Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TODDY Milkshake Recipe

Want another reason...or excuse...to own a Vitamix? Here you go and you're welcome.

This last week we had a lot of leftover ice cream in our freezer from my sister's wedding. Being a good person, I couldn't let it just sit there and had too do something. Since there was also leftover coffee that could mean only one thing...Toddy Milkshakes!!!

I looked up several different recipes and ended up just throwing things into the Vitamix. So here is my own twist to the coffee milkshake .

Before you get started there is one thing you must know - It is important that you use the cold brew method for this recipe to get a good coffee taste. If you use reg. chilled down coffee, you'll have to use a lot more to get a strong coffee taste and then the consistency won't be very thick.

Toddy Milkshakes
all measurements are estimates, because I hardly ever measure anything. :)

yes, that is a big box of ice cream on the right.

-1 cup  Cold Brew Toddy (same thing as cold brew coffee)
-3 1/2  cups  Vanilla Ice Cream   (tastes best if you use Braum's)
-Handful of  Girardelli bittersweet chocolate chunks
-2 to 3 T. Torani Chocolate sauce

and a Vitamix (can use other blenders but this one does work best.)

Throw everything into the Vitamix. Turn on and slowly go up to 5 for a minute.

Taste it! Sometimes it needs a little more coffee or ice cream. Depending on how you want yours to taste.

Pour into 2 pretty glasses and top with more chocolate syrup or better yet...whipped cream!



Friday, July 11, 2014

20 cups of coffee: Mead's Corner

Last year I decided that in 2014 I'd like to try 20 different coffee shops and then write a little about each one. The only reason I picked 20 was because I turned 20 this year and it seemed like a good number. 

If you have any recommendations for coffee shops to try please leave them in the comments!! I love to hear about new places!!

Here we go!

Cup no.1  =  Mead's Corner
1/1/14 ~ New Year's Day!

On New Year's Day our YMCA was holding a Frosty 5k through Downtown Wichita and by the river. Three of my siblings, several friends, and I decided to go run. I mean what else could be more fun to do on New Year's Day? The Frosty 5k ended up being my favorite run I've done so far and I can't wait for next year!!

Always in the mood for coffee, we headed over to Mead's Corner afterwards. It was only fitting that I start at Mead's since I hang out there the most.

Mead's Corner is a cute hole-in-the-wall in Downtown Wichita. It's been there for over 5 years and almost everyone has been there at least once. I've been to Mead's many, many times and it feels like home. I love coffee shops that have that warm cozy feeling where you never want to leave. Mead's has definitely got that feeling.

I got a mocha. Hot, of course. Their mochas are very good. I like them because they aren't sweet and have a hint of chocolate but you can still taste the coffee very well. Plus, you can never have enough whipped cream! If you were to ask me what I recommend from Mead's, the mocha is what I'd say! I get it every time and it has yet to fail me.

Mead's coffee is pretty good. It's not anything super terrific but at least it isn't bad. Compared to Starbucks, no, it doesn't even compare to Starbucks. I shouldn't go there... But if I did compare it to Starbucks, on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, I'd put Mead's coffee at 10 and Starbucks coffee at 1. 

Now, as a coffee shop Mead's is awesome! I love to come and just work on my laptop or hangout with friends. It's easy to hide in a corner and have a good conversation or actually get some work done. It has a rustic look and I like a lot.

Mead's Corner also sell great gelato, other drinks, baked goods, and sandwiches.

So there you have it. I think you should go to Mead's Corner the next time you try a new coffee shop!