Friday, September 16, 2011

Home Cookin': Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

For the past few weeks, I've read countless Facebook & Twitter mentions of peoples excitement over the autumn season arrival of "pumpkin spice lattes" at Starbuck's, etc. A normal reaction. But what I found strange was that it seems that there was a common belief that that a pumpkin spice latte is like a Haley's-type comet every few months or something else that is out of grasp the rest of the year.


I too am part of the group that fully enjoy the wonder that is a pumpkin spice latte. And it's the same feeling I have for things like pumpkin pie, my homemade pumpkin ice cream and just about anything pumpkin.

But for a cup of coffee, one doesn't have to wait for the Fall season to enjoy the tasty beverage.

You'd be surprised if you knew how simple the recipes were for the large coffee locations people are used to going to to get a pumpkin spice latte, such as Starbuck's, Pete's, etc.

So here's the skinny: You can do it yourself any time of the year...with relative or total ease.


Here are a few quick recipes:


The Anytime & Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte:
All you'll need is to buy some Pumpkin Pie Spice. That's it.
Make your normal cup of coffee with milk or cream, and when you stir in the sugar, include a few dashes of pumpkin pie spice. You'll be amazed how similar it will taste to the more expensive store bought version. This is because Pumpkin Pie Spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger) is the basis for most of the restaurants offering the drink. You can also "spice" things up a bit by including a few dashes in the espresso or coffee grinds prior to making the actual espresso or coffee.



Pumpkin Spice Latte with Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup:
There's a great product by Torani that offers the tasty mixture that provides the flavor you seek in liquid syrup form. Just make your coffee as usual, and add a teaspoon of the syrup and add sugar to taste.



Cooked Pumpkin Spice Latte with Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup:

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon of Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup
1-2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 cups milk
1-2 shots espresso or strong coffee
Directions:
Combine milk, syrup and sugar and cook on medium heat and stir until steaming.
Remove from heat
Add and stir in vanilla and spice
Add the espresso



Cooked Pumpkin Spice Latte with Canned Pumpkin:
Ingredients:
1 teaspoon of canned pumpkin
1-2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 cups milk
1-2 shots espresso or strong coffee
Directions:
Combine milk, syrup and sugar and cook on medium heat and stir until steaming.
Remove from heat
Add and stir in vanilla and spice
Put mixture in a blender/shaker/or whisk
Add the espresso



So there you go. Real easy options. For me, I don't ever make a latte without including a dash of pumpkin pie spice in with the dry espresso, and then 2 dashes added to the latte at the end.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Buenos Aires in Food Photos

The final city in the "Food Photos by City" series is my present home, Buenos Aires.  This is a list that will continue to grow, but below are a few samples of cuisine in Buenos Aires. 


Buenos Aires


If you live in Buenos Aires or are planning to visit, check out the Foodsherpas.com "Ate8" city guides on Foursquare and Foodspotting. It's 8 foods/restaurants to check in at and try some food!





On to the photos...
LOLA
Duck magrett covered with flower honey, date and dried fruit puree, served with red lentials from Lola in Buenos aires, Argentina

LOLA
Quail stuffed with sweetbreads and toasted pine nuts, served with braised endive and Calvados sauce from Lola in Buenos aires, Argentina

EL SANJUANINO
Locro from El Sanjuanino in Recoleta, Buenos Aires (white corn, beans, chorizo, pork belly).



LOS MAESTROS
Pizza Napolitano con albahaca y ajo from Los Maestros in Recoleta, Buenos Aires (thin curst, tomato sauce, mozzarella, tomato, basil, roasted garlic and spicy red pepper)

EL SANJUANINO
Empanadas from El Sanjuanino, considered by many to be the best in Buenos Aires.

EL TRAPICHE
Matambrito de Cerdo from El Trapiche in Palermo Hollywood, Buenos Aires.

Bife de chorizo y pure de papa in Buenos Aires.

