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