Coffee in Aruba


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How are you doing?  Greetings from a warm and sunny place!  I’m actually in Aruba.  And let me tell you, if you forget your memory stick card reader in order to import photos from your digital camera into your antiquated Sony Vaio laptop, and you’re running on some rickety barely-better-than dial-up-kind-of-DSL-lines, blogging can be a real beast.  (Insert many other words that start with B, too.)  So let’s just get to the pics, what do you say?  But before I do, many, many thanks to Heather for her Guest Post.  If anyone missed it, check it outWe’re a couple of Crows.

Woman standing in front of shrub waving

My day started off perfectly.  I went for a quick couple mile run, did a little bit of yoga, and it was time to run some errands.  But first, I had to snap a couple pics of Skylar.

Young girl wearing pink sitting in front of blue door
Little girl standing in front of blue door pointing

She was so happy she was dancing!  With some St. Patrick’s Day Parade Beads that have gone from San Diego to Phoenix to Aruba.  And we haven’t lost them yet.

Young girl standing on patio holding green beads
Close up of smiling young girl on patio

Then I went in search of coffee.  Ohhh, cool, an coffee bar called Espresso.  Guess what, they open at 7PMMakes perfect sense.

Coffee Shop storefront

So the search for coffee continued.  I found this little kiosk.  Cool until I realized that their to-go-cup was the size of a Dixie Cup.  

Kiosk in Aruba serving food

That was a no goSkylar’s expression here summed up my feelings about the coffee search:

Crying young girl in pink

But then, I found this quaint little cafe.  Perfect.  

Outdoor cafe seating with umbrellas
Inside cafe in Aruba showing food behind glass

Until I paid for the coffee.  $6 Dollars.  Six American Dollars for 1 styrofoam cup of coffee.   “But we use really good beans” the barista said.  I’m thinking, I can buy a half pound of really good beans for 6 bucks, but addicts don’t complain.  They just pay up.

Cafe worker brewing coffee behind counter

Addicts just get in our cars and get ready for our errands and the rest of the day.

Woman smiling in front of flowering shrub


Coffee in to-go cup in cup holder in car

So off I went to the supermarket.  And see utter mayhem.  Grocery stores are closed on the weekends here so Monday morning at the Grocery store is like Friday afternoon at the bank with everyone cashing their paychecks:  Pandemonium!
Good thing I ran right into this Moet display.  Gosh how I adore Rose Champagne.

Bottles and boxes of Moet

But since I was still nursing my coffee, I passed on the champagne.

Hand holding up foam cup of coffee in car

But what I overpaid for in coffee, I made up for in bowls.  50 cents each!  That’s right 2 porcelain bowls for a buck.  Love it. 

Two white bowls on table

Will be perfect to eat my Hugh Jass’es in

Close up of white bowl

Yoga Today is Janu Shirsana A (Head to Knee Forward Bend).  When you’re doing this pose, you should have a very slight twisting of your core to be over your extended leg.

Woman doing Janu Shirsana A yoga pose

Tip of the Day:

And Give Away Mania Continues!!!!
Heather’s holiday giveaway!
Janetha’s giveaway!

Katie’s Giveaway 
Madeline’s Giveaway

What have you overpaid for lately but at the time you’re like, I really don’t care, I just have to have it, now!  In addtion to the coffee, I’ve had to pay up for a card reader and memory stick because I forgot half my set-up at home.  That’s what Red Eye’s will do for ya!  What have you overpaid for?

Stay Tuned For an Awesome Guest Post Tomorrow and more Vacation Pics & Stories provided I have internet connectivity, without issues…

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  1. I love oats! I've never actually tried overnight oats (need to do this ASAP) — but I love good old fashioned stove top oats, but I'd have to say my favorite is taking instant oatmeal packets, combining them with 1/2 a banana, 1/4 cup egg whites, and LOTS of cinnamon and about 1/2 tsp baking powder to make an Oatmeal Pancake. It's easy to make and keeps me full for many hours! I've eaten too many to count, usually eat one every day before I go to my classes!

  2. Oatmeal with bananas, chocolate and pb is my favorite, though I tried your chocolate protein oats recently and loved it! I'll admit I was skeptical about the lack of liquid, but it was delicious.

