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Travels:

The Wizarding World of HarryPotter in Orlando, FL. If you’re a fan of the novels, then the movies have brought them to life. If you’re a fan of the movies, then Universal Studios have brought them to real life. The streets, buildings, and rides were sensory overload. If you’re weren’t a fan before, you’ll be one after this experience.

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lightedluster asked: Wait! Since when does Caribou have a punch card system?! In Minnesota?

Yes, they have a punch card. I’m near Chicago, but would think they have it across the board. Thanks.

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Hanger steak sandwich with brie and arugula on ciabatta bread.Himalayan sea salt and crushed black pepper on steak.
Seared the thinly steak on a hot cast iron pan for 2 mins on each side.    Remove and let rest, so juice will redistribute.
Assembly of sandwich: 
Ciabatta bread 
Spicy brown mustard 
Arugula 
Brie 
Hanger Steak 
Ciabatta bread

Foodies:

Hanger steak sandwich with brie and arugula on ciabatta bread.Himalayan sea salt and crushed black pepper on steak.

Seared the thinly steak on a hot cast iron pan for 2 mins on each side. Remove and let rest, so juice will redistribute.

Assembly of sandwich: 

  • Ciabatta bread 
  • Spicy brown mustard 
  • Arugula 
  • Brie 
  • Hanger Steak 
  • Ciabatta bread

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Technology:
Elkay EZH20 Cooler and Bottle Filling Station with Silver Ion Anti-Microbial Protection…digital counter to Help Eliminate Waste [][][][][8][6][8][8] Disposable Water Bottle.  Every little bit helps, so stay hydrated by carrying your own Polar Bottle or reusable water bottle.

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Elkay EZH20 Cooler and Bottle Filling Station with Silver Ion Anti-Microbial Protection…digital counter to Help Eliminate Waste [][][][][8][6][8][8] Disposable Water Bottle.  Every little bit helps, so stay hydrated by carrying your own Polar Bottle or reusable water bottle.

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Caribou Coffee or Starbucks?  It must confusing to mention both of the suburban coffee shop in the same sentence.  However, I’m a bit bias on this subject since I’m a fan of both.  I believe it’s up to the coffeehouse to gain your loyalty, so that’s the secret Barista’s.  
In comparison Caribou has a loyalty punch card system for every 10 you get a free drink, it has three choice of drips.   Whereas Starbucks is for every 15 purchases you get a free drink (all track by an Starbucks app), usually two choices for drips.  Unless you’re at their clover brew shop, where you get to choose the blend of coffee you desire to have brewed especially for you. Which the “Barista” has just made you a cup of coffee and so tipping is etiquette.
The tumbler (grande) on the right is part of the Starbucks 12 days of Christmas/Holiday deal, essential buy it and you get unlimited refills from January 1-31, 2012.  It ultimately pays for itself by your 11th visit or 11 refills, which ever comes first.  I’m going to make it count and check-in as often as possible.  I’m half of the way there…can’t wait for the free coffee.

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Caribou Coffee or Starbucks?  It must confusing to mention both of the suburban coffee shop in the same sentence.  However, I’m a bit bias on this subject since I’m a fan of both.  I believe it’s up to the coffeehouse to gain your loyalty, so that’s the secret Barista’s.  

In comparison Caribou has a loyalty punch card system for every 10 you get a free drink, it has three choice of drips.   Whereas Starbucks is for every 15 purchases you get a free drink (all track by an Starbucks app), usually two choices for drips.  Unless you’re at their clover brew shop, where you get to choose the blend of coffee you desire to have brewed especially for you. Which the “Barista” has just made you a cup of coffee and so tipping is etiquette.

The tumbler (grande) on the right is part of the Starbucks 12 days of Christmas/Holiday deal, essential buy it and you get unlimited refills from January 1-31, 2012.  It ultimately pays for itself by your 11th visit or 11 refills, which ever comes first.  I’m going to make it count and check-in as often as possible.  I’m half of the way there…can’t wait for the free coffee.

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Day 6, Starbucks brewing Kenya bold coffee, citrus flavors, hints of grapefruit and sometimes lemon or tart orange. The lineup for the 7am rush at Arlington Heights.

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Day 6, Starbucks brewing Kenya bold coffee, citrus flavors, hints of grapefruit and sometimes lemon or tart orange. The lineup for the 7am rush at Arlington Heights.

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Foodies and Technology:
Homemade thin crust pizza with a Peroni…  Ingredients:  Trader Joe’s ready made pizza dough Pancetta  Prosciutto Fresh Mozzarella Organic Arugula Parmesan Cheese Extra virgin olive oil Crushed black pepper  Tech: Emily Henry Pizza Stone Pizzacraft Oven Mitt  Pizza dough let sit out for 15 minutes Preheat Oven 450 degrees F  Place pizza stone in oven  Roll out dough to desire thickness and use flour to keep from sticking to work surface  Place dough on top of stone with peel or lay it over the stone “Careful it is very HOT”  Bake for 14-18 mins or until cheese is melted and meats are crispy  Toppings: Prosciutto 6 thin slices  Pancetta 1/2 cup Fresh Mozzarella (slice or shredded) 1 cup Olive oil drizzled 1/4 cup  1 cup Arugula put on after Pizza is removed from oven 1/4 cup Parmesan  Drizzle a few tablespoon of olive oil  Crush red pepper/black pepper to taste

Foodies and Technology:

Homemade thin crust pizza with a Peroni… Ingredients: Trader Joe’s ready made pizza dough Pancetta Prosciutto Fresh Mozzarella Organic Arugula Parmesan Cheese Extra virgin olive oil Crushed black pepper Tech: Emily Henry Pizza Stone Pizzacraft Oven Mitt Pizza dough let sit out for 15 minutes Preheat Oven 450 degrees F Place pizza stone in oven Roll out dough to desire thickness and use flour to keep from sticking to work surface Place dough on top of stone with peel or lay it over the stone “Careful it is very HOT” Bake for 14-18 mins or until cheese is melted and meats are crispy Toppings: Prosciutto 6 thin slices Pancetta 1/2 cup Fresh Mozzarella (slice or shredded) 1 cup Olive oil drizzled 1/4 cup 1 cup Arugula put on after Pizza is removed from oven 1/4 cup Parmesan Drizzle a few tablespoon of olive oil Crush red pepper/black pepper to taste

Filed under Peroni Nastro Azzurro Trader joe's Emily Henry Pizza Stone

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Day 5 Early morning at Starbucks. Temperature is about 34 degrees F and still no snow fall in January.

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Day 5 Early morning at Starbucks. Temperature is about 34 degrees F and still no snow fall in January.

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Foodies:
Starbucks, Arlington Heights, IL. High traffic coffee shop, the atmosphere is mild. In the morning it brews only Pike Place Roast and Italian Roast, limited selection unless ordering from the bar.  The unlimited coffee tumblers for the month of January will suffice.

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Starbucks, Arlington Heights, IL. High traffic coffee shop, the atmosphere is mild. In the morning it brews only Pike Place Roast and Italian Roast, limited selection unless ordering from the bar.  The unlimited coffee tumblers for the month of January will suffice.