Tempted as I was, however, I just couldn't bring myself to spend $3.45 on oatmeal so when a coupon for a free bowl arrived in the mail I jumped at the opportunity to try it.
When the barista asked me if I wanted it with "everything" of course I said yes even though I had no idea what that meant. Turns out it means dried fruit, nuts and brown sugar over instant (yep, instant) oatmeal.
Instant oatmeal for $3.45????? I was dumbfounded when I saw her pour hot water from the spigot into the bowl and hand it to me - she didn't even try to hide the fact that it was instant. I think my mouth may have been hanging open at the brazen audacity of it all.
Anyway, the oatmeal was fine even though it was a bit too sweet for my taste, but it got me thinking about how I could make my own oatmeal to go at work.
I tossed some dried blueberries and cherries into a mason jar with some brown sugar and walnuts and took it to work with me with a box of instant oatmeal (I am partial to President's Choice Blue Menu Multi-Grain Instant Oatmeal).
While I still prefer large flake or steel-cut stove-top oatmeal on the weekend, now I can enjoy a warm bowl of oatmeal (with "everything") at work and it is never more than a teakettle away.