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Mind Over Meal: The ‘Third Place’ and The Real Value of Starbucks

Mind Over Meal: The ‘Third Place’ and The Real Value of Starbucks

We all need a place where everybody knows your name (or at least writes it on your coffee cups)

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Bars and coffee shops tend to become our "third places," aside from home and work.

We all have a place or two where we can go to escape from home and work, even if only for a half hour. For many people, this place is the local coffee shop or bar — a place where you can kick back with a cup of coffee or a pint, zone out on free wifi, and spend some quality time with friendly folks from all walks of life looking for the same experience. Think Central Perk from Friends or the bar from Cheers. Sociologists call these open, welcoming community spaces that provide a sense of belonging and safety “third places.” A third place offers a different way of experiencing life than the “first place” (home) or the “second place” (work). Increasingly, psychologists are starting to theorize about our relationship to third places and realizing that it has more to do with community then coffee or beer.

Few third places are more successful — or ubiquitous — than Starbucks. Many people, myself included, have relied on Starbucks as our third place for so long that we get separation anxiety when we realize we can’t take our mid-morning walk through this magical, familiar land of free wifi and seasonal lattes. The irony is that we don’t get these feelings because we miss the coffee (or even the wifi), but instead because we miss the feeling of belonging, safety, and community that companies like Starbucks have worked seamlessly into their homey interiors and sociable employees. Indeed, for people constantly isolated from friends and family due to increasing work demands and pressures, having a third place provides social support and community (even if they’re only there to do more work).

So the next time you walk into Starbucks you can feel better knowing that though the lattes may be expensive, that feeling of belonging is priceless.


Banana Oreo Cookies

These are NOT your every day homemade Oreo cookies! Nestled between two crunchy chocolate wafers is a banana filling that will transport you to tropical territory!

Let’s keep it real… Who IS that kid with the Oreo cookie?

Step on over to my space. I’m about to take you back…

Back where it’s OK to guiltlessly eat a sleeve of Oreo cookies and not worry about your hips expanding, Diabetes, or obesity.

Back to a time where dunking cookies during an episode of Thurdercats was the thing, thing.

You remember that, don’t you?

I’m giving you a new sort of childhood. A childhood where variety is king. I’m going full out. Ain’t no half steppin’ this one.

I baked you a nice batch of Oreo cookies. Instead of filling these crunchy chocolate wafers with a delicious sugar filling – I took it up a step or two with a banana filling.

I don’t know how you feel about this – Bananas and chocolate are second to chocolate and peanut butter in my book. Bananas and Nutella are a close third. We’ll leave that for another time. Right now we’re discussing this combo.

The crunchy wafers are as close to the real thing as you can get – Dark chocolate and slightly bitter. The way it should be.

What takes them to unseen levels is a banana filling mixed with fresh bananas and banana fruit powder. You need to be about this banana powder life. It’s a dried situation, ground into powder and the real deal Holyfield. Get it here.

The filling makes enough to double stuff at least half these cookies. You’re going to double stuff. It’s just the nature of things.

You’re going to dunk these in milk. It’s just the nature of things.

You’ll sit close to the TV, as close as you can – ‘Cause you’re a damn grownup now and mom can’t say you’ll go blind. It’s the nature of things.


Banana Oreo Cookies

These are NOT your every day homemade Oreo cookies! Nestled between two crunchy chocolate wafers is a banana filling that will transport you to tropical territory!

Let’s keep it real… Who IS that kid with the Oreo cookie?

Step on over to my space. I’m about to take you back…

Back where it’s OK to guiltlessly eat a sleeve of Oreo cookies and not worry about your hips expanding, Diabetes, or obesity.

Back to a time where dunking cookies during an episode of Thurdercats was the thing, thing.

You remember that, don’t you?

I’m giving you a new sort of childhood. A childhood where variety is king. I’m going full out. Ain’t no half steppin’ this one.

I baked you a nice batch of Oreo cookies. Instead of filling these crunchy chocolate wafers with a delicious sugar filling – I took it up a step or two with a banana filling.

I don’t know how you feel about this – Bananas and chocolate are second to chocolate and peanut butter in my book. Bananas and Nutella are a close third. We’ll leave that for another time. Right now we’re discussing this combo.

The crunchy wafers are as close to the real thing as you can get – Dark chocolate and slightly bitter. The way it should be.

What takes them to unseen levels is a banana filling mixed with fresh bananas and banana fruit powder. You need to be about this banana powder life. It’s a dried situation, ground into powder and the real deal Holyfield. Get it here.

