Let’s face it, who doesn’t like to stop by those fancy coffee shops and pick up a cup of joe everyday? But at $3+ a cup, the tab quickly adds up. Well, between now and May 6, 2009, Seattle’s Best Coffee shop (inside Borders) has you covered. Click here for the coupon link. Enjoy a free 12 fl oz beverage on the house. Coffee and books go hand in hand, so take your time and enjoy some personal YOU time while you are at Borders and pick up a book or two. It doesn’t hurt that you can get 40% off with this coupon here (promotion ends May 2, 2009.) So hurry, print your coupons and head on over to Borders. I redeemed my coupon for a Non-fat Almond Latte, which was a little disappointing because it was too sweet and the almond flavor tasted artificial. Bad choice on my part, but I’m sure you can’t go wrong with a cappuccino or something like that.
My Cost: Free with Coupon
Filed under Drinks, Eat Out
I guess everyone is jumping on the “healthy breakfast” bandwagon nowadays. First, it was the Starbucks who pushed out their line of breakfast which included the “Perfect Oatmeal.” Now, Jamba Juice wants a piece of the breakfast market and they are introducing their Organic Oats. From now until January 31, 2009, it’s only $1.00 with this coupon. I know oats are super easy to make and your homemade ones are way better and healthier than this one, but for an on-the-go option, this is not too shabby considering each bowl has about 5 to 6 grams of dietary fiber and 8 to 9 grams of protein. They all clock around 290 calories and below as served. (You can save yourself 40 calories if you skip the brown sugar crumbles). Their line up of Organic Oat includes: Fresh Banana, Blueberry & Berries, and Apple Cinnamon for their toppings.
Retails: $2.95 (way too expensive)
My Cost: $1.00 with coupon
Calories: 280 to 290 calories (as served)
This is for all you Pinkberry fans out there. With so many “Froyo” store popping up, it’s hard to have brand loyalty. Pinkberry was one of the first “Froyo” pioneers, and now they are celebrating their 4th birthday by offering BOGO coupons for everyone. Between Jan. 10 to Jan. 25, buy one small with one topping, get one free. Bring a friend and enjoy!! Pinkberry has the original flavor, green tea, and pomegranate. Original with blueberries was what I got and it was delicious!! I loved how big and fresh their blueberries were!
My Cost: $1.73 (split cost with friend)
Calories: 150 for original small (topping not included)
I fall for deals quite easily, so when I got this promotion in my e-mail, I was excited to try it out. I always thought London Fog was made with earl gray tea, but I guess London Fog is just a tea mistro and you can use any kind of tea. The description on the Starbucks website made the tea latte sound quite yummy. “Full leaf black tea with citrusy Italian Bergamot and a hint of lavender. Sweetened with vanilla syrup and topped with steamed milk and velvety foam.” I could really taste the lavender in my drink and it was quite soothing. The new line of drinks that Starbucks is introducing includes: Vanilla Roobis, London Fog, and Black Tazo tea lattes and Berry Chai plus Apple Chai Tazo tea infusions. If you were going to try them out anyways, take advantage of the promotion period ( Jan. 6 to Jan 18 ) and score a tall size for $2.00. I don’t know the prices for everything in this line, but they were going to charge me $2.95 for my tall, non-fat, London Fog before I presented my registered Starbucks card. Yay for registering my Sbux card. My only complaint was that it wasn’t hot enough, so I’m going to nuke it in the microwave when I get home. Next time, I’m going to order it extra foamy and extra hot. Also, this London fog seems really easy to recreate at home. Hope I can recreate it with my Queen Mary Lavender Earl Grey. I’m a big fan of tea and tea lattes that is why I used to always prefer Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf because they sell great tea lattes. Tropical Passion tea latte was my favorite.
Retails: $2.95 for tall
My Cost: $2.00 during promo period
Calories: 120 calories (tall and skim milk)
I had such a bad day today!!! I’m seriously thinking about boycotting McDonalds for I don’t know, maybe, FOREVER!! I normally don’t eat at McDonalds anyways, I just come here for the occasional vanilla ice cream cone. With all their McCafe advertising, I fell for it and decided to try out their cappuccinos. I’ve tried their ice latte before and thought it was too sweet so I gave them a second chance and tried their “sugar-free” vanilla ice latte as well, but it wasn’t really sugar-free because they sweeten it suraclose. The iced coffee from McDonald is already on my no-no list, but the new line of hot drinks still intrigued me. I went to the drive thru and specifically ordered the non-fat medium cappuccino. I repeated non-fat three times during my order because I know that if they didn’t use non-fat milk, the other choice would have been full fat whole milk. I drove to the window, paid my $3.18 for a medium size, and got my drink. At the first sip I knew I didn’t like the drink. It just tasted like hot milk with a faint hint of coffee flavor. While I was driving, I was wondering to myself how many times people get the customer’s order wrong and how would the customer know what kind of milk they used. The more I thought about it, the scarier it got, all while sipping on my drink. My drink had a very rich milk taste and was not as watery as my other non-fat coffee drinks. I had a hunch that my drink was off. When I finally stopped, I looked at my receipt and I noticed that it did not say “non-fat cappuccino” which makes it the default full fat cappuccino. I was beyond upset at this point so I called the number on the receipt. Nobody picked up which got me even angrier. On the fourth call, someone did pick up and I asked them if they served non-fat versions of their cappuccinos and he said “yes.” I asked him how they would distinguish between the full-fat and non-fat versions and he said that they have different buttons and it would display on the reciept as well as the monitors where they make to order. At this point I told him that I just stopped by for a “non-fat” cappuccino and nowhere on my receipt does it say “non-fat” so I was assuming that they gave my full-fat milk. He apologized profusely and offered to make me a new one, but I was not going to drive back just for a lousey drink. He asked if there was anything he could to do to fix it. I told him I had already drank 1/2 of it so there was nothing he could do. I normally wouldn’t get so worked up about a messed-up drink, but I had dim sum for brunch which was A LOT of calories and the drink just pushed me over to crazyland. In hindsight, it was 80 calories versus 140 calories, I can live with it, right? Next time I want some coffee on-the-go, I’m sticking to starbucks and I’m keeping an eye on the barista when he/she is making it.
