'Tis The Season

'Tis The Season

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It’s that time of year again to bring in the Christmas season and celebrate good laughs and cheer with your favorite Starbucks flavors of delight!

For the average coffee consumer, Starbucks is a regular destination for a relaxed and absolute experience that offers an out of body sensation that exceeds joy and content. As soon as you smell the iconic smell—while opening the green glass doors—the taste buds begin to scream with excitement, as the mouth beings to water, anticipating the drink or food item that is soon to come.

Around this time of year—beginning around the start of the month of November—Starbucks revamps their line of Christmas flavored items that can be ordered in a hot or cold variant: The Caramel Brulée flavor, Chestnut Praline, Eggnog, Gingerbread or Peppermint.

Along with the Christmas flavored line-up for drinks there is also a holiday menu for food items such as the Candy Cane Whoopie Pie, the Cranberry Bliss Bar, Snowman Sugar cookies, Gingerbread Loaf cake, the Snowman Cake Pop and the Peppermint Cake Pop. Personally, my favorite holiday flavor combination is the Peppermint Hot Chocolate with the Peppermint Cake Pop.

There’s something about the combination of the chocolate mocha taste with the borderline overbearing— yet satisfyingly simplistic—flavor of peppermint that brings a sense of content and cheer that cannot be explained in words, only full validity of Christmas joy that creates a warmth inside of my soul.

Just like with every other holiday menu, these items will not be available for order forever. The Christmas items usually last for around two and a half months, running out of stock and sales around the time of mid to late January. So, if any individual wants to experience the fabulous and cheering flavors of Christmas in a cup, then hurry to Starbucks for your sample of what happiness tastes like.

And as always… Merry Christmas, and have a happy holiday!

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:” Line Matters,

I want to start off by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can’t afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you’re just lazy and you “don’t feel like it”? Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you’re unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the US Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck.” stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:” line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can’t seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to ten people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!”

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the seventeen other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there’s a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 dollar bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of ten times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession - whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food, and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a forty dollar bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes - as if you’re better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you’ll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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14 Facebook Users Roast IHOB—The International House Of BURGERS

From customers to employees, everyone has an opinion.

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I have always loved IHOP. It's been my go-to place for breakfast with family, a meal by myself, or a birthday brunch with friends. At any given moment, I am likely to be craving IHOP. In fact, I even worked there for a summer. In my experiences as both a customer and an employee, I can tell you that burgers are not on people's minds when they walk into an IHOP. Seldom did I see someone flip past the pancakes and omelettes to the seemingly out of place lunch food section of the menu. I have never even tried a burger from IHOP. It just never seemed necessary.

On June 4, IHOP announced that they would be changing their name to IHOB. They would reveal what the B stands for on June 11. In the meantime, people speculated that it could be 'breakfast' or 'bacon.' You could imagine their shock when IHOP announced that the B stands for burgers. While some people were dumbfounded, others were enraged. Some people came to IHOP's defense by stating that they had tried the new burgers and enjoyed them. While browsing the comments on IHOP's Facebook page, I found some interesting responses.

Just a Month

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Marketing Ploy

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Burgers and Breakfast

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Promotional Gig

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Patties and Pancakes

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Too Many Burgers

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IHOP Plus Burgers

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Breakfast Food

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April Fool's Day

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New Customer Base

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Relax

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IHOB

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Pancake Burgers

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IHOP(atties)

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While I believe that burgers should be left to Red Robin, I wouldn't mind trying one of IHOP's new burgers...as long as you don't make me say IHOB. My computer even wants to correct IHOB to IHOP. If you're curious what burgers IHOP has to offer, head on over to their website. For as little as $7, you can get a burger, drink, and unlimited fries. You may notice that their burgers are listed under 'limited edition.' Hmm, I wonder what that could mean. Here's to hoping that their burgers are at least somewhat as good as their pancakes.

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