Hometown Cravings; Iron Bank’s Soggiest Jogger

Hometown Cravings; Iron Bank’s Soggiest Jogger

City; Columbus, GA
Stop; Iron Bank
Drink; Soggy Jogger

 

Hey guys, look at me being on time and such! In the midst of starting a side-site, doing makeup challenges and job hunting! Go me! For today’s post,  I tried something new for a change from Iron Bank, the Soggy Jogger. This particular one is in a similar vein to the Be Mine latte that I so love. It’s vanilla, hazelnut and cinnamon. Which makes it a little bit of a gamble for me.

It does taste quite similar to the Be Mine without the chocolate notes. The Hazelnut, which historically I have hated, is but a whisper underneath the dominant flavor of cinnamon. The overall taste of this coffee is smooth, and a little spiced. I didn’t pick up any vanilla flavor while sipping my way through it. Which, in retrospect bummed me out a little. 

There is pretty much absolutely no espresso flavor to this one, much like the Be Mine, so it’s another one I feel safe recommending to someone who doesn’t like coffee. I do want to warn you that it is quite sweet. So, if you like the more bitter side of life and coffee, you may not like this. But then again, is that a surprise? I like sweet things, this is a thing we all know by this point. 

If you don’t like cinnamon, I would also say to pass on this one. Because it is the main flavor that is on the surface with this one. It overpowers the vanilla. It overpowers the hazelnut (thankfully). The drink is fairly creamy though and really mingles with the cinnamon flavor that is fighting the good fight.

If you find your way to Columbus, I do heartily recommend a trip to Iron Bank Cofee on the corner of 12th and Broad for one of their delicious specialty lattes. In their first post, I did post a picture of the menu for you to peruse and tempt you to my neck of the woods.

Taste /5

Despite not being the Be Mine latte, I did quite enjoy this. I liked how the cream mingled and relaxed the cinnamon flavor, and masked any hint of hazelnut aside from the faintest whisper. Not quite something I would replace my Be Mine with, but still rather delicious.

 

 

 

Hometown Cravings; Forray into the Secret Menu with an Affogato

   Hey there, guys! For today’s post I tried something new and a little more expensive than I was planning! My fiance has been trying to get me to try Affogato, but being so hopelessly hooked on a macchiato, I have yet to do it. What better place to ease myself in and dip my toes into that area than America’s sweetheart, Starbucks. I’m using this drink from the secret menu, if anyone wants to have their own experience with this drink! 

I suddenly remembered that I’ve been advised to try Affogato style coffee, while I was sitting and leisurely sipping my Macchiato, and watching guilty pleasure videos. I figured, “why not” and got up to order it. “Why not” is because it’s a whopping 7 dollars for a grande, but me loving you guys just so much, I decided again, “Why not?” and swiped my card. 

I’m going to give you a play by play. First sip, I hated it. When I say I hated it, it made me gag. What happens if I stir it? Which I’ve gathered isn’t what real coffee drinkers do, but I’m me and not them, so I’m going to stir it. I stirred it and moved the straw about midway up to get it away from the pure, unadulterated death at the bottom of the cup, which by this time has had time to settle while writing this. Why do people do this to themselves?

I’m hunting for the vanilla flavor that should be there and just getting sip, after cautious sip of pure espresso, which as it turns out, I don’t care for in it’s pure form. After stirring, it became a bit more pallatable. I wonder how this would be with legit ice cream, rather than whip? 

Day five, I’m finally adjusting to the flavor and I feel like I’m moving fast… I’m sitting still. Maybe it’s because I’ve downed 2 shots of almost pure espresso and I’m finally left with mostly vanilla frappe and java chips. I really can’t say in good conscience that I will try this near-death experience again, just because it’s not really up my alley. I may try an authentic one, if I get a chance, but this has not been a pleasant experience for yours truly.

Honestly, once the espresso died down a little, I found myself enjoying it. It’s probably because I had gotten rid of the parts I didn’t like and was left with what I do. I don’t  know if that’s the drink’s credit, or mine. 

If you’re brave, and relatively uninitiated, like me, give it a go and let me know what you think down below!

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Coffee Abroad; Circa Coffee and Antiques Signature Frappe

Coffee Abroad; Circa Coffee and Antiques Signature Frappe

Hey there, everyone! I actually have some coffee content for you today and piping hot… errrrr cold. You know those pieces of shortbread heaven called Biscoff? Do you like it? If so, have I got the thing for you! We made a trip to Tyrone, Georgia on a whim and found Circa Coffee , an adorable little place by any standards and just the kind of aesthetic I absolutely die for. I’ll stick a gallery down below so you can enjoy it with me!

