Wanna Go To Dinner?

Wanna Go To Dinner?

Something that is important is to find the good places to go and eat in your new time.

Everyone likes good food. It’s important to find good places to eat when you move to a new place. That’s what I believe all my Peace Corps friends have done. We have scoped out the delicious food places so that we have a place to go when we need to go into town. For me, I needed to find western food places. That way, when I had American food cravings or I missed home I had places to go that make me feel a little bit like I am in America. I am going to talk about my five favorite places to go to eat in my country of service. I know that you all won’t really know what I am talking about since you don’t know where I live but you can imagine a little bit more about my life in the country.

One Heart Collective

One heart is a coffee shop that makes me feel like I am back at my favorite coffee shops in my hometown of Roseville. It has absolutely the best chai tea lattes in all of my country of service, as well as amazing grilled cheese, and some pretty bomb breakfast burritos. I almost forgot about the cinnamon rolls.

But I don’t go there just for the food. I go there because the atmosphere is amazing. I can sit in this coffee shop all day long. The workers are friendly and the prices are affordable. When I go into town this is hands down my first stop because we always need coffee first.

The Deli

I absolutely love sandwiches and salads. The Deli has that and so much more. They also have some of the best milkshakes, lemonades, and smoothies. I like going to the deli first for the food but second for the seating. They have beautiful outdoor seating that allows you to sit in the fresh air but still have access to wifi.

They also have a shop with incredible meats, wines, and so much more for sale. I would have to say, however, that my favorite thing about The Deli is that you can create your own sandwich, salad, or wrap. I don’t always go to The Deli, but it is hands down my favorite.


I love Mexican food, so very much! This is the only solid place in my country of service to get good Mexican food. You can get tacos, enchiladas, nachos, and so much more. Let me be honest it’s not California Mexican food but it hands down fills the void and I can handle that. They also have the best chips and salsa which is probably the best part of Sonrisa. I believe that Sonrisa is hands down a hidden gem of my town. It’s basically because it’s hard to fine.

Miso Garden

This one doesn’t need much explanation. It is sushi and Korean BBQ. If I am honest I have never had the Korean BBQ because this girl is a sushi girl so that’s all she gets. However, for a land locked country it’s really good sushi. They also have pot stickers which are another favorite of mine. I have not been disappointed by Miso Garden which is really nice because I love Sushi and I love that I can get it in my country of service because I thought I was gonna need to go two years without eating it.


This is a sushi restaurant that is a quite fancy and more expensive but it tastes so good it doesn’t matter. Not to mention I don’t get into the capital much where the sushi is so it’s worth it tenfold. They also have pot stickers and miso soup. Honestly the fact that I have found two sushi restaurants in country thrills me. This is the one food I can eat every day and I don’t have to go two years without it like I thought.

Now there are other restaurants in my country of service that I love going to that I didn’t mention. Places to eat, hang out, and feel at home. Like the best possible Indian food, some good pizza, burgers and so much more. Not going to lie I think it was important to several of us volunteers to find good food. That’s always what we plan our trips around is the food we want to eat.

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12 Starbucks Iced Drinks You NEED In Your Life This Summer

Must-try beverages brought to you by your local barista.

Be kind to your baristas, they can make you some pretty great drinks. With the temperature rising and the days getting longer, it's approaching the time to find your summer staple to keep you cool (and caffeinated) over the next few months.

Starbucks offers a wide variety of cold beverages that really hit the spot during the summer months, from espresso drinks to fraps, smoothies, teas and refreshers. As a Starbucks barista, I've had the opportunity to taste most drinks on the menu and receive feedback from customers on the do's and don'ts of cold beverages.

While this is not an exhaustive list, I pulled together some of my favorites to give you, the "Ultimate Starbucks Iced Beverage Bucket List for 2017" that you MUST try this season:

1. Pink Drink

Three words: Basic white girl. If you want a photogenic drink that tastes like a Starburst and makes baristas happy, the Pink Drink is for you. It's a pretty simple beverage... this Strawberry Acai Refresher combined with Coconutmilk is sure to satisfy your hipster needs.

2. Iced White Mocha

This sinfully sweet iced espresso drink is not only one of the most popular beverages on the menu, but sure to wake you up at any time of day. Jazz it up by asking for half white chocolate, half mocha sauce, topped with a mocha drizzle, and you've got yourself an Iced Tuxedo Mocha!

