Question of the Day: Good on a Cold Day

22 10 2006

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What food or drink do you love when it’s cold out? (Recipes and recommendations, please!)

Coffee. I’m a coffee fiend. It really doesn’t matter whether it’s cold outside or not, I suppose: I’m going to want coffee on my way to work. When it is cold, though, a big cup of hot coffee is precisely what I want. And it’s become so easy to get my fix. A few weeks ago, a new Starbucks—yes, I’m sure that being such a tool of Starbucks makes me, oh, so lame—opened between the train station and work. So my morning treats lately have been grande maple macchiatos (I love those Starbucks seasonals), venti pumpkin spice lattes (see?), and tall Yukon blends. Yum, yum, yum. Sometimes when I don’t want to get up in the morning, I just have to remind myself that I’ll soon get a little coffee treat. That gets me going. I’m so easy.

Unfortunately, I’ve been so stressed out lately that I’ve had to give up caffeine, at least for now. But this hasn’t really affected my morning coffee fix. I just add “decaf” to all those silly Starbucks adjectives coming out of my mouth. And it hasn’t made any real difference to me. Those Starbucks coffee concotions are still delicious.

What else do I like on a cold night? On a winter night, a shot of cognac is sometimes what I crave. It warms me right up. Of course, it also impairs my ability to read, write, clean the kitchen, and do algebra—so the cognac is better left for bedtime. As much as I hate cold weather, and I do, I certainly don’t mind having an excuse for some bedtime cognac.

As for food, well, soup is always nice when it’s cold out. But my absolute favorite winter meal is Malt-O-Meal. Really. When I’m cold and hungry, Malt-O-Meal makes the world seem like a good place again. Unfortunately, none of my local grocery stores sells Malt-O-Meal, so I have to special order it. Really, again. Maybe it’s a Southern thing?

Coffee, cognac, and Malt-O-Meal. That’s me.

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