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One of my favorite things to take photos of is beverages. They can look so pretty and delicate. And honestly, any sort coffee splurge can turn any kind of day around for me. Most days I’d take an iced mocha over a beer or cocktail nine times out of ten. And there’s another little splurge that makes me smile, pictured in two of the photos below. Let’s see if you can guess what it is. May I present my ¬†Four Beverage Photos of the Week!

1. Blue Bottle Coffee Co

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. If I ever leave the office to go get a coffee beverage of sorts, it’s probably not the best day. I REALLY needed a pick-me-up. This particular day and this particular coffee drink was the worst kind of dashed hopes disappointing day. But as you can imagine, I (gasp!) got through it and am still alive. And a little coffee drink helped. Actually, to make matters worse, Blue Bottle is for real coffee¬†aficionados, of which I am not. They didn’t have any chocolate of sorts and this beverage, while sweet, did not do the trick for me. But it sure was pretty!

2. Stumptown Coffee Roasters

I love me some Stumptown. And I love me some Ace Hotel lobby, in which Stumptown is located. I get my dad different kinds of coffee beans every Christmas and he really liked the Stumptown varieties, so the last time he was in town, I made sure we checked out the Ace Hotel. Enjoyed our beverages in the lobby, where there is always some quality people-watching, and then surprised him with tickets to that night’s Rangers game. That was a pretty damn good day.

3. Think Coffee

One of my favorite iced mochas at the moment is at Think Coffee. It’s a cool space and there’s a few located in the city, one pretty close by my office. This particular day with this particular iced mocha wasn’t a bad day, but I had a meeting off-site and wanted to make the most of it.

4. Brunch cocktails at Colonie

Stop the press, here’s a drink with alcohol! When my mom was in town, we had a boozy brunch and got tooooooootally wasted. Just kidding. But we did get brunchy cocktails. Mine was a Perfect Pimms and I basically really like any sort of Pimms drink ever. And with a cucumber in it!? How could I go wrong?

And there you have it, folks. Four Beverage Photos of the Week!

P.S. These were not taken the same week. At all. But we can pretend.

P.P.S. My other little splurge was nail polish. :)

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And now we go to Austin! When I went to Texas to hang out with my dad, we drove ALL over the state and ended up in Austin before finally heading to Dallas for a little Detroit Lions football (WHAT). And my dad wanted to impress me by knowing all the cool places to be. And he did. Which brings me to Jo’s coffee, very popular on South Congress, aka a really cool street. Get ye to Austin, it’s kind of unbelievable. Also, pretty much everyone there has tattoos. So if I ever worry about what I’ll look like in 30 years with these tattoos, I should figure out where all these people moved to so I can blend in with the crowd.

Now, back to Jo’s. We were hungry so we got some sandwiches:

My padre got a pretty nice-looking smoked turkey sandwich and I got the Jo’s deli sandwich with hard salami, cappacola, AND smoked turkey on it.

And, obviously. I got an iced mocha as well. This was actually my only iced moca on the entire five-day trip and I think I deserve some sort of award for that. Maybe my award was that it was very good:

Well hello there, beautiful.

And the other best thing about Jo’s is their iconic “I love you so much” painted on the side of their wall. Which, by the way, I didn’t even realize until my Austin friend Stacy pointed it out later and we got this shot:

Anyway, it’s kinda true. Austin, I can’t say that I love you *so much* because that’s saved for my home, but I can say I kind of love you, because yes I do.

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I love Peels. I won’t deny it. I wrote a love letter to their brunch the other day. And on a weekend late afternoon, sometimes you don’t have to wait for a table at all! We had been walking around all day and our feet were killing us so my mom, Emily and I stopped at Peels for a little smores cupcake I saw in their bake case recently and some iced coffee and iced mochas.

Isn’t she pretty? We had to try. The whole top is a marshmallow basically.

And of course they also have really good iced coffee:

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Time for a regional coffee post! Welcome to Biggby Coffe – from my home state and more importantly, my home school! Biggby was once called Beaner’s and is still based out of East Lansing, Michigan (Go State!). Now there are 125 locations nationwide — many of them in Michigan and one located in my hometown, Birmingham. Awesome!

The menus inside the store are a little too “loud” for me (lots of different bright colors, whacky fonts) but once you figure out what you want – it’s pretty good! I got an iced mocha mocha, as I do.

This is my sister Emily enjoying a mocha mellow (chocolate and marshmallow).

It’s fun because you can sit at tables outside in downtown Birmingham and chitchat about random things like, oh, I don’t know, plan out matching tattoos with your two sisters.

And here is me:

Thank you, Biggby!

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I realize two things as I begin this post. 1) I have a post two days back called Prime Meats. These places are not the same. 2) Quality Meats is a steak restaurant and I am leading with a picture of ice cream. That’s how it should be.

Let me introduce you to the world of Quality Meats. It’s in midtown, 58th street to be exact, and the moment I stepped out of the subway I felt like I was in bizarro world. When was the last time I was in midtown? Not a clue.

But now let me take you back to Quality Meats. Quality Meats with Jen McGuire, who was in town JUST to have dinner with me! (I kid, I kid… she came to town to go to Eataly with KP AND THEN go to dinner with me.)

