I work at a cafe. But it is no ordinary cafe.
I'm not sure I have ever seen a cafe that is quite like Higher Ground. It is big, but never seems to be big enough for the constant line up to the door, constant crowd of people waiting for their drinks, constant running of food from the kitchen, bran muffins always disappearing within the first hours of business... If you mention Higher Ground to any Calgarian, 90% of them will know about it, and 80% of them will have gone on a first date, or had a meeting with someone there.
Like most people, I spend most of my waking hours at work. This might sound awful, but it is quite the contrary. I love my job. It is just so darn fun. Here's why.
This, my friends, is Higher Ground. This might also explain why we (the staff) are so silly and giggly all the time.
The reason for my rant is this: like I said, we get silly sometimes. This helps the day go by pleasantly. We dance in the kitchen. We tell ridiculous stories. We joke, we invent things. We ask each other questions like, "If you were a cookie, what would you be?" Okay that's actually just me who asks that. But it's something I'd like to know! It really tells a lot about a person.
Sometimes, if my brain needs to think about cookies (which is most of the time) and there is no one around to ask, I'll make up cookies. One of my favourite pass times if I'm doing a repetitive job such as polishing glasses and cutlery, or hand-tying tea bags, is to dream up fantastic (sometimes themed) cookies.
Working at Higher Ground with its GIANT menu gives one lots of inspiration to work from. We have a whole menu dedicated to Specialty Coffee and Tea drinks. FUN! Drinks that make us, us... and not just any other cafe. They have pretty fun names too, like the SNOW DRAGON and BANANA MAGIC to name a couple.
I could seriously go on and on talking about working at Higher Ground, or HG LYFE as I fondly refer to it.
But, I am here today to talk about a certain Tea Misto called the WHITE CHOCOLATE CHAI.
It is steeped chai tea, mixed with white chocolate syrup and steamed milk.
It also rhymes with whoopie pie.
And if you make a funny voice, and over enunciate each word, "White Chocolate Chai Whoopie Pie" becomes a hilarious thing. A thing that once I invented it in my head, I knew I had to bring it to life!! My co-workers would agree.
I do think that white chocolate and chai actually make a fantastic combo. So here is the White Chocolate Chai Whoopie Pie:
A chai-spiced, soft, cakey cookie, hugging a sweet, creamy buttercream filling enriched with white chocolate.
We don't sell these at Higher Ground, it is just something I invented, inspired from Higher Ground. I brought these into work the other day to share with my friends/co-workers. If anything, it was just an excuse to make everyone hear me say "White Chocolate Chai Whoopie Pie" over and over. The good news is they had rave reviews! One girl even confessed that she just wanted to mix them into milk and eat it like cereal. I like her.
Make these, then go to HG to get it's matching Tea Misto, and you'll be living the dream. While you're at it, get a ginger cream to take home. I made those ;)
White Chocolate Chai Whoopie Pies
Fun Fact: these cookies are also great just on their own without the frosting if you so desire. Alternatively, the frosting would taste delicious on cupcakes too.
For the Cookies:
Spread the frosting on the flat side of a cooled cookie. Sandwich with another cookie. Pour yourself a mug of tea and enjoy.
Tiny Tea Party
It's about celebrating the tiny things.
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