Winter Wishes: Midtown’s Peppermint Mocha

 Is it getting cold, or is it just me? The temperature is dropping and prompting us here at Java and Jeans to don our winter wear and start enjoying hotter options to warm our frozen hands. For the last couple months, I’ve been wishing it would get colder, and my wish has been granted. But, truth be told, winter is just getting underway. To save you the trouble of seeking favorable warm drinks in this upcoming Winter Wonderland, I’ve decided to share my findings with you! My first treat of the season, I ducked into Midtown Coffee House, the winner of my Most Wanted distinction in April. 

They recommended either the razzle dazzle, or a peppermint mocha. I want to preface this with the fact that I am a fiend for some peppermint mocha. All year long I lie in wait for one of my favorite seasonal drinks to return. I’m on the lookout for some unique selections this season, but since I hadn’t written on this one before- I figured why not!

 

When they sat it down in front of me, I was so excited that I picked it up and immediately burnt my hand on the cup. After giving it it’s space for a few more minutes, I could at least take a sip and guys- it’s fantastic.

The scent reminds me of dark chocolate, sweet and rich. Much like their spectacular razzle dazzle, their Peppermint Mocha is so unbelievably smooth. The peppermint is but a whisper over the chocolate that lingers on my tongue. 

It has a hint bite to it, but not an overbearing amount. The drink is invigorating with peppermint backing up the warm mocha with a refreshing hint of coolness. This choice is for people who enjoy a nice, risk-free beverage experience. It’s pleasantly mild, with a rich aftertaste that mimics the scent. This is one drink that I can confidently say tastes almost exactly like it smells.

If you’re here from out of town, or have been here for years, I can’t recommend Midtown Coffee House enough. They consistently exceed my expectations and give just the most fantastic service. They deserve all of the the appreciation they can get for serving up such delicious treats!

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taste; /5

I have nothing bad to say about this drink! There goes Midtown Coffee blowing me away again!

My take on Snow White in the 1950s

  Guys. GUYS! I’m so excited, I’ve been looking forward to our first Halloween together since the first month this blog got off the ground! Today I’d like to focus more on the enjoyment of Halloween than making a big splash, because I know you guys are probably out having a ball. I may have blown my cover a little bit on the first post in this series. I got super excited about Snow White. Before we get to that, quick announcement:

    On November 8th I’m going to be tweeting up a storm at a ritzy Fashion Show, so be sure to follow us on twitter over there on the sidebar. You’ll see the wonderful festivities there first! With that in mind, I’m taking today fairly easy, fashionwise. 

   I decided to work off of the aforementioned first post in this series and borrow that Snow White idea. I just had to do a different decade with it, and I’m obsessed with the 50s… So, obviously, I had to take that route! After a couple of roadblocks, I literally almost gave up my 1950s Snow White idea, but I’m so thankful for the great deals I landed that made this happen!

 


     I found a super cute rockabilly dress on dresshead.com, and immediately thought that it might work. I just needed a cardigan, and luck was with me! The perfect cardigan was waiting for me at Clothes Mentor! It would have been perfect with an iron on patch, but I was unable to find one that I liked. A little down, but not to be thwarted, I put together this costume with some more help from Clothes Mentor, where I found those heels in the perfect red. The best part is that the shoes are actually a style that was worn in the 50s, and I think they’d suit Snow White just fine! Besides, I had to get red from somewhere!

    This costume walked that line between obvious costume and everyday-wear. In fact, I can see myself wearing this in the future when I just want to feel cute. It’s nicely toned down and appropriate for just wearing whenever! Guys, I have to admit, I had so much fun putting this costume together and wearing it! I had a petticoat just lying around and gathered the accessories that you can see below! I was so proud to be recognized as Snow White without my prompting. It just feels so cool to dress up and be recognized as the character, doesn’t it?

