I have two favorite “hot drinks”: hot chocolate/cocoa and freshly brewed coffee.
A sentimental favorite, when it comes to hot cocoa, is the Cocoa Tablea brand from the Philippines. These are chocolate tablets, which are melted with milk and a little sugar (if desired) on the stove top. It is rich and perfect with churros. I think it’s safe to say that Tablea is most popular during the Christmas season. :) Unfortunately, the Asian supermarket where we shop doesn’t carry that product. Huhu.
Hot Chocolate from The Stove (Mammoth, CA)
Hot Chocolate from Magnolia Cafe (Austin, TX)
I used to be ok with instant coffee. That was before we moved to TX. One of the first kitchen appliances we bought was a dirt cheap coffee maker from Walmart. Since my first cup of freshly brewed coffee, there was no going back to instant. :) Come to think of it, I never had instant coffee here in the US. But I’ll be more than willing to embrace instant coffee again when I come home for a vacation!
Coffee from popular coffee houses is an occasional splurge. Starbucks coffee a couple of times a week is quite costly. Instead, we buy Starbucks, Seattle’s Best or Cafe Ole (a Texas brand) ground coffee, which costs between $6.00 and $8.00 and just brew home.
My coffee house favorite is Cafe Mocha. Last December, Hubby and I were able to try 2 of Starbuck’s holiday flavors: Peppermint Mocha and Eggnog Latte. I loved the Peppermint Mocha. The Eggnog Latte, on the other hand, is an entirely different story. I haven’t tasted eggnog before so I ordered the coffee drink out of curiosity. And my first though after that first sip was, “What was I thinking?!” No more eggnogs for me, in whatever shape or form. :)
That’s about it for my hot drinks entry. Have a wonderful weekend, y’all! It’s a long weekend for us, Monday being Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Yahoo! :)