Hometown cravings: The Three Big Yums

Hey guys! I know I missed a couple posts- honestly, I’m not in a good headspace. I’m hoping things get better soon, but no improvement yet. I don’t want to bore you guys with my mental health woes, partially because I don’t want to wallow in my self-pity here, but also because I want to show you the three Frappes that are now at Starbucks. One of which, is returning, the other two are new if I’m not mistaken.

The first one they have is the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino, it is delectable. Starbucks, please keep this! The first thing to hit is the scent of caramel and toffee on top of the marshmallow whipped cream. I did notice that first sip is almost aggressively sweet and rich, which is fine. It’s very caramel, so not for those of you who are more casual partakers of caramel.

This was the first one I tried, and I was hooked. I’m not going to let it replace my Macchiato due to caloric content, but it’s definitely up there with my favorite frappes. Some sips have. It does little bit of a bitter tinge, maybe it’s more nutty? It adds a great contrast to the sweetness.

I wasn’t sure which one to do next, but I ended up going with the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino. The first sip was following the caramel one with aggression. It’s a more rich, almost dark chocolate flavor. Like a frozen hot chocolate. I’d recommend this one if you’re a fan of really chocolatey flavors. How many ways can I find to say that I really enjoyed this one too? How many things can you say about a drink that amounts to a mocha with cookies in it? Guys, if you want chocolate, drink this. It will obliterate your craving.

The last one is the one that is making a temporary return. The Starbucks S’mores Frappuccino. This came to me topped sky-high with marshmallow whipped cream covered in graham crackers. This is the first time I’m able to taste the whipped cream unfettered by other flavors, and oh my god. It tastes so nostalgic to me for some reason. It reminds me of Halloween.Or, is it the little Santas you get that are marshmallows covered in chocolate? Maybe it tastes like Easter? My point is, it’s really, really good.

When I finally got around to sipping the actual drink I found it to be likewise pretty good. By this time the sugar high is starting to hit me, because I have all three of these sitting in front of me, so I’ll try to focus. It tastes primarily like the Marshmallow whipped cream, but also vaguely like honey. It’s exceptionally rich, and I think I prefer it to the chocolate one.

Which is Your Favorite?

Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino
Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino
S’mores Frappuccino
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Hometown Cravings: This Lemonade is Kicking at Midtown Coffee!

Hometown Cravings: This Lemonade is Kicking at Midtown Coffee!

      Hey guys! Guess what season it is officially? Summer. My least favorite season of all time. I only assume that this is officially Summer because it’s hot as all get out and wouldn’t you know my AC is on the fritz. With all of this hot hot heat, I needed something to help me cool down. And maybe coffee is that thing!

Hometown Cravings; Cadbury Creme Egg Latte!

Do you guys remember those quinesential creme-filled eggs that the stores sell right around Easter? Spring is Officially underway and Easter is in the near future. I remember being a child and walking into the local Walgreens or CVS… Eckards? I would always make a sharp beeline to the Easter Display. Filled with items of delicate pastel patterns and most importantly, Candy. Among those, was the excruciatingly sweet Cadbury Creme Eggs.

I remember that they always had those amazing commercials with the different animals in bunny ears, and to this day I occasionally say “Buh-meow, buh-meow”

 

Don’t ask why, but I love that commercial. I don’t know if it’s the cat or the llama that gets me. But even that amazing piece of artistry was never enough to make me like Cadbury Creme Eggs. Today, that changed. I went to My Boulange after doing some production shots for an indie movie a co-worker is filming, and saw they had a Cadbury Creme Egg flavored specialty latte. You guys know I love me some lattes.

This drink is a mixture of dark chocolate, white chocolate and vanilla, and all delicious. As expected with the two chocolates, it’s quite rich. The espresso offers a little tinge of nuttiness to the flavor. Of course, I got it on ice and it was almost like drinking a caffeine infused chocolate milk. Two of my favorite things! Chocolate milk and caffeine! 

The flavor of the vanilla is subtle and sweet, I kind of like vanilla playing second fiddle to chocolate. I don’t know why I don’t combine them more often. I guess I kind of see them as opposites so in my mind they cancel each other out. Or, that’s as close to logic as I can get with that idea.

I’m really into the My Boulange French Decor, and the numerous Eiffel Towers that are in attendance. Of course I had to take a picture of my coffee with the Eiffel Tower behind it… or one of them.

Taste
5/5

My consensus can be summed up in one word: Yum. If you want a longer rating, it was abosolutely delicious. A little bit richer than a regular mocha, but that’s what you get when you mix two chocolates. I really enjoyed it, but I don’t know if it can dethrone my recent favorite: the caramel macchiato.

