Holiday Drinks and Food from Starbucks are Here

[Cover Photo] (Photo Credit: Starbucks)

You know the holidays are close when you have the holiday movies on Hallmark Channel, Mariah Carey releasing her kickoff video for the holidays and now to top it all off Starbucks holiday red cups are here.

The popular coffee chain announced on Nov. 3, 2021, that their annual red cups will make their return to stores on Nov. 4, 2021. In a press release from Suzie Reecer, Starbucks associate creative director she shared “This holiday, we wanted it to feel magical, we wanted it to be warm, and we wanted it to be inclusive. Our goal was to really bring joy to every customer and every partner.”

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She continued “The 2021 red cup designs, inspired by all the gifts of the season. They wrapped each of the four cup designs in classic shades of red, green, and white with hints of frosty lilac. As a finishing touch, they added a little gift tag on the back of each cup to create room for a cheerful message.”

Starbucks Holiday Menu this year includes

  • Peppermint Mocha
  • Toasted White Chocolate Mocha
  • Caramel Brulee Latte
  • Chestnut Praline Latte
  • Irish Cream Cold Brew

We also have a new drink joining the line-up this year. A new Iced Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte. Available both iced and hot has a taste of home-baked holiday cookies and according to Starbucks features sugar cookie-flavored syrup and Starbucks Blonde Espresso all topped with red and green sprinkles. Yum.

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Holiday food items hitting the pastry case include:

  • A Reindeer Cake Pop
  • Sugar Plum Cheese Danish
  • Cranberry Bliss Bar
  • Snowman Cookie

With finals season around the corner, will you be trying any of the new Starbucks menu items to get you through? Let me know by hitting me up on Twitter or Instagram.

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Gas Prices Continue to Rise in San Diego

Bad news for commuters to campus each day. Prices for Gasoline in San Diego County continue to rise.

The average price increased for 16 consecutive days and as of Sunday prices advertised around the county were at $4.502, the highest we’ve seen since October 19, 2012, according to AAA and the Oil Price Information Service.

The rise in gas prices is caused by high crude oil prices. The price of a barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose six of the past seven trading sessions.

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The crude oil price has increased 134% from its 52-week low of $35.79 on October 30, 2020, because of higher demand following looser restrictions from the COVID-19 stay-at-home order.

Typically around this time of the year has prices tend to drop a little bit but that is not the case. Another reason for the increase according to Jeffery Spring with the Automobile Club of Southern California “There are more people on the road. Increased industry, increased demand for the product over the last few months it’s requiring more transportation needs, which means more gasoline and diesel but just pushing the demand for fuel products up more than expected.”

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Where to Watch Fireworks for 4th of July

Fourth of July is tomorrow, and now is the time to finalize (or start making) those Fourth of July plans by scheduling where you will watch fireworks.

Here is a list of some areas where you can check out fireworks to close out the holiday.

San Diego Bay: The Big Bay Boom is back after taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The free firework show begins at 9 pm sharp. You can catch this memorable show at one of the four barges off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero, and Seaport Village/Coronado Landing. More information available here.

Santee: As part of their annual Fourth of July event with food vendors, a concert, and a patriotic ceremony, Santee Salutes will conclude their event with Dual firework displays scheduled at 9 pm on July 4.

Oceanside: The Oceanside area will celebrate their firework show a day early, with their display happening on Saturday, July 3 at 9 pm. Activities before the display include music entertainment and food vendors. The viewing area for fireworks is on Rancho Del Oro Drive. For more information on the fireworks, visit their website here.

Sea World (Central San Diego): Sea World will host the Independence Day Fireworks spectacular at SeaWorld. The 15-minute firework display is set to a patriotic soundtrack. For more information, check out the details here.

Camp Pendleton: Camp Pendleton will host a Beach Bash fireworks show beginning at 9:00 pm located at Del Mar Beach. Festivities before the fireworks run 6:00 am – 10:00 pm. The event is open to military families. Additionally, civilians are welcome with authorized personnel.

Coronado: The annual Coronado July 4th Celebration fireworks begin at 9 pm at Spreckels Park, and then the Big Bay Boom will be at Gloriette Bay. The Coronado Times reports that the traffic is heavy, so plan to walk or bike around Downtown Coronado. 

Escondido: Fireworks in the City of Escondido will begin at 9 pm. Traditionally the City has a large-scale event, however, this year will be fireworks only available for viewing from the Woodward Avenue parking lot with Grape Day Park remaining open past dusk, standard regulations remain in effect. Click here for more information. 

Del Mar: San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration fireworks light up the sky beginning at 9 pm from the Del Mar Fairgrounds. For more information, check out their website here. 

Vista: The City of Vista 4th of July celebration starts at 9 pm, taking place at Brengle Terrace Park at 1200 Vale Terrace Drive. The park will open at 5 pm with a BBQ dinner taking place from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. For more information, please visit their website here

Fireworks by Warren Tobias on UnSplash

El Cajon: Fireworks in the City of El Cajon start at 9 pm at Kennedy Park with festivities starting at 1 pm. Kennedy Park located at 1675 E. Madison Ave. Visit their website here for more information. 

Poway: Fireworks in Poway will be at Poway High School and Poway Sportsplex. For more information, please visit their website

Carlsbad: 4th of July at Legoland is back. The Red, White & Boom! Will include an All American family picnic, relay race, live performances, and firework show. To learn more, vist their website

Rancho Bernardo: If you’re in the Rancho Bernardo area, fireworks begin at 9 pm and located at Rancho Bernardo High School. Click here for more information. 

Ramona: Fireworks in the Ramona area will start at 9 pm at Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Lane. For more information, visit the following link

Don’t feel like going out to watch fireworks? You can catch them directly from the comfort of your home. Fox 5 San Diego will have coverage of the Big Bay Boom beginning at 8 pm with fireworks launching at 9pm. For more information, please visit Fox 5 San Diego here

Please be safe and have a great 4th of July.

Cover Photo: Big Bay Boom! By Wilson Ye

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA