Hometown Cravings; Gotta Catch’em all!

Hometown Cravings; Gotta Catch’em all!

       Hey guys, I know, I’m back to my old delay-in-posting behavior. I’m sorry- I’ll hopefully be able to make it up to you guys with some upcoming content. I did not, in fact, think of anything good for the Fourth and due to my joblessness I had no drive. But, I’m happy (kind of) to announce, that I’m once more a functioning member of society. I found a job… unfortunately an hour away, but hopefully it will put me in an area to gather content before I go in for my shift, which begins at 3 PM EST. 

     This post comes really late to the game, evidently, Starbucks has been doing a Pokemon Go Frappucino but its not really been on the menu. I had no idea it existed, but I did finally wake up and try it! Nothing about this drink screams Pokemon to me. You’d think it would… make sense? I might actually take it on myself to make a Pokemon Frappe that makes sense, I have a few ideas. I might try to bring back my experimental Homebrews stuff from its slumber.

Pokemon Frapp

 

       Is it just me? Does that say Pokemon to you? What it is, is basically a Vanilly Frapp with Blackberries and Chia Seeds. You may remember the Chia seeds from the Witches’ Brew, at the time I thought they were Slimy yet satisfying and even now I kind of like their strange, foreign texture. It’s a really interesting surprise when you get a sip and a few seeds mingle in with the creamy consistency. This drink was pretty much exactly what I expected going in. Even though it’s a bright shade of purple, that’s the only sort of unique thing it has going for it. 

      That’s not to say it’s not good- it is. If you like berries and cream.  It’s made with a cream base, so cannot be considered coffee. If you have children or young family members who like pokemon and enjoy a super sweet treat now and again, I would recommend this. Realistically, it’s unremarkable and more dessert than an actual pick-me-up. As expected the flavors are complementary and taste pretty great together. 

Let’s go ahead and move on to the rating, shall we? 

Taste; /5

Because I can be considered a literal child where my tastes are concerned, this gets a 4.5. Half a cup was deducted just because of the pretty blah nature of the drink. For what it is, it’s delicious. A berry milkshake, essentially and I can’t really say anything too bad about it. It tasted good, it was cold, what more can I ask for?

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.

 

 

 

Five Fashionable Years With The Posh Peach

Five Fashionable Years With The Posh Peach

Hey there guys! Over the weekend, the Posh Peach, my favorite local store here in Columbus, celebrated their Fifth anniversary here in town! I, of course, had to attend! They had the event beginning once they opened. They were going to hand out goodie bags to the first 25 to walk in. You know I was going to be among the first 25. Not only did I get a goodie bag, but I made friends!

I got there at 8:30, an hour and a half from opening, and there were already 7 people outside. They had been there since 4:30 at the earliest. Talk about dedication! I was almost going to show up at 9:30, and I’m glad I didn’t stick to my original plan because by 9:30, there were more than 25 people out there. They weren’t playing with that free stuff.

Now, I was planning to get some What’s New content today, but when I tell you those lines were loooong, they were long. The best I was able to do was snag my goodie bag, exchange contact info and snap some photos of some of the new things I saw. First off, I’m going to be narcissisitic for a moment and show the picture I had taken of me in front of the Fiesta themed backdrop, because it was the first thing I went to. Last year, I was too insecure to get my picture taken and I’m kind of thrilled that I was able to actually do it this year. 

 

Now, moving on from that segue, my goodie bag, at first was completely useless to me. I had a scrunchie and some of those no tear hair ties, that look like those stretchy bracelets that used to go on keyrings, plus a 5 dollar Posh Peach gift card and evidently a pair of earrings, that I didn’t see at first. I traded both of the useless items for earrings and a bracelet from my newfound friends. Much better!

     There was also the customary snacks, cookies and macarons. The cookies, I found honestly lackluster this year. They weren’t very sweet, like a cookie is supposed to be. But that’s absolutely no reflection on the Posh Peach, because I love them. I will say that the cookies were so cute. It’s a shame they didn’s taste as good as they looked.

There was also the cutest little mini pinata on the table. 

    Now I can’t really say too much about the new releases at the Posh Peach. Y’know, since I wasn’t able to do my What’s New content. So, I’ll leave a little gallery below!

Trying my Luck with Origin Coffee for St Paddy’s Day!

Trying my Luck with Origin Coffee for St Paddy’s Day!

   Happy St Paddys day, everyone! Or…. post-St Paddys day, since this is going up on Monday, the day after St. Patrick’s day. This weekend I hunted around town, since I feel kind of jipped by the lack of Seasonal drinks from my guilty pleasure, Starbucks. I did find a tiny Starbucks in the hospital, that had two seasonal drinks. One a Paddy Mint, which I assume would have been mint chocolate. And the other, was a Fruity Pot of Gold, or raspberry, blackberry and vanilla. The Fruity Pot of Gold was fantasic.

     Anyway, this post isn’t about Starbucks. It’s about my favorite little local coffee shop; Origin Coffee House. I walked up to their door and saw that they had not one, but three options for my festivities. I took my chance with the top option on their board; the stout. You guys may know my abivalence on whether or not I like hazelnut, counting on the chocolate and caramel toning it down.

    I took a hunch and used heavy cream, in lieu of my whole milk for the added sweetness and richness it affords. On first sight, I noticed a conspicuous lack of green. Which is more an aesthetic grievance than anything else. The drink itself is very, very rich. Almost reminescent of a syrup? It lingers sweetly on the tongue, with the strong flavor of mocha. Caramel offered a pleasant sweetness just underneah the mocha, with the nuttiness from the hazelnut being so subtle as to be nearly not there. 

     The main reason I went with heavy cream was to drown out the nutty undertones, and I’m thinking that should not have been done. I may go back and try another thing off the list tomorrow, if time allows. I’m really curious to find out whether or not I enjoy Irish Cream. So far I’m starting my St Paddy’s Day weekend on a slightly highnote, because I’m never upset when I have coffee. I feel like my choice of heavy cream may have dampened this particular drink. I’d probably love this with the whole milk- which is going to be my second taste! 

Photo by Anthony from Pexels

       If you guys are pushing any boundaries with flavors, or trying anything new, let me know in the comments below! 

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.

 

Whats New; February Posh Peach Edition

     Hey guys! Welcome to a new What’s New post for our very own Posh Peach, here in Columbus, GA.  Also, holy cow, is this one on time? I know the last post was a little different, but I hope you guys enjoyed it! I was absolutely floundering in my indecision on what to do with my hair. This post was gathered before my medium-chop, so it has my old hair in it- all future posts featuring the likeness of yours truly, will include my new-do, and I’m not even going to lie- I’m still way on the fence with it. I’m so on the fence that my first stop after leaving the salon was the beauty supply to grab a wig.

    That aside, I did find a few new pieces at the Posh Peach that I’m excited to share, and even brought some of it home with me (like I often do)! Without further ado, let’s get to the goods!

     I was able to find most things on the site- this was not one of them, however. It may be because this isn’t technically new to their shop, as it was on the sale rack. Who would I be if I passed up the sale rack? In the future, I think I’ll make an effort to confine my search to the newest-of-the-new for you guys! That aside, I really quite liked this romper (jumpsuit?), aside from the pesky little fact that it wouldn’t zip on the side that you can’t see. Oh, you thought I was just showing off my new tattoo? I was holding my arm in such a way to make it look zipped. That aside, I really wish this would have zipped up for me, because I really liked it! It was corduroy, which meant that it had a little give in the fabric and was warm. It broke my heart.

     I think, I would pair this with champagne accessories like a scarf or headband. Maybe a long beaded necklace, too.

 

        I did find two different pairs of corduroy pants for today’s post! I didn’t even think I really liked corduroy until just lately, but that’ll show me to think I know what I like. This particular pair is an earthy brown that I paired with their Back in Brick top, which genuinely can pass as a dress if you pair it with some super opaque tights or leggings. I thought these paired very well for a comfy and somewhat 70s vibe. I feel like a scarf would have tied it all together, and perhaps a paisley headband. Of course, my converse don’t lean to that aesthetic, and truthfully I’m at a loss for what sort of shoes I’d pair with this!

 

      This outfit was a little bit of a hit and miss with me. I wasn’t a big fan of the fit of the Spring Time in Heaven skirt or the stiffness of the material. The look between myself and the gorgeous model is a stark night and day- despite the similarities in our color choices. I really liked the colors of the skirt and was more than a little distressed that it didn’t quite suit me. The dog mama tee was just a little more sheer than I would generally prefer, as well. I feel like if the skirt ran a little larger in the sizing, it would have been fine. 

    This is the last thing that I can call new! I thought this was the Sweet Like Sugar wrap dress, but after looking at it closer I’ve determined that I need to wear my glasses more often. This is most assuredly not the wrap dress, but it certainly is adorable. I sadly, couldn’t find this item on their site after scrolling through the categories. This would be perfect for a datenight at a fair, dare I say, the upcoming Spring Fling here in Columbus? Suddenly I’ve decided that I’m lacking fair-appropriate styles and I need to fix that.

     This dress would be great with some strappy little sandals or some simple white pumps. Just really play into the sweet, femininity with a flowery necklace and, if you have long hair- a ponytail would make the whole look.

 

The Winners!

The items that went home with me from this visit, may seem familiar! They were featured in January’s What’s New Post! While I’m thinking about it, what was with that post title? Did I think I wasn’t going to be going back this year? Anyway, I’m super pleased that I was able to score my coveted funfetti cardigan and corduroy pants! Of course, since the pants are decidedly not new, I was unable to find them to provide a link.

     In this photo, I paired it with the Dog Mama shirt, that I almost bought. I decided that it was either the cardigan or it, and guys… I love me a cardigan. 

     Anyway, thank you guys for joining me for another What’s New post at one of my favorite shops in my lovely little town. And, can I just please give some props to the gorgeous ladies that model their clothes? Those are the faces of the sweet girls that work there, and they are just wonderful. Guys, please, share your secrets to looking so relaxed in front of the camera!

    I hope everyone is having a great Monday so far, and that those Resolutions are holding up for you! I, for one, have already lost my planner that was part of my resolution and I’m feeling lost without it. 🙁

Chain; Starbuck’s Cascara Coldbrew… ew?

Chain; Starbuck’s Cascara Coldbrew… ew?

     Hey there guys! Thank you for joining me for this late post! I know I usually post around noon, but I’ve honestly been swamped. And that’s on top of trying to recover from whatever has me under the weather. I’m bringing us back home with a (somewhat) new-ish drink from everyone’s favorite chain coffee shop; the Cascara Coldbrew!

    I’ll keep this one fairly short, but I want to preface this with a thanks to the gentleman who allowed me to try a sample of this one! Based off the title, I didn’t care for it, but I really liked the opportunity to give it a go! 

     The first thing I did was sniff it- because, this is what I do, especially when faced with an unfamiliar “Cascara”. Right off the bat, I was stricken with how sharp it smelled. I caught the scent of bitter nuttiness that was offensive to my sugar-cravings. If you remember my attempts to like coffee soda, this gave me war flashbacks. Not a fan of remembering a drink I’ve worked so hard to repress.

 

The Drinkening

 

     Onto the actual drink itself; I procrastinated on taking the first sip. Despite the super nice barista assuring me that it was citrusy, and creamy, I found that I did not agree. Once I was able to psych myself up, I closed my eyes and took a sip. Right off the bat, I noticed the froth was mildly earthy, almost nutty with those citrus undertones. 

     The coffee portion of this drink, which I was excited for before having one handed to me, was surprisingly smooth. Not sweet in the least, which I should have figured. It honestly could just be my propensity for sweets, that made me take this as bitter. I did note the citrus flavor kind of peaking through the nuttiness. My general feeling is that it’s like coffee soda, without the carbonation. I think my least favorite thing about this one, is that it’s rich. It’s got a heavy thickness that lingers at the back of your throat and leaves you tasting it for minutes afterward. 

      Honestly, I did look into sweetening it. But I was unsure on how I wanted to go about that. I kind of feel like sweetening it would make it into a different drink, and I may try that next time… If there is one. I think what I’m trying to get at with this post, is that super nice baristas aside, I don’t like the Cascara. And I guess I certainly don’t like cold brew.

 

Taste; /5

     Really, I don’t think this one needs any explanation. I think this is first time since the Cinnamon and Almondmilk Macchiato that I’ve been this displeased with Starbucks. That Juniper latte was rough, but I don’t know… I think this one might give it a run for its money. 

     It’s okay Starbucks, you can’t please everyone!

 

 

Origin Treats us to Christmas Coffee!

     

     Hey guys, we’re T-Minus 1 day to the big event! I’m so excited! Are you guys ready? We already broke some major ground here on the blog with yesterday’s video and I gotta tell you, that was definitely new. I’m hoping to have more content that you guys will be legitimately into as we move on into the new year! After yesterday, all I’m in the mood for is coffee. 

    The little local place I’m veritably obsessed with, Origin Coffee right here in Columbus has this amazing latte just in time for the Holidays. I thought that the Be Mine from Iron Bank was my Chocolate milk look-a-like, but I hadn’t met this one yet. 

     This one is Mocha, Marshmallow, and Peppermint and it’s absolutely amazing. I opted to get it a little extra sweet, because I have a problem with my sweet tooth. It was exceptionally smooth, I could scarcely tell I was drinking an espresso beverage at all. The bitterness was completely nonexistent.

    My favorite part about the holidays, if you may recall from one of our earlier posts, is peppermint. I love peppermint and what it does for my coffee. Coffee, as we all know, has an earthy flavor that is fairly bitter and grounding. I love how peppermint is able to add some coolness and subtle sweetness. I always knew I liked peppermint, what I didn’t know was how much I love marshmallow.

    Marshmallow being in this particular drink is amazing. It attaches to the espresso and tempers it. Makes it soft and decadent. The richness of the chocolate was magnified and it was made sweeter, somehow. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend this to you if you’re into Hot Cocoa or even Chocolate Milk. This is another one for those who don’t appreciate the bitterness of coffee.

    If you guys aren’t local, and there’s a big chance of that, this one is a good one to order custom from your favorite local place. Your experience may vary slightly, but this is one that I feel will translate well from other Cafe`s.

 

     I’ve been really utilizing our Christmas tree the last couple of days, mostly because we just managed to get our first tree and partly because I’m just really feeling the aesthetic. I also want to give a huge hello to our new readers! I hope you guys stick around! I’m happy to announce that I have some big plans for us here that I hope you like!

   Come back tomorrow for our last day of Christmas post!

Hometown Cravings; Raspberries and Cream

      Hey there, guys! I’m back with another coffee post while I prepare some content for you guys over the next couple of weeks! Today I’m at Origin Coffee, enjoying a drink idea that worked out well for me! I wanted to make a raspberry and cream drink, and just raspberry and vanilla wasn’t cutting it. So I figured, why not add another creamy flavor and see how that pans out? I mean, chocolate and vanilla pair well, despite being opposites. The Be Mine latte proves that. So, with that in mind, I tried White Chocolate, Vanilla and Raspberry and I think that works!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Another day, another moody coffee picture! This one is from @origincoffeecolumbus and my drink of choice was a fantastic raspberry and cream iced latte! . . #coffee #coffeeaddict #coffeeshop

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     The chocolate and vanilla mingle and blend in such a way where neither is identifiable alone. You might think that’s a bad thing, but it really makes the creaminess stand out. I thought it was going to be more like a chocolate dipped berry with some vanilla tones. But what happened instead was almost a decadent creaminess with raspberry offering tang and standing out. 

     The creamy flavors in this almost completely drown out the bitterness lent by the espresso, and it’s rather nice. I’m picking up a little bit of acidity that lingers for a few seconds after the raspberry flavor fades from the back of my tongue. It might not be a seasonal drink, but it’s really good. 

     It feels a little more Christmassy rather than fall, and it kind of puts me in a festive mood. I might recommend this for someone who enjoys just a little bit of bitterness in their drink. While there’s not much, there’s enough to be noticeable. It’s really a fantastic choice for a warmer day, since I prefer iced. But, it’s also fantastic as a hot latte, if a little more creamy.

If you can’t tell by now what my rating would be for this one…

Taste; /5

     They really deserve a 5/5 for this drink. It’s the perfect creamy drink with just a lingering bite of berry goodness. We made a very solid bet for a holiday drink, if you’re not feeling any of the delicious holiday drinks we’re featuring next month!

Cause of Death; Chocolate the Masquerade

Cause of Death; Chocolate the Masquerade

     Hey Guys! I have a confession, generally I’m not too big on Chocolate, but I am big on having a good time. The Civil War Museum here in Columbus hosted a Death by Chocolate Masquerade. A war museum is not exactly what I think of when I think about a good time. I had no idea what to even wear, since the only time I’ve been to a masquerade save for once in high school. I don’t know if that even counts since it was at an anime convention. 

     This wonderful evening, I wasn’t alone! I was able to bring my amazing Fiance` with me, the guest blogger that gave us the Captain Crunch French Toast post! I went a dress that I found at Dillard’s, it was burgundy, floor length and so extra. Luckily, I found it on clearance, so it was a quarter of the original price; $43. When I carried it to the dressing room, the attendant told me “I don’t even know you, but this dress looks like you”. How could I not get it?

Sitting Pretty
My masquerade dress complete with gold accessories and dramatic lashes.

    This Masquerade didn’t have very much to live up to, to be honest. The Masquerade from years ago was terrible and didn’t end very well either. This one was a completely different story! On the way there, we were worried that I’d be alone in being super extra, but the first people I came across were some other partygoers who were also wearing floor-length gowns. As we milled about, we came across many others too. I took to instagram to post a couple of stories after we arrived, feel free to hop over there and check out the Adventures for that!

      One of the main attractions of this event, being a fundraiser, was a silent auction for various sort of items ranging from bath kits to full-on trips to Louisville, Kentucky. There were gorgeous paintings also up for bid, sadly, we didn’t get lucky enough to win an auction as we got outbid at every turn. In that same room, there was an acoustic guitarist performing a corner and at the head of the room were some guests vendors that gave us a pleasant surprise. Though they didn’t don their own masks it was still lovely to see them!

     They weren’t the only sweet things around either! There was Stephanie’s Heavenly Treats and Everything’s Edible, and just look at these spreads! I want to thank the vendors for being so amazing and posing for some pictures for us! Everyone was a phenomenal sport! Everything’s edible has some amazing cheesecake that I’ll be dreaming about for a while. And Stephanie’s Heavenly Treats had this red velvet cake that was to die for. Sadly, she doesn’t appear to have a facebook page or I’d leave a link. Check out the slideshow below to see some of the mouthwatering goodies!

    If you want more substance to your food, there weren’t too many options. Netta’s attended, with some absolutely delicious chicken and macaroni. Fresh Eatz was also there with some slightly spicy hummus and pita chips. We had to go back to Netta’s table for seconds on that chicken, I wanted so much more.

     Now, you guys may be wondering, where’s the good stuff? Isn’t there something you’re missing? Well, kind reader, I didn’t forget.I left the best for last- there were chocolate libations that I had never tried before. There were chocolate martini shots from the riverclub, and the namesake of the event was also served. I have one word for you: YUMJust oh my goodness. Both of those drinks seemed super potent, but it may have been due to my having a low tolerance. There was also a wine bar for those who wanted to stray from, what I consider, the hard stuff. I mean, when something has the word moonshine in it, I think that qualifies.

     I would definitely recommend attending this event the next time it pops up, because it was a great time. We felt strangely classy while attending, with our tiny plates, cups and fancy wear. The decor was ritzy and the people milling about only heightened the feeling. There was mellow live music and acoustic renditions of popular songs that made the whole thing feel intimate. The vendors was fantastic and the sponsors made it all possible. I look forward to attending again next year!

    Also, I want to thank the wonderful musical talent for posing with me at the behest of my future husband and photographer. I realized shortly after we left, that I never got his name. So I’m unable to promote him.