Showing posts with label Coffee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Coffee. Show all posts

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Mexican spiced latte freeze at Piñon Coffee House in Albuquerque

Mexican spiced latte freeze at Piñon Coffee House in Albuquerque
Mexican spiced latte freeze at Piñon Coffee House in Albuquerque
It was warm this afternoon in Albuquerque, and I can always use some coffee, so why not try a cool drink made with locally grown and roasted coffee beans? That's what I got at Piñon Coffee House when I ordered the Mexican spiced latte freeze. It's rich coffee blended with ice and chocolate then topped with whipped cream and more chocolate. Delicious and perfect on a warm day. It's not spicy hot, but it is spicy good.

There are a few locations in Albuquerque, as well as a gift shop at their roasting plant where you can pick up beans, K-cups, and swag. Find them at the Piñon Coffee House web site.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Chile Mocha Frappuccino at Starbucks

Chile Mocha Frappuccino at Starbucks
Chile Mocha Frappuccino at Starbucks
I'm in New Mexico on the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail and I had a free reward to use at Starbucks, so naturally I picked the Chile Mocha Frappuccino. (There's also a Chile Mocha if you want a hot version.) This is cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla blended with coffee, milk and ice. Then it's topped with whipped cream, ancho and cayenne chile spices, and a lid :)

Wow! This is really good. Sort of sweet, sort of spicy, chilled, and blended perfectly. It's not as spicy as a Mexican hot chocolate, but it's pretty hot once you mix in the chile powder sitting on the top.

And since I got to use my free stars reward, the barista gave me an extra shot, too. Nice! This cooled me off and kept me going all afternoon.

The Starbucks Chile Mocha Frappuccino might not to be around forever, so check its availability at the Starbucks web site.

Chile Mocha Frappuccino at Starbucks detail
Chile Mocha Frappuccino at Starbucks up close

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Cafe Beignet in the Jazz Park in the French Quarter of New Orleans

Cafe Beignet at the Jazz Park in New Orleans' French Quarter
Continuing yesterday's guided Taste Buds food tour of the French Quarter in New Orleans, we walked over to the Cafe Beignet which is located at the back of the Jazz Park.

View from the balcony over the Cafe Beignet in the Jazz Park
Our tour group sat above the cafe in a small patio with a view of the jazz park. We listened to live jazz as we enjoyed our snack of beignets and cafe au lait.

Beignet and cafe au lait at the Cafe Beignet in New Orleans
Our guide asked us to compare the beignets from Cafe Beignet to those at Cafe Du Monde (read my post on Cafe Du Monde). Some differences: the beignets at Cafe Beignet are made to order (not in advance) and are hotter and fresher when they arrive at your table. In fact they are too hot to eat at first. They tasted fresher and fluffier to me.

Also, the beignets at Cafe Beignet are larger than the ones at Cafe Du Monde.

The cafe au lait at Cafe Beignet is stronger than the one served at Cafe Du Monde. I prefer strong coffee, so I really liked it.

Pro tip (courtesy of our tour guide, Linda): the jazz park is public, so you can enjoy the music without buying anything, and the restrooms (upstairs) are open to the public. More about the Musical Legends Jazz Park is here.

Cafe Beignet was seen on The Best Thing I Ever Ate on Food Network. Alton Brown declared it the best beignet he ever ate.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter of New Orleans

Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter of New Orleans
This is my first time in New Orleans and the Cafe Du Monde seems like a must-do for the first-time visitor to the French Quarter.  So yesterday morning we took the streetcar to the French Quarter and walked down to Cafe Du Monde. We got there early and sat right down at a table. Turns out we got lucky because within a few minutes the line was already down the block. We also got lucky with the clear and warm weather.

Patio seating at the Cafe Du Monde 

The menu is printed on the side of the napkin dispenser
There are some indoor tables but mostly there is a large outdoor covered patio with small tables. You seat yourself and after 10 or 15 minutes a waiter comes up for your order. There's not a lot of choices: orange juice, coffee, and beignets.

Cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde
Ahh, the coffee! This is strong coffee with chicory which you can get plain or with milk (cafe au lait). Even with the milk, the coffee is still sort of strong. Just the thing to wake you up and get you ready for your day in the French Quarter.

An order of beignets at Cafe Du Monde
And the beignets! They are brought to your table almost as soon as they are made, and they arrive very hot with piles of powdered sugar. In fact you can't eat one of these without blowing the sugar all over yourself or perhaps your friends. They are warm and fluffy and delicious. You get three to an order.

After your snack you can wander around the side and watch how the beignets are made, and where the waiters line up to pick them up.

It's cash only at the Cafe Du Monde.

I'm glad I made the visit, especially since we got there early and missed the wait in line. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed my sugary treat and strong coffee as much after standing in a long line.

The gift shop is across the street where you can get the chicory coffee, beignet mix, t-shirts and a lot more. The prices are very reasonable; you can get a t-shirt for ten bucks. We picked up one, a couple of cans of coffee, and some drink mixes.

Cafe Du Monde has been featured on many travel shows, including Man Vs. Food and Food Paradise. The food show where I saw it was The Originals with Emeril Lagasse on the Cooking Channel.

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Cafe Du Monde's menu and web site: Click Here