Hehe, not the early bird anymore. Actually, it was a choice. I needed to go and buy Zee something for Halloween. And that time I spent at Landmark ate 30 minutes of my time.
In fairness, hindi pa rin ako late.
I think this is the most well-attended Starbucks blogger event. It would, I assume, be primarily because of the theme: Christmas.
And you know Starbucks, when it’s the Yuletide Season, there’s sure to be a great and pleasant surprise.
And there was. I mean were. A lot.
But first, they prepared a few activities for the attendees, starting with the coffee tasting.
They had us taste the Christmas Blend, which sort of left a tinge of tang in my tongue. It actually is a great brew to match sweet pastries like the Pecan Butterscotch Twirl.
After which, the Christmas drinks were unveiled. Returning this year are the Toffee Nut Latte and Peppermint Mocha. But there’s a new one: the Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha.
I’ll probably miss the Dark Cherry Mocha, which tastes more like coffee than the Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha. The latter is a lot sweeter, so I guess this one’s made for those with a sweet tooth.
They also showed us their new and returning food items. 15 all in all, savory and sweet.
For the savory, I like the Texas Chicken BBQ Wrap. The Turkey and Chicken with Apple Stuffing also tasted interesting. The Glazed Ham with Apricot Spread reminded me of the Christmas ham sandwich I’d make during Media Noche, but without the queso de bola.
As for the sweet, I found myself going for the S’mores. It’s probably because it feels light in the mouth. Or because I like crushed graham crusts, wherever they may be found (on food, I mean).
After we had our fill of amazing fare, the biggest highlight was welcomed that night: the Starbucks 2012 Planners.
It comes in a wood-like cover and has the Starbucks logo and name etched on it. And it comes with a burlap bag which you can reuse to store small gadgets or as a kikay kit. Also comes with a bookmark and coupons for special deals. To get this, you can collect the usual 9-8 sticker combo (9 Christmas drinks and 8 core drinks) or purchase 23 core drinks (no bottled variety) to complete the sticker booklet.
I’m so happy I was one of the first people to get a preview on what to expect at Starbucks stores come November 3. If this post got you excited, wait till you see all of them before your very eyes! 🙂