RODI BAR
The classic: bife de lomo y pure de papa from Rodi Bar in Recoleta, Buenos Aires.

RODI BAR
bife de lomo y pure de papa from Rodi Bar in Recoleta, Buenos Aires.


ORO y CANDIDO
BBQ Wild Boar Ribs (Ribs de Jabali) from Oro & Cándido in Buenos Aires. Foodsherpas.com review at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/03/bbq-wild-boar-ribs-ribs-de-jabali.html

ORO y CANDIDO
Empanadas de Yacaré, Ñandú y Jabali (Caimen Crocodile, Ostrich, Wild Boar) from Oro & Cándido in Buenos Aires. Foodsherpas.com review at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/03/empanadas-de-yacare-nandu-y-jabali.html

KANSAS
New York style cheesecake, in a raspberry sauce and topped with white chocolate shavings from Kansas in Buenos Aires. FoodSherpas.com review at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/02/bbq-baby-back-ribs-from-kansas.html

KANSAS
BBQ Baby Back Ribs from Kansas  in Buenos Aires. FoodSherpas.com review at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/02/bbq-baby-back-ribs-from-kansas.html

LA DORITA
Ojo de bife with papines andes, carmelized onion, roasted red peppers and pure de papa from La Dorita.


EL PREFERIDO
Fabada Asturiana from El Preferido de Palermo in Buenos Aires. Foodsherpas.com review at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2010/11/fabada-asturiana.html

EL TRAPICHE
Matambrito de Cerdo al Verdeo from El Trapiche in Buenos Aires. Tasty pork flank steak in an onion gravy with papas espanol. FoodSherpas.com review at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2010/11/matambrito-de-cerdo-al-verdeo.html

MATARIFE
Ojo de Bife - Matarife...rib eye steak, wrapped in panceta, topped with roasted red peppers and carmelized onions. FoodSherpas.com review at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2010/10/ojo-de-bife-matarife.html
CASAL DE CATALUYNA
Lechon from Casal de Cataluyna, Buenos Aires

Milanesa de Pollo Napolitana in Buenos Aires. FoodSherpas.com review at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2010/10/milanesa-de-pollo.html



MIRANDA
Ojo de Bife from Miranda, Buenos Aires


SIAMO NEL FORNO
Pizza margherita from Siamo nel Forno in Buenos Aires. FoodSherpas.com review at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/01/pizza-at-siamo-nel-forno.html


PIZZERIA MORRIS
One of the better, slightly "non-Buenos Aires" style pizzas in Buenos Aires. From Pizzeria Morris in Palermo. Foodsherpas.com review at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2010/11/pizza-in-buenos-aireswith-pepperoni.html


PRONTO PIZZA
Pepperoni pizza in Buenos Aires? Indeed, it exists. You can find it at a couple places including Pronto Pizza. FoodSherpas.com review at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2010/11/pizza-in-buenos-aireswith-pepperoni.html

Pastrami in Buenos Aires via http://www.foodsherpas.com/2010/10/pastrami-in-buenos-aires.html

Home Cooking: choripan with carmelized onions and barbacoa.


LA CABRERA
Bife de Chorizo con pure mixto

KANSAS
Another New York style cheesecake, in a frutilla sauce and topped with white chocolate shavings from Kansas in Buenos Aires. FoodSherpas.com review at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/02/bbq-baby-back-ribs-from-kansas.html






Want to see more? Check out the Buenos Aires Food Photos page on Picasa

Want to explore more? Try the FoodSherpas.com
Food Photo Map of Buenos Aires

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Santiago, Chile in Food Photos

Upon returning to Argentina in July, it took only a few weeks before I had the travel bug again. The timing seemed perfect for a 10 day trip to Santiago to indulge in some of the high quality cuisine that is impossible to find in Buenos Aires. And that means seafood, seafood, seafood...and includes sushi. And German and French food in Buenos Aires is lacking while in Santiago, there are some great options.

