Friday, September 30, 2016

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Shake Shack Shacktoberfest - Bavarian-style Pretzel

I always look forward to the limited edition/special menu items at Shake Shack, and I was very happy to see a new soft pretzel on the Shacktoberfest menu

This Bavarian-style soft pretzel is a "toasted soft pretzel topped with Bavarian spices", and you have the option of adding the Shack cheese sauce for $1, which can you see behind the pretzel.  The pretzel was nice and hot, with a crunchy bottom and soft inside.  I can't quite figure out what all of the spices are, but it was delicious and certainly not bland - and it was perfect with the gooey Shack cheese sauce to dip in.  I'm glad I had a chance to try this out before Shacktoberfest ends this weekend (October 2nd)! 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

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National Coffee Day

Happy National Coffee day! Although I've never really liked straight hot coffee, I love the smell (haha), and of course I love iced coffee and flavored coffees as well.  There are a few companies that are celebrating with deals if you are near one today!

Krispy Kreme: Free small coffee and original glazed doughnut today.
Dunkin' Donuts: $0.66 Medium hot coffee today.
Peet's Coffee and Tea: Free coffee with a breakfast item purchase.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Hello Kitty Cafe Truck - Bethesda

A few weeks ago I met up with my friend L to check out the Hello Kitty Cafe truck's pop-up shop event in Bethesda - along with about a million other Hello Kitty fans, haha.  The line moved pretty slowly but I am generally OK with lines (v. Japanese of me, ha), and it was fun to see all the different Hello Kitty outfits people were wearing in line.  


Below are the items that I got:
- T-shirt (for a friend that couldn't make it)
- Mug
- Free button and sticker from the event
- Frosted cookie set

I am SO happy I got the mug - it is super cute and even has a little Hello Kitty doughnut that you can see when you finish your drink.  I hope more Hello Kitty events come to this area in the future! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Lunchtime Links for September 27th, 2016

Target - Thanks a Latte Plate

The seasonal housewares section at my local Target is always located right when you walk in, so there's a good chance I will see something that I like every time they bring in new merchandise, haha. 

This recent visit was no exception, as I was instantly drawn to these cute metallic dessert plates that are part of the fall/Thanksgiving collection!  I got one of the "Thanks a Latte" plates and can't wait to use it.  The design is in a very pretty metallic gold color, and it would even make a cute decorative item for any time of the year!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Lunchtime Links for September 26th, 2016

Trader Joe's Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies

I'm not sure if these are totally new, but as far as I know I have not seen these cookies at Trader Joe's in past fall seasons so they are new to me! I love checking out the fall pumpkin items that Trader Joe's comes out with every year, and these sounded really delicious right off the bat.  The cookies indeed are petite sized, smaller than an Oreo cookie but not quite miniature sized.  They are coated in a pale orange and white yogurt with sprinkles all over them.  I loved these cookies - they actually reminded me of the frosted gingerbread cookies from Trader Joe's over the holidays, with a stronger pumpkin spice addition.  They're the perfect little cookies to nibble on with tea or a Pumpkin Spice Latte - haha! 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Lunchtime Links for September 23rd, 2016

Starbucks $3 Fall Drinks

Fall is upon us, and while the Starbucks seasonal drinks have been out for a little while now, this week is the perfect time to try out anything you've had your eye on.

Until September 25th, all of the Fall drinks are $3 for a Grande size between 2-5pm each day.  This includes the following:

- Hot/Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Hot/Iced Chile Mocha
- Hot/Iced Salted Caramel Mocha
- Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino
- Chile Mocha Frappuccino
- Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino

If you've been thinking about trying any of these seasonal drinks, be sure to go while they are "on sale", haha!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

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Happy First Day of Fall!

Happy first day of Fall everyone!  While the weather here in Maryland might not exactly feel like Fall just yet, it's only a matter of time before we're all complaining about the cold winter, so enjoy the warm fall days ahead!  Be sure to go get a Pumpkin Spice Latte now that it's officially Fall! 


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Lunchtime Links for September 21st, 2016

Choco Chip Oreos

In just the past few years, it seems like Nabisco has come out with a TON of crazy limited edition Oreo flavors -  and some are definitely better than others, haha.  Luckily, these Choco Chip Oreos are definitely in the "better" category and they did a great job with this one!

One of the things I liked most about these Oreos is that both the cookie and creme components are chocolate chip - often times the creme is just changed to suit the different flavor.  I think it also helps that an Oreo and chocolate chip cookie aren't really that far off in terms of the general flavor, so this was an easy transition from the standard Oreo.  If you're a fan of the Golden Oreos and also love chocolate chips, this is the perfect Oreo for you! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Lunchtime Links for September 20th, 2016

Target - Pumpkin Spice T-shirt

I regularly check out the t-shirt/tank section at Target because they usually have some fun designs all throughout the year.  And considering my obsession with all things pumpkin, of course I couldn't pass this one up! It's a super soft tank that shows everyone that you are Team Pumpkin, haha.  And for $12.99, this is also a great little gift for someone that loves everything pumpkin! 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Lunchtime Links for September 19th, 2016

Bath and Body Works - Pumpkin Candles

This year, Bath and Body Works has lots of pumpkin scented candles in their fall collection which is very exciting!  There are lots of different pumpkin based scents to choose from, and I love the cute labels! Of course I lean more towards the baked/sweet pumpkin scents, but I can see why this collection is one of the more popular ones each year!

Friday, September 16, 2016

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Georgetown Cupcake - September Flavors

There are lots of fun cupcake flavors at Georgetown Cupcake this month, including a few new ones!

- Caramel AppleFresh apple cupcake with a caramel core topped with a vanilla cream cheese frosting and a caramel star drizzle.

- Banana Chocolate ChipBanana cupcake baked with fresh banana and topped with a whipped ganache frosting.

- PB & J: Peanut Butter cupcake cored and filled with grape jelly and topped with a twist of peanut butter and grape jelly frostings.

- Caramel CheesecakeCaramel cheesecake topped with a caramel frosting and caramel star drizzle.

- Peanut Butter Fudge Cheesecake: Valrhona chocolate cheesecake with an Oreo cookie crust, cored and filled with fudge, and topped with a peanut butter frosting and a fudge star drizzle.

- Chocolate Ganache Surprise: Valrhona chocolate cupcake cored and filled with vanilla buttercream, dipped in chocolate ganache, and decorated with rainbow nonpareils.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Lunchtime Links for September 1st, 2016

Shake Shack - September Custard Calendar

Happy September everyone! There are lots of fun custard flavor offerings this month at Shake Shack!  This month's flavors include one of my favorites - the Red Velvet custard.  Shacktoberfest is also at the end of September, so I am looking forward to seeing what this year's menu items will be for that!

9/1 - 9/4: Peanut Brittle
9/5 - 9/11: Red Velvet
9/12 - 9/18: Strawberry Graham Cracker
9/19 - 9/22: Mast Brothers Chocolate Mint
9/23 - 9/30: Shacktoberfest Shakes