So…ummmm…not to brag or anything, but I had coffee with Padma Lakshmi this morning [insert casual hair flip here].

Okay, so not with with Padma, but super close to Padma. Like three feet away. AND she was drinking coffee too. So, basically, what I’m saying is Padma Lakshmi is my BFF.

When I was invited to a launch event for Nespresso’s new U single serving coffee machine, images of my cubicle dwelling days flashed before me. I’ve never been a huge fan of the oh-so-ubiquitous K-cup machines, they always seem wasteful to me and the coffee tastes like an even lowlier level of Sanka. Still, back when I lived the office life, daily trips to the pod-o-matic coffee machine was a part of my day-to-day monotony.

Padma shared her recipe for coffee which included cardamom, sugar, frothed milk, and chopped almonds.
Basically it was like chai coffee


I knew from experience that Nespresso tends to make a higher level product, and I’m always looking for a caffeine fix, so I said sure why not. It didn’t hurt that I would be breathing the same air as one of my major girl crushes…you guessed it, Padma Lakshmi, who is Nespresso’s brand ambassador.

I’m invited to a decent amount of press events either for my blog or for my freelance gigs. I don’t go to most of them, unless of course a boss-like-figure strongly encourages me to go, because I have a hard enough time managing my crazy schedule and I really don’t like taking advantage of freebies if they’re not products I actually use and like.

On the other hand, they’re always a great way to meet other food bloggers and broaden my kitchen’s horizons. Since coffee is pretty much my favorite thing in the whole world I figured I might as well check out Nespresso’s new machine. The worst that could happen is that I have a free cup of coffee, ogle a famous lady, and never mention the whole ordeal on the World Wide Web.

I guess getting hit by a bus on the way to or from the event would be the other worst thing that could happen, but here I am, writing a blog, so no busses were injured in the making of this post.

Padma is ridiculously beautiful in person, just in case you were wondering. The coffee wasn’t bad either. Actually, it was pretty damn good. It tasted like coffee, real espresso coffee. It was actually good, good-good. Color me impressed, and a convert.  I also liked the fact that the pods are recyclable–that’s a big deal in our house.

So, yeah, I had three cups of java and spent the rest of the day trying to avoid flying around my apartment. Yay for caffeine!

Also, yay for mini snacks…

Not a terrible way to start my day.


Okay, slightly less glamorous, but it’s the best I could do.
Omelet with part-skim mozzarella and avocado
No cream of cauliflower soup


Salad, Shakshouka w/tahini

Exercise: 45-minute Zumba class