So here's a photo recap of my July trip to Santiago...

Santiago


SURREAL:
Chicken in Pil-Pil sauce: Spicy, sizzling chicken in chili and garlic sauce from Surreal in Santiago, Chile.


SURREAL:
FryApalloza: version of fish and chips at Surreal in Santiago, Chile. Potato, sweet potato and yucca fries with fish.

SURREAL:
Sizzling shrimp al merken ( shrimp, garlic, olive oil) from Surreal, in Santiago, Chile.


AQUI ESTA COCO:
Patagonian scallops in a coconut saffron sauce with sautéed spinach at Aqui Esta Coco in Samtiago, Chile. More at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/07/seafood-from-aqui-de-coco-in-santiago.html


AQUI ESTA COCO:
Corvina (sea bass) with pulpo (octopus), squid and mussels with potatoes from Aqui Esta Coco in Santiago, Chile. More at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/07/seafood-from-aqui-de-coco-in-santiago.html

AQUI ESTA COCO:
One of the tastiest dishes I've had to date: grilled swordfish with the skin removed, served on top of butter Patagonian potato mash mixed with corn, peas, carrots, in a black butter sauce from Aqui Esta Coco in Santiago, Chile. More at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/07/seafood-from-aqui-de-coco-in-santiago.html


AQUI ESTA COCO:
Corvina with capers in a butter sauce with quinoa roma (basil, tomato) from Aqui Esta Coco in Santiago, Chile. More at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/07/seafood-from-aqui-de-coco-in-santiago.html


AQUI ESTA COCO:
Chocolatey bomb: rich chocolate cake with liquor icing, with chocolate helado and toasted candied macadamia nuts. More at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/07/seafood-from-aqui-de-coco-in-santiago.html

AQUI ESTA COCO:
Heaven: creamy coconut flan with whipped cream, candied Chilean hazelnuts and a sugary candied glass of pleasure from Aqui Esta Coco in Santiago, Chile. More athttp://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/07/seafood-from-aqui-de-coco-in-santiago.html

AQUI ESTA COCO:
Chestnut creme brulee from Aqui Esta Coco, Santiago, Chile. More at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/07/seafood-from-aqui-de-coco-in-santiago.html


LE BISTROT:
Filet de boeuf (sauce roquefort ou poivre noir) Filet mignon with rice and a roquefort sheese sauce from Le Bistrot in Providencia, Santiago, Chile. The French restaurant is currently ranked #1 in all of Santiago on the Tripadvisor reviews. (Filete de vacuno, salsa roquefort /  Filete de vacuno, salsa roquefort). More athttp://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/08/le-bistrot-excellent-french-dining-in.html


LE BISTROT:
Beef burgundy with rice from Le Bistrot in Providencia, Santiago, Chile. The French restaurant is currently ranked #1 in all of Santiago on the Tripadvisor reviews. (Boeuf bourguignon Estofado de vacuno en vino tinto). More at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/08/le-bistrot-excellent-french-dining-in.html

LE BISTROT:
Classic escargot and garlic from Le Bistrot, in Santiago, Chile, currently ranked #1 overall restaurant in Santiago on Tripadvisor. [Escargots à l’alsacienne Caracoles al alsaciana (lleva ajo)]. More at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/08/le-bistrot-excellent-french-dining-in.html





DE TAPAS Y COPAS:
Tapas from De Tapas y Copas in Bellavista, Santiago, Chile. Right to left: Pixto (chicken and beef in red wine sauce), Gambas al ajillo (shrimp in garlic sauce), Salmon y Camembert. Check out their menu at http://www.detapasycopas.cl


DE TAPAS Y COPAS:
Tapas from De Tapas y Copas in Bellavista, Santiago, Chile. Photo is of "Tigres", 4 unidades de mejillones (choritos) apanados relienos con bechamel de jamon, huevo y los propios choritos. Check out their menu at http://www.detapasycopas.cl

LA HACIENDA:
Tortilla de Papas con Chorizo from La Hacienda Goucha in Santiago, Chile. Perfect blend of buttery soft potato chucks, egg, onion and spicy chorizo.



