Earl Grey Latte (London Fog)

A couple weeks ago, I visited Seattle on a school trip and fell completely in love. Everything I knew about Seattle came from my 8th grade obsession with Twilight and my current obsession with Grey’s Anatomy, but I was convinced that I would like Seattle. And it was one of those lovely moments in life where I liked the city just as much as I thought I would. My favorite part of the trip was spending an afternoon hanging out in Local Color cafe in Pike Place Market, chatting with friends and enjoying an Earl Grey Latte.

The entire experience was just so cozy- the chilly day, friendly baristas, and a delicious latte, that I can’t help smiling whenever I think about it. So to allow me to relive a portion of that moment, I have created my own Earl Grey Latte (also known as a London Fog if you want to get fancy, which I often do).

Local Color cafe wasn’t the first place I tried an Earl Grey Latte (it’s been one of my go-to Starbucks orders for years), but this one was by far the best I’ve ever had. It was super simple, sweet, and mild. Unlike most coffee shop beverages that get me a little hyped up on caffeine and/or sugar, this Earl Grey Latte made me feel relaxed and even a little sleepy.

I’ve tried to replicate all of these aspects in my own recipe, and I’d say I’ve succeeded. So settle in with a good book, turn on your favorite TV show, or invite a friend over for tea, and make this Earl Grey Latte for all the relaxed and cozy vibes.

London Fog
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Serves: Serves 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 bags Earl Grey tea
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Boil water, then pour into 2 mugs and add a tea bag to each.
  2. While tea brews, add almond milk to saucepan over medium-low heat.
  3. Add maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla to saucepan.
  4. Stir milk mixture, then heat until milk is just barely simmering (about 5 minutes).
  5. Whisk milk until frothy, then divide between mugs.

 

Chocolate Chai + Wellness Beyond Food

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about health beyond food. I’ve found that each person’s nutritional needs are so specific that it can be hard to navigate all the  advice out there. Personally, I love reading blogs, but all the different advice on nutrition and movement and health can get a little overwhelming. So today I’m just bringing you a chocolate chai latte and some of my favorite articles/ blog posts on wellness BEYOND food. Enjoy!

Chocolate Chai Latte
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk (I used dairy milk but you can use whatever you like)
  • ½ tbsp cacao powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 cup freshly brewed coffee
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, bring milk to a gentle simmer.
  2. Add spices, vanilla, and maple syrup (if using).
  3. Leave saucepan over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove saucepan from heat, and strain milk mixture into a mug.
  5. Add coffee and enjoy!

 

Wellness from the Web:

Thoughts on learning to move intuitively from The Balanced Blonde. This totally resonated with me because there are times in my life when I absolutely LOVE exercise and there are also times when I’m really not feeling it, so listening to my body and trusting myself is really important to me.

I put a lot of emphasis on eating foods that satisfy my, and I love this piece on the difference between satisfaction and fullness from the Imma Eat That blog.

In my mind, pursuing health means ADDING new practices and habits to your life instead of trying to eliminate old ones. So this article from Mind Body Green about practicing Lent by committing to developing a yoga practice really inspired me.

This emotional and reflective post from In it for the Long Run really made me think about what I want to be consuming and what I want to be sharing on my blog and on social media. I love the self awareness and mindfulness that I gained from reading the post.

I’d love to hear about the content that has inspired YOU lately, so feel free to link to cool posts (your own or someone else’s) in the comments!

Sesame Latte

Recently, I noticed a sesame latte on the menu of a cafe across the street from my school. Completely intrigued, I abandoned my classic order (a chai latte) to give the sesame latte a try.

I was a little suspicious, but I figured the nutty, toasty, creamy flavor of sesame seeds could be a good complement to the basic coffee + milk combo that I know and love.

Sesame Latte

Unfortunately, when I went to order I was told that the sesame latte wasn’t actually offered anymore. I was disappointed for a moment, but a chai latte was more than enough to console me. Still, the idea of a sesame latte lingered in my mind, and I eventually decided to try to create my own.

This cozy drink absolutely delivers on all the complex, warming flavors I had hoped a sesame latte would have, and I totally think all coffee shops should serve it.

If you try this recipe, be sure to comment or share with me on Instagram!

Tahini Latte
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Recipe type: Beverage
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Serves: Serves 1
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup brewed coffee
  • ½ cup your favorite milk (cow, almond, coconut, etc)
  • ½ tbsp tahini
  • ½ tsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine milk, tahini, syrup, and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Whisk constantly as milk comes to a gentle simmer.
  3. Pour coffee into a mug, then top with milk mixture.
  4. Serve immediately.
Notes
If you would like frothier milk, you can mix all ingredients except coffee in a blender before adding them to the saucepan.

 

Invigorating Latte Oatmeal

 

I think one of my greatest weaknesses in life may be my intolerance for coffee. I love the way it tastes, and there are definitely times when I would appreciate the caffeine buzz, but unfortunately coffee just makes me feel jittery and slightly nauseous.

Even though I know I don’t like how coffee makes me feel, I continue to order lattes or cold brew once in a while, always promising myself “this time will be different.”

The other day I went out for coffee with a friend before school and ordered a chai flavored cold brew. It was delicious and I felt very trendy, but before I even finished my drink I could feel the effects. For the entire class I had to fight the urge to laugh hysterically as I frantically googled whether coffee could kill me (yeaahhh I may be a bit of a hypochondriac). The jumpy feeling passed quickly, but the experience was uncomfortable enough to keep me away from coffee for a while.

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This recipe is the perfect middle ground in my love-hate relationship with coffee. The small quantity of coffee imparts all the flavor I love without the discomfort I experience from caffeine, and the heartiness of the oats cures my usual coffee-induced queasiness and packs a nutritional punch. Anyone else have a star-crossed coffee love story? What are your solutions?

Latte Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup quick cook oats
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tbs freshly brewed coffee
  • 1/2 tbs maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Cook oatmeal on the stovetop according to package instructions.
  2. While oatmeal cooks, pour milk into a glass jar and microwave for 45 seconds.
  3. Remove jar from microwave, screw on lid, and shake vigorously for  about 60 seconds. (If jar is too hot to hold, wrap in dish towel before shaking)
  4. Once milk becomes frothy, pour into oats (which should remain on the stove) , and stir gently.
  5. Stir freshly brewed coffee into oats and allow to cook for another minute before serving.
  6. Drizzle with maple syrup and enjoy.

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