The filling makes enough to double stuff at least half these cookies. You’re going to double stuff. It’s just the nature of things.

You’re going to dunk these in milk. It’s just the nature of things.

You’ll sit close to the TV, as close as you can – ‘Cause you’re a damn grownup now and mom can’t say you’ll go blind. It’s the nature of things.


Banana Oreo Cookies

These are NOT your every day homemade Oreo cookies! Nestled between two crunchy chocolate wafers is a banana filling that will transport you to tropical territory!

Let’s keep it real… Who IS that kid with the Oreo cookie?

Step on over to my space. I’m about to take you back…

Back where it’s OK to guiltlessly eat a sleeve of Oreo cookies and not worry about your hips expanding, Diabetes, or obesity.

Back to a time where dunking cookies during an episode of Thurdercats was the thing, thing.

You remember that, don’t you?

I’m giving you a new sort of childhood. A childhood where variety is king. I’m going full out. Ain’t no half steppin’ this one.

I baked you a nice batch of Oreo cookies. Instead of filling these crunchy chocolate wafers with a delicious sugar filling – I took it up a step or two with a banana filling.

I don’t know how you feel about this – Bananas and chocolate are second to chocolate and peanut butter in my book. Bananas and Nutella are a close third. We’ll leave that for another time. Right now we’re discussing this combo.

The crunchy wafers are as close to the real thing as you can get – Dark chocolate and slightly bitter. The way it should be.

What takes them to unseen levels is a banana filling mixed with fresh bananas and banana fruit powder. You need to be about this banana powder life. It’s a dried situation, ground into powder and the real deal Holyfield. Get it here.

The filling makes enough to double stuff at least half these cookies. You’re going to double stuff. It’s just the nature of things.

You’re going to dunk these in milk. It’s just the nature of things.

You’ll sit close to the TV, as close as you can – ‘Cause you’re a damn grownup now and mom can’t say you’ll go blind. It’s the nature of things.


Banana Oreo Cookies

These are NOT your every day homemade Oreo cookies! Nestled between two crunchy chocolate wafers is a banana filling that will transport you to tropical territory!

Let’s keep it real… Who IS that kid with the Oreo cookie?

Step on over to my space. I’m about to take you back…

Back where it’s OK to guiltlessly eat a sleeve of Oreo cookies and not worry about your hips expanding, Diabetes, or obesity.

Back to a time where dunking cookies during an episode of Thurdercats was the thing, thing.

You remember that, don’t you?

I’m giving you a new sort of childhood. A childhood where variety is king. I’m going full out. Ain’t no half steppin’ this one.

I baked you a nice batch of Oreo cookies. Instead of filling these crunchy chocolate wafers with a delicious sugar filling – I took it up a step or two with a banana filling.

I don’t know how you feel about this – Bananas and chocolate are second to chocolate and peanut butter in my book. Bananas and Nutella are a close third. We’ll leave that for another time. Right now we’re discussing this combo.

The crunchy wafers are as close to the real thing as you can get – Dark chocolate and slightly bitter. The way it should be.

What takes them to unseen levels is a banana filling mixed with fresh bananas and banana fruit powder. You need to be about this banana powder life. It’s a dried situation, ground into powder and the real deal Holyfield. Get it here.

The filling makes enough to double stuff at least half these cookies. You’re going to double stuff. It’s just the nature of things.

You’re going to dunk these in milk. It’s just the nature of things.

You’ll sit close to the TV, as close as you can – ‘Cause you’re a damn grownup now and mom can’t say you’ll go blind. It’s the nature of things.


Banana Oreo Cookies

These are NOT your every day homemade Oreo cookies! Nestled between two crunchy chocolate wafers is a banana filling that will transport you to tropical territory!

Let’s keep it real… Who IS that kid with the Oreo cookie?

Step on over to my space. I’m about to take you back…

Back where it’s OK to guiltlessly eat a sleeve of Oreo cookies and not worry about your hips expanding, Diabetes, or obesity.

Back to a time where dunking cookies during an episode of Thurdercats was the thing, thing.

You remember that, don’t you?

I’m giving you a new sort of childhood. A childhood where variety is king. I’m going full out. Ain’t no half steppin’ this one.

I baked you a nice batch of Oreo cookies. Instead of filling these crunchy chocolate wafers with a delicious sugar filling – I took it up a step or two with a banana filling.