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I made a little collage to showcase some of the accesories! . . #halloween2018 #details #acsessories #jewelry #costume #columbusga

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     I made a little collage, if you follow it over to Instagram, you can check out the jewelry store that supplied my broach and pearls! I want to apologize to the vendor that provided my gorgeous ring, I misplaced the card somehow. The moment I find it, I’m going to add a link here and on the post!

    I tried to veer more towards a 50’s thing for the makeup- I kept the eyes simple, and threw on a red lip. Of course, since they’re my Holy Grail lash right now, I added my Eylure Accents #005 to add to that really dark lash look that Snow White had in the fairy tale. I think if I could do it differently, I would have gotten a brighter blush rather than my usual peach. I do think it came out well though! You can also check out the makeup look in that collage above and on the FOTD archive over on instagram.

     I was hoping to find some festivities in town tonight to tell you about here, but as it is Wednesday… there wasn’t really anything. So I did retire home early.

    I hope you guys enjoyed our first Halloween together, I know I had loads of fun! Let me know in the comments what you’d like to see next year! I’m totally open to suggestions, or shoot an email to contact@javaandjeans.com!

Milk Tea and Cereal? It Makes More Sense Than You Think.

Milk Tea and Cereal? It Makes More Sense Than You Think.

Who doesn’t love cereal? It has always been an important and irreplaceable part of my diet… more so than even coffee. Fountain city has given me an excuse to merge two of my favorite things, with a twist. I visited them on #trysomethingnewtuesday, in the mood to, well, try something new. The barista gave me his personal recommendation and followed it up with the two new unique options that I try below!
 
Taro and Pops
The K-Pop Freeze in the Wild

If you follow on Instagram, you may have seen mention of the Taro bubble tea that tastes like cookies. Well, turns out, it goes great with Pops cereal, and the birthday cake Cookie Crisp. Whoever came up with this idea was absolutely inspired. These flavors work so well together- the sweet, yet somehow earthy, Taro just works with cereal. I’d like to try a Frosted flake variant, actually.

 
This freezer may blow the heath out of the water as my favorite choice from them. The caramel is mellow alongside the noticeably distinct flavor of the Pops. Not going to lie, I LOVE Pops cereal and always have. The flavor has always been so great for the times when I want just a hint of sweetness. The Taro adds a certain richness to this Freezer that’s a touch decadent and definitely more than a little filling. 
 
I used nonfat milk and luckily, it doesn’t detract from the flavor. The K-Pop is like drinking milk and cereal. I love it. I definitely recommend this for those who are young at heart or are just hardcore cereal lovers. If you grew up eating Pops Corn cereal and like nostalgia, look no further! 
 
Taro and Cooki Crisp
The Birthday Cake Freezer- AKA Sugar Cookie Freezer

I was going to do a whole second post, but honestly, it would be redundant. The Birthday Cake Freeze was similarly sweet, but not overpowering. My first taste of this one was pretty much all Taro, so I definitely recommend a brisk stirring before you enjoy this beverage! I sloshed it like a fine wine and tried again- the next try was much more cereal and milk, than Taro.

 
It (of course) quite reminds me of the K-Pop Freeze, I imagine due to the Taro in both of them. That’s not to say this one isn’t distinctive in its own way. It does lack caramel, so doesn’t mimic its partner. If I didn’t know it was Birthday Cake flavored, I’d probably think it was Sugar Cookie. That’s not a bad thing, either, I absolutely love sugar cookies. 
 
If you twisted my arm and told me to say something, not in a rave review of these drinks- I’d have to pick the really played-down color. Taro is purple, and these drinks are barely colored by it. It’s more of an aesthetic gripe than anything else. I’m all about unusually colored drinks and such, so I was hyped to try these.
 
 
 

K-Pop Freezer Taste; /5

   This Iconic and inventive nostalgia-trip deserves no less than 5/5 for flavor and bonus points for creativity. I have never seen, heard, or thought of anything like this. I can’t wait to see what the awesome folks over at Fountain City Coffee come up with next!

