Love was in the air this morning at 7th and Montana as Our Favorite Starbucks paved the way for Valentine's Day with enough "mushy" merchandise to make Cupid blush. My favorite item was the "I Love You" game which, for $7.95, allows you to send Mystery Messages to your loved ones in invisible ink. Personally, I think we should send one to Janice Turner, a columnist for the Times in London, who yesterday launched a blistering attack on Starbucks everywhere in a column entitled "A Tall, Bland Caramel Thing, Please. Why Did We Model Our Coffee Shops on American's Instead of Continental Ones?" In her column, Ms. Turner whines about the quality of a Vanilla and Caramel Latte Macchiato she ordered at a Starbucks in Berlin, calling it "a bland half-pint of milk with as much coffee flavour as if someone sipping an espresso had sneezed over my cup." She bemoans the fact that wherever you are in London, you're never more than five minutes from a Starbucks ("the same," she writes, "can be said of a rat."). Indeed, Ms. Turner, I smell a rat. I've been to the same Starbucks you're complaining about in Berlin, the one near "Checkpoint Charlie," and -- last time I checked -- there weren't any former Gestapo Agents pointing a gun to my head and forcing me to drink a "Tall, Bland Caramel Thing." If you want a cup of coffee, order a cup of coffee. They serve it in the "Continental" style, along with the "small, free delicious biscuit" you seem to crave. As for your complaints that Starbucks has virtually taken over the coffee scene in London, I can sympathize. It must be difficult for you to watch "foreign" food chains and coffee houses thrive in a city so famous for its local cuisine. Last time I was in London, I noticed something missing from the Starbucks display case ... something that just might change your opinion about Starbucks forever. If you have an open mind, I'd be more than happy to send you a Delicious, Mouth-Watering Apple Fritter, straight from the Pastry Shelf at 7th and Montana. Consider it a Valentine's Gift ...!