LA HACIENDA:
Mixto de Pulpo y Ostiones al Ajillo from La Hacienda Goucha in Santiago, Chile. Soft and tender octopus with oysters in a perfect sauce of roasted garlic, challots, olive oil and butter.



STARNBERG:
Pernil dorado with 2 bratwurst, spatzle, Starnberg sauce (mushroom  gravy) and a Kostritzer from Starnberg in Santiago, Chile. More at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/08/starnberg-german-food-in-santiago-chile.html


STARNBERG:
Roast pork loin with mashed potatoes from Starnberg, German restaurant in Santiago, Chile. More at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/08/starnberg-german-food-in-santiago-chile.html


STARNBERG:
Pernil dorado (roast pork shoulder) with spatzle and a mushroom cream sauce from Starnberg, German restaurant in Santiago, Chile. More at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/08/starnberg-german-food-in-santiago-chile.html

STARNBERG:
Starnberg in Santiago, Chile. More at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/08/starnberg-german-food-in-santiago-chile.html


STARNBERG:
A Kostritzer from Starnberg in Santiago, Chile. More at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/08/starnberg-german-food-in-santiago-chile.html


STARNBERG:
Starnberg in Santiago, Chile. More at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/08/starnberg-german-food-in-santiago-chile.html


ZABO:
ahi sashimi from Zabo sushi in Santiago, Chile



ZABO:
Perfect ahi hand roll from Zabo sushi in Santiago, Chile

ZABO:
Sushi from Zoba Sushi in Santiago, Chile. Hundreds of vodka drinks on the menu and something you don't see on Argentinian menus: high quality ahi tuna. Menu athttp://www.zabo.cl


ZABO:
Perfect ahi hand roll from Zabo sushi in Santiago, Chile

ZABO:
Gotta love the culture of mixing your own drinks: vodka and cranberry juice from Zabo in Santiago, Chile

ZABO:
Gotta love the culture of mixing your own drinks: vodka and cranberry juice from Zabo in Santiago, Chile


NIU SUSHI:
Pulpo roll (shrimp, avacado, rice, chives wrapped in tasty octopus) from Niu Sushi, Santiago, Chile.

LA PICCOLA ITALIA:
Congrio del nonne from La Piccola Italia in Santiago, Chile. Conger eel in a white wine sauce with a side of creamy rissoto.

LA PICCOLA ITALIA
Dessert time at La Piccola Italia in Santiago, Chile

Mote con huesillo: dried peaches in sweet and cinnamon nectar with wheat.



Thin crust pepperoni and onion pizza from Pizza Aniz in Providencia, Santiago, Chile.


CAFE LITERARIO:
Hot Chocolate from Cafe Literario, Parque Bustamante in Santiago, Chile.


YAMA SUSHI:
Ramen from Yama Sushi in Santiago, Chile.

Fish market at Vega Central, Santiago, Chile


Southern BBQ Pulled Pork Empanada. More at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/08/southern-bbq-pulled-pork-empanadas.html


Shepard's Pie Empanada, More at http://www.foodsherpas.com/2011/08/southern-bbq-pulled-pork-empanadas.html








Want to see more? Check out the Santiago Food Photos page on Picasa

Want to explore more? Try the FoodSherpas.com
Food Photo Map of Santiago


Featured Articles

For the past 4 years as an iPhone user, I've been using a number of apps to help avoid any culinary mistakes. I thought I'd share a few of these. Take a look and if you have any others to recommend, please do so!
Cities in Food Photos With each trip, you'll find a photo essay covering some of the culinary delights each city has to offer.

San Francisco Food Photos

Southern California Food Photos

Santiago Food Photos

New York Food Photos

Seattle Food Photos

Buenos Aires Food Photos

Recommend Food

Want to educate us on a type of food, a restaurant or a cuisine we've missed the boat on? Let us know!