These are the crispy potatoes. I don’t know why I don’t ever ask the servers questions about the menu and assume I always know what it’s talking about because if I knew the crispy potatoes were going to be this crispy, I wouldn’t have ordered them. If you’re a fan of potato chips, then you would like them. My like of potato chips occurs only when I am surrounded with family, a giant bowl of french onion dip, and playing cards. So anyway.

This was the view from my seat. Chloe got some giant steak with the most giant bone and she took half of it home with her. The server asked if she wanted the bone. Like, really? People take that? Also is the gnocchi and cheese (yum) and sweet corn creme brulee (seriously). You should probably try it if you like either corn or creme brulee and would like to imagine them both together.

I went for the ribs:

The good thing was that I ate three or four and had the rest the following night for dinner. The bad news is I tried a bite of KP‘s filet and daaaaaaang that was good.

We all know the most important picture from this post, however, was the first one. I have seen this certain picture of Quality Meats coffee and ice cream donuts like once a week over the past year. I forget what site it’s on – whether it’s OpenTable or some other restauranty website I frequent – but I have seen a picture of that ice cream and donut one too many times and it has been deeply ingrained into my brain. The ice cream is coffee flavored, natch, with donut pieces on it and then the mini donut there on top. I liked it lots. Next time adding chocolate syrup.

Man, I am so sick of wearing cardigans! They’re like my favorite thing in the world but I would like to wear dresses without them now and I would like that to be soon, please (Spring – are you listening?)

And now we come to the portion of my post where I tell you other random happenings in my life because I started doing that and now I can’t stop. The most important thing to note is that I booked my first ticket to Texas to visit my padre and see the Detroit Lions play the Dallas Cowboys. I know the NFL is only half-functioning right now, but I’m hoping they get their act together soon enough. If not, I will still be going to Texas but I will not be watching football. I think I’ll still survive.

Bye!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Yeah, Valentine’s Day is a holiday I can take or leave but I’m wishing you a good one anyway. Actually I had pretty neutral feelings about this Valentine’s Day until about five minutes ago but that’s neither here nor there.

This past week has been crazy. Huge event for work on Monday and then played catch up pretty much the rest of the week until my Social Media Week panel – which was awesome. Then I worked Friday AND Saturday nights and finally had a play day Sunday. Part of my play day was spent with Kelly at The Ace Hotel, sipping on Stumptown and spying on strangers.

That’s me and my mocha, which was a bit on the bitter side. But it was beautiful! Stumptown is famous for being from Portland and for being responsible and for being one of the best coffees ever. If I actually drank coffee straight up, I may have a better opinion, but I will say it was impressive just watching the dude in the beard, vest, tie, and hat make it for me. Next time I may get a hot chocolate.

And here is KP and her vanilla latte. Another good thing about Stumptown, at least the one in NYC, is that it’s inside the Ace Hotel. And I really like the Ace Hotel. We were lucky enough to grab two seats once we got our warm bevvies and it was prime seating for some great people-watching and eaves dropping. We were seriously there for hours and hours trying to figure out if the people next to us were on a first date and checking out people’s clothes. It’s just an interesting crowd! There’s also a photobooth and we took some super cute photos I’ll have to put up here as well.

So that’s it, Happy Valentine’s Day!

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I went to the Pocono Mountains this weekend with the women from Apostles Church. There was 90 something of us who went and it was awesome.

It was a bit chilly, windy and rainy and at one point it started to snow! I heard there was a snowman in front of one of the cabins so it must have snowed right before we got there too. I didn’t bring enough layers and I don’t think I was the only one. But we were brave, and about 15 of us went on a hike on Saturday. It was soooo slippery. We were walking on wet leaves and wooden planks and my Frye boots were sliding and I feared for my life. I was SO relieved when we saw the road again. One of my new friends was like, “I take it this isn’t a typical vacation for you, Amanda.” Haha, no! I love camping and exploring! I just don’t like being scared for my life! I was concentrating so hard on not tripping over branches or slipping on something that I didn’t speak to anyone for at least 20 minutes at one point. But it was pretty.

Julianne

leaves

look at this hilarious sign

cabins

It was nice to get away and just be able to think about life for awhile. The best part was just getting to know other people and hearing their stories. You can never have too many friends and it’s great to meet people you can learn from. Oh, and I also learned how to play poker! I’ve played once before, but now I can probably school you. Ok, maybe not, but I’ll put up a fight.

thinking

anna

And of course I have to make a comment on the food. Camp food. It wasn’t too bad! I had a lot of coffee and by coffee I mean half coffee and half hot chocolates. I fear I may be going to the other side – the coffee drinking side. Actually, it’s pretty obvious I’m already there because I make at least three of them. Coffee addiction, here we come. But I still need me some chocolate.

Um, there was definitely enough desserts. We had cakes and candies. And more cakes. With so much frosting. It was a problem.

The last night we made pretzels, or decorated them really. I went with vanilla frosting with cinnamon sugar, but there was also chocolate frosting or cheese, which I heard was pretty fab. But I didn’t need to go there.

pretzels

And on the last night we had a camp fire. Julianne is an opera singer (for realz) and she sang Ava Maria for us and it was amazing. I hope I get to see her when she’s on a stage one day, that would be so sweet.

campfire

Wow, I just posted a lot of pictures. But I am very thankful for the weekend.

Also, the Poconos are not that far away from the city. I hope to go there again, we drove by some gorgeous lakes and mountains on our way.

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