New tea lattes at Starbucks

tea_lattesStarbucks never ceases to come up with amazingly enticing drinks and drag me, cold and unwilling to part with my cash, into their cafes! The newest creation? Tazo Tea Lattes featuring flavors as delicious-sounding as Apple Chai, London Fog and Vanilla Rooibos. Can I even pronounce “Rooibos”? No. Will that stop me from storming in this weekend,¬†passing over my awesome coupon for a free drink and my handy gift card from Nichole? Absolutely not! Being the ridiculous Anglophile that I am, I’m sure I’ll take photos with my “London Fog” drink, too.

I’ll report back with my in-depth drink analysis and photo shoot pics. And in order to have a truly comprehensive discussion, I just might have to try all three! Let’s do this.

Must have sweet tea

I’m somewhat of a tea fanatic — hot tea, cold tea, even lukewarm tea. White, green, black. Sweet, unsweet, fresh brewed, canned, bottled . . . All delicious. All equally appealing.

One of my favorite lunch break treats is the 23 oz. can of Arizona “Southern Style” Sweet Tea. Yes — 23 whole, delicious ounces. This is a seriously large can of tea. Even still, I plunk it down on my desk and ration out my sips appropriately. If I grab lunch from a local sub shop at noon, picking up my usual roast beef sandwich and Arizona tea, will the can last me the four or so hours left in the work day once I get back?

Disappointingly, the answer is no. I think I’m going to have to start getting two cans. Or rinsing out my office mug more so I can actually have hot tea in the afternoons . . . That would actually be quite pleasant, I think. Hot tea? You can could freeze whole slabs of meat in our office. It’s the balmy temperature of a subzero freezer . . .

And as further proof of my tea obsession, please see the below photographic evidence from a recent outing with my mom and sister:

Before . . .

Before . . .

. . . After

. . . After

And we drank straight out of the pitchers. That is dedication! Hey, it was a barbeque place . . . Before you start thinking I completely lack decorum . . .