Categories

African ( 3 ) Airport Food ( 10 ) American ( 41 ) Amherst ( 6 ) Argentina ( 42 ) Arica ( 19 ) Austria ( 1 ) Barcelona ( 37 ) BBQ ( 30 ) Belgrade ( 4 ) Bol ( 4 ) Bosnia ( 6 ) Boston ( 6 ) Boulder ( 4 ) Brač ( 4 ) Breakfast ( 10 ) Budapest ( 7 ) Buenos Aires ( 40 ) by Jason ( 230 ) by Jess ( 1 ) by Matt ( 571 ) Cajun ( 2 ) Canada ( 1 ) Cape Cod ( 6 ) Caribbean ( 46 ) Casper ( 2 ) Catalonia ( 37 ) Chefs ( 1 ) Chicago ( 2 ) Chile ( 147 ) Chili ( 1 ) Chinese ( 20 ) Colorado ( 4 ) Connecticut ( 5 ) Creole ( 1 ) Croatia ( 125 ) Deli ( 13 ) Dessert ( 16 ) Dim Sum ( 17 ) Drinks ( 2 ) Dubrovnik ( 5 ) England ( 12 ) Festivals ( 1 ) food ( 2 ) food photos ( 841 ) Food Trucks ( 1 ) foodspotting ( 2 ) French ( 6 ) Galician ( 4 ) Georgia ( 1 ) Georgian ( 1 ) German ( 13 ) Germany ( 1 ) Greece ( 3 ) Hamilton ( 6 ) Hartford ( 5 ) Holiday Meals ( 2 ) Home Cookin' ( 1 ) Home Cooking ( 13 ) Hungary ( 7 ) Indian ( 5 ) Istanbul ( 10 ) Istria ( 3 ) Italian ( 37 ) Italy ( 14 ) Japanese ( 14 ) Jewish ( 7 ) Kenyan ( 2 ) Krakow ( 14 ) Krapinske Toplice ( 13 ) Lake Balaton ( 7 ) London ( 12 ) Los Angeles ( 26 ) Lunch ( 13 ) Maine ( 2 ) Massachusetts ( 12 ) Mexican ( 2 ) Miami ( 9 ) Montana ( 6 ) Montevideo ( 2 ) Munich ( 1 ) New England ( 4 ) New Hampshire ( 2 ) New Jersey ( 4 ) New York ( 39 ) NJ ( 4 ) Norway ( 7 ) Oktoberfest ( 1 ) Oslo ( 7 ) Parrilla ( 1 ) Patagonia ( 1 ) Peru ( 4 ) Philipino ( 2 ) Pittsburgh ( 1 ) Pizza ( 10 ) Poland ( 14 ) Polish ( 6 ) Recipes ( 8 ) Resort ( 46 ) Resources ( 1 ) Russian ( 3 ) Saint Lucia ( 46 ) salad ( 1 ) San Francisco ( 250 ) Sandwiches ( 4 ) Santa Barbara ( 3 ) Santiago ( 120 ) Sarajevo ( 4 ) Seafood ( 123 ) Seattle ( 6 ) Serbia ( 4 ) Spain ( 37 ) Split ( 9 ) Steak ( 11 ) Sushi ( 28 ) Tacna ( 4 ) Tapas ( 4 ) Thai ( 3 ) Thessaloniki ( 3 ) Toronto ( 1 ) Travel ( 38 ) Turkey ( 10 ) Uruguay ( 2 ) Varazdin ( 1 ) Vegetarian ( 1 ) Venice ( 14 ) Venison ( 1 ) Vienna ( 1 ) Vietnamese ( 5 ) Villa General Belgrano ( 1 ) Viña del Mar ( 6 ) Washington D.C. ( 1 ) Wild Boar ( 1 ) Wyoming ( 3 ) Zagreb ( 101 )