Starbucks Via Instant Iced Coffee

Caffeine. Coffee. The elixir of life. Anyone out that that hasn’t had caffeine in their system has not felt the reality of life just yet.

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I was never a big coffee drinker back when I was in school. The first time ever trying coffee, I told myself that it was way too bitter (even if I added crazy amounts of sugar and milk/cream). After being introduced to iced coffee, we were on a whole other level.

Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Second Cup, etc were the staple coffee stores that I would get my iced coffees. One of my friends gifted me this box of instant iced coffee.

Each box contained 5 packets of iced coffee mix in these little packets. These are already sweetened packets, so no need to worry about adding anymore sugar afterwards. I suppose this helps out those lazy and/or busy individuals out there.

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Easy instructions are found at the back of the box.

As followed, 475 mL of water were placed into the cup.

Opened up the package and placed into the water mixture.

 

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I added some milk and some ice, and voila! We have our iced teas ready to go. Honestly, this was absolutely a great way of getting your iced coffee for the morning or for a nice hot day out without having to actually going to Starbucks and ordering one.

For retail, a box of 5 or 6 costs around $30 + tax. I suppose you’re paying a little less if you buy the box since an iced coffee at Starbucks is close to $5 depending on the size you get. My bottle is can hold 475 mL which is around the same size as a Grande at Starbucks, so I would say you’re getting your money’s worth along with saving the trip of going to Starbucks.

Unfortunately I found it to be a little sweeter than my own iced coffees. I probably would not repurchase this box but for anyone that wants an instant fix of iced coffee from Starbucks, this is a great option!

~ Miss Happy Penguin

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Review: David’s Tea – Honey, I Dew

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Honey, I Dew. What an adorable name for a tea, am I right? I swear that was the first thing I thought when I first saw this on the shelf. David’s Tea has so many different types of teas, but they always seem to have such clever names.

When I bought this tea, I wanted something fruity, something that would be perfect for an iced tea. In the summer (time of purchase), I picked this one out just to see if it would be good cold. Often I would brew myself an iced tea for my drives to work, so this was a good chance to give something new a try.

The first thing that I noticed about this tea were the little pieces of melon and apple in the tea mix. They were cut into little cubes and mixed along with some flower leaves. I suspect those were the rose petals described in the ingredients section. Even the scent of the tea made me certain that this was a good tea blend.

I steeped it in hot water for about 5 minutes (as directed) and shocked it with 5-6 ice cubes to make my iced tea. The steeped colour was a light yellow-brown hue. The tea smelled super fruity and aromatic from the flower petals. After my first few sips, I knew that this would be one of my summer go-to ice teas. It was super light and the flower petals didn’t overwhelm the tastes of the various fruits found in this blend.

Overall this tea was a great choice. Unfortunately it has been discontinued and I’m not quite sure when it will come back. So if you ever get a chance to try this, definitely do!

~Miss Happy Penguin

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David’s Tea Top Iced Teas – Singles

David’s Tea. The go-to-to place to buy all sorts of teas. This was gifted to me awhile back from the summer from a friend who knew I absolutely loved iced teas. I occasionally brought this with me when I was running errands in the summer and it was a good pick-me-up for those hot days. It kept me cool and was super refreshing!

This package contains three types of tea – Pom Diggity, Pink Lemonade and Green Passionfruit.

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I love that they come in little single packages – just enough for one class of iced tea. It comes in handy as well when you’re travelling and just wanted to bring a few!

Each had its own sort of flavour. Pom Diggety was an interesting flavour but honestly probably my favourite out of the three. It was super refreshing and you could really taste the pomegranate seeds that were infused in this tea. I had to add a bit of sugar to bring up the taste, but other than that, it was great.

Pink Lemonade was a lot stronger of a flavour than I thought it would be. There was just so much in the first few sips that it is hard to process what is really in it. It has more of a tangy sort of taste and there are pieces of pineapples in this tea which makes it extra fruity for the summer.

Green Passionfruit was probably my least favourite out of the three. After trying it with and without sugar, I didn’t like it. It just tasted very bland. I have been told to try this tea mix in a martini, so that might actually bring up the taste. Unfortunately by itself, I would not drink it iced or hot.

This tea package set was such a great gift and I have to give my kudos to David’s Tea for having the best sort of packages to give to people. They are usually quite well packaged and the teas that they include are almost always awesome. It’s also a great gift item to let your friends a selection of teas from David’s Tea if they haven’t already!

~Miss Happy Penguin

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Table 85

More and more Asian cuisine restaurants have opened up in Ottawa and I’m happy to have found this little hidden gem. Table 85 is located on 85 Bronson Street in the basement of a Remax building right off the 417.

I went with a group of 10+ individuals and we had ordered various items to try out their dishes. There were assorted Korean side dishes such as sweet potatoes, kimchi and black beans. A lot of Korean restaurants make and serve their own kimchi dishes.

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Sweet And Spicy Fried Chicken
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Original Korean Fried Chicken

Table 85 offers different types of fried chicken; we ordered the Original Korean Fried Chicken and the Sweet and Spicy Fried Chicken. Both dishes tasted great but I enjoyed the original flavour a little bit more (it also might be due to the fact that my tolerance for spice is lower?). I really taste the soy sauce and honey marinade in this dish.

