PSL is Here: Fall Drinks You Must Try at Starbucks

As autumn rolls around again this year, we are all dusting off our sweaters and scarves, craving the gloomy weather that keeps us inside. Unfortunately, the only thing taking a hiatus this season is our motivation. Responsibilities like school and work will not allow us to curl up under a blanket in this cold weather, so we need to find something to keep us focused and warm; something that still feels like fall. Luckily, Starbucks offers an array of warm, tasty, and sweet beverages that hit the spot.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

The Pumpkin Spice Latte is a classic. PSL only comes around once a year; it’s like Christmas! But seriously, this is the ultimate “Fall” drink. If you’re looking to taste sugar, spice, and all things nice, be sure to get your fix before the season ends.  

Snickerdoodle Latte

This mixture of Cinnamon Dolce and White Mocha flavorings creates a sweet, chocolaty flavor, with just a hint of spice. Just ask your barista to top it off with some whipped cream and cinnamon dolce sprinkles, and you’ll get that rainy day off to a good start.

The Cinderella Latte

This Starbucks secret menu drink was created by a passionate Disney fan who worked as a Starbucks Barista and wanted to incorporate some of that magic into her drinks. This mix of White Mocha and Pumpkin Spice represents the Princess’ enchanted horse-drawn carriage. Be sure to give it a try to taste some of that delicious magic!

Pumpkin Spice Chai

Do you love your chai tea lattes? Add a pinch of pumpkin in there for an extra spicy taste. There is no coffee in this drink, but there will be plenty of flavor to keep you interested.

Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew

This drink is quite the mouthful, and it isn’t warm. But it will definitely give you a kick with the amount of caffeine it contains. The sweet-subtle pumpkin flavor in the foam is the perfect preface to the smooth cold brew underneath. Be sure to stop in and order this when you’re in need of a fall-pick-me-up.


If You Think Your Server Hates You, Ill Help You Find the Reason Why.

By Hanna Ronish

I have been working in the front of the house of a restaurant for 11 years.  (bartending and serving for those who are not familiar with the restaurant lingo) and I LOVE my job.  It does not feel like work when I get to hangout with people who tell fascinating stories and (my favorite) mediocre dad jokes.  Although my day is filled with positivity and people who bring a smile to my face, there are the few who test my patience.  And let me tell you, all servers and bartenders have a few things in common.  You have definitely starred in the wait staff’s “server nightmares” if you have done the following:

Finish your entire plate of food and then criticize every last bit of it.  At this point, I have silently tallied up every single time I visited the table to make sure everything was running smoothly, only to come to the conclusion that you had more than enough opportunities to tell me about your dissatisfaction.  Too many people try to get free things in this world.  Just don’t do that.

Customer- (never having met this customer before) “Make me something good.”

Bartender – **Face palm.

Complain about the temperature of the restaurant/the volume of the music.  Did someone’s mom forget to teach you to bring a jacket wherever you go?  Servers are on their feet and walking more miles in one 5 hour shift, than most people will in a week.  We cannot function properly if it is 80 degrees in the building.  If we cannot function, we cannot serve you, you will starve. End of story. (Studies show people eat less when they are hot. If you have a problem with that, take it up with the owner.)

Speaking of…

“I know the owner.”  Yeah… you and everyone else.  If you think that taking a class 20 years ago with the guy who writes my paycheck is going to get you a free drink, think again.  He can fire me.

Order a drink but ask your bartender to present it in a different glass than the norm.  If you are not comfortable enough with your sexuality to drink rose out of a wine glass or a lemon drop out of a sugared martini glass then let me give you a quick tip, order a beer like a real man and drink it out of the tough guy, pint glass it comes in.

Sitting at the ONLY dirty table when there are clean, fully set tables in every direction around you. For the love of God, just don’t do this.

It’s not a Cuba Libre, it’s a Rum and Coke.  I don’t know who came up with the pet names for drinks but let’s skip that step and just call a vodka cranberry with a lime a “Vodka cranberry with a lime.” Not a Cape Cod. **Insert dramatic eye roll

Two words. Hot. Tea.  Its not your fault if you like this tasteless drink, just know that as your server is juggling the lemons, honey, spoon, extra piping hot water, assortment of tea flavors, sweetener and hatred, they have probably started fantasizing your funeral.

Above all else…

Treat your server like a human who has feelings.  Waiters and waitresses don’t just talk to hear themselves talk.  When approaching a table and asking the question, “Good morning everyone, how are you doing?” THE. MOST. Disrespectful (and far too common) answer any server will cringe over is “Coffee with cream.”  (at this point I’m assuming you are going to be bitter and unenjoyable the entire visit. Just like coffee is to me)

This should go without saying, but any snapping, whistling, aggressive waving motions, clapping, unnecessary interrupting, or calls from across the bar or restaurant should just be illegal.  We are servers, not servants.  When this behavior arises, we are more inclined to walk the other direction than to tend politely to your needs.  If your waitress walks up to the table with a smile after you have whistled or snapped at her, she has perfected the poker face, that smile was not genuine.

