May 31, 2011

Free Starbucks Drink

Yes! free Starbucks drink, you’ve read it right; I’ve got free Starbucks drink yesterday. It is one of HSBC Promo for their credit cardholders. All you need to do is present the charge slip amounting to P2000 or above and your credit card. You can redeem any of the Starbucks beverages or 3-pack Starbucks VIA ready to brew. Be sure that you redeem the freebies within thirty calendar days from the purchase or transaction date. Faded charge slips are not honored. 

This HSBC promo is really perfect for coffee lovers or Starbucks fan but this promo is not for me, I have so many charge slips that I have not used because I am neither a coffee lover nor a Starbucks fan. One more thing, the nearest Starbucks branch in our place is Shell SLEX branch, so it is not accessible. On our way home, we drop by at Shell SLEX to redeem the free beverage.

We’ve got two Mocha Frappucino for free (P135 each) and we ordered one mango peach cream pie P110 and honey glazed donut (P45). Our damage is only P155, not bad. I do not like their honey glazed donut, krispy kreme donut is much better. The mango peach cream pie is just ok, I love their banoffee pie but it is not available that time. 

June 15, 2011 Starbucks Treat 

My husband is now serious in redeeming our Starbucks beverage so I guess I will soon learn to love coffee. Yesterday, he called me to get ready because we will go to Starbucks, I was in a hurry because I was not yet finished when he arrived. My son went out already so I closed the door and followed them, without knowing that my son is not wearing any shoes or slippers, so we are in Starbucks and my son is on barefoot. 

We ordered Java Chip Frappuccino (P155) and Café Latte (P110). I love the Java Chip Frappuccino and Café Latte is just ok. We tried the cinnamon swirl (P60) and five cheese turnover (P85) and we liked them. It is so obvious in the picture because my husband almost finished the cinnamon swirl before I was able to take picture. I love the cheese turnover and there is no “umay” factor, maybe because I love cheese. We only paid P145 and saved P265. Thank you HSBC. 

Caffè Latte The traditional classic – steamed milk and espresso, lightly topped with foam. 
Java Chip Frappuccino A blissful blended beverage, created with espresso, chocolate, ice, milk and chocolate chips. 

July 3, 2011 Red Velvet Cake 

It’s time to redeem our Starbucks beverage again and this time we ordered coffee jelly frappuccino and red velvet cake. I haven’t tried any red velvet cake before so I am curious about its taste. When I ordered red velvet cake, the staff told me that it’s a good choice because this cake is really yummy. It is red, moist and dense sponge cake layered with frosted icing. 

But red velvet cake is too sweet for me, I thought one slice is not enough for me but I even shared it with my husband just to finish the slice of cake. I am not saying that it is not good but this cake is not my type, overly sweet for me. Now, I know why the staff gave me a glass of water even I did not ask for it. 

Coffee jelly frappuccino is just ok for me; I still prefer mocha frappucino and java chip frappucino. Coffee jelly frappuccino P155 (free from HSBC) red velvet cake P110 per slice) 

July 11, 2017 Rainy Sunday at Starbucks 

Yesterday was really a rainy Sunday and in times like this, it is nice to have a cup of coffee to keep you warm. We dropped by at Starbucks to have a quick snack before going to church. We’re decided to redeem hot beverages but when I placed my order, I changed my mind because I want to try their new beverage, Soy Strawberry Cream Frappuccino. 

I ordered Café Mocha and Soy Strawberry Cream Frappuccino. Cafe Mocha is combination of mocha chocolate, espresso, steamed milk and whipped cream. Soy Strawberry Cream Frappuccino is a coffee-free drink, so if you are not into coffee, this is the best alternative for you. It is a combination of strawberry syrup, cream, blended ice, soy milk and whipped cream. It is a little bit sweet so I have to drink water after finishing the drink but my son likes it. I can’t taste the soy milk, maybe because of the strawberry syrup.

I also ordered ensaymada and ham and cheese croissant. Overall, we’re both satisfied with our order. Cafe Mocha P125 and Soy Strawberry Cream Frappuccino P175 (free from HSBC), Ensaymada P65 and Ham and Cheese Croissant P75

July 18, 2011 Breakfast at Starbucks 

Yesterday, we need to leave early because we’re going to attend christening and birthday party. Since I have limited time to prepare for our breakfast, I suggested having breakfast at Starbucks. We still have charge slips to redeem so why not use it. Good thing that SLEX branch is already open at 7AM.

