I apologize, little blog, for falling so far behind. We’re nearing the end of the semester around here, so of course, all of those group projects and papers and tests are smacking me right in the face. I don’t know why this always happens, but group projects are always put off until the last possible minute, leading everyone to the library on a Sunday night at 8 pm. Seriously, I walked into the library last Sunday evening, and there were at least 20 individuals sitting in the lobby, waiting on their group project members. They all looked at me, saw that I wasn’t the group member they were waiting for, and then returned to texting. Oh, the joys of college.
Anywho, after a week of 1 presentation, 1 group project, and 1 exam, I rewarded myself with some Starbucks. I had a free drink coupon that the wonderful company sent me for my birthday. Now, I know I should support the local businesses and avoid the “evil” chains, but I’ll tell you, I love Starbucks. Something about it is so wonderful. And all of the employees are incredibly friendly and helpful. I started reading a book by the CEO of Starbucks a few months ago (titled something like “It’s not about the coffee”), but I’m afraid I didn’t get very far. But I would love to finish it someday and learn about the Starbucks business model. They’re good people.
I don’t know why I’m telling you all of this, but basically, today I walked to Starbucks after taking an exam, and I decided to try a new drink. I’m one of those people who picks what she likes and doesn’t stray from it for fear of trying something disgusting and wasting a few dollars. But today’s drink was free, so I was feeling wild. I asked the barista what her favorite latte was (don’t get down on me for drinking lattes; I drink black coffee every morning as proof that I am made of steel). I love asking restaurant employees for their opinions because they are going to be the most knowledgeable, and I have yet to be led astray by their preferences. So I asked the barista for her advice, and she recommended the Toffee Nut Soy Latte. So I said I’d try it. And she gave me the biggest size- a Venti- because it was my birthday drink and it was free. I have never in my life ordered a venti. I’ve only gotten a grande once or twice. This was insane.
So I get my Toffee Nut Soy Latte (iced, because I had just walked a mile to get there and I was a bit warm) and walk the mile or so back home. Let me tell you, the latte was awesome. Seriously. New favorite. But I only drank about 6 ounces of it before I was completely full. So the remaining 40 oz or so (I hope I’m exaggerating on the size here, but seriously people, the cup was so huge that this could be real) is sitting in the refrigerator to be consumed once my stomach has a bit more room inside.
Here’s what you need to get from this story:
-Starbucks is awesome (specifically the Chevy Chase location)
-a Venti is huge and is only meant to be consumed by giants
-Toffee Nut Soy is the bomb
So that’s that.
In other news, I got these in the mail yesterday. It took all of my self-control to finish writing my paper rather than start reading them immediately. And I know it’s kind of lame to get really excited about celebrity cookbooks, but I saw both Sheryl Crow and Gwyneth Paltrow talking about their books on the Rachael Ray show, and I just loved them. And I’m so excited to start reading them and cooking their wonderful recipes! Expect to see many of those this summer!
It probably would have been wise to wait until after my finals to order these books, but I found them on sale and I couldn’t resist. So here’s a little treat for me, and hopefully a big treat for our tummies for years to come!