12 Northwestern Bars and Pubs to Visit

Looking for a new bar in your area with more character than the rest? Here are a few bars in the Northwest that bring great experiences with even greater beverages to liven the night.  Take a look and see if your favorite bar(s) made the list!  Please share if you enjoy!

  1. Zola – Spokane, WA
    For those who love live music, this is a bar for the books. With quality live bands and artists every night of the week, the ambiance is one that livens the soul.  The décor provides a fun and rustic experience that includes old tilt-a-whirls for seating.  Not to mention great beverages; I recommend the Huckleberry Lemonade cocktail and the Sex Panther cocktail.
  2. Borracho– Spokane, WA
    This Mexican bar and grill offers great food with a great experience. Borracho is fun and affordable while it offers a variety of authentic Mexican food items.  If you come in on Tuesdays you can order street tacos for $1 each and complement it with a $3 Mexican beer.  There’s even been numerous sightings of Spokane native Chris Pratt here.
  3. The Rhino – Missoula, MT
    The Rhino
    The Rhino offers over 50 beers on tap for the beer lovers in addition to mixed drinks if you’re feeling like something a little stronger. With free shuffle board, pool, and great service, it’s obvious why The Rhino is a hot spot to meet in downtown Missoula.
  4. Triple Nickle Pub – Portland, OR
    If you’re looking for a bar where the company is great and the drinks are strong, Triple Nickle Pub is the bar for you.  Triple Nickle Pub gives you great service and entertainment in one with their live music, large variety of beer, and games to play.  “The drinks are cheap and strong, and you can be easily entertained between the darts, pinball, pool, and of course giant Jenga.” -A Yelp Reviewer
  5. White Owl – Portland, OR
    The White Owl Social Pub offers affordable food and drinks with an amazing daily happy hour special from 3-7. “Great relaxed vibe. Perfect for outdoor summertime seating on the huge deck outside. Dog friendly. Fire pit. Stiff drinks and delicious menu. I love the vegan Mac and cheese salad with vegan Caesar dressing and quinoa burger.” -A Yelp Reviewer
  6. The Lucky Labrador Brew Pub – Portland, OR
    A dog is truly a man’s best friend and The Lucky Labrador Brew Pub of Portland knows this.  This pub allows you to bring your furry best friend with you as you have a brewski.  With great tasting beers and events to share with your dog such as Dogtoberfest, this is a must see for all dog lovers. 
  1. Sunrise Saloon – Missoula, MT
    If you like live country music and an open dance floor, this is the bar for you. The Sunrise Saloon brings out the country side in you and provides for a fun night of drinks and line dancing.  In addition, the Sunrise offers a variety of specials including a Monday through Friday happy hour and ladies’ night every Wednesday.
  2. Spacebar Arcade – Boise, ID
    Drinking while playing arcade games? Who doesn’t want to do that?!? The Spacebar Arcade is a bar and an arcade for adults to let out their inner-youth.  In addition, the Spacebar Arcade host a variety of music events.  If you find yourself in Boise, this is a MUST visit.
  3. The Diller Room(previously The Diller Hotel) – Seattle, WA
    This hidden gem is a historic site in downtown Seattle.  The Diller Room offers both food and drink with excellent service and a unique history.  The bar has been operating since 1890 and according to their site, The Diller Room served as a speakeasy during the alcohol prohibition.   Experience the history and give The Diller Room a visit while in Seattle! 
  4. Altstadt German Restaurant- Seattle, WA
    If you’re looking for an authentic German food and drink experience, this is the place for you. With excellent customer service to complement the open and inviting atmosphere, Altstadt gives you the energetic, fun, and true German experience your looking for.
  5. Sip n’ Dip – Great Falls, MT
    Mermaids! Need I say more? This bar features live mermaids that customers can watch as they enjoy their drinks and food.  Who doesn’t love mermaids and booze?  This just complements the great drink and service the Sip n’ Dip offers.  Their Tiki drinks are of high recommendation!
  6. Sluggers – Seattle, WA
    SluggersBaseball, bros, and beer – the three best words known to man.  At Sluggers, you get all three of these with home-run service and you’re walking distance to both Safeco and CenturyLink fields.  As you walk into the bar, there are jerseys and sports memorabilia all over the walls, just as a sports bar should be. A great place to be to feel the energy of Seattle’s sports pre-game through and post-game!

    By: Christy Gliko