rainy friday fika

I need no excuse to indulge in favorite fika finds. But if I did, a dreary day like today would be a good one, I s’pose!

So, let’s! (Indulge.)

Have you heard about olive oil in your coffee? Starbucks Italy launched Oleato drinks in Milan last month; Southern California will be first to have them stateside this spring. And my response to all that was …yuck.

We drink our coffee straight around here. Strong and black and often. So I don’t know why I thought to give this a try. But —

Oh. My.

It’s good.

Besides the terrible name–remember Olestra?!–it’s quite a treat.

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I found a copycat recipe here and made it twice this week. It’s nutty and creamy and totally won me over. (Troy, too. He said he’d never guess there was olive oil in it.) If you try it:

  • I made espresso-strength coffee in my French press (because we don’t have an espresso machine at home).
  • I used half almond milk, half heavy cream (because that’s what we had in the fridge). Sure, heavy cream may counteract the LDL-lowering efforts of olive oil; if I’d had creamy oat or cashew milk, I’d have skipped the cream.
  • I used our standard Kirkland organic EVOO (because that’s what we had in the cupboard!). It’d be worth picking up ‘something special’ for these, though.
  • I frothed the milk with an immersion blender (since we don’t have a frother). No problem.
  • I think it’s rich and delicious as-is, but you could add honey if you like your lattes sweet.

I’d love to hear what you think, if you brave it!

I’ve stayed away from added sugars long enough to learn I’m way better off without them.

But. I caved to the siren song of a cardamom cake from this super-cozy cookbook my parents gave us when we moved into our house last spring.

If you like cardamom, the book’s worth buying just for this cake. (And it just so happens to pair really darn well with an olive oil latte!)

Sugar? It’s going to be a mostly for me. As in, I’ll pass on added sugars most of the time. But hard and fast ‘food rules’ pretty much…never…work for me.

Last weekend, we spent an afternoon with friends in Buffalo…to catch up, have coffee and snacks, and play games. They introduced us to Mexican Train Dominoes–called Dominó Cubano in Mexico; Longana in Cuba; Pai Gow in China.

Troy made the astute observation, Good thing we didn’t know about this during lockdown.

For sure!

I can’t think of another game we’ve all loved as much… Fast-paced, takes strategy and luck, requires enough concentration to engage you–but not so much you can’t interact. We’ve laughed more playing Dominoes this week, at fika time once and a couple of evenings, than we have in a while. Even Lincoln–the toughest customer for a family game–will ask after dinner…Mexican Train, everyone?

How about you? Do you have any fika time favorites? Drinks or treats or games?

With that, I wish you a wonderful weekend, whatever the weather. I’ll be back on Monday for the first day of…drumroll, please…spring!

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  1. what a delightful post, Carolyn! I’m going to try olive oil in my latte this afternoon … do you think my grandsons (ages 6 & 8) are too young to “get” mexican train? I’m always looking for new games to play with them. Happy weekend!


    1. No, I don’t think they’re too young for Mexican Train! Our friends who taught us have a daughter who turned 7 last month–and she started playing when she was 6. For starters, you and Marc could each ‘team up’ with the boys. Just to get the initial strategy down. It’s such a fun one!
      (For your afternoon latte, since you totally know what you’re doing in that department–all you need to do is add 1 Tbsp of olive oil to your heated milk before you froth it and you’ll have your Oleato. I’ll be curious what you think!)


  2. I heard about olive oil in coffee this week too, and First thought was Yuk. If I’m offered it I will try now just to see. Coffee rituals? Not now I live alone… But I love it in warmer climates, the Mediterranean countries to sit for ages in a pavement cafe, Read, chat, watch the world go by… Chill. Bliss!


  3. I have not heard about EVOO in coffee… hmmm. I love EVOO and I love coffee, but I am not sure I’d like them together.

    I am always down for some small treat for afternoon coffee. This week I tried Food52’s coffee cake… and wow. delicious and so cinnamon-y! (not quite cardomom, but still so good with a warm cuppa!)

    Pass the Pigs is our “break out of our sour moods and laugh a bit” game. It is so mood lightening!


    1. I had to look up Pass the Pigs…and when I found this description, I thought, YES! Amazon says: “Its’ fun, addictive and requires strategy, skill, and luck.” (Thumbs up.)
      And yum. Coffee cake…

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  4. I heard about the olive oil coffee and thought it sounded disgusting, but I trust you that it’s not! I think I’ll stick with just my milk for now, though. That cake sounds fantastic, too. I’m a big believer in everything in moderation, and I don’t think I could cut all sugar out of my diet. Too much is a bad thing, but a little (alongside a very healthy diet) makes living good.

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