  3. I feel kind of boring in the oats department.. but my favorite way to enjoy them is with a banana and peanutbutter melted in and a touch of stevia and cinnamon

  4. My favorite use of oats, right now at least, is your cookie dough balls. My brother is addicted to these. He says they are waaaay better than any cookies he's ever had.

  5. So, I saw your chocolate protein oats link on today's (the 9th) post and thought it'd be perfect for after my Mysore class today. I figured I'd make some up real quick and leave it in the fridge and have it when I get back. One question…I mixed together the banana, oats, protein powder, liquid stevia…and it was really really dry. I had to add some soymilk to get it to an even remotely brownie like texture. I also had to add some cocoa powder, I can't believe the sun warrior is that dark, yum!

    Oh, but bottom line, it is SUPER awesome!

  6. Ok, there is just so much in this post that I want to comment on 'cause your content is awesome!! First of all, I love how you take us on a journey from sweet to savory….chocolate to salad and I am drooling the whole time!! Yum all the way!
    I have not tried New Naturals stevia drops only their stevia powder which I adore. I am a huge fan of Sweetleaf Stevia's flavored drops. Only problem is I spend waaaayyy too much on them 'cause I use them on all my sweets each and every day.
    Now on to read your thoughts on the xmas gifts…. Happy b'day to your hubby. Treats looked great.

  7. to be totally honest the best looking thing here is that MANGO! omg i die over a good, fresh, ripe mango! mmmm.

    SKYLAR IS SO STINKIN CUTE! yogini at heart.

    never get tired of ice cream, cereal and bread. i am a carb monsta.

    love you!

  8. I'd probably never get tired of kale. I have major kare for kale. It's just absolutely wholesomely greenly delicious – I can't get enough of it! Skylar's down dog is totally rockin'. :)

  9. I love those vanilla stevia drops – heaven! (please, oh please don't cause cancer Stevia. I'm begging you.)

  10. Lot's of people recommend yoga as an easy way to get back into physical exercise, I don't know whether this is because they don't really understand it or I don't really understand it – so I thought I'd ask the one person who knows everything about yoga!

    What is your opinion on yoga for someone who has only just become physically healthy after being at an emaciated weight for a few years?

    Thanks, Katie.

  11. You make me jealous of your eats even when you are thousands of miles away! That white chocolate looks insane! I could eat peanut butter and banana every day for the rest of my life!

  12. Oh my goodness, I just LOVE that you brought your own coffee pot with you! Makes me giggle. That's really what I should have done when coming here… because Nescafe is all the Doha rage ;)

    Enjoy your oats! They look delish.

  13. ~ new to your blog, but wanted to say hi and let you know I'm looking forward to reading more! ;)

  14. Aww, thanks Averie! I LOVE the S. Berger dark chocolate I've had and hadn't seen it in Evan's expansive chocolate collection I figured it would be a good choice ;) I read about the exchange on someone's blog (wish I could remember who!) that linked over to it, and I signed up just in time! If I'm in the know next Christmas promise I'll let you know too :)

  15. oh i wanttt those oats! definitely on my menu sometime soon but i'm all about the vanilla :) mmm mmm

    i totaly would never ever ever ever ever get sick of apples! i eat like 2 a day atleaaast! and love them so much. i guess i'm a big apple girl at heart ;)

    i'm feelin your use of things from home while you're away. way to pull through girl

  16. I have been looking for a good dark chocolate-coffee bar (Green and Black's is just okay); two of my favorite things to eat! And fair trade to boot – not bad!

    I agree about the greens too. Vegetables make up 80-90% of my diet, and the more I eat, the less I crave sweets. It's all about balance though, as you are obviously aware. Clean eating + exercise = balance for me too!

    (and I am the Katie who comments on your blog – obviously :) Thanks for reading and commenting on mine!)

  17. I have been looking for a good dark chocolate-coffee bar (Green and Black's is just okay); two of my favorite things to eat! And fair trade to boot – not bad!

    I agree about the greens too. Vegetables make up 80-90% of my diet, and the more I eat, the less I crave sweets. It's all about balance though, as you are obviously aware. Clean eating + exercise = balance for me too!

    (and I am the Katie who comments on your blog – obviously :) Thanks for reading and commenting on mine!)

