Oatmeal Options: Free, Cheap, and Exotic

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Are we entering the golden age of oatmeal? At Starbucks (where the Observer is now available) , you can now get the Perfect Oatmeal with a free tall latte for $3.95. Then: Jamba Juices Oatmeal for a Buck deal allows you to print out a coupon for $1 oatmeal through March. (Steel-cut! Made with organic oats! Topped with fruit and brown-sugar crumble!) And next Monday, Oprahs former chef Art Smith will be handing out you guessed it free hot oatmeal and smoothies on Military Island in Times Square to promote a Quaker Oats campaign to feed hungry families. Also, dont forget the $2.50 avena mentioned in a recent Times roundup of midtown breakfast options the Cuban concoction is described as oatmeal as a breakfast drink.