Monday, September 21, 2009

Starbucks On the Run

Does it count if I went to Starbucks but neither of the other two from the trio were in attendance? Today I visited a friend and her new baby girl. I was so enthralled with the baby that I didn't eat breakfast and lunch time was about to pass me by too. Lucky I know where every Starbucks is. After driving back towards my end of town, I stopped in to the Stadium Starbucks for a Spinach Wrap and a refreshing Black Ice Tea with Coconut. When are the three of us going to get together for Starbucks again? It's just not the same (well, it's still good) without you both!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Kaneohe Drive Thru...Really?

This particular Starbucks has gotten a bad rep. Our dear Malia always seems to have trouble getting exactly what she wants there. You can understand why I was a little worried to use the drive thru here on my way to drop Malia off at the airport. We pulled up---my personal grande cup in hand and Malia with her Black Starbucks Discount Card...armed and dangerous! We obviously aren't ones for change...same order, literally, as yesterday. Well, at least we got our Starbucks in before Malia went to the mainland (still minus Mai though).

Mai Ly has already been to the first Starbucks in Pike's Place. I went on occasion when I used to live in Washington, and now Malia is getting the opportunity to experience Starbucks finest as well. Take pictures for us Malia!
I know this isn't a photo of the Kaneohe Starbucks but I had to re-post this...when I "Googled" images of Kaneohe Starbucks, this picture showed up! We are legendary (in cyber world) Starbucks drinkers!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Kailua Morning

We were one short today. Mai Ly's daughter Arwen is suffering from a bad cold and our third member of the Starbucks crew was at home nursing a sick five year old back to good health. Malia and I hit the beach in Kailua for a morning walk---2.5 miles each way (you do the math).After a good for the legs walk, we needed a good for the soul drink---Starbucks Kailua it is! Malia believes in the motto "you fly, I buy" so since I drove to the Windward side, she bought me my Grande (in a personal cup) Iced Chai (with soy) latte. We split the Rosemary Mozzarella sandwich but had our barista warm it up (much better than straight out of the cooler). We got our drinks and as we grabbed them, asked for two cups of water (walking can dehydrate a girl!). We sucked those down and promptly requested a refill. We stepped outside into the Kailua sun where we chatted and enjoyed our iced Chai's. The sun was quickly creeping overhead and sun burnt arms weren't the goal of the morning so we bid our Kailua Starbucks farewell...til tomorrow!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

We're Back!

And we're back. After about a year and a half hiatus, the I Heart Starbucks crew has finally regrouped, and we're blogging about it. Actually, we've been Starbuckin' all along. The break's been with the blogging, but now that Larisa's become an avid blogger in her personal blog, Life of Larisa, perhaps we'll see posts here more often about our (still) favorite java joint.

On Friday, we met at the Pearl City Shops location, a fairly new strip mall behind the Pearl City Walmart near Pearl Highlands Shopping Center. I know we've met here at least once before during the "break," but the details and pics from that visit will have to wait for another post, as I haven't a clue where they are now.

The purpose of this visit was for a little Starbucks fix before checking out the movie, All About Steve, and since lunch time was approaching, Malia brought some dim sum to share! I love that Starbucks doesn't frown upon outside food. I would love even more if they'd begin serving dim sum.

For this visit:

Our drinks:
  • Malia: Venti No Whip Chai Latte
  • Mai: Venti No Whip Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino
  • Larisa: Tall (forgot to ask what flavor) Iced Tea because she had a Starbucks earlier
During our visit, the barista put out a tray of the Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino with Whip. Yay for samples! I was already drinking one, so I just dumped it into my cup. The little splash of whip cream was delightful.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Farthest Starbucks

Mahalo goes out to Pua and Brandon Duffield who have been contributing to "the addiction" by bringing me mugs from the far away places they visit. If you keep up with the blog, you will know that Pua contributed the Alaska mug--the farthest (from Hawaii) U.S. mug. Thanks guys! Recently, Pua's husband who serves in the United States Navy, was deployed. Not only was he serving our country, but he brought back two rare Starbucks finds! My "farthest Starbucks mugs" are from Kuala lumpur (in Malaysia for the geographically challenged) and Sabah (Borneo monkey and all). Seeing as how I'll probably never visit either place, I am happy to have these two mugs that sadly Malia and Mai Ly do not have---you're welcome to come over any morning and have a cup of joe out of them!

And so the rivalry continues...

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Ala Moana with Special Guests

Have I told you how much I love my friends? Our plan for yesterday was to get in at least one more batch of Starbucks visits before Lent because of Malia's decision to give up EVERYTHING Starbucks for Lent. (Don't ask... I know... I still haven't decided whether I'm more amused or annoyed by this idea. Didn't really matter either way. Any excuse to go to Starbucks is good enough for me, and I'm not sure any of the three of us really NEED an excuse anyway, right?) However, what started out as just our ordinary trip to Starbucks...okay three Starbucks...developed into a belated birthday celebration for me complete with red velvet cupcakes from Hokulani Bakery, an amusing gift from Malia (haha...very funny), and special guests from out of town...Jayme, Jayme's mom, and the absolutely adorable baby Solomon! What fun!!!!

We all met up at the Sears - Ala Moana Starbucks first.

For this visit:

Our baristas: Matt & Mike

Our drinks:

  • Malia: Tall Caramel Apple Spice
  • Larisa: Tall Black Iced Tea Lemonade Sweetened
  • Mai: Grande Black Iced Tea Lemonade Sweetened
  • Gabe: Water
  • Jayme & Her Mom: Shared a Venti Cinnamon Dolce Latte

  • Jayme & Her Mom shared a Blueberry Coffee Cake
  • The rest of us enjoyed the cupcakes...guess outside food's okay

What's the matter Gabe?

Then we strolled down to the Barnes & Noble Starbucks located in the center of Ala Moana where decided to stay and have lunch.

For this visit:

Our baristas: Jayme says Joe and Schmo (we forgot to ask)

Our drinks:

  • Malia: Nada...she's bumming because they don't have the full Starbucks drink menu
  • Larisa: Water
  • Mai: Grande Iced Vanilla Latte
  • Jayme: Venti Decaf Coffee w/ cream and raw sugar
  • Jayme's Mom: Water

  • Malia: Crispy Treat Square
  • Larisa: Lemon Blueberry Cupcake and a Turkey and Cheese Panini
  • Mai: Italian Sandwich
  • Jayme's Mom: Turkey and Cheese Panini

Then we mozied on over to the Starbucks at Macy's Ala Moana.

For this visit:

Our baristas: Boy...we are REALLY going to need to work on remembering to ask

Our drinks:

  • Malia: Tall Passion Iced Tea Lemonade Sweetened
  • Mai: Tall Black Iced Tea Lemonade Sweetened
  • Jayme: Venti Passion Iced Tea Lemonade Sweetened
  • Jayme's Mom: Grande Decaf Coffee

  • Larisa: The NEW Jack Johnson CD
  • Mai: The NEW Jack Johnson CD
  • Jayme: A gift card for ME!!!

Thanks so much to everyone who celebrated my birthday with me and sent birthday wishes. It was a great day...but of course it was... we went to Starbucks!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Corner of Bishop and Merchant - Financial Plaza

Larisa, Malia, and I make up our sorority's committee for our annual Grape Escape fundraiser and, with the event only 3 weeks away, needed to meet to go over some event details. Why not do some fundraising talk at the Financial Plaza? By the way, if you have no plans for that evening, you should make some plans now to come to the event. You can check out the link for details. It's a blast.

We'd talked about doing the downtown Starbucks locations for a while and with Malia's office located in that area, I'm surprised we haven't done any of them sooner. This was Larisa's first visit to this Starbucks, and she has now labelled it one of her favorites because of the decor - the books on the bookshelves and the downtown atmosphere made her reminiscent of Starbucks in Seattle when she had to work downtown. Unfortunately, we weren't able to schedule visits to all three locations today because Malia had a lunch date in Kaneohe, Larisa had an appointment at Paul Brown, and Mai had an appointment at the White Elephant Tent at the Punahou Carnival. So we had to make this one a quick one.

We extended an invitation to our friend and sorority sister, Kapua, who also works in the neighborhood, but she couldn't really get away for very long, having only escaped for a Jamba Juice run (Larisa don't gag), so here's her cameo on our blog. Next time, we'll plan our visit around a lunch break, so she can sit down for STARBUCKS. (And Kapua, don't even start with the whole, "Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is better" stuff.)

For this visit:

Our Baristas: We're getting lazy with this detail, as we forgot to ask again. However, Larisa notes that "one of them was cute."

Our Drinks:
  • Malia: Venti, Decaf, Nonfat, Toffee Nut, Wet Cappucino and a Vanilla Skinny Latte sample
  • Larisa: Tall Cinnamon Dolce Skinny Latte and a Vanilla Skinny Latte sample
  • Mai: Grande Stirred Caramel Macchiato and a sip of Malia's Vanilla Skinny Latte sample

  • Mai: Toasted Plain Bagel with Cream Cheese