PSL, is a bit sweet for me as a latte, but just right as a frappacino.  The sea salt topping does counter the sugary-ness of the actual drink, but I found that the little rocks of salt made for a texture violation while drinking, although they do add a nice bit of rough saltiness.

Chestnut Praline Latte
This is a comfortable choice; cozy, with a hazy softness.  It's more creamy than spicy, and has an elegant feel, although it leaves a bit of a graham cracker after taste.

Peppermint Mocha
I am in general very anti-peppermint, so I have not, and will not, try the Peppermint Mocha holiday drink, but I do quite enjoy the regular mocha lattes, which is chocolatey delightfulness in a cup, and the peppermint mocha just has several pumps of peppermint syrup added to the mix.  So if you like peppermint, try it.

Caramel Brulee Latte
Out of all of the winter holiday special drink options, this one is my favorite.  It has a rich taste, but not overwhelmingly caramel.  And unlike the creme brulee dessert it is named after, it doesn't have that burnt taste.  I get mine without the crystalized caramel salt topping because I crunched down on the sticky salt piece and it got stuck in my teeth.  Also, I've heard from customers that the frappacino version is quite delicious as well, but I haven't tried it yet.

Eggnog Latte
This drink is for true eggnog enthusiasts.  We steam real eggnog to take the place of milk in a regular latte, and add a dusting of nutmeg to the top.  This is one of those drinks that you either really like or you really don't, depending on your stance of eggnog.

Gingerbread Latte
Like the Pumpkin Spice, this is a very sweet drink.  The gingerbread taste took a little getting used to, but was fine as you kept drinking.  The spiced whipped cream and molasses drizzle made for an exciting topping rather than the regular old whipped cream standard.

(photos collected from starbucks, deanneleblanc, blisstree, and starbucksmelody)

Silent as a Scandinavian Oracle

Well, after a couple day respite from the Cold, it's back, along with its friends, Cloudy, Windy, and Damp.  It called for a little extra bundling up.

(photos by e.hunt)

Friday, December 12, 2014

I'm Only a Morning Person on December 25th

This weekend's agenda: work, work, drink coffee, work, get the christmas tree!, drink more coffee, and work some more.

(photo collected from flickr)

Flames That Never Wane

Based on other blogs I follow, and the last few times I've scrolled through Pinterest, it would seem that the best way to get into the holiday spirit is to throw on some festive socks or footwear and sit in front of the fireplace.

So, I turned on the Yule Log channel and had my own wintery fireplace experience!

(photos collected from soul-of-simplicity, classygirlswearpearls, blog.lauraashley, and by e.hunt)

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Glory of Its Beginning and the Splendour of Its End

I am continuing my Done With School celebration tour by doing some fun activities in my off time.  Friday night was a blow out, starting with a little water color painting up in the loft.  I found a good page to emulate in one of my many inspiration books, this particular one having to do with boats.

Then we went to Dewey's for dinner and a very refreshing Scrimshaw beer, after which I decided to brave the middle school hoards and go ice skating.  The kids made for some interesting obstacles to skate around, but other than that it was absolutely delightful.  I can still land jumps!  I came home and immediately made the seasons first hot cocoa to warm back up.  Art, pizza, and skating makes for a great night indeed.

(photos by e.hunt)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Dreams in Monochrome

I really tried to avoid the cliche 'shades of grey' title for this outfit post, which is indeed made up of, well, shades of grey.

In other news, the official title of Bond 24 was released the other day, and it's bringing back a familiar enemy entity of which old fans know and love: SPECTRE.

(photos by e.hunt)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

I Know More About Lord of the Rings Than American History

Because I no longer have to read textbook chapters every week for class, I started reading the prequel (The Silmarillion) to the prequel (The Hobbit) of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  In addition to the actual story, the book is filled with maps, family trees, appendices, and a fifty-two page index of names, along with a note on pronunciation.  Good old J.R.R. really put it all out there on this one, as he worked on it all throughout his life.  The Silmarillion details an account of the First Age of the World, while the more well-known Hobbit and Lord of the Rings takes place in the Third Age.  Many of the stories that happen in this book are then referenced in songs and Elvish pieces of wisdom down the line.  It will be so exciting when I recognize one.

(photos by e.hunt)