Icon – Penang 2

Starbucks Icon – Penang v2 is the second State mug released for Malaysia recently. This makes it the 446th mug in the Icon collection!
Penang is located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It actually consists of two parts: Penang Island and Seberang Perai on the Malay Peninsula. These two are divided by the waters of the Malacca Strait and linked by two bridges. George Town is the capital of the state, located on Penang Island.
The Penang is considered an architectural gem of Malaysia.… Read more

Icon – Sabah 2

I thought Starbucks is going to stick to the nice number of 444 mugs for the Icon collection, however, the company decided to surprise us with the release of two new Malaysian Icons. Here is the first one from the pair – Starbucks Icon – Sabah v2.
Sabah is a state in the north of Borneo Island, Malaysia. Kota Kinabalu is the capital city, the economic center, and the seat of the state government.
The flower on the front of the mug is Rafflesia, a parasitic flowering plant, which has no stems, leaves, or roots.… Read more

Been There – Mississippi

This is one of the few rare cases when version 1 of the mug is added after version 2. That’s because no one was sure exactly, whether Starbucks Been There – Mississippi v1 existed, till now. There were some rumors, of course, plus the fact that Mississippi was one of the last state mugs to be released. It now became obvious that the delay was caused by errors found on the mug which had to be recalled and replaced with the “fixed” version.… Read more

Been There – Queretaro

Starbucks Been There – Querétaro is a mug for one of the smallest states in Mexico. Its capital city is Santiago de Querétaro.
– Aqueduct of Querétaro (in El Marqués municipality) supplied water to Querétaro for centuries. It still functions, bringing water for fountains in the historical center.
– La Fuente de El Marqués, a.k.a. “La fuente de los perros o perritos” (“fountain with dogs and puppies”) commemorates Don Juan Antonio de Urrutia y Arana, Marques de la Villa del Villar del Aguila city’s benefactor, who financed the construction of the aqueduct.… Read more

Been There – Puebla

Starbucks Been There – Puebla is a state and city mug from Mexico. Puebla de Zaragoza is the capital and the largest city of Puebla state, giving the latter its name. The city was founded in 1531 in an area called Cuetlaxcoapan, which means “where serpents change their skin”, to secure the trade route between Mexico City and the port of Veracruz.
Here are some elements from the mug, which the state is famous for:
– China Poblana was a combination of a skirt, shawl and blouse meant to compliment a woman’s figure, a dress style traditional to the region of Pueblo in the 18th century.… Read more

Been There – Oaxaca

Starbucks Been There – Oaxaca is a mug for a state in Southwestern Mexico. The state is best known for its indigenous peoples and cultures who have survived better than most others in México due to the state’s rugged and isolating terrain. The most numerous and best known are the Zapotecs and the Mixtecs.
The state is a popular destination for tourists attracted to its archeological sites such as Monte Albán, the pyramid complex from which you can see on the back of the mug.… Read more

Been There – Zacatecas

Starbucks Been There – Zacatecas is a state mug from Mexico. Zacatecas is best known for its silver mines which made it one of the main economic centers of Nueva España. Its colonial architecture and its big contribution to the Mexican Revolution are other milestones of the state and the city. The name comes from Nahuatl, means “people who live on the edge of the field” and was given to inhabitants of the region by their neighbors.
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Been There – Chiapas

Starbucks Been There – Chiapas is a mug for the southernmost state of Mexico. It borders with Guatemala to the east and southeast and has a coastline along the Pacific Ocean to the south.
Chiapas is home to the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque, which can be seen on the back of the mug. Also anciently known as Lakamha (literally: “Big Water”), it was a Maya city that flourished in the 7th century but experienced decline later and was absorbed by the jungle.… Read more

Been There – West Virginia 2

Starbucks is finally switching from “PANHANDLE STATE” to “THE MOUNTAIN STATE” with the release of Been There – West Virginia v2 mug. I’ve mentioned this strange choice when reviewed v1 ornament. And even though West Virginia has two panhandles, Eastern Panhandle and the Northern Panhandle (which is a piece of land similar to a peninsula in shape), I think the use of the official nickname makes much more sense. West Virginia is located entirely within the Appalachian Mountains with Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Pocahontas County being the largest winter resort in the Mid-Atlantic region

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