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Matcha Latte - The Scent of Cinnamon

Matcha Latte – Rum Ba Ba in Amsterdam

Rum Ba Ba is not your average hipster coffee place. It’s more like your average surfer beach juice bar. With coffee. Including Hawaiian music and magazines about surfing dispersed throughout the store. As I am always in for something different, a quick eye on the menu was enough to know what I was going to order. A matcha latte. You’ve probably heard about this new fancy drink that is rumoured to kick coconut water from its healthy throne. Matcha is powdered green tea, so a matcha latte is powdered green tea dressed as a… as a cappucino actually, as the drink I was served absolutely couldn’t go through for a latte. A green cappucino that is. Interesting.

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Chai Latte - The Scent of Cinnamon

Chai Latte – De Jonge Admiraal (The Young Admiral)

At ‘De Jonge Admiraal’ (The Young Admiral) I sipped away the best Chai Latte I’ve ever tasted. Yes, even better than the ones I make at home. What made it so great? The people of ‘De Jonge Admiraal’ authentically brew the spices themselves. In a large pot, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, fennel, cloves, and black tea are put happily together, boiling the day away. So, to get this straight, they do this before hand, not at the moment you order your Chai. Otherwise it would take hours to get the mix as spicy as they serve it. They prepare the mix in boiling water, so you can choose yourself what kind of milk you like to have with your Chai. I chose Soy milk, which was steamed and added to a quarter cup of spicy water. The Chai Latte is served in a double layered glass, so it stays warm extra long. It isn’t sweetened, but on every table you’ll find organic honey and sugar, which you can add to your liking. Completely customizable!

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Book Review: It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

“So why am I depressed? That’s the million-dollar question, baby, the Tootsie Roll question; not even the owl knows the answer to that one. I don’t know either. All I know is the chronology.”
― Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Craig Gilner is a freshman at the Brooklyn Executive Pre-Professional High School and suffers from depression. Although he got a top-score at the admission test, he now finds himself strugling with schoolwork, eating, sleeping, and feels disconnected from his friends. When at one night he wants to kill himself, he instead checks himself into the psychiatric hospital. At first he is shocked to find himself there, but he soon adapts to the daily routine and rediscovers what’s important to him.

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