a busy Memorial Day weekend

We may have had the busiest four days EVER this past weekend. My birthday (39!), the Buffalo Half Marathon and the Memorial Day holiday…plus a handful of social events kept us on the go from sun up to sun down each day!

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a taste of cappucino

Andrew and I went on a walking date this afternoon in the snow.

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Our first stop was Taste, where we got cappuccinos and an oatmeal-raisin cookie to share:

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Then we left and walked a few awnings down to Salut, a local wine store for which I had a coupon. After some recommendations, we ended up with a bottle of each: red and white.

We made one more stop–into Urban Design, a local reclaimed-wood furniture goods store–before heading home.

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What a fun date! I love that we can walk to all these places, even when it’s cold. And I love that my husband can walk again.

coffee taste-off

The other day I happened to be in East Aurora over lunch and decided to continue my quest to try various coffees and form an opinion about how they taste.  This isn’t the point of this post, but I’ll go ahead and tally up my findings so far:

-Tim Horton’s: terrible!  It’s bitter and acrid and burned-tasting.

-McDonald’s: not bad, certainly acceptable in terms of drive-thru coffee.  Not a huge fan of their McCafe drinks–they’re way too sweet, but when I ask for less syrup, they seem ‘off’ to me.

-Starbucks: LOVE their new blonde roasts (Willow and Veranda).  Whether I get plain coffee or a “fru-fru” drink, I’m always happy.  Plus, they’re happy to accommodate my “may I have half the pumps of flavor, please?” requests.

-Orchard Perk: it’s the cute little coffeehouse here in the village that is oh-so-convenient on my way to and from school.  However, whatever roast I had the other day wasn’t all that great.  I’d be up for going back to try another roast, if they have one.

-Taste: their coffee is OK (their fru-fru drinks always cool down too much!), but it’s the atmosphere you go for, anyway.  They have multiple roasts, and now that I’m becoming somewhat of a coffee ‘connoisseur’ (ha! hardly…), I feel like I can make a good decision when presented with options.

-Firefly: Perhaps the best brewed and most extensive selection. They source from two different small-batch roasting companies and have multiple roasts (with descriptions!) available at all times.  Each cup is hand-poured or french press, so while it might take five minutes, it’s worth it.  I keep getting Stumptown’s Columbia roast.

-Panera: LOVE their hazelnut roast–who doesn’t??  AND they have all-you-can-drink iced coffee in the summer!  Fantastic, except for that time I was studying and lost track of the time, and the number of cups I’d had…

-@ home: we have a Keurig and a tried and true favorite is Gloria Jean’s Butter Toffee (we’re high class, I tell you….)

-Dunkin’ Donuts:  LOVE their coffee!  It just has a really smooth taste and I’m always happy no matter what I get.  I typically just order a regular cup and add plain cream and sugar since I like the flavor so much. The problem, of course, is that there is one in East Aurora, so I can go ALL. THE. TIME.  The only thing that prevents me from going more is that it’s located in such a spot that makes it a little hard to get in and out quickly, nor do they have a drive-thru, so it’s not the quickest of stops.  But then again, I’m not exactly known for lightning-fast decision-making, either.  (My husband is falling off his chair laughing right now, I just know it.)

Shall we say I might be a bit over-caffeinated?  I blame school.