Sweet Cinnamon Iced Coffee – Iced Coffee Recipes for Summer – Marie Claire

 

The Best Iced Coffee Recipe

Oh my goodness, this looks like the best recipe for an iced coffee. It’s perfect for that hot summer day or night, sitting on the patio, by the swimming pool and relaxing with this amazing drink…….. AHHHH, summer, how I love you.

Sweet Cinnamon Iced Coffee – Iced Coffee Recipes for Summer – Marie Claire.

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Say It Ain’t So!! Crumbs NYC Is Closing!!

Source: Crumbs Bake Shop Facebook

Source: Crumbs Bake Shop Facebook

I remember the very first time I visited Crumbs Bake Shop in Beverly Hills Ca. I was in cupcake heaven! Here were these huge, muffin size cupcakes that had names like ‘grasshopper’, and were actually decorated to resemble the color of a grasshopper and with a mound of dirt. But the best part was that it was eatable, eatable heaven of chocolate, Oreo crumbs and mini chocolate chips.

Source: Crumbs Bake Shop

Source: Crumbs Bake Shop

Unfortunately, today it was announced that Crumbs Bake Shop will be shutting down all 48 of its stores across the country. The New York based company has fell victim to the once cupcake craze that has fizzled out.

Per a statement from the WSJ “Regrettably Crumbs has been forced to cease operations and is immediately attending to the dislocation of its employees while it evaluates its limited remaining options,” the company said in an emailed statement. That will include filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation.

The husband and wife team of Jason and Mia Bauer started this one of a kind cupcake shop in 2003, but due to underperforming stores, this rough economy, and a steep decline in sales, it had to cease their operations. Crumbs is not the only cupcakery that has been forced to close its doors, here locally, several cupcake shops have been also been forced to close its doors.

Source: Crumbs Bake Shop

Source: Crumbs Bake Shop

Farewell dear Crumbs, I will miss your fabulous cupcakes.

Gifts For The Jet Setter

We all have friends or know of someone who travels a lot, whether it be for work for for fun, its hard work traveling right? I’ve put together some gifts that are just perfect for that Jet Setter and they will think you’re the greatest!

PB Teen has a wonderful assortment of throw blankets and they’re not just for teens, its a 50×60 throw blanket that is perfect for traveling on those long plane trips.

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$24

This adorable card case by Paris House that says “hello” is a great gift, especially for for the constant traveler because theres no need for a bulky wallet. The card case holds up to 6 cards. Available at Shopbop.com

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$58.10 plus an additional 20% off all sale

Voluspa Candles in a glass cut jar give an fantastic aroma to any room and when lit gives off a pretty glow. Its perfect for that relaxing bath. Available at anthropologie.com

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$28

Who wouldn’t want a delicious box of French Macrons? These Macarons from Bottega Louie Los Angeles are not only divine, but so pretty just to admire. Bottega Louie is known for their amazing desserts and gifts so whoever you gift these to will want more, and you just may want to order some for yourself. Bottega Louie ships so be sure to place that order soon.

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$60 for a box of 24 flavors of your choice

 

A French Macaron to die for

Ok, ok, so I know the French Macaron craze has been taken to a whole new level and maybe a bit over done. But how can you not love these amazing pile of grounded almonds, egg whites and sugar? I tried my hand at making these a few years back and I’m not going to lie, it was a bit extensive, but none the less, they were good. No matter how so yesterday they are, my love for French Macarons will never die. Just look at these amazing oversized French Macaron ice cream sandwiches, I’d kill to have one of these now!!! Too bad it’s in Ohio….. Oh well, maybe I can try to make some myself? It can happen….

Tata!

Image courtesy of Elle.com

Image courtesy of Elle.com

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I bought these which are now available at my local Whole Foods Market!
Image courtesy of natalieparamore.com

Image courtesy of natalieparamore.com

Image courtesy of bmgf.bulbafarden.net

Image courtesy of bmgf.bulbafarden.net

My Sweet love

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I have THE worst sweet tooth out of anbody that I know of, so on our weekly weekend trip ( I guess you can call it that) to San Francisco to visit my brother at UCSF Hospital, I originally wanted to stop at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf but to my dismay, they were closed. So we had passed a cute cafe, called La Boulange. Its just an truly wonderful cafe that does give you that parisian vibe. The moment we walked in, I could not stop salivating at the magnificent pastries, desserts, cookies and more in there. I wanted to buy everything that I could, but I had to constrain myself because for one, my hips do not need anymore treats and two I didn’t want to spend a fortune on treats. So, after struggling on what to get, I decided to get an almond croissant, 2 sugar topped brioche, an orange and almond pound cake, a box of macarons and a bag of Croquets De Bordeaux. So you could say I got more than enough so I’ll be sharing with the family!
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www.laboulangebakery.com

A Perfect Stop For Coffee

I always try to support the locally owned coffee shops because they tend to have specialty drinks and food items. I mean don’t get me wrong, I like Starbucks and Peet’s coffee and Tea, but I tend to be different from the norm. I like different choices in what I drink, and this is where it’s leading…. There is a wonderful coffee and food establishment in my town called Coffee Republic. The moment you walk into this place you feel transported to a coffee trading post in Colombia or Guatemala. There is distressed wood and brick throughout the cafe and you can virtually see the tubs of different coffees from around different regions of the world. They also have on display a huge roaster that they use to roast there one of many coffees. On their tables are actual burlap bags from the coffee. But now let’s get down to why I actually love this place.. From the choice of specialty coffee drinks down to their pastries makes them stand out from th typical coffee cafe. I personally can’t drink cows milk, so I drink almond milk or coconut milk; get this, they give you the option of either one of those milks too!! Their breakfast and lunch menu are to die for. I love to eat their oatmeal because they change it up all the time, from fresh berries to actual cheesecake bites in the oatmeal! It’s garnished with brown sugar a little bit of butter and whatever treat they decide to add to it. Their choice of sandwiches vary from turkey with Havarti cheese to tuna melts. Salads are also on the menu. Now their pastries…. Heaven; pies, cookies, macaroons, coffee cakes and more. Coffee Republic also offers specialty tea drinks as well that are made fresh from the many choices of tea leaves. Like the Thai coconut tea.. Which is made up of fresh black tea, coconut syrup, and cream.. Amazing.. As you can see I could go on and on about this place but to experience it would be better.imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimage

Out to dinner

Most weekends we go out dinner to the restaurants around town. There are a few that we frequent and one is Chicago Fire. Chicago Fire is an authentic Chicago style pizza restaurant that once you walk in you automatically see the brick walls with paintings of great jazz legends, great big windows, mahogany booths and all mahogany tables. The lighting is dim and as you’re sitting at your table or waiting for your table, you get transported to a authentic Chicago style restaurant listening to that great jazz lounge music. The ambiance is amazing and the pizza….. You have two options, either a traditional Chicago deep dish pizza or a thin crust pizza. We always opt for the thin crust. Not only is pizza on the menu, but salads, Greek fries which are thin cut fries loaded with garlic, Parmesan cheese and parsley. There is also the option for buffalo wings, grilled artichoke, calamari and more. We absolutely love going there and we obviously aren’t the only ones because there is always at least a 20-40 min wait. But the wait is worth it and we always have a great time at dinner.
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