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Two years ago I took a month long trip to the UK, and I was surprised at how different the coffee was there. I had assumed it would be very similar to our coffee at home in the US for the most part we have drip coffee out of a machine that is served with cream and sugar. The UK seemed to have a distinctly European influence on their coffee, with most of drinks being espresso based and having the milk added by the barista. By the way if you order and Americano (watered down espresso, closest thing you’ll get to drip coffee most places) and ask for cream you will get confused looks and then milk. I really missed cream while I was there, and ended up switching to drinking lattes as it was the closest thing I could get to what I drink at home. Turns out I really liked them, and then I started to try other coffee drinks to see what else I might have been missing out on!

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The best way to try out a different regions coffee drinks is to go there! Starbucks in north America advertise that they have a ‘latte’, but they don’t actually have the right equipment to make one so what you get isn’t quite correct. If you’ve only ever had a Starbucks latte and thought ‘yuck’ I really encourage you try a real one. They are actually quite sweet, even without any added sugar or sweetener! Anyways, back to the travel. I found some great deals with Travelocity at It’s not just flights, you can save on hotels, car rentals, airport parking, and more!

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Different Kinds of Coffee Drinks

Coffea is a genus of plant that is native to the tropical regions of Africa and Asia but can also be found all over South America. Some species of this genus are plants that grow seeds that most people know as coffee beans.

To get a coffee bean, the seeds need to undergo a series of long and carefully monitored processes, not to mention having to be handpicked one seed at a time. Once the beans are ready though, they are used to create some of the most popular products in our society, not to mention most every other society around the world.

The taste of coffee has evolved into so many other variations, that choosing which drink to get for yourself can sometimes be an overwhelming task. But coffee shops are already helping consumers choose easily by just leading them to their list of available coffee drinks.

Different categories of coffee can help you separate one from the other. There’s Regular Coffee, Instant Coffee, Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha, Americano, and Frappe.

Filtered Coffee

Only needs hot water and coffee grounds. Hot water is strained through the grounds and a filter. Filtered coffee can also drank black or white. Black coffee has no other additions to it, while white coffee can be mixed with some cream or milk. Adding sugar on either variation will also depend on your personal preference.

Espresso (originated in Italy)

The Espresso coffee uses nothing but fine coffee grounds of different coffee blends. This drink also has distinct flavors to it and can range from dark, medium, to decaffeinated. It is the basis for many other coffee drinks and these are very popular in Europe.


This coffee drink contains a shot of espresso and is typically covered with foamed milk on top (this helps contain the heat of the coffee), and some sprinkled powder from cinnamon or chocolate.

Latte (Milk in Italian)

An Espresso type that’s typically made with milk that has been steamed (also has foamed milk on top of it). So if you want to fizz down the strength of the coffee taste, add some milk. But if you want it the other way around, just add two shots Espresso to your Latte.

Mocha (originated in Yemen)

Made out of Mocha beans which are originally from Yemen. It can also be compared to a Cappuccino or Latte drink but is something of a sweeter version. It’s usually added to some hot chocolate powder or syrup as it complements the flavour of the bean well.

Americano (uses less roasted coffee beans)

When ordering an Americano, expect that with a single shot of Espresso, you’ll be having a drink that has more hot water to it (the essence of the coffee is made less concentrated by using more water).


This is only the chilled version of an Espresso drink. It’s usually mixed with instant coffee, sugar, some crushed ice, cream, and water.

Instant Coffee

Usually a last resort as it’s flavour tends to be lacking, but it can be found anywhere that has a grocery store. Uses powdered or grainy coffee. This is a fitting drink for those who like to make their cup of coffee quick and easy to make (no more brewing time to allot). You’ll have to blend the powder and some hot water and have this drink instantly.

Eat Healthy at a Fast Food Restaurant & Pizza Hut Coupons

Tired of eating recipes that come to your door from There’s a way to go out and still eat healthy.

Eating at fast food restaurants can be a minefield for those on a diet or are just trying to eat healthily. But all is not lost: with a little planning, you can minimize the unhealthy impact of most fast food restaurants and stick to your diet. You have changed your eating habits to align with your decision to live a healthy lifestyle but you find yourself with only fast food restaurants for lunch.

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Pizza…healthy?! Well, I definitely wouldn’t go for this option most of the time but remember the 80/20 rule. It’s what you do 80% of the time that will get you results. So if you really love pizza go ahead and have it once a week, just make sure you follow our guidelines on healthy eating for the rest of the week. For that once a week splurge though we found these coupons so you’ll be saving money if not calories! Coupons can be found at Remember to put at least a few veggies on your pizza!