I don’t know how you feel about this – Bananas and chocolate are second to chocolate and peanut butter in my book. Bananas and Nutella are a close third. We’ll leave that for another time. Right now we’re discussing this combo.

The crunchy wafers are as close to the real thing as you can get – Dark chocolate and slightly bitter. The way it should be.

What takes them to unseen levels is a banana filling mixed with fresh bananas and banana fruit powder. You need to be about this banana powder life. It’s a dried situation, ground into powder and the real deal Holyfield. Get it here.

The filling makes enough to double stuff at least half these cookies. You’re going to double stuff. It’s just the nature of things.

You’re going to dunk these in milk. It’s just the nature of things.

You’ll sit close to the TV, as close as you can – ‘Cause you’re a damn grownup now and mom can’t say you’ll go blind. It’s the nature of things.


Banana Oreo Cookies

These are NOT your every day homemade Oreo cookies! Nestled between two crunchy chocolate wafers is a banana filling that will transport you to tropical territory!

Let’s keep it real… Who IS that kid with the Oreo cookie?

Step on over to my space. I’m about to take you back…

Back where it’s OK to guiltlessly eat a sleeve of Oreo cookies and not worry about your hips expanding, Diabetes, or obesity.

Back to a time where dunking cookies during an episode of Thurdercats was the thing, thing.

You remember that, don’t you?

I’m giving you a new sort of childhood. A childhood where variety is king. I’m going full out. Ain’t no half steppin’ this one.

I baked you a nice batch of Oreo cookies. Instead of filling these crunchy chocolate wafers with a delicious sugar filling – I took it up a step or two with a banana filling.

I don’t know how you feel about this – Bananas and chocolate are second to chocolate and peanut butter in my book. Bananas and Nutella are a close third. We’ll leave that for another time. Right now we’re discussing this combo.

The crunchy wafers are as close to the real thing as you can get – Dark chocolate and slightly bitter. The way it should be.

What takes them to unseen levels is a banana filling mixed with fresh bananas and banana fruit powder. You need to be about this banana powder life. It’s a dried situation, ground into powder and the real deal Holyfield. Get it here.

The filling makes enough to double stuff at least half these cookies. You’re going to double stuff. It’s just the nature of things.

You’re going to dunk these in milk. It’s just the nature of things.

You’ll sit close to the TV, as close as you can – ‘Cause you’re a damn grownup now and mom can’t say you’ll go blind. It’s the nature of things.


Banana Oreo Cookies

These are NOT your every day homemade Oreo cookies! Nestled between two crunchy chocolate wafers is a banana filling that will transport you to tropical territory!

Let’s keep it real… Who IS that kid with the Oreo cookie?

Step on over to my space. I’m about to take you back…

Back where it’s OK to guiltlessly eat a sleeve of Oreo cookies and not worry about your hips expanding, Diabetes, or obesity.

Back to a time where dunking cookies during an episode of Thurdercats was the thing, thing.

You remember that, don’t you?

I’m giving you a new sort of childhood. A childhood where variety is king. I’m going full out. Ain’t no half steppin’ this one.

I baked you a nice batch of Oreo cookies. Instead of filling these crunchy chocolate wafers with a delicious sugar filling – I took it up a step or two with a banana filling.

I don’t know how you feel about this – Bananas and chocolate are second to chocolate and peanut butter in my book. Bananas and Nutella are a close third. We’ll leave that for another time. Right now we’re discussing this combo.

The crunchy wafers are as close to the real thing as you can get – Dark chocolate and slightly bitter. The way it should be.

What takes them to unseen levels is a banana filling mixed with fresh bananas and banana fruit powder. You need to be about this banana powder life. It’s a dried situation, ground into powder and the real deal Holyfield. Get it here.

The filling makes enough to double stuff at least half these cookies. You’re going to double stuff. It’s just the nature of things.

You’re going to dunk these in milk. It’s just the nature of things.

You’ll sit close to the TV, as close as you can – ‘Cause you’re a damn grownup now and mom can’t say you’ll go blind. It’s the nature of things.


Banana Oreo Cookies

These are NOT your every day homemade Oreo cookies! Nestled between two crunchy chocolate wafers is a banana filling that will transport you to tropical territory!

Let’s keep it real… Who IS that kid with the Oreo cookie?

Step on over to my space. I’m about to take you back…

Back where it’s OK to guiltlessly eat a sleeve of Oreo cookies and not worry about your hips expanding, Diabetes, or obesity.

