PSL…The Abbreviation of Happiness

I woke up this morning and just wasn’t feeling the idea of plain drip coffee. I stayed in bed for a while, tossing and turning, trying to decide what I wanted. Finally, I concluded that for me, this morning, there was only one thing to be done:


(I got really weird looks for taking a picture of the front of Starbucks….kind of like when I went to the East Coast and took pictures of every single Dunkin’ Donuts I saw. We don’t have DD out here in California and I found it an amusing project. People, however, just thought I was a nutter…)

I know lots of you out there are groaning, but I don’t care. As much as people want to complain about Starbucks’ plans for world domination, I just can’t bring myself to get upset. The fact is, I love Starbucks coffee. There. I said it. Flame me if you must, but it won’t change my opinion that their coffee tastes good. One reason I even appreciate their corporate existence is that there is quality control. I know that a Starbucks drink in San Francisco will be prepared the same way as the same drink is prepared in Los Angeles. Or Tokyo. Or Boston. Or the North Pole. It will have the same amount of syrup. The same amount of espresso. You get the picture. For someone who has spent a lot of the last 3 years counting calories, having a general idea of what I’m putting in my body when I am eating out is really important to me. With Starbucks, the nutrition is all online, in a pamphlet at the store and now, even on my iPhone (hey man, there’s an app for that!). Having everything standardized makes managing my health easier. Plus, these days there are a lot of options at Starbucks that are healthier. I love the Egg White, Spinach and Feta Wrap. There’s usually fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal and protein plates. All sorts of good things to be found. They may be big and evil, but really, I just don’t care!

Now, I don’t have to ALWAYS have Starbucks coffee. I have a couple of neighborhood coffee spots that I go to on a regular basis. The problem is, they cannot do one thing that Starbucks can. Sure, they try. Every single year they roll out with their version, but it is never the same. To get my fix, I must go to the source, place my order, take a sip and let the happiness slowly flow through my body….

Pumpkin. Spice. Latte.

I wait all year for this drink and the first sip is always the best. I had my first one last week. I went into the Starbucks near my gym. I hardly ever go there these days, but I did and the barrista remembered me. From last year. From my Pumpkin Spice Latte consumption habits. He saw me enter the store, ran over to me and exclaimed, “IT is here! THEY are back!” I said, “They are?!” He said, “They are!” I had been planning to get a Vivanno, since I had just went for a run and was feeling kind of drained, but I just couldn’t do it. Not with PSLs in the house. My second one of the season was a victory drink after the 5K on Sunday. Then today, I had my third. I can’t help but gush. I am in love with the PSL.

After I got my drink I took a spin around Safeway to pick up a few items and I saw this in the bakery:


No, I didn’t buy it. But it made me smile. I love when Pumpkin is everywhere. The only thing I love more than PSLs is Mitchell’s Pumpkin Ice Cream, which should be rolling out in the next couple of months. You can count that there will be a post about it when it does.

Do you have a favorite seasonal item or flavor?

6 thoughts on “PSL…The Abbreviation of Happiness

  1. We’ve got Creme Brulee coming out the ears over in these parts again. In addition to the hot/iced macchiatos & frappuccino we also get creme brulee cake, scones, & danishes. They’ve got pretty much everything covered except actual creme brulee.. (but bizarrely they do have a cream pudding that looks suspiciously like creme brulee in everything but name..)

    ..however, I have just learned that starting on 10/20 there will be pumpkin available at Doughnut Plant.

    1. Ooh? Their pumpkin is good? That is dangerous information for someone who works 2 blocks from coldstone!

      The only thing that comes even close to pumpkin is peppermint, but pumpkin still wins, hands down!

  2. (Hi! I’m aideekay from Spark :))

    I usually don’t respond to blog posts because I can’t think of much to say, but here I just had to write something: you are by far my favorite person for being such a pumpkin aficionado. No one else around me gets it, but I go nuts in the fall when pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin-flavored ice cream/coffee/you name it all start to be readily available.

    The number one worst thing for my diet has been that Starbucks carries the pumpkin bread year-round. x_x

    But hooray for pumpkin!

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