Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Story of the Vanilla Chai

You're married to someone for almost 9 years, so you figure you know them pret-tee well. All their habits, annoying quirks, and likes and dislikes...

Last night, Hubby and I had a date night. The babysitter arrived at 4 and we were free from departed from the Trenches.


Hubby wasn't feeling that great. He had a headache and was acting kinda blah.


I bluntly instructed him to suck it up gently encouraged him that we should probably go out anyway. (WE HAD A BABYSITTER!)

So off we went, leaving behind the boyz, the babysitter, Domino's Pizza and the Surf's Up movie in our wake (get it? wake? Surf's Up?)

Before we got onto the highway, Hubby pulled into a Dunkin Donuts drive-thru. I figured he probably wanted to order a coffee to perk himself up. So imagine my suprise when instead of the words "medium regular" coming from his mouth, instead I heard, "I'll have a medium vanilla chai, please."


Hello?! Who are you and where is my husband?!

A vanilla what?

Chai? (Before this, I wasn't even sure how to pronounce the word, being the inexperienced non-coffe, non-tea drinker that I am. Do you say the C-H like cheese, or do you say a hard C, like chord?)

You see, Hubby prides himself on NOT being trendy. He's totally old school. (Meaning he acts like a 75 year old man.) Cranky. Opinionated. A (sees things in) black and white, meat and potatoes kind of guy. Certainly NOT a vanilla chai ordering kind of guy. (As those of you who know my husband in real life are vigorously shaking your heads yes in agreement right now.)

So of course I was doubled over with laughter as we drove to the drive-up window. Razzing him nonstop. Grilling him as to where he'd ever even heard of chai, much less had the urge to try it! ("Oooh, so you're Mr. Hippie Tea Drinker now, huh? Do you sit in Barnes & Noble and sip your vanilla chai while you read [insert trendy literary publication here]?")

He was pretty defensive, but in a joking-with-me sort of way.

"There's lots of stuff you don't know about me. See, I'm hip, I'm cool, I'm with it." [said in a Dr. Evil voice]

Which made me roar even more.

As we pulled away, vanilla chai in hand, my curiosity got the best of me.

"Well, what does it taste like? (It smelled really good.) Is it coffee or tea? How many calories are in it?" (Because who wants to DRINK calories when there's still so much Halloween candy left!)

You see, as I mentioned, I'm not a coffee or tea drinker. At all. I just don't like hot drinks in general. I'm thinking maybe sometime in my childhood I burnt my mouth really bad on a scalding drink or something. Just my theory.

Tired of my running commentary, Hubby shoved the styrofoam cup into my hand.

My Hipster Hubby: Stop teasing me and just try it!

("You may like them, you will see.")

Me: Nah, I don't even want to bother. I hate tea!

("I do not like them, Sam-I-am.")

Hubby: But you've never had chai before. (So sayeth the newly-appointed chai ambassador, apparently.)

("Try them! Try them! And you may. Try them and you may I say.")

Me: All right! I'll take a tiny sip. But I know I'm not gonna like it.

("If you will let me be, I will try them. You will see.")

I cradled my hands around the warmth of the cup and lifted it to my lips.


("Say! I like green eggs and ham! I do! I like them, Sam-I-am!")


The rest of date night went swimmingly as we basked in a glow of togetherness over our newfound shared love of Dunkin Donuts vanilla chai. [insert birds singing over a rainbow-laden sky]

The End.


hqm said...

I am laughing so hard! They are delicious!
FYI...230 calories from DD
240 from Starbucks

Mom of 5 said...

I absolutely LOVE Chai tea. :)

I'm glad you had a good time out with hubby. I'm wayyyy overdue and very envious!

Sarah said...


Guess you found your drink, hmm?

Fairly Odd Mother said...

If he starts doing yoga or snapping his fingers while listening to beat poetry, he may have been taking over by aliens.

That is too funny---I can just imagine your 'wha, wha, WHAT?' in the DD line.

Ms. Skywalker said...

Am going to have to try it; I don't like tea, either, but you make it sound so yummy.

Julie {Angry Julie Monday} said...

That's funny!!

I found a new love at Starbucks while working last night, Caramel Apple Cider.

Greens and Pinks said...

Ha! A similar thing happened to my husband and I when he, much to my surprise, ordered an iced green tea lemonade at Starbucks. I was all, what? But I tried it and fell deeply in love.

I also love chai. I for one love to drink my calories. And eat them too but I guess that is neither here nor there!

MadMad said...

I was laughing until I saw the 230 calorie thing... yikes, who knew? Guess it's all fun and games till someone drinks a vanilla chai...

Amanda said...

This was yummy in so many ways...I'll be good and not talk about how parents of three kids probably have a pretty good idea how to burn off 230 calories.

Stefanie said...

That is hilarious!

I think I may have to try one as well!

Alex Elliot said...

I love chai tea! We had a date night also last night since my MIL is in town and was able to watch the boys.

Chaotic Joy said...

Oh this post was delicious, and not just the tea. I just loved reading it.

Amy said...

Oh so funny!!! My husband is the antithesis of trendy too. I would get whiplash from the double-take if he ordered a vanilla chai!

The Supreme High Ruler of the W. Household said...

yay for date nights! We keep meaning to schedule one and then it slips our minds. Glad yours went well!
I didn't know DD sold vanilla chai. I may have to check it out- Take a break from all this peppermint white choc latte goodness from Starbucks...

Carla said...

Oh yeah, keep the Chai coming!

Chicky Chicky Baby said...

Okay, so if we ever can get together for another playdate I'll be picking up a vanilla chai along with my coffee. Got it.


Shell in the City said...

That is way too funny!! I haven't even had a Vanilla Chai and I am a "hip" single..haha!! I guess I should expand my horizons!! They are putting in a Dunkin Donuts by my problem is the evil temptation of donuts!! You guys can start having afternoon teas on the weekends!!

Candace said...

i'm so trying one after I run tomorrow as my reward.

A's Mom said...

Try a caramel one next time. Yummo!

Natalie said...

Hahaha! I'm of the same school as you. Why drink calories when you can eat them? However, I do crave a good Starbucks Latte every now and again. Especially during Christmastime when they have their peppermint mocha drink. mmm mmmm. So this Chai, does it taste like tea?


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