I am thankful for Starbucks.
I am also addicted to Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Twists but I am trying to break that so I won't blog about it. Still, for me, three days in a row is bad.
Anyways, my regular readers will know that a month of Gratitude wouldn't be complete without an ode to my favourite coffee shop. The funny thing is that even though I profess to be horribly addicted, I'm not really. Three days in a row is a BIG deal for me. Starbucks is expensive. I know that. That's why I generally limit myself to that many a MONTH.
I love Starbucks the company though. I like what they stand for. I like how they operate, how they treat their customers and employees. I have many friends that are or were baristas in the past and they speak very highly of the company. In fact a few weeks ago I sat in on a Starbucks training meeting! Most people (including the barista's that were there) think I'm crazy but it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed learning about the new Christmas flavours, what makes them special this year, and the other new product that is coming...well, that is here now.
Starbucks is one of the only places I let myself visit when I am on vacation, that I can get to at home. Usually my rule for eating out while on vacation is "anything I can't get at home is fine". So it can be a chain but if we don't have it in my town, I'll eat there. Starbucks is the exception. I've had Starbucks in PA, MD, VA, TX, WA, BC and AB. Not a ton of places but pretty much everywhere I've been!
Yesterday I went to Starbucks with my parents. They're both Tim Horton's fans but Mom wanted to try the Peppermint Mocha Twist (advertising works!) I'm not sure who's fault it was but I ordered the Peppermint Mocha Twist as well and the barista made an egg nog latte. I ended up taking the latte as well (because she would have just thrown it out otherwise) so I had two drinks!
I am thankful for Starbucks :)