Friday, March 21, 2008

Confessions of a Starbucks Junkie

The first step is admitting I have a problem. Wait, that's an addiction. I don't have an addiction... just an overwhelming urge to have a white paper cup with a Starbucks logo in my left hand as I push the stroller or shopping cart with my right. No, not an addiction.

It didn't take me long to become a Starbucks junkie. I had never ordered from Starbucks before. Reading the menu was like trying to read Spanish... you can pick out a few words here and there but for the most part you have no idea what the frick it really says. I saw caramel and figured anything with caramel must be good. All it took was one sip of a tall Caramel Macchiato for me to become addicted... err... a fanatic. I don't really care for coffee but that was pretty good and after awhile that seems to be what you have a taste for.

I found myself only going to places that had a Starbucks. Target, Kroger and the mall were my three usual shopping centers. After making a few stops at the Kroger Starbucks a nice whatever-you-call-the-people-that-work-there offered me a cupholder that attached to the cart. WOW! So nice to be able to sit my coffee down and push with two hands. That didn't last long though since my 1 year old has her own addiction to the paper white cup with the Starbucks logo.

Over the holidays I actually ordered a muffin from there along with my Caramel Macchiato. A chocolate cream cheese filled muffin... mmmmm. Nothing like hot coffee, chocolate and day after Thanksgiving shopping with a great friend to make your day.

I've been trying new drinks so I can get a feel for what I like so I'm not always ordering the same thing. I tried a Vanilla Chai Latte but didn't really care for that. Just wasn't my cup of tea. The only other drink I've tried from there is a White Chocolate Mocha and OMG is that good. I would venture to say this is my new drink of choice but the only downfall is that it is too good. It does not taste like coffee one bit to me and I can pretty much chug a venti in 2 minutes flat. Do not attempt this. However good the drink is it will still upset your stomach to drink it that fast... trust me, I know. So I try to alternate between a Grande Caramel Macchiato and a Grande White Chocolate Mocha.

My kids have also become accustomed to going to Starbucks and request organic juice or milk. They seem to like it which surprised me and at almost $2 a pop its an expensive habit to be in. I just can't break myself away from that place.

The baked goods are always so good as well. I've had the cinnamon stick thing and the kids have had the m&m cookies, both were really good. I hear the butter croissants are popular, just haven't tried one. I wanted to try the Double Chocolate Brownie Cookie yesterday but decided that would be too much chocolate with my Venti White Chocolate Mocha that I got to hold me over on the drive to Port Wentworth. I thought about bringing along a spare for the friend I was going to see but knew if I brought one drink, I'd have to bring them all a drink. I mean, if you can't share with the whole class, right?

Earlier in the week I was looking forward to taking the kids to play at the mall play place just so I could get a coffee. I had to go to Target beforehand so thought I could get one there before heading over to the mall but I went with Christina's peer pressure to wait until we were at the other mall.

After letting the kids play for awhile they decided they were thirsty. Not wanting to give up my junkie status I headed straight to Starbucks. By this time I was sweating my butt off. It gets hot at the softplay with all those little devil children... errr... sweet kids running around. At Starbucks the kids all got Organic Vanilla Milk and I ordered a Caramel Macchiato and Chocolate Cream Cheese Muffin (which I had to share with my theiving children). The funny thing was, I didn't even want a coffee but I couldn't help myself. I couldn't lose my junkie status and I was already there. How could I NOT order a coffee when they were right there, calling my name. It was good but man... I was sweating even more after that drink and half full before I even had lunch.

Damn you Starbucks, damn you!

psst... see you Monday ;)


1 comment:

Christina said...

LMAO. I am right there with you. Last night we were within yards of Starbucks and I didn't go in because we just had dinner. The whole way home I was literally dying for one. CRAZY. I stole your title for my blog!