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Matcha at Whole Foods

BY TARA BURKE

One day while picking up some groceries at Whole Foods, we noticed that their Allegro Coffee Bar was serving up a bunch of matcha drink options. I’m not sure how we missed this before, but once we spotted a Matcha Chai Latte on the menu we knew we had to try it. So on our next visit to Whole Foods we both got a Matcha Chai as well as a few cookies to split! We thought the drink was excellent and refreshing! Chai and matcha have such distinct flavors, but they ended up working great together. We both tend to prefer iced matcha drinks, so this will definitely be a go-to drink as spring approaches.

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Austin Eats: Voodoo Doughnuts

BY CAILIN BURKE

If you’ve been keeping up with us or follow us on Instagram, then you already know how much we love doughnuts. I have to take this chance to link back to some of our old posts on Dough, Dun-Well, and Montclair Bread Co. so you can see how our artisanal doughnut hunt has gone so far. When looking up doughnut shops in Austin, I saw that Voodoo Doughnut had opened only two weeks prior in the Sixth Street District. I have been wanting to try their crazy looking doughnuts so this trip was the perfect opportunity! Since it is relatively new, the lines can get a little long but we got there early in the morning and beat the rush.

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End of Summer Berkshires Weekend

BY TARA BURKE

Since college Cailin and I have been giving each other experience presents compared to actual gifts for our birthdays. This year I got Cailin a weekend at a cabin in the Berkshires! My parents pitched in to make it a full family getaway. Our check-in was at 3pm so on the way there we stopped at No Six Depot Roastery Cafe. It is a super cute cafe with a delicious drink and food menu. We planned a big dinner at the cabin, so we only got drinks. Together we got a iced latte, Mocha Latte, Mexican Hot Chocolate and lemonade. Everything was great and if you’re in the area while it’s still warm get the lemonade. It was the perfect combo of tart and sweet.

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NYC Weekend Brunch

BY CAILIN BURKE

If you know anything about NYC, then you know weekend brunch is a sacred tradition. Well for us, not really a tradition since it is pretty pricy, but we do love to test out new brunch spots once in a while. We had some friends from our hometown come visit and couldn’t let them leave without the typical brunch! So we headed to Cafe Orlin in the East Village at around 11 on a Saturday morning.

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We had heard there would probably be a long wait since all of those other city dwellers love their brunch, and when we got there we saw a few people waiting outside. Luckily, the cards were in our favor because literally 5 seconds after I put in my name for the wait list, we were called inside and got the most perfect private table! It helped that we were a group of four since most people there were in groups of 2 or 3 tops and had to wait for smaller tables to free up.

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Strollin’ on a Sunday

BY CAILIN BURKE

For us, Sundays are our total relaxing day. After church we usually like to just hang out, walk around, and get some NYC eats. This time we took the walking around a little far and found ourselves walking about an hour all the way to Soho!

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We go to church at Hillsong NYC in Midtown, so it was definitely quite the walk. Since it was a beautiful day it was no big deal. Plus I love going to Soho as it’s one of my favorite areas of Manhattan! Once in Soho we decided to grab coffee and lunch at Ground Support. It’s this cute little cafe that has tons of light, wood tables, and even a bench for a window seat!

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Bibble & Sip

BY TARA BURKE

Whenever we have nothing particular to do, but want to get out of the house Cai and I search for a new coffee spot. This time we ended up at Bibble and Sip on 51st St. and 8th Ave.

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This small cafe is super cute with window bar stool seating along with a few tables. They have their menu offerings on chalkboards all over the cafe and the best part of all their decor is the alpaca theme. Their brand logo and symbol is the alpaca and they have them on their to-go cups, business cards and as garden trimmings displayed on the wall.

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Cailin ordered a lavender latte and I got a regular latte. Cailin loved her lavender latte and said it had just the right hint of lavender sweetness. My latte had a great smooth flavor and of course everyone adores some latte art from time to time!

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NYC Coffee Shops

BY CAILIN BURKE

New Yorkers love their coffee, and as a result, there are thousands of great coffee shops to go to. Over the past weekend I did my best to try a few that I have been wanting to check out. Here are my thoughts on each unique café:

1) Maman-  Maman is located in SoHo, my favorite part of Manhattan! Aside from the food and drinks here, I have to point out the decor. The whole cafe has an urban aesthetic with wooden tables, brick walls and stringed lights. They also decorate the walls with plants and quirky knick knacks. I wanted something sweet so I opted for lavender hot chocolate. Plus, I’ve never been somewhere where lavender hot chocolate was even an option, so it was a must-get. It was delicious and you could definitely taste the lavender, but it wasn’t too overpowering. Don’t be afraid to try it yourself! It’s subtle and spices up the typical hot chocolate. Plus… look at the cute cups they come in! I also got chocolate walnut bread to go along with it. It’s actually funny, because the sign said “chocolate cake,” so I guess I kind of had cake for breakfast! Either way, I loved Maman and it definitely makes for a cute spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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2) Jack’s Wife Freda- I’ve wanted to go to JWF for Sunday brunch for a really long time. I wasn’t planning on going here when I did, but it was raining and my friend and I wanted to sit down and have some coffee…. so to Jack’s Wife Freda we went! Their coffee is from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, which I’ve never had before, but it was great and even better was the adorable sugar packets they had on the table. I loved the coffee and the place a latte.

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3) 983 Bushwick’s Living Room- Before my friends and I went looking at the street art in Bushwick, we grabbed brunch at 983, a place known for being open 24 hours a day. I got some delicious lemon poppy pancakes and of course, coffee to go along with it. I loved how the cream/milk came in a beaker! This is a must-visit place if you can’t get enough coffee, because I kid you not, you would take two sips of coffee and your cup would be refilled. By the end of our meal, my friends were so jittery from all of the coffee we drank. Approximately 10 cups of coffee later, we were sufficiently fueled up to start our day. I loved all the cute cafes we were able to try out and can’t wait to get back to the city to head to some more cool coffee spots!

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There’s No Time Like Tea Time

BY CAILIN BURKE

Today I tagged along with Tara to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to eat lunch at the cafe they have there. She was meeting someone for a job interview, but I love CIA so I wanted to go get some food too! I had been there two times before but only had items from their lunch menu, and this time I was feeling tea and a pastry. After living in London for almost four months, I’ve learned to love tea with scones, biscuits, or crumpets. Since the cafe is known for their pastries, desserts, and macarons, I thought what better place to have tea time?! The cafe is completely run by the institute’s students so they have some really great chefs who are constantly practicing and making new things. Every time you go, there’s something different and they make all of their food look so beautiful! For today though, the Maple Frosted Brioche Donut looked pretty appetizing so I got that with a pot of English Breakfast Tea. I then got a Raspberry Macaron Tart to split with Tara after her interview was over as a treat!

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