In Southern California I had more coffee options anyway. I liked privately owned shops the best, of course, but I also very much loved Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, a West Coast only Coffee Shop. (although there was one in Shanghai that I sometimes traveled for a couple hours to visit)
|Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Shanghai|
Then I moved to China. The first town we lived in was a small town with very few familiar things. They did, however, have a Starbucks. Yes, there is Starbucks in China and they are quite popular. The Wuxi Starbucks became my little taste of home. My haven on days when I was most home sick.
Plus they were the only place in the whole city that played Christmas music at Christmas time. (there is no Christmas in China)
|Enjoying a Starbucks coffee during Chinese New Year at a very fancy movie theater|
So here I am living in the United States again and trying to pretend that I don't like Starbucks because they are too cooperate... except at Christmas time of course. When really I look forward to the hour long drive to the nearest Starbucks just so I can have a Frappuccino. I love Starbucks. They make me happy. They bring back good and fond memories. And a cup of Starbucks always makes me smile. Especially if that cup is red!
So you can imagine how giggly happy I was yesterday to take my darling Rosie to Starbucks and get her very own, very first Starbucks. She got "Pink Coffee" which is a Raspberry Steamer, and she enjoyed it very very much.
But not nearly as much as I did.