I know that Starbucks isn't a candy or sweet, but it's definitely one of the most iconic things to come out of Seattle. And it's where many people around the world get their daily dose of sweets.
Seattle is a long and narrow city because it sits between a lake and the Puget Sound. The cultural heart of the city is in the center. However, if you head to the south you'll find all of the industrial buildings. You'll find cranes sprawling over the water. You'll see shipping containers and boats coming in at the port. You'll also see a tall, brick building. On the roof of this brick building, you'll see giant eyes peering over the top. The eyes of the iconic Starbucks mermaid.
It has become a stereotype in Seattle that you'll find two Starbucks on every corner. And it's absolutely true. During this time of year as I'm sitting in Ecuador, I think back to what it's like to live in Seattle in the cold weather.
Everyone is wrapped up in sweaters, boots, and scarves. The snow is swirling around your face and the slush is thick on the ground. But you feel warm as you clutch the steaming cup of Starbucks coffee in your hand while you walk to work. It's so very Seattle.