SINGAPORE - Some Straits Times readers made their way down to Starbucks at Wheelock Place bright and early on Monday morning (Nov 28) before 8am for free green tea latte and to meet Straits Times' food writers Tan Hsueh Yun and Wong Ah Yoke.
The first readers arrived at about 7.30am. Among them was retiree Frances Yong, 64, who had read about the website's launch in the paper last week.
Madam Yong said: "I always go to ST for good food and for ideas on where to eat."
Others who turned up include those who work in the Orchard and Newton area.
Early birds were also presented with ST tumblers and notebooks, as well as copies of ST's instant noodle cookbook, Cook Mee.
Manager Kelvin Chan, 49, and his son Ken, 16, a student, were excited to meet ST's food experts.
The older Mr Chan said: "I like that ST's food writers actually review the food. This gives us a better idea of what to expect. It is through their expertise that we learn to appreciate food better."
There are a total of 500 cups of Starbucks Teavana Red Ribbon Green Tea Latte to be given away this morning at Starbucks outlets in the Orchard Road area.
Drinks at Starbucks Wheelock Place have been fully redeemed but there are still limited cups available at Starbucks' four other participating outlets at The Centrepoint, Ion Orchard, Paragon Shopping Centre and Wisma Atria, as of 11.30am.
The free drinks are the first of five days of giveaways, from today till Friday, as part of the launch of ST's new food website straitstimesfood.com.