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Healthier Choices at Fast Food Restaurants

You can definitely minimize the unhealthy impact of most fast food restaurants on your diet plan by choosing menu items that are better for you than most. But before we get into the details let’s review the basic tenants of healthy eating. Avoid foods with saturated fats and trans fatty acids, load up on fruits and vegetables, choose whole grain foods, choose foods low in cholesterol, don’t drink your calories and watch your portions.

Don’t Drink Your Calories!

The two healthy eating basics that you can follow to a “T” are don’t drink your calories and watch your portions. Choose either a diet soda or, better yet, ask for water. Do not supersize and select the smallest size available. Remember that juice has a lot of added sugar and therefore calories, it’s honestly not much better than a soda. There that wasn’t hard and you can apply these two basics to any fast food, or for that matter any fine dining restaurant.

Check the Nutrition Info

The other basic tenants require a little prior planning to satisfy effectively. Almost every fast food restaurant has nutrition information available on their website. For example, if you type in Subway in the Google search window the third item on the drop-down menu of suggestions is Subway nutrition. Click on the first item and it takes you to the nutritional information for Subway. There is a ton of information including fat, fiber and sodium tips and printer friendly nutritional information. The fat, fiber and sodium tips provide specific information on what sandwich to order and also what toppings to choose and which toppings to avoid – excellent information.

What do you do if forget to do your research? The first choice is to inform the staff your specific diet requirements (emphasize that your doctor has put you on a special diet this should get you special treatment) and ask what menu items satisfy your requirements. Your second choice is to review the menu while you’re waiting in line and with the basic healthy eating tenants in mind make your best guess.

Let’s say you made your best guess and when you get back to the office or home and check the nutritional and caloric values on the fast food restaurants website you discover that what you just had for lunch was loaded with calories, saturated fat, and cholesterol. Ouch! All is not lost, just adjust what you eat for the remainder of the day so you don’t go over your daily caloric limit and burn the experience into your memory so you don’t make the same mistake the next time.

The Old Fashioned Way: Bring Your Own Lunch

Another strategy, especially if you are eating with family or friends, is to bring your own healthy lunch. Most fast food restaurants will not make a fuss if your lunch companions are ordering from their menu. This will generally be more difficult to pull off if you are eating alone but can be done if you select a couple of healthy menu items to compliment what you brought from home.

Choose from the Sides Menu

My final recommendation is to select a couple of healthy sides and don’t select a burger or sandwich. For example, if you find yourself at Wendy’s you can get a side salad and a baked potato. Just be sure not to load up the potato with cheese, bacon or chili and choose a fat-free or low-fat salad dressing for your side salad.

You can now walk into a fast food restaurant and have a plan in place that won’t bust your healthy eating or diet plan. With all this in mind, you don’t want to eat at fast food restaurants on a regular basis unless based on your research into the nutritional and caloric value you can stick with your diet.

Liquor at a Cafe?

On a recent trip to Vancouver, Canada, I walked into a place called the “Wired Monk”. It’s a cafe basically designed for University students.
It’s rather cleverly named after the very first group of people to discover the stimulating effects of caffeine: monks.

The story of the monks is fascinating, but we’ll leave it for another time. But what surprised me is that they offered almost every kind of beverage with the option of adding alcohol into it!

You could also order wine, which I ended up doing (it was 7pm in the evening, thank you very much!) and had a great time reading a book.

Should cafes offer more alcoholic beverages?

I realize that baristas aren’t exactly adept at throwing out drunken patrons, but if there were a strict limit on how much you could consume (no free refills!) I could see it being easily manageable. It enhances the experience, and also gives people a reason to visit cafes in the evening (a notoriously slow time for coffee shops).

Normally I sit back and enjoy my wine at home (using these promo codes to keep costs down). It saves me from having to go out, and keeps me entertained every time a new package arrives in the mail. “It’s wine o’clock!” I’ll yell to myself, or a fortunate parcel delivery person within earshot.

But I did like being able to go out in the evening, go for a stroll, and then sip on an irish coffee. I brought a book to read, which was at first great, but later frustrating.

Let me explain: once you start drinking, your focus and concentration starts to fade. You might be engrossed in a book, but suddenly your mind will wander. That’s what happened to me. I kept on trying to concentrate on the book, but I just couldn’t.

Also, the Wired Monk has a very dark lighting scheme. You may think this is weird, since it’s a cafe for university students. Don’t they need light to do their studying? I looked around and found that most people there were, in fact, studying. But the lighting was not much brighter than candlelight. Are they all secretly hoping to strain their eyes so they can get hipster glasses?