November 3 marked the start of Starbucks Christmas- the time of the year when coffee lovers collect stickers to avail of the Starbucks Planner. I am one of the many who visited Starbucks that day to see how the planner looks like and to officially start my 'battle' for the planner. Fortunately the first 150 customers of each branch automatically get one sticker on the promo card. Lucky me!
Last Saturday my sister L and I bought a pair of Adidas shoes for our younger brother B. After strolling around the mall we went to Starbucks for snacks. I was giddy because I knew I would be getting three stickers on my card. The catch is I would have to pay for our drinks. Oh well, that was fair enough since I wanted to redeem my planner as soon as possible.
My sister doesn't like coffee-based drinks because she palpitates so I got her a Chocolate Cream Chip Frappuccino. B had Java Chip Frappuccino. My favorite is Praline Mocha Frappuccino. It's my favorite among the Holiday Featured Beverages. I had the Toffee Nut on the first day. I don't want to order the Peppermint Mocha anymore. I tried it last year and it was like drinking Mentos shake. (Sorry for the comparison!)
I was surprised to see that my favorite Hungarian Sausage sandwich is now P105. It was just P95 the last time I had it. Anyhow, L and B loved it to pieces too.
B asked me to buy this Glazed Doughnut (P40) for him. I suggested to get the Chocolate-Dipped Doughnut instead but he said he likes the simpler one. (Ok, I won't argue.) I didn't taste it because it looks too plain. B said it's soft and tastes really good with coffee.
I ordered Cookie Dough Cheescake (P110/slice) when I got my promo card. This is my second serving in a week. I like it because it's so soft and creamy. It has the right sweetness and it tastes like homemade cakes. This is one the new pastries that Starbucks released for the holiday season. Looking equally decadent is Almond Roca Cheescake which I'll try on my next visit. I'll make a review about it too.
I already have eight stickers on my card. Nine more stickers to go! I hope to complete this soon.
Do you look forward to the Starbucks Planner 2011? Are you also collecting stickers? How is it so far?