It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas

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Today’s coffee of choice was a bit unorthodox for me.  I usually opt for sweet, icy beverages (anything similar to a milkshake usually makes me happy), but California finally got a major dose of cold weather this week, so I chose something new: an SkCDL (or “Skinny Cinnamon Dulce Latte” in layman’s terms).  This was recommended to me by the perkiest, Santa’s-elf-like barista I have ever met…which may explain why I had my first “Fa-La-La-La-La” moment of the year.  Yes, this warm beverage jolted memories of Christmas shopping at Stonestown Galleria with my mom, not to mention sugar plum fairies dancing in my head.  While I’m not one for cinnamon-flavored anything, this drink has just a subtle taste of the aforementioned spice, with a hint of vanilla flavor as well.  And at just around one hundred calories, I can revel in the Christmas spirit without rapidly heading towards Santa’s rotundity.

P.S. If you’ve ever wondered if the barista wrote your order correctly on your cup, you can learn to decipher the Starbucks code at: http://flashcarddb.com/cardset/48513-starbucks-drink-initials-flashcards.

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I scream, you scream, we all scream without caffeine

Barista at work

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You are driving to work, trying to keep your eyes open from the long night of grading that you put behind you, and attempting to not think about the long night of grading you have ahead of you, when suddenly, a disturbing thought hits you–it’s only Tuesday.

There is only one solution to this problem: caffeine.

If you love the taste of coffee, you can hit your closest Peet’s Coffee; if you don’t like the taste of coffee, but love the effect, you will most likely stumble upon at least three ubiquitous Starbucks on your way.  There, the handy-dandy, always happy baristas (except for this guy) can work their magic in order to concoct frosty masterpieces for you (light caramel frappuccino, anyone?).

Finally, you may opt for a soda instead: the LARGEST sodas are at your local gas station (I saw one today at the AMPM that was the size of my head.  Literally…I’m not a large person).  McDonalds  sells all of their sodas for $1 (even the large), and the largest large outside of the gas station can be found at Jack in the Box.

Happy slurping!

P.S.  For something to look forward to, read The New York Times article below.

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