We’ve got Café Latte and White Chocolate Mocha. This is my first time to try White Chocolate Mocha and I like it. It is an espresso with steamed milk and white chocolate flavored sauce so expect that it is a little bit sweet. I having a hard time choosing for my meal and the staff suggested the Grilled Ham and Three Cheese. I immediately asked if there is mayonnaise on the sandwich and he said no so I ordered this one. This sandwich did not fail my expectation and I enjoyed every bite of it. Italian bread layered with lyoner ham, butter, Italian seasoning, black pepper and three cheeses (mozzarella cheese, quickmelt cheese and emmenthal cheese). My hubby got Hungarian Sausage with Egg and Cheese. 

Grilled Ham and Three Cheese P140 
Cafe Latte P110 and White Chocolate Mocha P140 (free from HSBC) 
Hungarian Sausage with Egg and Cheese P105 

July 26, 2011 Starbucks Instant Rewards 

From the time that we’ve decided to redeem our Starbucks Instant Rewards, we now often visit Starbucks; we’ve been here almost every week or every other week just to redeem our free beverage. But honestly, if the drinks are not free, you won’t see me here because I’m not really a coffee lover and I find Starbucks drinks very expensive. If I want coffee, I am very much satisfied with 3 in 1 instant coffee. The only time that you would see me here is when I will meet some friends because Starbucks is a good place to have an endless conversation. 

But of course, I enjoy the experience because I get the chance to try their different drinks for free and I also love their desserts and sandwiches. Last Sunday, after church service, we dropped by at Starbucks to redeem our instant rewards. We’ve got Chocolate Cream Chip Frappuccino (P155), Dark Mocha Frappuccino (P165), Ham and Cheese Croissant (P75) and (Belgian Waffle P75). 

My son loves the Chocolate Cream Chip Frappuccino so his dad has no choice but to give him the drink and he finished half of it. Every time we visit Starbucks, my son is in charge of putting the straw on our drinks and he will try every drink that is on the table and if he likes it you have no choice but to wait till he give it back to you. 

So far, he enjoyed the Soy Strawberry Cream Frappuccino and Chocolate Cream Chip Frappuccino (coffee free). My son and I love the Belgian waffle because we both love whipped cream that is the reason why I always order cold beverage so we can enjoy the whipped cream before drinking it.

August 15, 2011 Fruit and Nut Toast 

Yesterday, we’re going to attend 1st birthday party somewhere in Quezon City and because we live in South area we need to leave early. We anticipated the traffic plus our lunch time because the party will start at 1:30PM (according to the invitation) but there was no traffic so we ended up waiting for almost two hours because the party will start at 2PM not 1:30PM. But good thing that Starbucks is just two blocks away from the venue so we decided to have our lunch there.

It’s time to redeem our free beverage again. We’ve got Café Mocha P125, Hazelnut Mocha Frappuccino P155, Sausage Roll P80 and Fruit and Nut Toast P60. I’ve read a lot of good reviews about Fruit and Nut Toast and good thing that it is available in that branch but they almost burned my fruit and nut toast. 

One slice is enough for me, I cannot finish the other slice or maybe because I have limited butter and strawberry jam. Hazelnut Mocha Frappuccino is one of the new beverage, the taste is just ok but there is an after taste that I cannot explain, I guess this is not my type of drink. But my husband enjoyed his Sausage Roll and his favorite drink Café Mocha.

Kudos to the Starbucks Security Guard for his extra mile, this was the first time that someone open the car door for me when I’m about to get off and get in the car. 

September 13, 2011 Ultimate Grilled Cheese

Last weekend while getting my credit card bill online, I’ve read that Starbucks Instant Rewards will end on October 31, 2011. Hmm, the end is near for my Starbucks adventures so I immediately check our charge slips if we have something to redeem. 

We decided to have our breakfast at Starbucks before going to Asian Hospital for my son’s check-up. We redeemed our free beverages, Café Latte P110, Caramel Macchiato P140 and White Chocolate Mocha P140. It was my first time to try Caramel Macchiato and I’ve enjoyed it. We also ordered Cinnamon Swirl P60, Ham and Cheese Croissant P75 and Ultimate Grilled Cheese P140. 

