I got into the Starbucks line this morning going back and forth between my usual standbys as of late: pumpkin spice latte, or triple espresso…? After chastising myself for being so boring and predictable, something caught my eye. The chalkboard had a picture of what looked like a latte with the words ‘Flat White’ on it. It went on to describe smooth ristretto shots of espresso topped with steamed whole milk. I then said out loud (and to no one), “Ooh. I want that.”*
I got very excited. A ristretto shot is a smaller, smoother, sweeter pull of espresso that you can actually get at any time if you ask for it. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it on this blog before. My old barista in DC, Alex, used to only make my drinks with ristretto, and I think that’s one of the reasons they were so amazing. I asked for ristretto shots a few times when I first moved back to Chicago, but I’m already high maintenance enough and didn’t want to overly-complicate things. And after a few baristas didn’t even know what I was asking for, I just gave up.
Oh Alex… I miss you every day.
Anyhoo. The Flat White did not disappoint. Just think of the smoothest, creamiest latte you’ve ever had. It’s nothing fancy or complicated. It’s just delicious. Oh, and don’t order it with anything but whole milk. It’s worth the extra calories. Now go get one.**
*I also tried to take a picture of the chalkboard, but I couldn’t zoom in enough without looking like a crazy***person.
**This direction is specifically for Steve Szafranski. I love you, and thank you for always drinking what I tell you to.
***I know I am crazy, I just try to hide it in public.
Guys, I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a Christmas vacation itch the size of Texas. There’s nothing worse than having to go to work and generally function as a human being when all you want to do is snuggle up on the couch and watch Christmas movies while snow falls ever so softly out your window. [Sounds picturesque, right? I described that scene to a tee. Don’t you feel like you’re actually on your couch? Man, I’m good.]
But if we must put on pants and go to work and engage with the general population, at least we can get this gem:
I laughed pretty hard when I got to my desk and finally looked at the cup. Continue reading →
As much as I complain about the cold weather that plagues the Midwest during the seemingly endless winter season, there’s something about the chill in December that’s almost comforting.
I love this time of year. I love snuggling my face into a new cozy scarf and sipping on spiked apple cider. I love that first snow, when it’s still pretty and magical. I love watching Christmas movies in the evenings with the Hubbster, and singing along with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. I love sending out Christmas cards. I love the lights that don all the city trees and the holiday tunes playing in all of the stores. I love watching people excitedly find the perfect presents for their significant others.
Not joining them. Just watching. You see, my husband and I… We don’t do gifts. Continue reading →