Birthday Cake FreezerTaste; /5

This one, while fantastic, was not completely identifiable as Birthday Cake. It didn’t really stand on it’s own as a unique drink next to its partner. It did taste much more like Sugar Cookies than anything else, which still made me really happy.

 

If you’re local to the Columbus, Georgia area be sure to drop by Fountain City Coffee to try these before they’re gone!

 

Fourth of July Coffee Chaos!

 Hey guys, welcome to a very special and timely Fourth of July post! Over the past week or so, I’ve been posting to Instagram a few different tries at a Fourth of July Frappe. Not going to lie, it didn’t come out as intended. I had loads of fun trying to figure out how to get my layers right, and balancing the coffee flavor in with a recipe I found. The initial recipe didn’t include coffee, but I was determined. I took it a step further and made espresso with my handy dandy espresso machine. 

I want to let you guys in on my initial idea. I found the recipe here, and as you can see it doesn’t require coffee. My plan was similar to this recipe, but to add coffee and food coloring. I wanted, initially Raspberry flavored red whipped cream and blue and white coffee. I ended up scrapping the red flavored topping in favor of sprinkles and using red and blue in the mixture.

This first attempt didn’t have coffee and so was perfectly white aside from the funfetti. I sort of liked it, but couldn’t commit because, in my head, can I really call it coffee if it doesn’t have coffee in it? I had tried to get the red and blue in the whipped cream, but wasn’t sure how to go about it. It was a mess. A delicious mess. My fourth of July preparations could definitely have started a little better.

This second attempt went a little better, I added about 6 ounces of coffee to it which was enough to throw off the color. Dang. So I decided to get the blue and red from the beverage itself and rely on the cream for white. I split the mixture and dyed it separately, I poured the blue on the bottom. I really wanted the red to touch the whipped cream, but of course, it couldn’t cooperate. The red went beneath the blue and made this neat tie-die effect. 

This third one, was when I recruited outside help and brought my Fiance` in to see if we could work some magic. Spoiler: We couldn’t. I think the issue here started when I blended the ice too finely and messed up the texture. We may have spent a while trying to get the blue and red to different densities with cream and sugar. We poured the blue on the bottom, as it was meant to be the heaviest (and sweetest!). We started pouring in the red at an angle, and it made a cool side-by-side effect. It was supposed to be on top but, I believed it was salvageable. I feel like the downfall here was that we waited entirely too long, and spent too long trying to add sugar and cream, while the ice was already so fine. 

 

This fourth one was the attempt of my Fiance` on his own. He did much differently than I did, and went with just a latte sort of drink. I didn’t monitor him as he made this, because I wasn’t fully aware of what he was doing. He did tell me that he stuck the blue in the freezer alone for a while, just to make sure it stayed where it belonged. Here’s the photo of his valiant attempt, along with an all-american dinner (or part of it!) and a 4th of July Instagram Staple.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to get this frappe to do what I wanted it to for over 2 weeks, and had these previous pictures as my results. Kind of disappointed in my own inability to get ice to bend to my will, but not too upset. It was a learning experience and I look forward to learning and creating my own drinks. 

As mentioned, here’s the recipe for the first two attempts!

Fourth of July Frappe Recipe

6 to 8 oz of milk

1 tbsp of vanilla non-dairy creamer

1 or 2 tablespoons of vanilla syrup

3 tbsp of funfetti cake mix (dry)

1.5 cups of ice

6 to 8 oz of coffee (espresso if you’re feeling brave)

 

Throw all of the ingredients above in the blender, I haven’t found that the order matters. After a few seconds of blending (barista’s choice!) pour it into your cup. If you want to dye your drink more than one color, separate the mixture into different cups and dye it, then combine it at the end.

Add whipped cream to the top, if desired and any other aesthetic touches. Then you’re good to go!

