Hi. I’m here today to talk about one of the biggest summertime scams in NYC: iced coffee.
I love iced coffee and I’ve been craving it every single day since the mercury started rising. However, at nearly every establishment I’ve frequented to get my fix – from the big green monster to the random coffee cart – I’ve noticed something obnoxious. For example:
Regular hot coffee: $1.75. Iced coffee: $2.95.
Um? Three bucks for an iced coffee? I mean, it’s coffee and frozen water. What the hell?
Today I decided I’d had enough. Determined to start making this overpriced shit at home, I marched in to Porto Rico on Bleecker and bought supplies:
Coffee and I have a storied history. I used to be a three-cuppa-day girl, but a couple of years ago I somewhat randomly decided to cut it out. (Actually, it was part of a ridiculous plan to “clean up” my diet in conjunction with a marathon taper. In hopes that it would make me faster, I cut out coffee, booze and soda. I only lasted three days on the no-booze wagon, but once I got used to not having coffee I didn’t really miss it! And, oh, it totally didn’t make me faster. At all.)
Anyway. I love coffee but haven’t been drinking much of it the last couple of years. Until this summer’s iced-java cravings, that is. So I had to go out and procure coffee and a coffee-making device.
My first iced coffee experiment this afternoon was a bit sub-par. The coffee was far too weak. Tomorrow morning I’m gonna make a batch that’s extra extra strong. (Thanks, Twitter peeps, for all of the suggestions!)
Hey – maybe if I perfect my technique, I can join the racket and sell them for three bucks each! Because if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. 🙂
Today’s EAT: I came across this recipe for Chile-Rubbed Shrimp with Avocado Corn Cocktail on Epicurious last week and immediately put it on my to-try list. Only problem was, it’s an appetizer. How could I beef it up to make it a meal?
Duh. Make it in to a big-ass salad.
This was such a fun BAS! I made a chili-lime vinaigrette for the greens (just lime, garlic powder, chili powder, olive oil and a bit of honey). Then I topped it with the salsa, then the shrimp (which were speecy spicy!) and some fried wontons. Wrong realm of ethnic cuisines there, I know. But I’ve gotta have a little crunch on my BAS and I had no tortilla chips on hand. 🙂
I will totally make this salad again. The spiciness and bold flavors were amazing. Thanks for the inspiration, Epicurious!
Today’s DRINK: Wine in a box! Er, a carton.
I’ve been seeing this Bandit wine around for while now. It comes in various varieties. I decided to give the Merlot a shot. And it’s not bad! While I wouldn’t break this out at a dinner party, it’s perfectly enjoyable, and the price point is great ($7 for a full liter, versus a normal 750mL bottle).
Today’s RUN: It poured all day today. The rain was unrelenting. It just came down.
Of course it did – seeing as I got my hair did today.
I was way overdue for a cut. And the sad face is because I was about to go get drenched on my run, thus ruining the pretty blowout that Aviva at Avalon Spa (love her!) worked so hard on.
Oh well. Sacrifices to be made! I logged an easy 10 miles in the pouring, pouring rain. Every inch of me was soaked when I walked in the door. A little uncomfortable, but eons better than the stifling heat and humidity we’ve had lately!
Today’s QUESTION: Are you a coffee drinker? Any tips for a burgeoning DIY-barista? I want to perfect my iced coffee!!