The Seattle mother of two challenged herself to complete the endeavor last year and restricted all her meals to only what she could buy at Starbucks or “Starbucks-inspired” (translation: Starbucks-owned) stores like Roy Street Coffee, Tazo Tea and Evolution Fresh. Yes, even on her birthday and holidays. She did prepare regular food for her children, however.
“WHY? am I doing this challenge? Or WHY? will I do any challenge in the future? Because I LOVE being human and I LOVE the privilege of being able to ask the question WHY? in the first place!” she wrote on her blog at the start last year, via the New York Daily News.
It’s not cheap to eat only at coffee shops, either — she spent around $500 to $600 every month on food, which she photographed along the way.
And then there’s the tongue-numbing boredom of being stuck with a limited menu.
“In the last month, in the last couple weeks, it’s been really difficult. People had pizza at the office last week and I was dying,” she told the NYDN. “I’m happy to be able to eat whatever I want (again).”
To celebrate her culinary freedom, she gnoshed on fish and chips and had a bit of a tough time at first.
“My taste buds have been freaking out for the last 24 hours,” she explained. “Starbucks doesn’t really have anything that’s fried, and you can only eat so much after you haven’t had stuff like that for a year.”
I would’ve bought food at Starbucks and then fried it up as a food disguise, although that might be considered cheating. Or just not restrict myself to one company’s food in the first place, but that’s another matter.
Seattle woman eats nothing but Starbucks food for a year [New York Daily News]