Hello and Goodbye

Starting today, there will be a short break in my blog articles.  I am going on a quick vacation.  It's "Hello" to California, and a quick "Goodbye" to Seattle. While I am away from the blog, I will still be updating this blog's Facebook page now and then.  Eventually, I may upload a few photos from this trip onto my Pinterest page.

If you see a very tired woman collapse in a comfy chair in your California Starbucks store (tired from driving), paying with an Evolution Fresh Card  and muttering that she's driving home to Seattle, please do not be alarmed.  That could be me.  And, likely I'll have my phone with me, and taking a few pictures of your beautiful Starbucks.  If you are interested in a recap of the Starbucks photo policy, this article here is very helpful - and here's the policy:

“Personal photography is allowed in stores,” says spokesman Corey duBrowa. “All other filming and video needs to be approved prior. This is a standard policy year round and not convention-specific.”

If I were a barista, I would just say yes.  Starbucks has just about encouraged fun photography in stores ever since creating their own Instagram and Pinterest pages. (Of course, that represents a change from the years of a strict no photography policy, going back about four years ago).

If you need more Starbucks content to check out while I am out of town, you could watch the partner-produced videos by the team of baristas known as "Five Awesome Baristas."  (They produce videos out of their passion for Starbucks!)  Also, I invite you to read and follow my two other blogging projects: MelodyEats.com and SeattlesBestMelody.com.

I will be doing a lot of driving on this trip.  I scoped out some Starbucks stores that I want to visit - not sure I will get to them all!  If you see me in your store, I hope you'll say a big "hello."

And as always, thank you for reading.  See you back here the first week of July!

June 22nd or 23rd Main & Town and Country http://www.starbucks.com/store/16851/ 691 South Main Street Orange, CA 92868 714 647 0871

June 22nd or 23rd Park Place (Clover) 2961 Michelson Drive Irvine, CA 92612 949 250 9250

June 24, 2013 Newhope & Southpark (Clover) 17850 Newhope Street, Costco Plaza Fountain Valley, CA 92708

June 25, 2013 – 2pm http://www.starbucks.com/store/16486 Santa Margarita Parkway & 241 (Clover & Evenings Store) 30465 Avenida de Las Flores Santa Margarita Marketplace Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 949 589 9028

June 27th or 28th (off I-5) http://www.starbucks.com/store/15564 Laval & I-5 5844 Dennis McCarthy Drive Tejon Ranch Complex Lebec, CA 93243 661 858 2034

June 27th or 28th (off I-5) http://www.starbucks.com/store/8093/ March & I-5 2866 West March Lane Stockton, CA 95219 209 472 0637

June 28th or 29th? 15th & Broadway (Clover) http://www.starbucks.com/store/16372 1429 Broadway Sacramento, CA 95818 916 447 5105

June 28th or 29th Rhonda and Pleasant Hills http://www.starbucks.com/store/6694 5046 Rhonda Road Anderson, CA 96007 530 378 2742

June 28th or 29th Ashland (Clover) http://www.starbucks.com/store/11639 120 East Main Street Ashland, OR 97520 541 488 1195

June 28th or 29th 9th & Taylor (Clover) http://www.starbucks.com/store/14940/ 906 SW Taylor Street Portland, OR 97205 503 295 0404

New: Via Ready Brew Valencia Orange Refreshers. (Refreshers Happy Hour Begins Tomorrow).

Wanted: Your Starbucks Coffee Pairing Ideas.