Until public-transit officials make our dream of commuting to work by roller coaster a reality, we'll have to settle for the adrenaline rush of traditional pick-me-ups. Percolate perkiness with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a $20 gift card for drive-thru coffee and baked treats at Lazy Mountain Espresso in Wasilla.
The caffeination connoisseurs at Lazy Mountain Espresso steam and froth a slew of beverages that slip into drivers’ hands via a drive-thru window. Horseless carriages break for mochas ($2.50 for a 12 oz., $4 for a 20 oz.) that combine praline and caramel or coconut and white chocolate more seamlessly than a space opera intertwines arias and intergalactic travel. A sugary cloud of whipped cream lands on piping-hot lakes of hot chocolate ($2 for a 12 oz., $3 for a 20 oz.), and ice clinks in a Red Bull italian soda ($3.50 for a 16 oz., $4 for a 20 oz.) that awakens taste buds with a fizzy zing. Every day, the coffee shop’s pretzel artists twist dough into salted, golden-brown loops ($2.50 for plain, $3 with cheese) to quiet hunger pangs, and ham-and-cheese croissants ($3.50) and breakfast wraps filled with sausage, cheese, and eggs ($2.75) put rumbling stomachs back to sleep with savory lullabies.
Lazy Mountain Espresso
Inside a cozy shack painted with a mural of sloping mountains, the baristas of Lazy Mountain Espresso brew coffee and craft steamy or frosty cafe beverages. Specialties include the Hatcher Pass, flavored with blueberry and white chocolate, the Pioneer Peak, which combines praline with caramel mocha, and a revved up smoothie made with Red Bull. Patrons can nibble on soft pretzels made fresh daily, ham and cheese croissants, or jumbo cookies.