Starbucks Corporation

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Stop Over-Distilling Tequila, Or Why Ambhar Is The Worst Tequila To Enter The Market Since Cuervo Gold

    Because I get so many pitches from public relations people whose approach to their career is to employ the steamroller approach to e-mail communication ("Dear Food Writer and/or Blogger"), it's hard to remember which clueless human megaphone sent me the e-mail about Ambhar tequila. I do know that, a ... More >>

  • Food

    December 19, 2013

    Seoulmate Serves Pork Stew for the Seoul

    The Long Beach restaurant makes good Korean-Mexican burritos, but its best dish is pure Korean mom food

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Starbucks Barista Uses Cup To Flirt

    Now this is different: something written on a coffee cup by a Starbucks barista that's neither racist or unfortunately misspelled. A Reddit user named littlebabyburrito posted a picture of an apparent attempt by her Starbucks barista to flirt with her by way of her coffee.

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    This Week In Food: Hilarious Restaurant Chalkboards, EFF if Effing Closed, and Names That Sounds Like Vagina

    Hey, it's May! Let's take a look at what this week in food brought us... Edwin reviewed Urban Seoul in Irvine and feasted upon their post-modern bibimap. Then he shared the closing of Endless Food and Fun in Huntington...and I will keep all ironic comments about it to myself. Then he posted a phot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    Starbucks Testing Handcrafted Root Beer

    Once focused on, well, coffee, Starbucks has evolved into a one-stop beverage empire. Its latest offering may be handcrafted sodas: lemon ale, spiced root beer and ginger ale. Starbucks Melody, an unofficial Starbucks info site, reports that the company is testing the items, which are naturally br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Dr. Alvin Yee, Who Saw Young "Patients" at Starbucks, Prescribed Drugs and Had One Die from O.D., to Plead Guilty to Federal Counts

    Dr. Alvin Ming-Czech Yee, who lived in a Mission Viejo residence but used Starbucks locations as his office, will plead guilty April 17 to charges brought by federal authorities who first accused him in October 2011 of using the coffee lounge as "a front for drug dealing."A 21-year-old patient from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    50 Important SXSW Questions

    By: Nick LucchesiEditor: We have so many questions here in Austin. Here are 50 of them. 1. Will I like the pedicab costumed as The Hulk if he gets angry? 2. Are we all really just in New York? 3. Is this t-shirt rad? 4. Do you want to get some 'za, which is now absolutely the slang for pizza? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    Starbucks CEO The Subject Of A Comic Book

    Spider-Man, Superman, they may have superpowers but do they have a worldwide empire and an army of baristas they built up from a local Seattle coffee shop called Starbucks? Howard Schultz did, became a billionaire and the subject of many a business school case study, and now he's also a comic book h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Starbucks Offers Backdoor Access To The New York Times Paywall

    So here's something. The New York Times announced yesterday that Starbucks customers can get free access to 15 articles a day on if they do it through the coffee store's in-house Wi-Fi network--a backdoor to the now tightened-up paywall that the paper instituted two years ago.

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Free Anniversary Blend At Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Wednesday

    We used to be addicted to their Malibu Dream Ice Blendeds. But lately, free is our beverage of choice. Wednesday is not only National Crossiant Day, but Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL for those texting) will toast their 50 year anniversary with one hot deal: FREE coffee or tea!In addition to the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Starbucks Offers Free Tall Hot Brewed Coffee Tomorrow, July 4th

    Over the weekend, Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, put out a lengthy blog post entitled "How American Can Win This Election" calling for Americans to put "citizenship over partisanship". Here's a snippet: Let's tell our government leaders to put partisanship aside and to speak truthfully abo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Starbucks Buys Bakery Chain To Make Its Food Better

    It's a common complaint that the food at Starbucks isn't very good--overpriced fodder customers often equate to airplane food if they're being generous. Yesterday, Howard Schultz and company announced they plan to do something about their weakness. They've bought up a San Francisco-based bakery ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Does Starbucks Have a Secret Menu?

