Starbucks Gingerbread Lattes are a little taste of heaven in a cup. I normally prefer small, independently owned coffee houses over Starbucks, but every year in November I find myself peeking into Starbucks to see if the gingerbread lattes have arrived just in time for the Christmas season. Gingerbread is one of my all-time favorite things, but having a gluten allergy and no aptitude for complicated gluten-free baking, I don’t get to eat it very often (hint, hint mom). A Starbucks Gingerbread Latte is the perfect substitute as I inhale the nutmeg sprinkled on top and feel the warmth on it on my throat. I’m always surprised when the barristers ask if I want cream on top. Of course I want cream. It’s just not the same without the rich texture as the cream melts into the espresso. Calories don’t count when they taste this good do they? I’ve been excited to see a few other coffee shops offer gingerbread lattes, but after the first sip, I’m disappointed. It’s just not the same. Come January I scour the city to see which Starbucks locations still have the requisite gingerbread syrup, waiting in anticipation for the barista’s answer. Before too long I know that time will come when it’s all gone and my holiday romance with gingerbread lattes will have to wait until the next November to be rekindled.
I’ll be exploring the west coast of Finland and can’t wait to visit Vaasa, Björköby, Kalajoki and Liminka Bay – now I just have to figure out how to pronounce them!
One of the biggest advantages of houseboating along the Mayenne River in France is that you don’t need a driver’s licence. Here’s what else you need to know:
The hike to Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn located in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland has it all. Mountain Lake? Check. Glaciers? Check. Majestic peaks? Check! Wildflowers? Check!
A photojourney of housboating the Mayenne from Daon to Laval and back.
Find out how to really discover Italy with these tips by Agata Mleckzo, who considers it to be her second home.
A photojourney of mountain wildflowers seen while hiking to Lake Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland.