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Perhaps it's the imminent arrival of winter or maybe just the fact that Florida is fun, but we've had a good time rounding out what we're calling Florida Week. But all of this sun, sand and surf got us a little tired, so we popped into a Starbucks for a pick-me-up in between our gondola ride and some beach time in Fort Lauderdale.
While most Starbucks locations around the US are in full pumpkin scone mode, select shops in Florida are offering a menu with a little Latin flare. Nestled in the chilled case, next to yogurt parfaits and sandwiches, sat a sign that read 'Sabores Tradicionales' ("traditional flavors"). In South Florida, where the community is well over the 20% Hispanic makeup of the whole state, it makes perfect sense to offer a menu of Latin-American favorites.
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It’s time to celebrate the season, and we only know way to best do things—with Starbucks and the autumnal delight known as the Pumpkin Spice Latte. The seasonal spiced latte concoction is back for year eleven, and there’s nowhere better to enjoy one than in a climate-controlled concourse. Here’s some of our favorite airport Starbucks across the nifty fifty where you can enjoy one too:
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
Go with the Starbucks in Concourse A near Gate 40 within the McNamara Terminal—that’s the one where all the Delta flights do their thing. It’s near the airport’s main fountain, and the big windows here give a good view of the 747s heading overseas. There are two lines, so you can score a drink even when in a hurry.
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
There’s a newer airport Starbucks at Atlanta’s Concourse F. Of course they have Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but they also offer up those new Fizzio Handcrafted Soda things. There’s decent seating here—and comfortable couches in the level below—and the concourse is a little quieter during the day before the international flights depart.
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If there’s one staple of the airport dining scene—besides Sbarro of course—it has to be Starbucks. The ubiquitous coffee shop is there when you need them, and of course they can supply you with everything from caffeine and cookies to macchiato and muffins.
Now things are getting even better, as the Starbucks Evenings concept has made its way to the airport. It’s just like Starbucks but with a little less coffee and a lot more food and wine. Here’s where to find the first couple of these locations during your next layover.
Los Angeles International Airport
The latest Starbucks Evenings location is part of the upgrades and improvements to the Tom Bradley International Terminal over at LAX . This one has been open since late last year, and it now gives the option for travelers to enjoy a nice glass of wine or a cold beer before their flight. As far as snacks are concerned they of course have those as well, as Chipotle Hummus Dip and Goat Cheese Flatbread are just a couple of the additions to the menu to help you further enjoy that adult beverage. Stop by before your next flight if you’re in the neighborhood of the South Concourse between Gates 157 and 156.
Last year we saw Starbucks and their coffee empire spread into some new spots like India, Disneyland, and even aboard Alaska Airlines. Obviously things are still moving full speed ahead—thanks to all that caffeine—as 2013 looks for more expansion. The year is just beginning, but it’s already time to celebrate Starbucks entry into another country, as the espresso machines just cleared customs and are on the move once again.
Up next for the Frappuccinos and lattes is Vietnam, as Starbucks is getting ready to open their very first store over in Ho Chi Minh City as soon as next month. Just like over in India, it’s a partnership deal as the coffee giant throws it's weight in with Maxim Group. Maxim already runs a whole chain of coffee shop locations in Hong Kong and Macau, so they kind of know what they’re doing when it comes to getting you going in the morning.
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Not too long ago we heard about one of those special new Starbucks heading over to LAX—the kind of Sbux with the wine. While it will be a little bit more time before that sucker opens to the traveling public, in the interim we can take a flight over to Washington-Dulles International Airport because they just cut the ribbon on the very first airport location of Starbucks Evenings.
HMSHost—they’re the ones behind many of your favorite and not-so-favorite airport restaurants—partnered up with Starbucks for this spot at the airport. It’s kind of just like any other airport Starbucks in that they’ll still serve up lattes and frappuccinos, but there's a twist.
There are so many things to see and do in India, but now there’s one more tourist destination to add to your itinerary. The first Starbucks has opened up in the country, and now they’re ready to pump out overpriced lattes and coffee milkshakes to the masses—of course we mean that it the nicest possible way.
The caffeine invasion begins in Mumbai, as that’s coffee shop number one. There’s an ambitious expansion plan already in place, as Starbucks along with their local partner look to open a couple more places before the end of the year. Initially the plan was to eventually have more than 3,000 locations around the country, and we’re thinking that it’s doable once the locals get a taste of their very first pumpkin spice latte or peppermint mocha. Since those first projections back in January the company has kind of stepped back a little bit, but the New Delhi location is still set to do its thing early next year.
Normally we don't endorse spending time in a foreign city within the familiar, American environs of a Starbucks, but sometimes a traveler just needs reliable WiFi and an easy meeting place. Yesterday, we found this to be the case for us on our very first day in Cusco, Peru. Seeing as how we kinda "collect" exotic Starbucks locations (remember the Bali temple location?), this one we had to see.
Located right on Cusco's main Plaza de Armas, it occupies the second floor of a historic palacio. The walls to divide it into seperate rooms are still there, so it's a second floor location with a ton of work nooks, comfy seating, exposed wood beam ceilings and wood floors, and even a balcony open to views of the Plaza and Catedral.
UPDATE: So apparently this ad is an elaborate fake. See the background on it here, though it's all in Italian. To summarize, the ad was created by a young student, who is likely about to get his pants sued off.
Italy has plenty of fine cafes and places to grab a quick—or long—espresso, but there’s soon to be a new option that most of the world already recognizes. We knew that Starbucks had their eyes on everywhere from Finland to the Disney World, but it looks like this month will bring the scheduled arrival of overpriced lattes and coffee milkshakes to the citizens of Italy.
We were flipping through some Italian magazine—just looking at the pictures due to our minimum of Italian language skills—when we noticed a pretty familiar lady in her signature shade of green. The ad announced the planned arrival of the coffee giant to spots like Milan, Venice, Naples, and Rome as soon as June of 2012. During our recent adventures to and through the country, we didn’t see any "coming soon" signs to specifically pinpoint locations, but that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t a frappuccino assembly line hiding behind some vacant storefront.
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The countdown clock is approaching zero as Disneyland workers and engineers finalize the reboot of Disney’s California Adventure theme park. We’ve mentioned the new rides, attractions, and other excitement a couple times before; however, there’s one more addition that we’ve failed to discuss in the past. It might be time for us to update our picks for favorite and unusual Starbucks, as it now looks like overpriced lattes and coffee milkshakes are heading toward Main Street USA.
It’s not just the parks in California either, as the plan it to bring the caffeine to both the greater Disneyland Resort as well as Walt Disney World Resort down in Florida. Apparently there’s already discussion about sending some Frappuccinos and their passports overseas, but nothing has been worked out as of yet.
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BALI. For some, the word conjures up images of infinity pools, surfing beaches and tropical temples. For others, it's a nightmare of topless tourists and sweaty sightseeing. Well, we just got back ourselves and we, with the help of tips from friends and locals, did something in between...something that turned out to be awesome. Put on the SPF, hire a car* and join us this week as we reveal an An Awesome Day on Bali (Jaunted-style).
Our awesome day on Bali continues with a wander around Jalan Raya Ubud (Ubud's main street) and a visit to the Pura Taman Saraswati temple behind Starbucks (yes, Starbucks)..
Alright, so now that you've breakfasted at Biku, it's time to hop in that private car* and hightail it almost two hours north into the cultural heart of Bali, in the town of Ubud. We recommend going there in the morning, because the afternoon brings the tour buses and floods the sidewalks (already barely wide enough for one) and many, many temples with vacationers who stop, stare, photograph, bargain for tchotchkes and sweat down the backs of their T-shirts.
A couple years ago United decided to ditch Starbucks as the preferred supplier of their in-flight java, but now Starbucks is coming back with another airline buddy. Alaska Airlines just announced that they’re bringing some improved in-flight coffee to the skies above the nifty fifty.
Starbucks might not be brewed in Alaska, but both Alaska and Starbucks sure enjoy spending time in and around Seattle. The coffee machines were flowing with the new brew as of last week, so if you’re flying anytime soon aboard an Alaska Airlines flight you might just want to wait until 35,000 feet before getting your caffeine fix. Alaska Airlines’ airline partner Horizon Air has been serving Starbucks since like 1990, so it was only a matter of time before both carriers shared the same coffee supplier. So what if it took 20 years.
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We may have just spotted what could be the most exotic Starbucks food item ever. It's a traditional Thai mooncake, but Mon Thong durian-flavored and with an egg baked inside. And you thought "cake pops" were weird!
This treasure was found at a regular Starbucks in Bangkok, so regular that it was in the ground floor of a new mall. The basket of mooncakeseach imprinted with the Starbucks siren logois a limited-time deal, however; mooncakes are eaten this week to celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival which took place on Monday.
The Moon Festival is a "time for giving thanks for the Earth’s bounty and to remember the ancestors," so it's a quiet event where families come together to go pray at a temple or at home, but the mooncakes must be on the table. Since 7-Elevens even sell them, far be it for Starbucks to miss the train. The fact that they're durian-flavored and extremely limited make it all the more special.