caffè shakerato

Caffè Shakerato

When I was a little girl, I would lurk around the breakfast table in the mornings, pestering my parents or my aunt to let me dunk my pan de sal (Filipino rolls) in their coffee. Of course, I wasn’t allowed to drink it, which made me want it even more. However, once in a while, my mom would nod her head and allow me to dip my bread in one of the cups and watch it soak up the coffee like a sponge. I would quickly put the soggy bread in my mouth so the coffee wouldn’t drip down my arm and all over the table. I particularly coveted my aunt’s coffee, which was a couple shades lighter in color than my dad’s, as she preferred her coffee with a generous amount of milk (and sugar, for that matter).

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chocolate chip, coffee, and walnut muffins

Most mornings, I don’t have time to eat breakfast at home, so I like to grab something convenient I can take to work. Once I get to my office, I usually buy a mocha to go with whatever pastry or muffin I brought from home. So, with my rushed morning routine, I’m always looking for quick, portable, yet delicious breakfast item, and these muffins fit the bill perfectly. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and what better way to start the day than with chocolate and coffee! Continue reading

every day is coffee day!

Happy International Coffee Day, my fellow caffeine-dependent friends!

Though the origin of this day is unknown, we can all guess that coffee retailers had a lot to do with it.  7-Eleven and Dunkin’ Donuts are offering free coffee today, although apparently Starbucks is not, according to the huge number of  irate Starbucks patrons who’ve taken their outrage to Facebook.

These days my coffee ritual starts at home with my personal barista (Chris) handing me my first latte of the morning.  This is my favorite time of the day as Chris and I drink our lattes and talk about the events of the day ahead.  It’s our special  time together! 

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