Best thing I’ve heard all day.
Recently, it came to my attention that Starbucks serves Butterbeer. Yes, you heard me. B-U-T-T-E-R-B-E-E-R. It’s on their “secret menu”.
The last time I had it was at a Harry Potter opening night at Alamo Drafthouse and I actually loved it. Since it’s one of those themed menu items, it’s sadly no longer available so having the option of Butterbeer wherever a Starbucks can be found? Well, that’s pretty awesome since the place is pretty much at the corner of almost every street. And so we all decided to try it out. I found a website that pretty much told you all about the ‘recipe’ and I showed it to the cashier.
When they were finished with our drinks (2 venti’s and a grande), the barista called out, “Butterbeer Frappuccino,” and several heads turned. I was rather excited - so excited that I never took photos (sorry, guys). As I took the first much-anticipated sip, it tasted… nothing like butterbeer (the toffee wasn’t pronounced enough). However, it did taste like the egg pudding I would find at the bottom of my boba/tapioca drink. All in all, it was good. I just don’t want to think too much about the amount of calories in that Venti Butterbeer Frap — not to mention the whipped cream topping (I decided to go all out since it was my first).
Note: the caramel drizzle is an extra 60 cents.
I haven’t had an American-style Thanksgiving ever since my family moved to Texas. Not long after, we became vegetarian so the chances zipped down to zero, which is funny since - you know - we’re now in Texas and all where brisket, BBQ, and meat in general (like bacon) are celebrated and almost worshipped.
Well, no longer! There are quite a lot of vegetarian and vegan recipes for Thanksgiving out there so I decided that on this Thanksgiving 2013, my family is going to have it American-style with some sort of protein, casserole, mashed potatoes, and veggie casserole and what-have-you. Not to mention the dessert!
I made a rough menu of what we would need and now I understand why cooking for Thanksgiving night is an all-day affair. Now, to rope in the help of my sister and my husband (and his brother)! Let’s do this!!
I hope it turns out decently, since I’ve never made any of the items before, since I love making things difficult for myself and I had to choose new recipes for them all. Except for perhaps the mashed potatoes - that I’ve made along with the roasted veggies.