Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My dinner: spaghetti with cheese and black pepper, aka spaghetti cacio e pepe. I thought it was good, but somewhere in the world an Italian grandmother is laughing. Never having made this dish I have no idea what it is supposed to taste like.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Top 5 worst things I've ever had at Starbucks (and top 5 best)

Top 5 worst things I've ever had at Starbucks:
1. "Venti"-sized Caffé Mocha - It seemed like a good idea at the time, but a drink containing that many espresso shots should be illegal.
2. Regular coffee with a shot of vanilla - Ew. This is the only Starbucks drink I've ever taken a sip of and wanted to throw out right away. Mouthful of chemicals instead of the subtle vanilla taste I expected.
3. Cookies and Cream Frappuccino - Cookies and cream topping looks too close to coffee grounds for comfort.
4. Crème Brulee Latte - A lot of sugar, even for a frou-frou Starbucks drink.
5. Pastries in general - In general heavy, expensive and can't compete with the fresh pastries at your favorite bakery.

And now the top 5 best...

1. Pumpkin Spice Latte - The perfect fall drink.
2. Caramel Frappuccino - I swear by this in the summer. Love the mingling of textures of Frappuccino, caramel sauce and whipped cream.
3. Iced Passion Tea Lemonade - Top summer drink of years past. All their refreshers are pretty good.
4. Starbucks "Perfect" Oatmeal paired with coffee - Is, well, perfect. Dried fruit, nuts, oatmeal, packaged spoon. Why does this taste so much better than oatmeal I make at home? Must be a mind trick.
5. Pike Place Roast - Starbucks does regular coffee extremely well. The lackadaisical pastries are made 1000x better with this coffee.