    Starbucks, according to several sources, may have a secret menu where one can conceivably order items with code names such as "Captain Crunch" and "Oreo Frappuccino." These drinks don't necessarily contain those ingredients, and are often just rejiggered recipes of their normal drinks with a few of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Starbucks To Stop Using Bug-Based Food Coloring

    Starbucks has announced that it will stop using red food coloring made from crushed up bugs by June. The coffee company caved under the huge consumer backlash after it was revealed that it started using the natural but decidedly icky-to-non-bug-eaters additive in its strawberry-flavored drinks, rasp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    DNA May Explain Why Some People Are Nice and Others Are Assholes, Co-UCI Study Suggests

    If some punk just cut in front of you in the Starbucks line and then told a kid that Santa's not real and snarled at a puppy, you may want to have some compassion.   He may not have niceness in his genes.Researchers at UC Irvine and the University at Buffalo have found that DNA can he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    'Thank Starbucks' Counters 'Dump Starbucks' In Battle Over Company's Support of Gay Marriage

    ​Last week, Dave reported on a movement bitterly brewed by the folks over at National Organization for Marriage (NOM). "Dump Starbucks" urges opponents of gay marriage to ditch the coffee chain because of its support of marriage equality for same-sex couples. Since launching around May 21, its onl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Starbucks CEO Smacks Down NOM Flunky; NOM Organizes Pointless Boycott

    ​Part of the problem with holding the required annual shareholders' meeting is having to talk to shareholders, as Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz found out yesterday. Shultz was taking questions after his presentation when a representative of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM)--the people wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Starbucks Raises Prices In China; Chinese Mad As Heck

    ​For a country where the average person, according to data from Nestle, only consumes three cups of coffee per year, the Chinese are downright pissed that Starbucks is raising prices. They took to the Internet to bemoan a two yuan price hike that the Seattle company announced last week--a change t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    This Week In Food: Starbucks Supports Gay Marriage, Craft Cocktail Bar Etiquette, RIP Valhalla Table

    ​Makes your arteries harden just looking at it, doesn't it? Find out what the heck this is and more in this week's edition of what happened on the blog this week!

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Ten Great OC Coffeeshops

    ​We're sometimes accused of being too North County-centric around here. We can't help it; even leaving aside the snark about Laguna Engabachada, the fact is the population's up here in the 714, and choice in restaurants tends to follow the population.Coffee, however, is a different story. There's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Battle High-End Espresso

    ​Martin Diedrich. The father of the coffee revolution in Orange County, owner of the first coffee shop to make an unapologetic, small, truly Italian cappuccino, as well as the first to introduce la naranja to the idea that coffee needn't be roasted to dust in order to taste like something.Jeff Dug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    John Wayne Airport's Terminal C Opened Today; Flights To Mexico Expected By Next Summer

    ​Today, at 5 a.m., we went tri-terminal. That's right, John Wayne Airport's Terminal C finally opened up. Basically, there's now more parking spaces, check-in kiosks, security lanes, gates and, of course, Starbucks. Here's a map of the airport's add-ons.Yesterday there was an invite-only dedi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    [UPDATED: Residents Speak Out] Garden Grove Police Want Little Saigon Waitresses To Put On Some Clothes

    Cafe Miss Cutie Facebook PageWaitresses at Cafe Miss Cutie: "Would you like a smoothie with melons?"UPDATE, MAY 11, 1:17 A.M.: After the jump, read community responses to the proposed ordinance. ORIGINAL POST, MAY 10, 9:21 A.M.: Vietnamese coffee shops are getting too hot for Garden Grove polic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Starbucks Introduces Its Biggest Drink Size Yet

    Starbucks has announced that it is introducing a new size of coffee called the Trenta cup. As "Venti" means "twenty", "Trenta" means "thirty"; but observant caffeine-junkies will notice that the new container is actually a 31-ouncer.  Conspiracy-theorists might wish this was Spinal Tap refer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    'Buy a Ladder': The Wit & Wisdom of Ron English

    Eric StonerCulture-jamming artist Ron English​If you haven't already read my enthusiastic review for "Status Factory: The Art of Ron English" at OCC's Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, then take a few minutes, read it and then come on back. Not only will it give you a lead on a damn fine exh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Turkish Caffè Latte at Kéan Coffee

    ProfessorSalt.comTustin barista Brien Flanagan shows off latte art​It's not the silt-rich cup of mud that is real Turkish coffee, brought to a simmer several times in a traditional ibrik. Kéan Coffee's twist on caffè latte is nonetheless my favorite OC coffee drink of the moment.