  18. Sweetness on the giveaway!
    That milk chocolate looks deicious. It's true; I don't think I tire of chocolate because when I'm tired of cocoa I just turn to white or visa versa. I could also eat maple syrup, oatmeal, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and peanut butter everyday. In fact, I think I do.
    Now that I'm home I can't wait to try that hot chocolate and PB cups! I'll need to hunt down some nutritional yeast

  19. Mmmmm CHOCOLATE!! And fruit! I'm developing a serious craving for mango at the moment–it's been too long!

  20. Hey! Thanks for checking out my blog :) I've had a rough time this year with my eating (I eat clean), and then the ALCAT, which cut a lot of stuff out that I ate on a daily basis (blueberries, green beans, even cane sugar!)I will let you know how it goes. My doc said to give it a month to see if it's working for me. I just made your chocolate coconut balls and they are DIVINE. And no cane sugar! :) Thank you for the recipe! I will be sure to try the others that you mentioned also!

  21. OMG!! Skylar is too cute. She is rockin that downward dog pose! I love it!! GO girl!
    That chocolate from aruba looks absolutely heavenly. And that overnight chocolate brownie and those chocolate snowballs… So amazing. I want to eat those right now!

    I with you on the veggies. I crave them everyday. My husbands always asks about how I can eat so many but I just love them. So good and even better I feel good about myself after I eat them too. But my two vices that I cant live without are coffee and nut butters. They are so tasty!
    This weekend I plan on finishing up all last minute holiday stuff and doing some major relaxing. I cant wait. I hope you have a fabulous day!

  22. oh my gosh!! i love those photos of Skyler. A yogi in training <3 like her momma! awe, i love you two <3
    and YUM that fresh mango had me salivating… as well as those brownie oats.. anything brownie and you have me hooked.
    thank you for you comment dear Averie <3 it means so much!
    Your trip to Aruba sounds and looks AMAZING. haha. I cant belive it was 6 dollars for a cup of coffee!! HOLY MAN.. but, worth it i bet ;) xox

  23. Right now…Kale. Period. have a batch in the oven right now dehydrating (I have not made the trek to Costco yet to go pick mine up…considering it my xmas gift)

    I've made a seriously good go at "not needing" one but since I've been keeping my oven on continously since Fall started to dehydrate things …I guess I've justified spending $50 bucks on one I like.

    I esp like that I can make a dish and warm it just a tad..OH and a spiralizer too.

    well, more RAW food is on my agenda, I've also been CRAVING NOOCH…and I think b vitamins are calling my name. I too notice when I eat my veggies (leafy greens esp) I crave junk less.

    Our family decided we are going to go shopping as a unit (AFTER XMAS) and take advantage of sales. Of course stockings and gifts are reserved for the little uns (as it should be) and I am so okay with this.

    also my Step daughter is home from basic and we are going to spend the weekend and weeks ahead re connecting as a family.

    me? hope to be busy in the kitchen cooking fun foods to snack on!

    love your chocolate stash! Love trying new things!

  24. Oh no! The chocolate post is killing me! I ate like 3 almond butter cups yesterday and I was so pudgy feeling I vowed to have nothing to do with chocolate for a week! I think that may be out the window now ; )

    I can't live without blueberries! They are back in season and I could eat nothing but those all day long and I'd be a happy, happy girl : )

  25. oh my gosh GO SKYLAR!! haha she is a doll baby!! and a future yoga star like her momma!!!

    girl ive never gotten sick of peanut butter!! i HAVE gotten sick of oats but never PB! i hope i never do!

    keep having fun!!

  26. aw little Sky-Sky is a yogini in the making :)

    Can I officially dub you the queen of chocolate? (I officially wanted to dub you the queen of balls but I figured that could be misconstrued) Your recipes are so amazing, regardless of how many times I see them!

    love you, Av :)

  27. Skylar is SO CUTE!! I can't even handle it!

    I love foreign candy – those chocolates sound amazing and I'm not even that big of a chocolate lover. Your overnight oats remind me of those no bake cookies (you're a Midwest girl, you HAVE to know what I'm talking about). Sounds yummy!

    Enjoy paradise!!

  28. What a fun post Averie! All that chocolate looks SO good. I'm totally intrigued by that Cappuccino bar. YUM!!!

    Hmm… I don't think I could EVER get sick of apples, carrots, greek yogurt, and sweet potatoes.


