On a sweltering Dubai afternoon, I arrived at the office after a day out and about, hot and sweaty, drained of energy and in the need of a thirst quenching treat.
It's not uncommon, and the nearby Starbucks is a regular saviour as I choose between an Iced Vanilla Latte or a Mocha Frappuccino.
I was clear that today was a Frappacino day, and headed toward the counter with my specific order rehearsed and ready to spout out, but I was thrown off track by the new poster I saw as I entered!
Now I am a creature of habit, and new tempting offerings at my regular haunts usually throw me. "Should I change to this new thing and risk having a poor experience, or do I stick with my trusted order and be sure in what I will get!" is the question that would constantly run around in my head in such a circumstance.
But not today! This just made so much sense. So with complete confidence I ordered my Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino - with skimmed milk and no whipped cream ... and it was delicious.
As I walked out in the baking hot midday sun to reach my office, that cool refreshing taste was perfect to take the edge of the 40 degree heat.
At 22 dhirams ($6), that's a lot of money for a cold non alcoholic drink, but it was marketed so well and hit the spot just when I needed it. ... It was every penny!