Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Weekend Sweets & Treats

Alex and I were on a mission to find some great professional apparel at reasonable prices this past weekend, so we started our day bright and early- 8am to be exact. Yet, while I packed our day with various department stores, discount warehouses, even swap-meets I also planned our food and drink fuel stop as well.  After all everyone's needs to eat and stay hydrated!

This post is going to focus on our bargain eating in the Costa Mesa area, specifically near the 405 and 73 intersection (for all my SoCal readers), but stay tuned for our fashion haul on the next post!

Starbucks B1G1 Free Seasonal favorites (November 15-19th, 2pm-5pm) throughout US: To kick off their holiday drinks special Starbucks offered the following options (as Starbucks described them). 

**Caramel BrulĂ©e Latte – A holiday delight, this beverage features a combination of rich caramel sauces, espresso and steamed milk and is topped with whipped cream and shimmery caramel pieces.

**Peppermint Mocha – A seasonal favorite featuring a combination of espresso with bittersweet chocolate, peppermint flavored syrup and steamed milk, topped by whipped cream and chocolate curls.
Gingerbread Latte – This ever-popular beverage blends the flavor of freshly baked gingerbread, with espresso and steamed milk, topped by whipped cream and ground nutmeg.
Alex tried the Carmel Brulee Latte and I had Peppermint Mocha, both were infused with holiday cheer, but in m opinion the Carmel Brulee was overly sweet and tasted like a liquid version of a Milky Way.  My Peppermint Mocha had just the right amount of sweet and didn't overwhelm my taste buds, so if you're in for a treat but don't love the idea of drinking candy, pick the Peppermint :) 

The Great Mex, Costa Mesa, CA: My husband loves French Fries and that he was craving Mexican so when I saw this gringo burrito joint that combined the two I thought this would be the perfect spot to fill his tummy. The California Burrito hit the right spot. Click here for my full yelp review.

French's Pastry Bakery, Costa Mesa, CA: Wagon-wheel is a must have here though they're recognized as the top wedding cake bakery from the OC Register's People Choice Award! Read my full account here. And since we purchased so many goodies from the bakery I decided to do a video taste review.

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What's your favorite place to fuel up on a long day of shopping?

Holiday Shopping Announcements 

*SHOP SMALL 11/24: If you're an AMEX card holder be sure to register your card number and shop small on Saturday November 24th. If you spend $25 or more at any one smal business (that accepts AMEX cards) you will get $25 statement credit! Win win! Register here

*SHOP FOR A CAUSE 11/24: I love animals so when I see an opportunity to help I jump on it. Please consider this an avenue for your holiday shopping.  Here's the info...   

The Laguna Woods Cat Club Holiday Boutique 
November 24th, 9am until 2pm 
Laguna Woods Village Clubhouse 7 at 24111 Moulton Parkway. 

This Clubhouse is non-gated,so non-residents can attend. The clubhouse is just north of El Toro road on Moulton, and there is plenty of parking and numerous vendors with clothing, jewelry, collectible and decorative items, plant arrangements and of course some pet items and clothing.  All proceeds go to fund the Cat Clubs foster and adoption program for cats abandoned in Laguna Woods. 

*SHOP ONLINE: Online shopping has exploded in the past few years as the convenience factor often lures customers to the computer. Why not save more and sign up with ebates for cash back or purchased discounted gift cards from websites like Giftcardgranny?

Yours Truly,


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