The Domestic Rebel’s recipe calls for a handful of ice, I recommend 1.5 cups if you want more of a Venti size drink. I’ll be trying to revisit this drink next year with fresh eyes and experience.

Keep an eye out for future m̶i̶s̶h̶a̶p̶s̶  experiments. I hope to explore making home coffees a bit more and gain valuable experience for my future reviews.

 

Posh Peach Celebrates 4 Stylish Years!

 Today marked the celebration of The Posh Peach being fab for a whole stunning 4 years. Of course, I had to be in attendance- I never miss a celebration. When I got there, the streets were packed with people perusing the street market like they do every Saturday. Today being a little different due to the Pride aspect that Mirrors Auburn’s Pride Celebration that’s going on tomorrow (June 3).

The lovely ladies manning the counter were as courteous as always and there was a worker milling about with a Instax camera to take pictures of the happy shoppers. Behind the counter, was a board with balloons that you could get a chance to pop if you spent 50 dollars. I was determined to pop a balloon and win something, but what would I find that I felt compelled to buy?

While I thought, I drank my Butter Beer Frappe from Starbucks I looked at the snack table hungrily.

 

They had the cutest alpaca cookies that tasted as good as they looked, cupcakes that I didn’t remember to try and a couple of unique lemonades. Cucumber and Raspberry, both were delicious but the Raspberry was my favorite, personally. The lovely ladies behind the counter offered me a free icee from the stand just outside, I gladly took them up on the offer even during this dreary weather we’ve been having. 

 

I tried on so many different things… like this skirt, this gorgeous white off-shoulder shirt, this beige crop top, and this tan flowy tank. An honorable mention goes to the Navy baby overall dress, I desperately wanted to try that on (and possibly take it home with me) but they didn’t have my size, sadly. I’ll keep an eye out, because it’s really way too cute.

After all of that, I was still empty-handed. Nothing quite tickled my fancy or spoke to me. Some, like the skirt, just plain didn’t fit. And had I gone up a size, it would have definitely dragged on the floor. I don’t even own a pair of wedge platforms, but I may need to invest in them if I want to play with maxis.

The Winners are…

 

I did eventually find this adorable Salty shirt, that spoke to me, that admittedly I had been eyeballing for weeks. The shirt took care of about half of the $50 dollar requirement, and I’m glad to report that I found a unique and cute denim skirt on the clearance rack. They only had one… in my size! Score! The two items pair together fairly well, if I do say so. It feels quite summery, and plausible for a day by the pool (if you don’t feel like swimming). Just needs a pair of casual sandals, I’m really feeling these from Kohls. 

 

I fell in love with the shirt the moment I saw it on the Posh Peach Instagram, and I’m so glad to have it finally! Now if only I could stop taking so many awkward photos…The two pieces together cost a little over $50, tax included, so I got the opportunity to take out some of my aggression on a balloon. Images of failure from fairgrounds past danced in my head, but luckily, I hit the balloon I aimed for and scored a sweet 20% on my future celebratory shopping trip. I was also rewarded for my purchase with a free t-shirt. It’s quite comfy, and feels soft. I was expecting a budget stiff cotton tee, but they definitely surprised me.

The Posh Peach Shirt
This shirt is seriously comfy- and the fit…. perfect!

The back reads “Loyal Local”, and that I definitely am! Once again, I must commend The Posh Peach on their wonderful selection of stylish clothes and their delightful staff. My only wish in retrospect is that I had tried one of the cupcakes.

Quickie: Starbucks Did Something Right

Hey everyone! I’ve been trying to find something rave on from Starbucks (Aside from my old usual mocha frappe), and I found it, in an unlikely place on their menu. I’ve previously, only had the Black and White Mocha, White Chocolate Mocha with caramel and that… cinnamon thing, I had before. 

