Starbucks happy hour

To promote their new “however-you-want-it” Frappuccino options, Starbucks is holding a happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. through Sunday, May 16, at participating locations.

Get your favorite Frappuccino for half-off and get options like decaf, no whip, soy, lowfat milk and more.

I don’t drink coffee but I do love ice-blended cappucino beverages so I took advantage of happy hour yesterday.

But it made me wonder if this was more of a counter attack towards McDonald’s for recently releasing their McCafe Frappe’s, their own ice-blended sugar and caffeine loaded drinks.

I got to try the McCafe Caramel Frappe a few weeks ago and my first thought was it was way cheaper than Starbucks. The small was $2.29 and it was bigger than the “small” at Starbucks. 

40926-McD_frappe-thumb-200x266-40925.jpgFor me, it was nicely blended with not a lot of caffeine, and it tasted creamy, more like a smoothie.

I’m caffeine sensitive and don’t need much to get me going so it was perfect for me.

Those who need a bigger shot of caffeine may not be satisfied with the small or even the entire drink altogether.

Might as well take advantage of Starbuck’s Happy Hour while it lasts. 

Culinary events at Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma is offering free technique classes and demonstrations throughout the month of May at select stores. The hour-long technique classes are dedicated to a specific topic led by culinary experts. Class size is limited and early reservations are strongly recommended. Demonstrations are regularly scheduled focusing on seasonal foods and entertaining, also led by culinary experts.

Visit the store’s website for a full calendar and to locate your nearest store.

Upcoming demonstrations include:

Friday, May 14, 11 a.m. – Panini Perfection

Saturday, May 15, 11 a.m. – Backyard Suppers

Upcoming technique classes include:

Sunday, May 16: Backyard Braising

Sunday, May 23: Better Burgers

Sunday, May 30: Memorial Day with Michael Symon, a James Beard Foundation Award-winning American chef, an Iron Chef on Food Network, a restaurateur and author