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Fire Seafood Noodles

Next up we have my favourite dish – Fire Seafood Noodles. Although as stated above that my tolerance for spice is low, this dish was worth killing my taste buds for. This dish consisted bok choy vegetables, mussels, shrimp, and carrots in a noodle base. I adore seafood so it was nice to have this part of the meal.

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Jajang Noodles

Black bean noodles (also known as Jajang Myun in Korean) is a noodle dish drenched in a black bean sauce. If you’re more into a more saucy type of noodle dish, this would be your best bet. This dish is topped up with cucumbers and some boiled eggs to make sure your taste buds are completely overwhelmed by the black bean sauce. This dish tasted also very good and the portion size could be split between two people.

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Beef Sashimi

Last but not least is the beef sashimi. This well-marinated meat dish is served with both pickled radishes and lettuce. Typically you put the beef sashimi in a wrap and add the other side bits/condiments before consumption.

After trying various dishes from Table 85, it is safe to say that they have a wide variety in which all tasted really good. My favourite dish, as mentioned above, would have to be the Fire Seafood Noodles. Each dish varies from $10 to $30. I believe the whole meal costed about $40 each person (including taxes) since we had done a foodie group event. It was a spectacular experience and I would go again!

~Miss Happy Penguin

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Butter Avenue

3 years. It took me 3 years to get around to trying this lovely bakery/pastry store. My best friend and I talked about trying this place in our final years of university and we never got around to doing so. I am finally happy to say that I finally ventured into this little shop and purchased some macarons to taste.

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Two boxes of 6 and a mini macaron cup

 

The Butter Avenue location I went to was the one on Queen Street (super close to the airbnb place I stayed at the last time I went to visit). The shop offered many different flavoured macarons and some baked goods. I was only interested in the macarons where I purchased two boxes (one for myself and the other for a friend) and one mini mac cup for my sister.

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Mini Macaron Cup

The mini macaron cup was honestly way too cute to pass up on. The flavours that were offered in this cup were Raspberry, White Chocolate Strawberry, Earl Grey, Sea Salted Caramel, Pistachio Wild Cherry and Soothing Lavender (which is hidden in the back). My sister tried them all and she said they were super soft. Her favourite one was the raspberry and the sea salted caramel macarons.

My box of 6 came in a little yellow carton box that was tied together with this white twistable tie. When you opened it up, each of the macarons were displayed in a neat little row.

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Flavours in order (left to right) – Sea Salted Caramel, Earl Grey, Hojuicha Roasted Green Tea, Madagascar Vanilla, Lemon Poppyseed and Berry Punch

Above are the macarons that I had handpicked from the selection they had at the store.

Each any every one of these flavours were great on its own and I couldn’t help myself from finishing all of them in one sitting. They were bite-sized and super soft. I couldn’t get over how delicious they were. The colours were vibrant which made them even more appealing to eat.

From the 6 that I had picked, I vote the Sea Salted Caramel and the Earl Grey as my top 2 macarons. The Lemon Poppyseed was a good one too. I had eaten these macarons with a cup of Orange Pekoe tea (which I highly recommend doing if you wanted to cleanse your palette between the macarons).

Overall I had a great experience with Butter Avenue. The staff were very kind and helpful. They gave suggestions on which macarons to try and which were their top sellers. The macarons were scrumptious and I would go again once I’m back in town.

~Miss Happy Penguin

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Snack Review: Chocobons Strawberry Bomb

Chocolate? Strawberries? Chocolate and strawberries mixed together? Yes please!

Chocobons is a Chinese snack that my friend sent to me in one of the care packages she sent from Hong Kong. I love trying new snacks, so it was nice to see a new one.

These little bite-sized chocolate balls come in a box package with a realistic picture of what it looks like.

They literally are a small chocolate covered ball that fit between your fingers.

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Once you bite into them, you find yourself immediately tasting a strawberry filling. It was a lot more strawberry-tasting than I expected it to be, but it was actually quite good.

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It didn’t take me long to finish the whole box of these little chocolate balls. They were easy to get through since they were bite-sized and I adore the mix of both chocolate and strawberry together!

I would definitely buy these boxes of chocolates again in the future if I go to Asia. If you come by one of these it is definitely worth a try.

~Miss Happy Penguin

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Snack Review: Tohato Caramel Corn

I find it’s always nice to be able to try something new. One thing that I really enjoy is trying snacks from a different country. I got lucky with having friends who are currently working overseas who send care packages. This little snack review is of the Tohato Caramel Corn. It’s a Japanese branded snack that is more on the sweeter side than on the savoury side.

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The packaging is absolutely adorable (which I find holds true to many Asian snacks) because of the little face on the bag. My first impression of the snack was that it is almost too adorable to eat!

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I popped open the bag and these little U-shaped hard puffs came out. I don’t particularly enjoy eating puffs but these were harder and have a crunch to it. For some reason, I expected it to be orange coloured but I suppose that is my mind filled with the idea of Cheetos more than anything.

I took a bite out of a few of these little caramel puffs and I was sadly disappointed with the taste of it. I am a huge caramel fan but it had this weird fake caramel taste that was a little unsettling. I only ate the few puffs and never touched it again. It reminds me a little of the caramel corn popcorn but with a weird after taste to it.

When it comes to foreign snacks, it always is a hit or miss. This one was a huge miss but I was still happy to have given it a try.

~Miss Happy Penguin

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