  29. I would never, ever get sick of peanut butter, nor of popcorn.

    Cool that you can tell that you don't crave sweets as much when you feel your diet is healthy.

    Nice of your friends to bring you a gift!

  30. Skylar is beautiful. I can't wait to start doing Mom and daughter things with Ava.

    Foods/drink I could eat and never get sick of: honeycrisp apples, sweet potatoes, squash, wine, kombucha and coconut candy from the carribean.

    I am doing a quick stop at Scottsdale Fashion "show" today, and other than that, staying away from stores as much as possible. We are going to take a picnic to Fountain Hills tomorrow and sit by the fountain and bask in the beautiful weather we've been having. Maybe a little cooking and baking. :-)

  31. Oh gosh everything looks fabulous! I love overnight oats and protein oats.. I'm definitely trying your combination! And I may need to make those little doughnut balls for my family this holiday.. they are chocolate freaks!

  32. Yum! I've been making a variation of Chocolate Oats of my own lately! I'll post my recipe soon!
    LOVE your PB Cups, and so does the BF. I might make some tonight…just to be an extra sweet girl.
    And guess who just found Bora Bora bars at Costco? ME. Can't wait to try them, even if it was risky buying a whole box with out even trying them first! I'm SO stepping outside my comfort box!!!!
    Hope the Vaycay is going well!

  33. Skylar is adorable!

    It's funny – before I became veg I had the hugest sweet tooth, baked all the time, and now I'm like, eh. I still love to bake, but don't have the urge to eat it all myself. It's not about the sweets, I just enjoy the act of baking now. You're so right about a well-rounded diet!

    I crave . . . peanut butter, but that's the only food I have to eat regularly, that and bananas, usually together. And since I made my pot of cabbage veggie stew yesterday I've eaten like half of the entire Dutch oven, can't get enough of those vegs!

    I ALSO agree with VG and CCV. :)

  34. Oh boy. So jealous of your capabilities and zest for life :)
    Jealously is evil.
    Looks like you got some good chocolate buys.
    Be safe and sound.

  35. I agree with VG. How cute would that be?! Plus, all those yuppie mommies would EATT IT UP! And Skylar is totally gorgeous, so the camera would love her.

    Now as for this post, I don't like it at all… I mean, a post dedicated to chocolate? Boring!

    Averie, your pb cups are at the TOP of my to-make list. I'm serious; I have all the ingredients now and just have to get off my lazy butt and make them. Maybe when my mom and sister start making Christmas cookies, I'll make yours so I won't be left out.

    Love you, babe!

  36. Skylar is adorable! (BTW..I love that name!)

    I'll be braving the grocery store this weekend for ingredients to make some raw goodies…but that's it. No "shopping" to speak of. ;-)

    I never get sick of organic apples. So juicy and yummy.

  37. Ok girl – where do I get my hands on vanilla stevia??? I need to try this in the Joe!

    You are too cute – you brought your own coffee pot…..cute…

    I Hope you are having a blast!

    All the best!
    This weekend is christmas light viewings – there is a large park here that lights every single bush up!!


  38. I love Skylar's downward dog! :) So cute. You know, I wish that I craved veggies. And it's not like I haven't tried. In training for fitness comps I've spent a few months really limited sweets, eating other natural foods and forcing down veggies a few times a day in every form possible.

    What do you suggest I do, dear Averie?? I wish I liked them. I can't ever imagine craving greenery..LOL! It makes me laugh. :)

  39. I LOVED Alison's story because clearly I'm still eating too many calories as the weight is not moving. I think I'm gonna have to buckle down and count calories after all (or at least go back to WW Points which I'm used to). Part if me knows I should just count calories as they are the real deal and not the casino chip version (aka Points). Anyhoo, pain my butt. Apparently, I'm not in the "I gave up sugar and white flour and the pounds melted off" category.

    (PS. I did not join the Bora Bora giveaway b/c guess who's getting her first free swag??? If you had anything to do with that – muchas gracias!)

  40. LOVE Skylar's take on downward dog. Yoga master in training :)

    I never ever get sick of sweet potatoes, raw veggies, or apples. Seriously.. could consume all 3.. everyday.. all day!

    Congrats to Evan!!