New at Starbucks; Ari’s Cloud Macchiato

New at Starbucks; Ari’s Cloud Macchiato

    Good Morning, guys! If you’re living under a rock, or just don’t particularly follow Starbucks new releases, you may not have heard about the Cloud Macchiato. Otherwise, you may be fully aware of the controversy surrounding this new drink. This little cup of coffee has caused its share of strife in the vegan community due to being a collaboration between Starbucks and the musical Ariana Grande, also known as Chanel Number 2 .

    The cause for the outrage surrounding this Macchiato topped with fluffy, lightly sweetened foam, is that it’s not vegan. I wasn’t aware that Ari was vegan, but her fans are. And, they are livid. To top it off, there’s not vegan option, due to the foam that crowns it having a main ingredient of egg whites. 

    Drama aside, the Cloud Macchiato comes in two flavors, cinnamon and caramel. If you’ve been following for a while, you know I prefer the super sweet flavor of caramel in my drinks. This is no different. This post is going to be a little bit of a roller coaster, because at first, I didn’t like it. But after about 15 sips, and sloshing it in the cup, I eventually decided I kind of dig it.    

 

    I was so excited to try it, not because of the origin, but because I’ve always loved macchiatos. I firmly expected to love this right off the bat. At first sip, which I took without stirring or sloshing, was a bitter affront to my taste-buds. I mean, maybe I do like my drinks overly-sweetened, but this was on a different level. I did notice a richness hiding under the sharp bite that greeted me. And, once I got the courage to drink a little more, I notice the foam had sunken into the drink and toned down the flavor to a mild nuttiness with some kick.

    At that point, I stirred it, because I wasn’t picking too much of the caramel. Once I did that, the foam was almost completely mixed in and the caramel had come to the surface to make a difference. I think this was the point where I decided that I do sort of like this one. It’s not for those who don’t like bitterness, that’s to say it was very nearly not for me. My final impression was that it was pleasantly sweet, the foam and caramel worked together to tone down my initial impression. Even with the sweetness I was loving at this point, I had a slight reminder of the bitterness lying wait under the surface. 
 
 

Taste; /5

    I award this one a 4/5, I don’t feel like I can give it a five just because it was a little of a hit and  miss for me. In the end I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t the best macchiato. While not being the worst, either. I do think that a 4 is a fair rating for the Cloud Macchiato.

 

Hometown Cravings; Midtown Coffeehouse and I Guess I Like Hazelnut??

Hometown Cravings; Midtown Coffeehouse and I Guess I Like Hazelnut??

     Hey guys, it’s your favorite punctual blogger! I’m so sorry that  I’ve fallen behind on you, I do have a quick update on the youtubey stuff, though! I have been filming two videos and I aim to have one or the other of them up next week! I don’t want to spoil too much, but I’m kind of hype! I’m definitely planning to do a lot of reviews, while I get my bearings with the whole filming thing.

     This last week I took myself back to Midtown Coffeehouse to see what kind of new stuff they had. You guys know they always have something new every time I visit! I checked out the board, which you can see above. After looking at it for a good thirty seconds and debating, I stepped up to the counter and order the Haze. My only thought was literally, “I hope I like this,” because I know how picky I can be with flavors. Despite trying to force myself out of my comfort zone, it’s extremely hard to introduce myself to new flavor, like the haze.

     The Haze is a delectable mix of Cinnamon,White Chocolate and Hazelnut, the latter of which I’ve never liked. I took a chance on this one after the reassurance of the lovely lady behind the counter. I was ecstatic. So, quick thanks for getting me to give the haze a go!

    My immediate impression was that it had a nice earthy richness, not of espresso, but just a mild nuttiness. That’s the thing I generally despise about Hazelnut, because I don’t like “peanut-y” flavors from my coffee. I’m used to espresso, but just straight up trailmix nuttiness? Nah. I was surprised by the way the mocha and cinnamon mingled to mask the hazelnut with a soft sweetness…. dare I say, haze?

     The cinnamon, being the primary flavor, lent a nice coolness to the subtle espresso vibes that lurked underneath the richness. It was a richness that felt a little heavy on the tongue, and not in an unpleasant way. I would definitely say the Haze is another one for the people who don’t like espresso. 
The Haze midtown coffeehouse
     I literally can’t wait to start this next leg and have time to do my editing for the videos! Guys, I’m working on them, pretty actively, aside from school work. I just… have to do something with all this makeup that’s piling up. In the meantime, while I get this started, go check out Smokey Glow, my latest favorite youtuber!
 

