Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks Coffee

At last, it is time to cover what I referred to on my first coffee review as my measuring gauge, Starbucks. This is because Starbucks is neither gourmet nor vending machine quality, it is simply a good cup. It stands in the middle, and for that reason, it is my point of reference.

Starbucks’ Menu

While at CityWalk, the wife indulged my request to stop for a cup of my favorite roast from Starbucks, their blonde roast — the fact the that wife is blonde is but a fun coincidence. Fun fact: I’ve been a gold member of Starbucks’ rewards program since 2011, but an enthusiastic patron since 2009.

Review: When I bought this cup, I thought I would not even need to try it to write this review. I’ve been ordering this cup (almost exclusively) for at least four years, and drinking Starbucks in general for ten years. And yet, I was conflicted. I tasted it, and there it was, the comforting, smooth, mouth-watering flavor of bright, crisp, coffee. But I wondered, is it it’s familiarity that made it so comforting? Was I biased? Maybe, but I’ve had enough variety in my life to objectively deem it a decent cup of lightly roasted coffee. Like I said, it is a good cup.

At $2.45 a grande (medium), and I know that price by heart (or $2.85 if you’re paying the CityWalk location premium), this cup is a solid choice. After all, there is a reason why Starbucks is a coffee juggernaut around the world. Before I present The Ramdolfi Score, I feel the need to clarify that when this cup is freshly made via pour over, it is closer to a 7/10. Alas, your average morning brew is not always up to par. The Ramdolfi Score: 5/10.

Tell me, are you a fan of Starbucks? Do you prefer dark roasts or light roast? Are you a black coffee or frappuccino type of person?

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Universal CityWalk

Universal CityWalk

This weekend we had the opportunity to relax. For the first time in over a year, we had a weekend where we were not thinking about the wedding. It’s crazy for us to think that wedding planning will no longer be a part of our daily routine. We asked ourselves, what are we going to do with so much time on our hands? The answer was naturally adventures, starting with a date at Universal CityWalk.

Universal CityWalk is an outdoor shopping center that leads you into Universal Studios. The best part, you do not have to purchase ticket to Universal to enjoy CityWalk. It’s like Downtown Disney (or Disney Springs in Disney World). It’s also the main setting for Justin Bieber’s “Baby” music video — just a fun fact.

On a bright note, the sun was out today! It was a nice reminder that summer is in full swing. However, that also meant that taking pictures was somewhat challenging. It was either glaring sun or darkness of shade — either requiring sunglasses. There was no in between, so we took a couple of different shots.

After briefly taking in the sights and some sun, we went straight to CityWalk’s signature theater, Universal Cinema AMC, to catch a showing of Avengers Endgame‘s MCU successor, Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Tell me, have you ever been to CityWalk? Where should we go on our next adventure? When you were “thirteen, did you have your first love, [that] woke you up daily, don’t need no Starbucks?”

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Hollywood Hills

Hollywood Hills

Today’s photograph of Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills (and the 101) is brought to you by Mrs. Ramdolfi. It was actually a last minute occurrence. We suddenly realized that we were driving through a fantastic vantage point, and simply had to stop the car to take a picture — it’s ok, there weren’t any cars behind us.

A stunning wife photographing Los Angeles

The wife quickly jumped out of the car, and with her DSLR in hand, she took a brief moment to compose the perfect shot. Naturally, I took advantage of the situation to capture the most beautiful sight in all of Los Angeles, her.

Mrs. Ramdolfi’s photograph of the 101 through Hollywood Hills

Satisfied with her capture, she hopped back in the car right on time to resume traffic before other vehicles could approach us. It is moments like this one that make me appreciate the green grass in our own backyard.

Tell me, do you ever take a moment to appreciate the beauty in your own neighborhood?

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