Starbucks Travel: The French Do It Weirder
What do raw mushrooms, inflatable palm trees, Gorgonzola and coffee have in common? That's what we were asking ourselves Saturday when we made a caffeine pit stop at the Louvre's underground Starbucks--and found a full-fledged free-sampling luau in action.
Apparently the bizarre celebration was a promotion for a new Hawaiian coffee flavor which, according to Parisian baristas, goes exquisitely well with two of Hawaii's delicacies, raw mushrooms and pungent cheese. Huh?
As you might expect, the combo wasn't a home run, but we've gotta give the friendly gang an "A" for effort--and unique tropical atmosphere. Let's face it: It's not every day you get Don Ho and Mona Lisa under one glass pyramid, right?
The sample-happy baristas were also distributing Cinnamon Dolce Lattes. Again, we're not sure how they factored into the Hawaiian theme, but the sweet treat was a hit.
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