I Don't Drink Coffee But My Paycheck Is Devoted to Cafés

I Don't Drink Coffee But My Paycheck Is Devoted to Cafés

Anyone want to join me for a chai latte?

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Both of my parents have been coffee addicts for my entire life, and one of my older sisters is basically intolerable without her daily dose of caffeine. Almost my entire family is devoted to espresso, but for some reason, I never acquired a craving for coffee. I always have loved coffee-scented candles, but when it comes to taking a sip of my father's veinti pike from Starbucks, I gag at just the thought.

Still, I find myself constantly driving to discover different coffee shops throughout my state, and I have searched for the best ones within my college campus. Of course, I never order an actual coffee, but instead a classic chai latte or some other sugary, hot drink that's basically just warm milk.

My love for cafés goes beyond the pleasure that these sweet drinks give me, though. There are many reasons why I will continue to waste all my money on Starbucks, but it is mostly for the history my family has with coffee shops.

Throughout my childhood, coffee shops basically became my second home. Since both my mother and father were obsessed with coffee, every outing included a stop at some overpriced café for a mediocre latte. At first, this meant, as a kid, I got a cute fruity smoothie with whipped cream or a decadent muffin as a treat.

Now, stopping at these shops is basically a family norm. Whenever we go to the movies, whenever we go to the grocery store, we always have to account an extra fifteen minutes in our trip for us to order our caramel, mocha-chocolate frapuccinos. And if it's between showing up on time for an event or getting coffee, we always come with cups in our hands complaining about supposed traffic.

Once I got to college, I felt guilty spending money on chai lattes when I knew that wasn't a necessity. If I had become a caffeine addict, I think I would have excused it, but it wasn't like I needed these drinks to survive. I had grown up with this environment, but I could easily say goodbye to it.

However, it was not as simple as I thought it would be. Since I was about a seventeen-hour drive away from my parents, I couldn't help but occasionally feel a little homesick. I found that the only thing that really comforted me was a warm cup of hot chocolate or a classic chai latte. I'm sure the sugar content helped a little bit, but it was specifically the feeling of being in a shop that comforted me. It felt like I was at home again, like I was with my family again. It was how I developed a bond with both my siblings and with my parents.

I learned to make going to cafés more of a treat than a mental necessity, but the feeling I get still remains. Even seeing signs for coffee shops reminds me of picking up chai with my sister before we go shopping for a new pair of shoes, or getting mochas with my mom after grabbing take-out from a local restaurant.

When my father picks me up from the airport for holiday breaks, I am always greeted with, "find the nearest Starbucks to us." For him, maybe it's about survival, since he needs at least three cups of caffeine to sustain himself throughout the day. But for me, it will always mean family.

I'll never be a coffee enthusiast, yet I'll always love coffee.

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12 Symptoms You Get When You're Addicted To Chick-Fil-A

It is your one true love.
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Chick-fil-A, I love you.

Truett Cathy, I owe you my life.

If you love Chick-fil-A, you truly have withdrawals when you're away from it. You may suffer from these symptoms, just like I do.

1. No other breakfast will compare to CFA's.

2. No other fast food joint has hash brown's like CFA's.

3. When you go on vacation, you type in Chick-fil-A to see if there is one nearby.

4. If there isn't, you eat it as soon, I am talking, like, the second, you get back from vacation.

5. You truly don't understand how people "get tired of Chick-fil-A"

6. Besides the occasional change up on Sunday's, CFA is always your number choice of fast food.

7. You legitimately crave it more on Sunday's.

8. Nothing on the menu seems gross to you.

9. Yet, you seem to get the same thing every time you go.

10. Their ice cream is literally the b o m b.

11. You defend CFA to any and every hater.

12. CFA is probably your actual one true love.

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4 Breakfast Spots Near The University of Kentucky That Will Actually Get You Out Of Bed In The Morning

These places will satisfy all of your breakfast cravings.

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If you're a breakfast foodie like I am, you know that is an absolute priority to find the most popular breakfast spots despite the city you may be in. You don't want to visit the touristy and basic restaurants that everyone else goes to, but instead, you are determined to uncover the locations that are the best of the best. Most foodies will go to great lengths to discover these places. As a University of Kentucky student and major foodie, I have searched all over Lexington to find my favorite places to visit on Saturday and Sunday mornings. This took my entire first semester and many trips to the ATM, but today, I am now blessed to say that I am a regular at all 4 of these incredible breakfast spots.

1. The Great Bagel

The Great Bagel is one of my all-time favorite restaurants to visit on Sunday mornings. The restaurant offers a variety of bagel sandwiches and freshly squeezed orange juice, and it makes for the perfect early morning start to a day filled with homework or relaxation.

2. Chocolate Holler

Though not a true restaurant, Chocolate Holler is one of the most popular coffee shops near the University of Kentucky. Because it is only a 3-minute drive from campus, Chocolate Holler is always buzzing with UK students who come to socialize or study. The coffee shop is most well known for its chocolaty drinks and the music is great there, too!

3. Stir Krazy

Stir Krazy is a local smoothie bar down the street that serves protein shakes, smoothies, and tea. Though It only consists of these three beverages, the shakes at Stir Krazy are enough to fill you up for breakfast or lunch. Each shake or smoothies range from 200 to 250 calories and serves as the perfect energizer before a workout or a filling recovery drink after a workout.

4. La Madeleine

La Madeleine is a French breakfast and lunch cafe conveniently located on campus (and only a 30-second walk from my dorm). Their breakfast is served all day long and their croissants are to die for. I highly recommend building your own omelet for the most fulfilling experience. Not to mention, their iced caramel macchiatos are a great refresher on the side.

No matter which city, state, or country I am currently in, I make it my mission to eat as a local would. In Lexington, Kentucky, these four breakfast spots are guaranteed provide you with a plethora of different types of food to get you through even the worst cases of morning hunger. Though these places are my current favorites, I am now looking forward to containing the search for more breakfast restaurants, cafes, and juice bars throughout my next four years in this city.

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