This may be one of the more brilliant holiday ideas we’ve come across.

Grab two cups of water, one cup of sugar and six to eight candy canes and you are ready to make some candy cane syrup! The syrup can add some peppermint flavored sweetness to all off your holiday festivities.

The crafting blog ChicaandJo, the creator of this delicious candy cane concoction, detailed out some other great ideas for using their holiday treat. The syrup could be great for sweetening and adding some peppermint flare to your coffee. ChicaandJo recommends using it on ice cream (we think some apple pie would go great with that) or bottling it in some nice mason jars for a gift idea. Just throw on some nice ribbon and you have something to bring to a holiday party or use for part of a DIY gift. If you want to make this delicious peppermint treat you can find full instructions, including pictures, at the ChicaandJo website.

[ChicaandJo via LifeHacker]

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Savor every last bite of Thanksgiving. Taste the turkey. This is your last meal. Finals are coming, impending doom is near. Sip on your sparkling cider. read more »


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UCafe, the fairly new coffee/tea/Asian bakery locale located on the corner of Bancroft and Bowditch, is having an unbelievably deal-packed week. They call it: Drink Week!

Here’s the sitch:

All this week until Saturday, they are offering a new “drink of the day,” which is 20% off from 9:30 till 4:30, and then the drink becomes FREE. 4:30 is really when the party starts, as they offer cute pastries to those who hang out inside to claim their free beverages. Check out pictures from Day 1 of the happening — the line was out the door!

But that’s not all! From 9:30 till 2, all espresso drinks and tea lattes are 20% off. And to add to all this greatness, all coffee is fair-trade certified. How can it get any better than this? A smart marketing plan on their parts, if we do say so ourselves.

The scheduled “drinks of the day”:

11/6: Peach Strawberry Smoothie

11/7: Honey Lemon Aloe Green Tea

11/8: Rose Black Tea Latte

11/9: Genmaicha Green Tea Late

11/10: U Cafe Au Lait

Do yourself a favor this midterm season and tea party it up! And don’t forget to like UCafe’s Facebook page to keep up to date on any future deals.

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What going to Cal can feel like.

What going to Cal can feel like.

Sometimes we get a little psycho during stressful times in college. We find ourselves doing crazy things like staying up all night studying, or waking up with our heads on our desks. While that regretted crick in your neck will even itself out eventually, you might want to take a closer look at yourself if your bad study habits have forced you to trade your ID lanyard for a neck brace.

Here are ten signs that getting that perfect GPA might be more trouble than it’s worth:

1. The milk in your fridge isn’t for cereal, it’s coffee creamer. (Breakfast? What’s that?)

2. Actually, scratch that – Red Bull: Breakfast of champions.

3. Someone tells you your mascara is running. Turns out they’re talking about the permanent dark circles under your eyes.

4. You’ve re-read three textbooks to pass your history class, and still get a B.

5. You consider dropping out because of that B.

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It’s that time of year: the leaves are turning orange, the weather is getting a little nippy (well FINALLY), and coffee shops are dusting off their coveted pumpkin latte recipes for another autumn season. Here’s the lowdown on a bunch of variations of this seasonal favorite we tried at various cafes around Berkeley:

What their pumpkin spice latte cooould look like...

What their pumpkin spice latte cooould look like...

Drink: Pumpkin Spice Latte

Place: Starbucks (Center/Oxford)

Price: $3.75 (tall)

The low-down: Starbucks is the home of the most well-known Pumpkin Spice Latte, so we thought we’d give this one a try first. There is lots of spice, but unfortunately not enough pumpkin taste, which is crazy overpowered by the bitterness of the coffee. Is it delicious? Yes. Is it overpriced? Also yes. So if you  are in the market for a PSL that actually tastes like pumpkin, don’t bother. But if you’re in the mood for a nice coffee beverage? It’ll satisfy.

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Surprise! It looks like a latte.

Drink: Pumpkin Chai Latte

Place: Peet’s Coffee (Qualcomm Cafe)

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Berkeley is famous for coffee spots like Caffe Strada (voted eight-best college town coffee shop by Complex Magazine) and Café Mediterraneum (self-proclaimed creator of the cafe latte), but sometimes finding a free seat – let alone a power outlet for your laptop – in any of the old favorites can prove a challenge. If you’re looking for a change of scene, here are a few new coffee shops we’ve spotted in the past few months: read more »


squidwardCollege is a time of change. A time to figure out who we are and what it is we want out of life. We learn so many new things, about ourselves, about the world, about drinking heavily. It’s probably the time in our lives when we experience the most growth. Specifically, we grow from an eager, motivated freshman to a jaded, lazy senior. It’s a natural trajectory, so don’t be alarmed. Wondering where you fall on the DGAF scale? Check out our analysis below and decide for yourself.

Level 1: YEAH! LEARN ALL THE THINGS! GO TO ALL THE OFFICE HOURS!

Also known as eager freshman. You’re just so jazzed to be out of high school. You picked your own classes. You don’t have to be up at the ass-crack of dawn anymore. In fact, you can sleep ‘til 11:00 a.m., because all of your classes start after noon. This is unheard of in your little pre-college world. Plus, you can eat whatever you want. Could it get any better? Getting an A never looked so easy. read more »


coffee2519019976_2627ab652c_mSo, on Sept. 24, Berkeley hosted its very first Coffee and Tea Festival, which leads us to the question: What exactly is it that makes coffee and tea so awesome that they’re worthy of being celebrated? The Clog can’t help but feel like there’s a calling for us to generously provide our dear caffeine addicts and aficionados with a thorough (you have been warned) examination of both of these idolized libations. And to compare them if we dare.

Seeing how coffee is defined as “a precious, albeit addictive commodity for many millions of people around the world … the lifeblood of nerds, and the drink that keeps America’s workforce complacent on their journey to work” by the endearing Urban Dictionary, you’d think coffee is the friggen’ Elixir of Life. The hot, foamy key to success. The lucky Felix Felicis – appreciative Harry Potter reference, anyone? – to urgently gulp down before a daunting task (first Quidditch match or, in our case, exams).

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the stereotypical college student is depicted in various ways when it comes down to manner of dress, sleeping schedule (then again, what sleeping schedule?) and involvement in extracurricular activities, yet the read more »


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Doing good’s good for you. That’s what someone told us, anyway, but we didn’t believe it until we saw Peet’s latest online coupon, which says, “Enjoy a free Peet’s beverage when you buy one for a friend.” And because we love free things and you love free things and our mutual unbridled affection for and devotion to free things everywhere unites us in a pact of free-things-sharing, we just thought you should know.

Also, did you know … Peet’s Coffee & Tea‘s very first store opened right here in Berkeley? In fact, that first store is still in operation today, where Walnut and Vine Streets intersect in North Berkeley.

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coffeeThe only thing that has a chance of rivaling the sky-high number of yogurt shops around here is the number of coffee shops. Nonetheless, Zanzibar Coffee House opened up in Sather Lane off Durant Avenue and is looking specifically to cater to students.

- The coffee shop is spacey and offers free wifi, as it aims to become a popular study spot for Cal students. If you need a break from the library, this may be your spot.

-In addition to the standard coffees, the coffee shop also provides a diverse array of snacks ranging from various cheesecakes to Indian samosas. Not to worry, they’ve got their healthy bases covered too, with an assortment of fresh fruit. read more »


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