Chia Me!

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I hate to admit it, but I think I am addicted to Chia, I love it! Big Train Spiced chai. I love the smell, I love the taste. I enjoy it hot, even now in the dog days of summer. It seems so exotic, so decadent, like a grown up version of hot chocolate. Seems like a wonderful break in the middle of the day to just relax for a moment with a warm comforting cup of chai! An afternoon delight! I am really trying to cut back on my sugar intake, so I am convinced I should cut it out of my diet. I know it is not healthy, I know it’s loaded with sugar, I know it has caffeine. Always on a diet, always doing without, I feel like a naughty, rebellious kid when I sit down with my vice, my cup of chai!

I justify it by feeling that it curbs my appetite and gives me some much needed energy at 2:30pm. So maybe, just maybe I can work off the 170 calories! Is this ok? Am I just kidding myself? I think I would be willing to give up a meal just to have it! Ok this is starting to sound like an addiction! I suppose it could be worse…I only drink one small cup a day. I don’t drink coffee. I don’t drink Starbucks. I drink only water the rest of the day. This sounds desperate! So silly! I think I need a cup of chai!!!! Ahh

Artichoke melt

Let the adventures begin!

Sometimes you don’t have to travel very far at all to have wonderful food and fun. Sometimes you just have to look a little harder. There is a tiny coffee shop tucked away behind KFC in Belleview, Florida that is wonderful! BD Beans Coffee Company, 5148 SE Abshier Blvd., the place is like a little oasis. The atmospher is relaxing. Becky the owner is very welcoming and sweet. The waitresses are friendly and helpful. The decor is eclectic with lots of wonderful whimsical decorations. On a beautiful day you can even eat outside in a little garden surrounded by plants and fountains, you almost forget you are sitting 50 feet away from highway 441! They are opened for breakfast and lunch. Of course they have coffee and tea. Definitely try a hot spiced chai, one of my favs, the exotic spices and frothy top are just delish!

And the food…the food is amazing! The food is fresh and homemade. They have delicious quiche and French toast, huge muffins, fresh fruit and bagels.  I enjoy it because I can get things here that you can’t get just anywhere. For lunch I recommend the artichoke melt with the cucumber dipping sauce, yum. And the sundried tomato sandwich on focaccia. Not to mention more traditional things like egg salad on Black Forest or a pressed Cuban. You can get an Italian soda to wash it all down, very good not too sweet just right. They have great soups all homemade, Italian wedding soup, tomato soup, potato soup, a different soup is featured each day. I just had the chicken and vegetable soup very good. And if your looking for something a bit lighter they have salads and smoothies too. If you are feeling indulgent they have desserts biscotti and cookies. They have crazy good cakes! I am not a huge cake eater BUT every year on my birthday I love to go there and have a slice of one of the wonderful cakes that Elaine bakes with a big ol cup of chai!

So, if your ever down in these parts check out BD Beans I think you will enjoy it. And by the way, check out the artwork, a lot of it is mine! 😊