 

Seriously, the Coconut Milk Vanilla (iced) Latte was fantastic. I’ve never cared too much for coconut milk, and I’ve surely never had it in my coffee. Thi drink was a surprise and a half, after the first taste, I was hooked. It had a very harmonious flavor with the coconut and vanilla mixing, and left me feeling very zen. 

Without a doubt, this is a great vacation drink. If you enjoy coffee that tastes a little stronger, with a very down-to-earth sweetness, this is the drink for you! 

I see you Starbucks, good job!

 

Taste; 

Coffee Abroad; Revisiting Good Memories with UniquExpressions

On February 17th of this year, my boyfriend and I visited the charming town of Pine Mountain, Georgia and visited the coffee shop UniquExpressions. My partner isn’t a fan of coffee for the most part, and gets turned off by an espresso flavor so finding coffee for him is a challenge. Honestly, we were very surprised by this little shop and fell in love with it. Afterward, he surprised me with my engagement ring, so needless to say we have some good associations with this place.

 

We have not shut up about it since then and I’ve been itching to take Jeans there with us. Today, I got my wish. We made a day trip to Pine Mountain and treated ourselves to the most AMAZING burger I’ve seen in a small town from Eatz on the Corner. Seriously, it was phenomenal, seasoned so well and cooked perfectly. Look at this beautiful thing. 

 

For dessert, as is our custom, we hoofed it across main street and to the main attraction. UniquExpressions- we couldn’t wait.

We have done nothing but talk it up since February, and finally got the chance to bring her. The inside of the shop is incredibly homey and feels a little Boho to me, with the soft mismatched seating. It feels welcoming and comfortable and I had to fight the urge to retrieve my laptop and geek out.

 

 

There was also the cutest decor above the large window that I would love to take home- you can view it above. The idea is so inspired! I loved the coffee cups hanging with the fairy lights. 

Coffee and their shoe selection
Shoes and Coffee- a match made in heaven!

We sat down to enjoy our drinks- Jeans and I got one of their signature drinks, the Prince Harry iced latte. The drink is a made from a dark roast with Chocolate, Caramel, and English Toffee flavors. Their beans are a locally sourced proprietary blend that they have posted by the register for the curious.

UniquExpresions Blend info
UniquExpressions was kind enough to display their blend information at the register

The coffee was as fantastic as I remember- the flavors are incredibly smooth and balanced without a hint of bitterness. The toffee was the predominant flavor and followed nicely by the rich mocha and caramel. There is espresso in it, but the flavor is so subtle and sweet that it even my coffee-ambivalent partner was enamored. I did try a second one from them today, since we were there for a while and the prices are so fair.

The second drink I got was the Nobel Prize Latte which was English Toffee and Vanilla- honestly, it was quite similar to the Prince Harry, while delicious, I didn’t taste the vanilla under the toffee, save but for a whisper.  You really can’t go wrong with any option here- because although I couldn’t taste the secondary flavor, it was delectable. When I go back, I’m going to be more adventurous. There are so many options to choose from!

Honestly, this place has some of the best coffee I’ve had so far- it’s sweet, flavorful, smooth and has just a little bit of a nutty flavor that makes it all pop. So far, this town has a lot going for it. Gorgeous views, wonderful burgers and incredible coffee. If you find yourself anywhere near the area, I highly recommend a visit to Pine Mountain. 

 

Instagrameter; /5

Taste; /5

 

    Pine Mountain gets my first 5/5 on both counts- for the wonderful atmosphere, service and flavors!

 

 

 

Java Jill’s Fantastic Fête

~*~ Birthday Pre-Party ~*~

    

We have a very special birthday post coming at you today! I turned 28 on the 20th and am not happy about it, truth be told. To ease my mood, we started celebrating early! My dear friend and our beloved fashion writer joined myself and my fiance’ for the festivities, most of which was of the consumable variety.