P.S: Asian guy at McDonald’s… I’m sorry. Thanks for putting up with me.
Retails: $3.18 for medium
My Cost: $3.18
Calories: supposedly 80
As the sun sets earlier and earlier everyday, it gets harder and harder to drag myself to the gym. The lack of sunlight and the cold weather makes me want to call it a night and cuddle with my warm blankets and pjs at home. I went from hitting the gym 4-5 times a week, to 3-4 times a week, to 1-2 times a week now. It’s so sad. I need to get my act together. I’m so glad I made it to the gym this Monday evening because I had some unexpected eats later that night. My 1 hour of cardie and 15 minutes of weights gave me some wiggle room BUT I was hoping that workout was going towards the 3 pounds I gained from Thanksgiving week eats. The weight gain did not show up on the scale until now. Oh well, tomorrow is another day. Just when I was about to have dinner (boiled spinach plus oyster sauce and dumplings), my sister calls me and wants me to accompany her to work because she left her medicine at work (long story). I agreed. Since we drove all the way out, we decided to stop by a new bakery shop to enjoy some dessert and coffee. I ordered a cappuccino (w/ skim milk) and a slice of Mocha Cake. The cappuccino was delicious, can’t say the same for the cake, too much cream for my liking. My sister order her usual Tiramisu which she gobbled up pretty quickly. After dessert she told me she was hungry. Wished she had told me earlier because I would have opted for real dinner instead of cake and coffee. So we headed to get real dinner at a Japanese Ramen place. I opted for a small bowl of Char Siu Ramen which was delicious. The noodles was soft and chewy and the soup was bursting with flavor. And their 1/2 cooked boiled egg was divine. Of course I removed the yolk. The sesame oil on top made the noodles extra fragrant. It was a great bowl of ramen on a chilly winter night. The small size was perfect for us girls too.
Retail: $4.95 for small bowl
My Cost: $4.95
Filed under Eat Out, Noodles
Another “not-so-skinny” post, but it was free, so I can’t complain. Just wished I had made a better choice. I signed up for the Einstein Brother e-club and also referred a friend that also sign up and they sent us both a free breakfast or lunch sandwich coupon. (You should try it too.) I’ve never had a panini in my life, so I decided to try it out. It being one of the more expensive sandwiches on the menu didn’t hurt. Greedy o’l me decided to take full advantage of the coupon and order it. It was really yummy with turkey, tomato, bacon, and cheese all grilled and melted together. I don’t know if they slather some butter on the bread before grilling it or what, but the bread was soaked in oil. It kind of disgusted me, but I was already done with 1/2 the sandwich. The sandwich came with a yummy dill pickle, and a choice of chips, coleslaw, or potato salad. Bad decision making struck me more than once today. I picked the potato salad. The potato salad was just basically potatoes, red onions, and 1/2 a jar of mayo. Half a cup of the potato salad is 355 calories and that container looked like a full cup to me. I ate it anyways. I felt so bad that I washed everything down with a can of pepsi and two mini reeses peanut butter cups. Normally I would have stopped at eating 1/2 the sandwich and 1/2 the potato salad, but I felt like I might as well eat everything since I started out on the wrong foot today anyways. I ate everything in that Einstein Brother’s bag and that was only my lunch. So ladies, if you do use their coupon, PLEASE check their nutritional facts online BEFORE you head out. To be honest, I really can’t blame Einstein Brothers, it was entirely my own fault. I should have ordered something from their breakfast menu and ask them to hold the cheese. Consider it lesson learned. Dinner will be a plain o’l homemade salad.
Retail: $7.49 at Einstein Brothers
My Cost: Free with coupon
Calories: 790 calories (full sandwich only); Potato Salad 710 calories (whole cup)
WW: 18 (holy cow); 18 (double holy cow)