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Starbucks and their gift cards

In Foodie catnip, Gift cards, Japan on 8 March 2010 at 10:40 pm

You may see me vacillate on my blog over Starbucks. It is almost a love – hate, obsession – rejection sort of oddity with me. I don’t remember the very first time I tried out Starbucks but it was a couple years back (way back). I think the allure of it all was that it was a nice coffee place that I could sit in and feel like I could come back often and collect my thoughts or just relax. Their “third place experience” snagged me. My liking of this place though has far superseded that earlier desire to go relax there. I will admit, I am addicted to Starbucks but not in the way you think. I don’t go there to drink their coffee. In fact, I will never order a black coffee and you will NEVER see me with a venti of anything unless someone wanted to bless me with one.

In the beginning, I’d usually go and just order a hot chocolate. That is it. No frills. No soy this or two shots of that. Just hot chocolate. I’d branch out and try other things but that was a rare thing. Still is. When living in Japan I went to Starbucks. I found out through my own visits (and that of others) that the coffee and even hot chocolate served in Japan are not the same strength as it is here stateside. Anyway, I even introduced my beloved Japanese friend to the wonders of Starbucks in Okinawa while on vacation. She eventually got her sister hooked on them to where it is a weekly thing that they go to Starbucks. Have I ruined them? I doubt it.  Maybe I should ask them to send me their gift cards as the ones designed for Japan are much different. Read the rest of this entry »

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