Ultimate Grilled Cheese is one of the new sandwiches of Starbucks; it has six types of cheese such as cheddar, mozzarella, emmenthal, provolone, gruyene, and feta. I felt so disappointed because I was expecting cheese sandwich but when I sliced it, I saw slices of Hungarian Sausage inside. But in spite of my disappointment I still love this sandwich, another alternative for Grilled Ham and Three Cheese. The name is quite deceiving, those people who are not eating meat won’t be happy if they order this. 

September 21, 2011 Creme Brulee Frappucino 

Last weekend, we visited Starbucks to try their new beverages and yummy breakfast options. I ordered Crème Brulee Frappuccino P135 and French Toast P85 while my hubby got his favorite Café Latte P110. 

Crème Brulee Frappuccino is overly sweet so I was not surprised if my son likes it, I patiently waited for him to give me my drink, he almost finish half of it before I was able to taste this drink. There is nothing special on their French Toast with maple syrup; I still like my own version of French toast with cinnamon powder. I was not able to finish the other slice so I shared it with my husband. I will try Iced Crème Brulee Macchiato and Crème Brulee Macchiato on my next visit; I still have few charge slips to use. 

September 26, 2011 Banoffee Pie

I’ve told before that I will try Iced Crème Brulee Macchiato and Crème Brulee Macchiato on my next visit but I’ve changed my mind because I’ve read a lot of negative feedback so I ordered Mocha Frappuccino P135, Soy Strawberry Cream Frappucino P155, Cinnamon Swirl P60 and Banoffee Pie P110.

Banoffee Pie is my all-time favorite. It is a dessert that it is not meant to be shared because I really love this pie, good thing that my hubby and son did not like this.

October 5, 2011 Starbucks Chicken Empanada 

We have HSBC charge slips that will expire this weekend so yesterday we had our breakfast at Starbucks on our way to Ark Avilon Zoo. We redeemed our favorite drinks Café Latte and White Chocolate Mocha and ordered Chicken Empanda P75 and Fruit and Nut Toast P60 + Cream Cheese P20. 

Empanada is not my favorite food but I enjoyed Starbucks Chicken Empanada. It has peas, carrots, potatoes, bell peppers and of course chicken strips. It was indeed a very filling meal. I’ve tried Fruit and Nut Toast before and I’m aware that free butter and jam is not enough for my two slices of bread so I added cream cheese for P20 and was a little bit disappointed because of its size. 

October 25, 2011 Iced Creme Brulee Macchiato 

One week before the deadline of Starbucks Instant Rewards, we redeemed our free beverage. I ordered our all-time favourite Cinnamon Swirl P60, Ensaymada P65, Mocha Frappuccino P135 and tried the new beverage Iced Crème Brulee Macchiato P140. I’ve read not so good reviews about this drink but I want to try it and I have to agree with them because I dislike the taste. I’ve asked my husband to try my drink and he did not like it, too bitter for our taste. 

A creamy mix of crème brûlèe flavoured syrup and freshly steamed milk marked with intense Starbucks espresso, topped with velvety foam with a roasty, dark caramel drizzle on top. 

May 7, 2012 Free Starbucks Beverage

Yay! It’s definitely back! Although I’m not a coffee lover I really love this HSBC Starbucks Promo because I have reason to visit Starbucks. I can try different beverages for free. The best things in life are always free so we always grab this offer.

If you are HSBC cardholder, you can redeem your free tall handcrafted beverage from Starbucks, all you need is a single charge slip worth P2500 and 250 bonus points. Sharing some beverages that we have tried…

Our all-time favorite Mocha Frappuccino (P135) and Strawberry Cream Frappuccino (P155)

We tried Mocha Cookie Crumble (P165) and Iced White Chocolate Mocha (P140). We dislike Iced White Chocolate Mocha but we all love Mocha Cookie Crumble. This is better than Java Chip Frappuccino.

We also tried their blended drinks, Mango Passion fruit (P135) and Raspberry Clack Currant (P135). We didn’t like it, it’s like drinking medicine #IMO, we prefer ordinary shake.

Care to share your favorite drink.