BCB: Juliana

Good morning!
I am up bright and early because I have work, but then I’m driving home to have dinner with MY BEST FRIEND THAT I HAVENT SEEN IN TWO MONTHS!

You could say I’m pretty excited. 🙂

Anyway, welcome to yet another episode of Battle of the Cold Brews: Juliana edition.

Juliana edition? That’s right. I made this one myself!

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[P.S. Please ignore my messy room… I’m in the slow process of packing it…]

I used 3 tbsp of my Allegro Italian roast coffee in my little French press. I covered it for about 8 hours and then I just pressed the grounds down as if I was making hot French press coffee! Boom. No cheese cloth or filter needed.

I let it refrigerate overnight so that I could taste it this morning.

First off, let me say that it’s interesting how different all the coffee I’ve had so far tastes in general. Solely, I guess, from whatever beans are being used.

Mine isn’t as smooth as the others I’ve tried so far, and it has a little bit of acidity. However, man oh man, mine is dark. 🙂
The coffee I used is so good when I make it hot and black because if how strong it is! That boldness translated well when I cold brewed it.

And you know what else? It was free.

So far, my search for the best cold brew has cost me anywhere from $2.25-$3.50 per cup. Dang son. I just wouldn’t want to spend that every morning!

A month of that could cover a race fee! 😉

Anyway, I am pleased with my cold brew! Now I just need to figure out how to make it in bigger batches!

Love,
Ju

Battle of the Cold Brews

I’m on a mission.
To find the best cold brew coffee in Austin.

I’m going to do my best to document my thoughts on each one I try and compare them as I go!

However, let me make it clear that I’m only looking for cold brew.

Cooled coffee over ice is not the same. At all.

Oh, and don’t get me started on hot coffee poured directly over ice. It’s happened before and it breaks my heart everytime!

So without further adieu,

Yesterday I finally tried Jo’s (on SoCo) cold brew and it was niiiiice.

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My thoughts: To be honest, it was a little too weak for me! I like my iced coffee black with absolutely no sweetener or cream and I like it strong. To anyone else, black coffee is already really strong, but when it comes to iced coffee I like it extra dark! Nonetheless, it was still delicious and so smooth and it’s on S. Congress so you can pick some up, take an iconic picture with the “i love you so much” graffiti and then wander around!

Now today, after an unintentional three hour nap, I headed to Buzzmill for the first time!

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Yoooo, it was good. Majorly good. The vibe of the place was pretty cool, but I’m not sure I’d casually just sit there alone. Either way, I liked the coffee more than Jo’s actually! AND it’s open 24 hours and literally 5 seconds from my house, so I’ll keep that in mind when I’m up late studying next semester… 😉

STAY TUNED FOR MORE!

Farewell June! {And random things!}

Hey hey happy last day of June! 🙂
Can you believe 2014 is halfway over?! I can’t.

Nonetheless, I’m excited to see what the second half of the year brings!

Man oh man, I’ve been going nonstop lately! Except for right now. Right now I am sitting in the SAC, drinking iced coffee, and waiting for my legs to wake up so I can ride to the Capitol for fun!

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Such wise and wonderful words, Oprah.
{You are here not to shrink down to less, but to blossom into more of who you really are.}

So what’ve I been up to?
Well starting with just yesterday:

Blake and I went to Amy’s Ice Cream for the first time! It’s one of those Austin things, ya feel?

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“That’s the trade off in our friendship. You make me go outside and I make you eat unhealthy things.” -Blake… And he’s totally right! Hahaha!

I rode 20.3 miles! I took on some hill climbs and they wiped me out! I rode to McKinney Falls State Park and it was beautiful as always! ❤

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And today, I swam 2225 yards! It is such an unbelievably beautiful day. This swim felt pretty sluggish, but I got it done!

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And of course, I refueled.

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Enjoyed outside while soaking up the sun!

I’ve had such a nice day so far!
I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friends. 😉 #namethatbook

Seize your Monday!
Love,
Juls

FFF

I’M BACK AGAIN

SICK OF ME YET?

DOES ANYONE READ THIS ANYWAY?

FFF was what I used in my bio notes last semester… FFF = form fits function.

I just wanted to pop in to say that I successfully completed my long run… 10 beautiful miles! I ran from my apartment around the Town Lake loop and then back to my apartment. 

For the run I decided to focus on form. 

I read Born to Run by Christopher McDougall and Eat & Run by Scott Jurek over the break and it really got me thinking about how and why I run.

Sooo, today I focused on:

  • Not twisting my upper body too much.
  • Keeping my shoulders relaxed.
  • Landing on the midsection of my feet.
  • Pushing off with my big toe.

HOLY GUACAMOLE PEOPLE. It worked! I had no knee pain whatsoever! Weirdly enough though, I got some ankle pain on my right side, but it wasn’t too bad and I was able to clear it from my mind.

My pace was ~10:30 min/mile. Normally I run faster, but I really was focusing on form and the wonderful weather and view.

:]

Yay! 

After my run I stretched a little, drank chocolate milk, took a shower, and then laid in bed reading blogs..

Eventually though I started getting hungry, so I made the best lunch ever.

  • Barilla’s Rigatoni (not whole wheat pasta?! who am I?! ;])
  • PESTO ❤ ❤ ❤
  • Parmesan cheese

All of this was on top of a bed of kale/spinach/chard mix. I also sauteed some cherry tomatoes and threw them on top of the salad.

IT WAS SO DELICIOUS. I LOVE PASTA SO MUCH.

Then I made myself an iced coffee with nonfat milk.

Yeah, so far my day has rocked.

I’m thinking about going to Whole Foods to roam around and attempt not to spend money… [;

Talk to ya later!

Ju