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Free Starbucks Coffee on Tax Day (Bring A Mug, Though)

    pierofix @ CC BY-NC-SA 2.0​Hey you! Yes, you.Do you want a free cup of coffee? Then take a reusable travel mug and go to any Starbucks today for a free fill-up of brewed coffee.Other places are doing freebies or discounts as well, including McCormick and Schmick's, Cinnabon and Jamba Ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Five Restaurant Rip-Offs We Could Live Without

    ​Dining out can be a lovely occasion, and the temptation to overspend is very great, because extravagance lends a sense of occasion to the meal. Restaurants do what they can to maximize the profits; they're businesses, after all. The reality for most of us, sadly, is that budgets are a way of life ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Disguster: The Choice is Yours

    ​Over at our food blog, Gustavo Arellano (perhaps you've heard of him) rather amusingly skewered the many more unfortunate choices in our recent "Best of OC" readers' poll: Starbucks for best coffee, Chipotle for best burrito. Not so insightful or adventurous, you see, kind of the equivalent of gi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2009

    UPDATED: To Fly For: Virgin America's Onboard Menu

    ​When was the last time you chose an airline based on the food it offered? Nope, I've never done it, either. Years back, Virgin Atlantic used to provide pretty good grub, even in cattle class. No longer: Every recent flight I've taken with them has been characterized by slop guaranteed to make you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    New Argentine-Mexican Restaurant Open in Downtown Santa Ana

    Not the restaurant's logoI once really liked a brilliant Argentine chick, and I know she liked me as well. But it wasn't meant to be, mainly because I was/am so clueless to matters of the heart that I blew it. My current chica once dated an Argentine guy, and that obviously didn't work out. So, Arge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Haagen-Dazs' Fleur de Sel Caramel Is Surely The Best Ice Cream Flavor Ever?

    A self-confessed ice cream addict, I love seeking out new varieties, especially during National Ice Cream Month (July). I'm lucky enough to live near Hans' Homemade Ice Cream in Santa Ana, which takes care of any cravings for the real deal, but if I'm struck by the midnight munchies, store-bought ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    This Week In Food

    Starbucks and Subway inexplicably made it to the top of Zagat's latest fast food and chain list.There was news of another OC Restaurant Week in September. Can't wait!More stuff to look forward to: Stars of Santa Barbara--complete with top DJ!--at South Coast Plaza, and SOL Cucina in Newport Beach.An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Huh? Starbucks And Subway Top Zagat's Latest List

    The survey from the "burgundy bible" rates this duo the best fast-food coffee and most popular fast-food mega-chain, respectively. Which makes me wonder if the reviewers--more than 6,000 of them, who visited more than 100 chains across the country--are living in a parallel universe. One in which Sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Martin Diedrich on Surviving Starbucks And Thriving With Kéan

    When I visited Kéan Coffee's new Tustin location last Sunday, it had only been open six days and already the lines were out the door. While that may have been due in part to staff still getting up to speed, it was definitely pulling in the punters. For good reason, it seems.The drinks menu is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Oat Cuisine (Part 2)

    As exciting as eating Kashi Go Lean for breakfast every day is, once in a while a girl has to try something new... Especially when the weather's taken a turn for the worse and your stomach is craving something warm. You'll remember Edwin's recent post about Starbucks venturing into the world of brea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    Kean Coffee Takes Over Starbucks

    Score one for the little guy! Fellow blogger and foodie Brekkie Fan sent me a note that the Starbucks at Newport Ave. and Main St. in Tustin is going to become the second outpost of Kean Coffee. Kean -- as all caffeine junkies already know -- is Martin Diedrich's indie coffee house; The one he ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 31, 2008

    En Garden

    Rancho Los Cerritos Garden Tours

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2008

    Another Mall getting Mauled

    "They're going to ruin the best mall in Orange County, aren't they? I think they are." That's how local blogger Julie Scott began her latest email to me, upon finding out that the Westminster Mall -- selected "Best Guy-Friendly Mall" in last year's "Best of OC" issue by me -- was due for a big, mul ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 1, 2007

    Battle of the Sexes

    I Can Live With That

  • Features

    October 19, 2006

    Mark Axelrod

    The Chapman University English professor shares some of his favorite things

  • Features

    October 19, 2006

    Coffee. Talk.

    No. 9: Kean Coffee keeps it real in this mixed-up, crazy corporate world

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2006

    Newport Hipsters Paralyzed

    Yes, it's true. Even Balboa Peninsula's ultimate ennui establishment has been forced to close its doors. Alta Coffee, home of stunning baristas, live music, freshly brewed coffee and - as written about in Best of OC 2005 - a damn fine vanilla soy chai latte, is closed this hazy Monday. What could ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 23, 2004

    Deconstructing Sali

    Her Fridas fine; now if Sol Arts owner could just find parking . . .

  • Columns

    May 27, 2004
  • Features

    February 13, 2003

    Dumped: Sex & the Pity

    Tales of being dumped and dumping

  • Columns

    October 4, 2001
  • Music

    October 19, 2000


    Coffee talk with George Fryer

  • News

    June 1, 2000

    Working for Beans

    Demo at Diedrich Coffee is no Battle in Seattle

  • Columns

    July 1, 1999
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