Starbucks Does Valentines Day With The Cherry Mocha

    

    Hey Guys! Today’s post is brought to you by Starbucks- because my roots are showing. And my roots are super crazy about the sweet, dessert-like beverages that Starbucks comes out with. Even though Japan usually gets better drinks than we do over here in the states. Like the Princess frappe that I feel really hurt about still. I may have heard about the Cherry Mocha a little late, which isn’t new. I generally am a little behind the curve. But I’m still hype that I at least heard about it!

   Even though I bet Japan has more options, we did get a Cherry Mocha for the big day, and the one thing I’ll say negative about it is that I think it would have been more geared toward the holiday if they had capitalized on the whole pink thing that monopolizes everything about romance. Like, I kind of feel like they missed with that decision. But, that aside, the flavor really raises to the aesthetic. This Cherry Mocha tastes like the Cherry Cordial candy that I always think I like more than I do. And I mean that- it tastes exactly like a Cherry Cordial. 

Cherry Mocha Taste Graphic
Visual representation of the taste of the Cherry Mocha

      This is really more like dessert, but honestly, what else is new. It’s a great example of Starbucks doing what Starbucks does best- sweet coffee that may as well be a milkshake. That’s literally not even a diss, though it sounds like one. It has the richness of dark chocolate, with a little sharpness, which makes me think of the Ghirardelli 70% cacao chocolates. I love dark chocolate, so I’m kind of all about it. The cherry adds a little bit of tartness to the flavor, which is delicious. I don’t even really like cherry flavors, generally, I’m a raspberry girl. 

     Honestly, I can see myself begging to stop by Starbucks on Valentine’s day just for this. I’ve been hooked on it for the past week since I caught wind of it. There’s just something about drinking a chocolate covered cherry topped with whipped cream and granulated sugar that speaks to me on so many levels. It’s sweet, it’s rich, it’s something that I’ve been trying to like for years in a package that works for me. For some reason, I don’t like cherry cordials, but I thoroughly enjoy the Cherry Mocha.

     Valentines Day is in 3 days, guys! I hope you guys are ready and that those of who don’t have anything planned for the occasion at least take time to pamper yourself! 

Update;

    I know I kind of died with Youtube, I was sick for so long and literally had no voice, I do have a load of products that recently got here that I’m testing for future videos as well as I’m working on the tarteist pro remix video. I’ll be cross posting it here. Please be gentle with me guys, we can learn all of this crazy stuff together! 🙂

20 Ways to Show Yourself Love on Valentine’s Day

       Hey guys, the day draws nearer! I know I’m not doing anything huge here for the ol’ commercial holiday, but that’s not the same for everyone. Couples and those who are not in a relationship, can both enjoy this holiday! This post is one for the latter! Even though this is a hugely romanticized “holiday”, it doesn’t mean the same things to us all. And in fact, some may find things generally done on V-Day as cliche and corny.

      While I’m not disagreeing with you, hypothetical new friend, I do think it can be fun and slightly cathartic to indulge yourself in the bright colors and saccharin sweetness of the day. I used to take myself out for the day, so I figured I’d share my favorite self care activities for the occasion!

 

In honor of SweetHearts that are not with us this year, due to Nekko shutting down shop.

 

  1. Youtube and Coffee – My favorite way to do this self care thing! 
  2. De-Stress with some Yoga
  3. Soak up the sun
  4. Watch cartoons
  5. Take a bubble bath
  6. Treat yourself to candy
  7. Start a new craft 
  8. Connect with a friend
  9. People watch at the mall
  10. Go to a new store and try things on that are outside of your comfort zone
  11. Make cocoa and watch documentaries
  12. Binge on Disney Movies
  13. Write out your stress
  14.  Doodle!
  15. Go thrifting
  16. Take yourself out for lunch
  17. Visit an arcade
  18. Take a ride with the windows down and the music up
    1. Seriously, this is so incredible. Last year I drove three hours for a speech, and even though I was stressed, there was something so freeing about just feeling the wind in hair. I was almost giddy by the time I got there and there were no nerves.
  19. Go downtown!
  20. Take the day off and play video games!

      Despite Valentine’s Day being called “Singles Awareness Day” by some, there’s nothing wrong with being single. Sometimes being alone is fun. Who doesn’t enjoy blaring the music while alone in the car? Singing alone in the shower? As I’ve gotten a little older, I’ve begun really valuing and enjoying my own company. Dinner alone? Bring it. Solo Arcade? Done. Lone Festival enjoying a lovely view on the Ferris wheel with no interruptions? Yes, please.

    I know, It can feel odd at first to go to lunch and hog a booth to yourself, but trust me. No one is looking, no one is making any judgements. 

So, go forth my lone venturers and treat yourself! Heck, one thing I didn’t put on the list because it’s technically for the day after Valentines’, is two words: clearance candy. How’s that for some self care?