Hello Monday

On those days you need more them your regular morning dose of caffeine I think it’s perfectly acceptable to go out and treat yourself to a second cup. Especially when these days fall on a Monday, and especially when these Mondays fall after great weekends that include visiting any sort of festival (in my case First Friday Oakland Art Walk and the Hardly Strictly Music Festival).

I decided to go for a relaxing walk to The Creamery, which I had happened to walk past last week and couldn’t get off my mind. The triangular outside looked inviting and I couldn’t help but be intrigued (you would too if you saw what I meant). When I walked in through the patio and up to the counter I saw the large-and-in-charge espresso machine to my right and instantly knew I’d made the right decision.

I ordered an iced soy dirty chai latte. They make the chai in house and they serve Ritual Coffee, which is a local roaster. Their chai is much more mellow than what you’d get at a Starbucks, and it’s much more of a tea drink than anything else. It had a thick layer (far more than just a sprinkle) of ground cinnamon on top, which slightly dissolved into the drink over the course of my lunch. Kind of. Not really, but it moved around. There wasn’t much soy, meaning it was a lot less thick and creamy and a lot more about the chai. What was different about this chai was the use of ginger and cinnamon, which gave it a subtly kick. Next time I think I’ll try one of their espresso centered beverages.

Since I was starving, on my lunch break, and feeling like pampering myself on today’s outing, I splurged. I also ordered the Strawberry Banana Nutella sweet crepe with a thick fresh vanilla bean whipped cream dollop on top. These two thick crepes with fresh fruit and a Nutella drizzle were definitely worth it.

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White Coconut

Because it was such a beautiful sunny summer day in San Luis Obispo my Mom and I decided to walk to breakfast and coffee. However, by the time we got to Scout on Garden Street we were craving something more refreshing than a latte, which is how we ventured into their amazing iced tea list. White tea is the lowest caffeine content of teas, but the amazing flavors that come along with white teas make it worth it (unless you need your caffeine fix) to order over one of the stronger alternatives. Due to my love of coconut, I ordered the iced White Coconut Tea. All of Scouts iced teas go through a 24 hour cold brew process, where they take tea leaves and put them in 64 ounce mason jars, adding in cold filtered water and letting it seep with all the water touching all the tea for 24 hours. They then strain out all the leaves, which creates the concentrate that they then dilute with more cold filtered water. Their white tea impressed me with having actual coconut pieces mixed in, rather than simply flavoring the drink with a coconut syrup. The White Coconut Creme tea by the Art of Tea is made up of tender white peony tea leaves blended with safflower, coconut bits and creamy essence of coconut. The way they lay the tea pieces out is part of what makes this blend so special: the tea was rolled with the coconut to infuse the flavor naturally. The tea leaves smell strongly of coconut, while the actual drink has just the right amount coconut flavor, perfect for slow sipping while enjoying great conversation. You put the tea with the coconut and drink it all up!

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