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Starbucks Reserve | Uptown Dallas

 

Anyone who knows me knows how much of a Starbucks aficionado I am. I’ve been a gold card member for years and have a pretty hefty Starbucks city mug and tumblr collection, but that’ll all have to share another time. So when I heard there was a Starbucks Reserve opening in Uptown Dallas – and within walking distance! – I was all over it.

 




 

 

A Starbucks Reserve is a craft coffee bar – basically a fancy hipster Starbucks. The flagship reserve store is located in Seattle, of course, but reserve shops are popping up all over the U.S. They have all the typical Starbucks drinks but feature the small lot coffees and fancy brews like nitro cold brew, clover coffee, siphon, etc. They also serve floats and affogato, though I’m not sure about the food menu.

 

 

The Uptown Dallas location is nestled on the corner of McKinney and Olive in the appropriately named 20 floor building. When I moved to Uptown a few months ago, I knew they were building a Starbucks there but had no idea it was going to be a reserve. If you blink too quickly, you might miss it because the infamous siren logo is nowhere to be found.

 

 

Once you walk in, you’ll notice the bar equipped with all kinds of brewing gadgets and the reserve coffees on display. The seating area is wide and open with tons of space and outlets to plug in. Everything from the chalkboard menu to the food display screams hipster minimalist and if I’m being completely honest, the millennial in me totally loves it.

 

 

From what I hear, this particular Reserve store opened at the end of June 2017. I’ve been three times since I heard about it and I don’t know if it’s the atmosphere, but I like being there more than a regular Starbucks and I love how the special coffee menu changes. The first time I went, I went with a friend just to check it out. I’m a sucker for nitro anything (love me some nitro Guinness) so I tried the Nitro Cold Brew and you know I had to get the Classic Affogato! Normally I’m not a fan of Starbie’s cold brew, but I love it in nitro form. I don’t have a big sweet tooth, but the Affogato was really good.

 

The second time I went I tried the Iced Hazelnut Bianco Latte – a house-made hazelnut-praline-infused milk combined with small-lot espresso. I really liked the hazelnut-praline flavor but the infused milk just really sweet. I even tried it with an extra shot, but it’s just too much for me. Maybe if they toned it down a little, I might actually like it more than my favorite, the light caramel extra shot Macchiato.

 

The third time I went, I tried the Nitro Cascara Cloud Cold Brew. If you don’t know, cascara is the dried skin of coffee cherries. I’m definitely a fan of their Cascara Latte, so this was right up my alley. I’m thinking I’m going to be a regular here, although there are a few coffee shops in the area I haven’t checked out yet!

 

Overall, love the store, love the concept, and of course, love the coffee. There is much coffee to be had at this Reserve store. Although the notorious green siren is MIA, I totally approve of the reserve logo. I mean how cute are these cups? #starbuckshoe

 

 

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Coffee Denver Eats Food & Drink

Thump Coffee in Denver, CO

I went to Denver for the first time last February and had a mini reunion with a couple of my sorority sisters. Some people like traveling to brand new places all by themselves, but I personally love going somewhere a local can show me around or going with someone who’s been there before. This time, I got both! Any of my close friends can tell you how much I love coffee, but as much as I’m a self-proclaimed ‘Starbucks hoe’ – I actually prefer trying local coffee shops.

 

 

We stayed in the Cap Hill neighborhood of Denver and my friend/sister, Dorothy, kept raving about this coffee shop nearby called Thump Coffee, but we didn’t get a chance to make a run over until right before my flight out. Located on the corner of 13th Ave and Downing St, you can’t really miss the red brick colored coffee shop.

 

 

 

The wall behind the coffee bar is red brick and the seating area is pretty big and roomy with a couple long bars and tables everywhere – there’s even a little patio outside. It definitely seems like a cool spot to post up in a corner and work or meet up with a friend for coffee. I ended up ordering a large Vanilla Latte, of course, and I loved it! If my memory serves me right, I’m pretty sure I liked it better than the latte I had at Houndstooth Coffee in Dallas. Also love the quote they have on their website:

 

Don’t just drink coffee; experience it.

 


 

Thump Coffee

1201 E 13th Ave

Denver, CO 80218

www.thumpcoffee.com

@thumpcoffee

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Austin, Texas: Graffiti Walls & A Turbo

 
I may be a dark Asian girl, but don’t be fooled. I’m as basic as they come. I love Starbucks and Chipotle and if I really had a need for it, I’d own a pair of Ugg boots. I like what I like and I’m not ashamed of it. So, when I hit up a new town I’ve never been to, I love doing typical touristy things. Austin was no different. See: The “I Love You So Much” wall.

 
Don’t lie, you’ve seen it and you totes want to go there.

 

 

The ‘graffiti’ is on the side of Jo’s Coffee Shop on the corner of Congress and James Street in downtown Austin.

 

 

The coffee itself is actually pretty good – I got The Turbo, which tasted like the perfect blend of chocolate milk and espresso. Supposedly, it contains a lot of caffeine, but definitely not more than a Greek frappé.

 

 

Before going to see the infamous wall, we made a pit stop at the Graffiti Wall. Come armed with your own bottle of spray paint, but please don’t ruin someone else’s art work with your crappy handwriting. It’s rude and ugly.

 

This candle was my favorite. I LOVED how it had its own little wall and was completely untouched.

 

I really wanted to take a picture outside of the State Capitol, but we had to make it out before the worst of the Austin traffic. Even though I didn’t get to explore a lot of Austin, I think I’d definitely would come back to wander the city (and of course eat) a little more!

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Coffee Dallas Eats Food & Drink

Houndstooth Coffee at SYLVAN | THIRTY

I love coffee. Or maybe I’m just a caffeine addict. Coffee is definitely an acquired taste, a taste I learned while doing all nighters at Old Main at UofA. But even though I’ve been a loyal Starbucks Gold Card member since 2010 (and I say that a little too proudly), I can’t say hands down that they have the best coffee. So far, my favorite coffee shop has been Peixoto Coffee in my old stomping grounds of Chandler, AZ but I’m always open to trying a new cup.

 

 

I went to get my hair trimmed in downtown Dallas and with the help of my handy Yelp app, I found Houndstoodth Coffee nearby. It’s part of a little shopping center/loft apartments thing they have at SYLVAN | THIRTY and it was kind of hard to see from the street where it was at. Aside from the usual coffee and tea, apparently they serve beer and wine. The shop itself is bright and modern inside, definitely with a hipster vibe.

 

I ordered a large (16 oz) Iced Sweet Latte and for $6 I thought that was overpriced – you can get a venti iced caramel macchiato with an EXTRA shot in it for around the same price. The latte itself was really good and I would probably go back to try other things on the menu, but as a cheap Asian, I wasn’t really feeling their prices.

 

 

At first I didn’t really get what this quote on the wall meant, then I realized it’s talking about the houndstooth pattern duh but I still didn’t get it. Their website kind of explains but tbh it goes over my head – how that specific pattern is the pattern of coffee I don’t know, but give me a good cup of coffee and I really don’t have to know.

 

Houndstooth Coffee @ SYLVAN | THIRTY

1878 Sylvan Ave
Dallas, TX 75208
www.houndstoothcoffee.com
@houndstoothcoffee