3. Doubleshot on Ice

If nothing else, this quick pick-me-up looks classy while giving you the energy boost you need to get through the day. With two shots of espresso, a bit of milk and classic syrup, this drink is easy to enjoy in little time... it's like a caffeine I.V.!

4. Iced Caramel Machiatto

Surprise, surprise... Caramel Machiattos are actually made with vanilla syrup. Nonetheless, these espresso-topped beverages are absolutely delicious at any time of year, but summer calls for ice! Want to change things up? Ask your barista to make it with half vanilla syrup, half toffee nut syrup to make an Iced Salted Caramel Machiatto!

5. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

A sister to the Pink Drink, the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is a fruit juice-blackberry combo that makes for a pretty chilled beverage to enjoy on the go. The caffeine content is minimal, making it a great option for any time of day.

6. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Cold Brew is basically Starbucks' version of a smoother-tasting iced coffee with more caffeine. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a standard drink topped with vanilla-flavored heavy cream to create a sweet taste and a marbled appearance in the beverage. Want something with flavor, but not in the mood for vanilla? Try the Toasted Coconut Cold Brew!

7. Mango Black Tea Lemonade

The Mango Black Tea Lemonade is one of the most popular drinks on the menu. Iced Teavana tea mixed with mango syrup and lemonade makes for the perfect combination

8. Iced Chai Tea Latte

Iced Chais - sound so sophisticated, yet so simple to make. If you order this drink, there is a 10/10 chance that your barista will love you for it. Milk mixed with a sweet and spicy chai syrup makes for a classy drink that can be enjoyed at any time of day.

9. Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto

The identifying characteristic that makes a macchiato, well, a macchiato is that the espresso shots are poured on top of the milk and flavoring. Starbucks' Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto is a combination of cinnamon dolce syrup and almondmilk topped with espresso shots, a caramel drizzle and a cinnamon dolce topping to create a delicious dairy-free option in the macchiato family.

10. Sunset Refresher

This secret menu drink is fairly simple to make with a cool lime base, lemonade, lime slices, and ice topped with black tea. When finished, the drink will have an ombré appearance that makes it totally picture-worthy!

11. Iced Caffè Americano

Calling all espresso lovers: Americanos are a Starbucks signature. The drink itself is pretty simple - espresso and water topped with ice, but if you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can mix things up with a flavored syrup. This drink is sure to wake you right up, no matter the time of day.

12. Strawberry Lemonade

Want something cold but not feeling coffee or a frap? Frozen Strawberry Lemonade is definitely worth a try! While this drink is not on the menu, most baristas are happy to make it upon request. Just ask for a combination of strawberry flavoring, lemonade, and ice blended together for a slushie-like beverage!

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A Love Letter To My Air Fryer

And why you would love an fryer too...


In a previous article, I wrote about how love to use Trello.com for organizing things. I'm still loving Trello. I've haven't grown bored of it and stopped using it (like I have with some other organizational systems). This time, I'm going to share another item that I love, and it's for one of my favorite things, food! I finally gave in and bought an air fryer, and after my first use, I literally said that it's wonderful! I bought a small air fryer. It only holds about two quarts, but it's perfect for quick lunches.

I thought I'd love the air fryer if it could dry fry food with little to no oil, and it does just that. I'm also in love with the air fryer, because I could simply put the food in it, set the timer and live my life for a few minutes until the food is done. I don't have to stand over it and watch the food cook. That makes the air fryer a winner! Did I mention that it really does work?! Yes, it does work. Now, you could buy foods that are already breaded and throw them in the air fryer, but if you want to go the healthier route, you can use bread crumbs, flour, and eggs to make your own crispy coatings for your foods. Dipping your food in your own homemade batter cuts out some of the salt and added chemicals in the frozen pre-fried foods.

You can also fry foods that do not even need a homemade batter. Without using the batter, I've made sweet potato French fries and burritos in it. The tortilla for the burrito turned out nicely crispy, but I didn't leave it in the air fryer long enough for it to be crunchy. The sweet potato fries came out nice. I've tried making crispy chickpeas with Italian seasoning, but they weren't to my liking. However, I have loved everything else that I've made in the air fryer. Sometimes I just put a quick meal in it, just to re-heat it, since I don't use a microwave. I just think that using the air fryer is healthier than using microwaves, and I love that I don't need to put my food in a special box or anything for it to be really crispy. If you love fried chicken or fried fish, you'd love this little machine as much as I do!

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