Back to a time where dunking cookies during an episode of Thurdercats was the thing, thing.

You remember that, don’t you?

I’m giving you a new sort of childhood. A childhood where variety is king. I’m going full out. Ain’t no half steppin’ this one.

I baked you a nice batch of Oreo cookies. Instead of filling these crunchy chocolate wafers with a delicious sugar filling – I took it up a step or two with a banana filling.

I don’t know how you feel about this – Bananas and chocolate are second to chocolate and peanut butter in my book. Bananas and Nutella are a close third. We’ll leave that for another time. Right now we’re discussing this combo.

The crunchy wafers are as close to the real thing as you can get – Dark chocolate and slightly bitter. The way it should be.

What takes them to unseen levels is a banana filling mixed with fresh bananas and banana fruit powder. You need to be about this banana powder life. It’s a dried situation, ground into powder and the real deal Holyfield. Get it here.

The filling makes enough to double stuff at least half these cookies. You’re going to double stuff. It’s just the nature of things.

You’re going to dunk these in milk. It’s just the nature of things.

You’ll sit close to the TV, as close as you can – ‘Cause you’re a damn grownup now and mom can’t say you’ll go blind. It’s the nature of things.


Banana Oreo Cookies

These are NOT your every day homemade Oreo cookies! Nestled between two crunchy chocolate wafers is a banana filling that will transport you to tropical territory!

Let’s keep it real… Who IS that kid with the Oreo cookie?

Step on over to my space. I’m about to take you back…

Back where it’s OK to guiltlessly eat a sleeve of Oreo cookies and not worry about your hips expanding, Diabetes, or obesity.

Back to a time where dunking cookies during an episode of Thurdercats was the thing, thing.

You remember that, don’t you?

I’m giving you a new sort of childhood. A childhood where variety is king. I’m going full out. Ain’t no half steppin’ this one.

I baked you a nice batch of Oreo cookies. Instead of filling these crunchy chocolate wafers with a delicious sugar filling – I took it up a step or two with a banana filling.

I don’t know how you feel about this – Bananas and chocolate are second to chocolate and peanut butter in my book. Bananas and Nutella are a close third. We’ll leave that for another time. Right now we’re discussing this combo.

The crunchy wafers are as close to the real thing as you can get – Dark chocolate and slightly bitter. The way it should be.

What takes them to unseen levels is a banana filling mixed with fresh bananas and banana fruit powder. You need to be about this banana powder life. It’s a dried situation, ground into powder and the real deal Holyfield. Get it here.

The filling makes enough to double stuff at least half these cookies. You’re going to double stuff. It’s just the nature of things.

You’re going to dunk these in milk. It’s just the nature of things.

You’ll sit close to the TV, as close as you can – ‘Cause you’re a damn grownup now and mom can’t say you’ll go blind. It’s the nature of things.


Banana Oreo Cookies

These are NOT your every day homemade Oreo cookies! Nestled between two crunchy chocolate wafers is a banana filling that will transport you to tropical territory!

Let’s keep it real… Who IS that kid with the Oreo cookie?

Step on over to my space. I’m about to take you back…

Back where it’s OK to guiltlessly eat a sleeve of Oreo cookies and not worry about your hips expanding, Diabetes, or obesity.

Back to a time where dunking cookies during an episode of Thurdercats was the thing, thing.

You remember that, don’t you?

I’m giving you a new sort of childhood. A childhood where variety is king. I’m going full out. Ain’t no half steppin’ this one.

I baked you a nice batch of Oreo cookies. Instead of filling these crunchy chocolate wafers with a delicious sugar filling – I took it up a step or two with a banana filling.

I don’t know how you feel about this – Bananas and chocolate are second to chocolate and peanut butter in my book. Bananas and Nutella are a close third. We’ll leave that for another time. Right now we’re discussing this combo.

The crunchy wafers are as close to the real thing as you can get – Dark chocolate and slightly bitter. The way it should be.

What takes them to unseen levels is a banana filling mixed with fresh bananas and banana fruit powder. You need to be about this banana powder life. It’s a dried situation, ground into powder and the real deal Holyfield. Get it here.

The filling makes enough to double stuff at least half these cookies. You’re going to double stuff. It’s just the nature of things.

You’re going to dunk these in milk. It’s just the nature of things.

You’ll sit close to the TV, as close as you can – ‘Cause you’re a damn grownup now and mom can’t say you’ll go blind. It’s the nature of things.