For dinner, we went to O’Charley’s again, and I was treated to their delectable garlic butter filet mignon, broccoli, and Caesar salad, for dessert we had their wonderfully filling and rich Caramel pie. For my drink, of course, I had the Cotton Candy Fizz. On a side note, would you believe that 3 Walmarts and a Target failed to have Cotton Candy so I can recreate this wonderful thing at home? I’m considering buying a cotton candy machine.

    

Jeans and I rounded off the day with some much needed retail therapy- we left H&M emptyhanded but I struck gold later on at Charlotte Russe when I found this amazing tulle skirt, that is already up on Instagram., I’m apparently cosplaying as a Tumblrette tomorrow- tiara and all. I also bought myself a birthday coloring book and sloth journal to keep track of ideas for future posts on the go because I greatly prefer to write ideas on paper. Behold!

 

I am so ready to find my holy grail satchel purse so  I can carry my multiple notebooks around!

 

~*~ Day (two) zero ~*~

   

On the big day, we took advantage of the many birthday offers I’ve gotten in my email over the past month. The first one was Ihop where I was treated to their delicious sweet cream crepes, unfortunately, I did have to tell them it was my birthday so we could get the pancakes, and they ended up coming to table and singing their birthday song (I didn’t know how to even react- just quietly pout and drink my splash berry). 

Jeans and I left there and headed to Plato’s Closet, where I continued my ill-fated search for the holy grail of satchels. My search was fruitless, but we did find some good deals that I couldn’t commit to. One was a 90 dollar bag with the price tag that was being sold for 16 dollars and the other what looked like a knockoff Versace. In the end, I walked out empty-handed and walked right into a Clothes Mentor which was amazing. I didn’t even know we had a place for affordable name brands. I have never seen so many expensive purses for my budget. I didn’t walk out empty-handed this time.

To be perfectly fair, I’m looking for a crossbody satchel to hold my sketchbook, sloth book and maybe my computer (the latter not totally needed, but would be enjoyed). I found a few cute Coach bags in my budget that checked off a few of my boxes, but not all. Is it still settling if it’s Coach? I ended up selecting this gorgeous mid-2000s Coach crossbody. Not really important, but the inside is really pretty pink, which was a box I didn’t know I needed to be checked. And, I may be a peasant but, I’m very impressed by the stanp of authenticity.

grey Coach crossbody bag
Thank you, Clothes Mentor for my first designer bag!

I did include in that picture the birthday gift that my fiance’ gave me this year- Superfight, it’s like Cards Against Humanity but with ridiculous superheroes. I highly recommend this game if you enjoy Cards Against Humanity or Apples to Apples. 

The Peachtree Mall has so many great stores with some amazing selections, but in comparison to Clothes Mentor, the selections fell flat. I guess after being around the high-quality items everything else felt lackluster, I guess I know where I’m shopping on the regular. We did get a good deal on this amazing lotion from Bath and Body Works from their new Water line that’s made with Hyaluronic Acid and is supposed to be great for dry skin- I can attest to that, because guys, my. hands. feel. awesome. 

The last leg of our day was to get dinner, which was unremarkable- but we did get Starbuck’s colored drinks- I got the Pink Drink, because my aesthetic for my birthday is Pretty Pretty Princess. Jeans got the Purple Drink.

I’ll do a brief review on the Pink Drink, but since it’s a bundled sort of review with the entire festivities. Honestly, this drink deserves a spot on my Summer Drink list and if that post hadn’t already gone up, I’d definitely add this. It’s amazingly refreshing and fruity. I felt like I was relaxing on some beach in Florida with this, really, it’s phenomenal. Fruity, light with a slight strawberry flavor underneath what I assume is the Acai. I may or may not be mildly obsessed with this.

Also, as a sort of debut for myself and my questionable fashion taste, a photo of us! As you can see we’re having a blast enjoying our pink and purple berry refreshers at one of the happiest places on earth!

Java and Jeans in their natural habitat
Your writers, Java and Jeans! My aesthetic today was pretty princess, apparently