Mouthful of Sunshine

Satisfaction in every bite

On the Need for Paninis: Part VIII – Starbucks

on November 18, 2012

ImageNovember 8, 2012
Starbucks, Philadelphia PA
Roasted Tomato & Mozzarella Panini
Cinnamon Chip Scone
Cinnamon Roll
Marble Pound Cake
Reduced-Fat Very Berry Coffee Cake
Chocolate Hazelnut Tart
Brown Sugar Walnut Tart

It is so relaxing just to sit in Starbucks for an hour or two, playing games on the iPad, sipping coffee, and munching on delicious treats. What is even better is that you emerge smelling like coffee for the rest of the day… so cozy. It was National Cappuccino Day so I decided to bring hang out in the busy café for a while, indulging in the traditional espresso beverage.Image

The Cappuccino had a nice layer f foam and tasted strongly of espresso shots. However, used to my regular sweetened beverages, it was quite bitter at first. Since it was skim milk, it was not exactly rich and thick either. While I still think lattes of any type is better, I must say this was a decent cup of cappuccino.Image

The Roasted Mozzarella & Tomato Panini was delicious. I love the spinach and pesto, as well as the very flavorful sundried tomato. When I say flavorful, i mean flavorful. Those little red bites packed in such a sour but tasty kick. The focaccia bread did not have too much f a crunch since it was toasted instead of warmed up in a panini press. It was kid of chewy but still nice though. My favorite part was the gooey, stringy fresh mozzarella. This is a cheese that will not get overwhelming because it is so light and chewy. Overall, it was great for a light lunch.Image

The Cinnamon Chip Scone was very scrumptious. The nuts of sugary cinnamon throughout really provided adequate sweetness and spice. The icing was nice. The scone itself was crumbly but not exactly dry. It is a very odd texture since crumbly usually goes with dry. I loved it; it was neither too sweet nor bland, just perfectly cinnamon-y.Image

The recently re-released Cinnamon Roll, especially after being heat up, was absolutely amazing. The cinnamon and sugary mix between the layers of soft, airy dough was delicious. My favorite part was by far the sticky, sugary, and gooey icing almost dripping over the side. I got into somewhat of a sticky mess as I indulged bite after bite in the wonderful and warm treat. It is so comforting and certainly one of the best iced cinnamon buns I have ever had.Image

The Reduced-Fat Very Berry Coffee Cake was full of tangy, juicy blueberries, raspberries, and cranberries. The cake was moist, light and airy, and where the berries were, it was even soggier. However, that just made it very refreshing as far as cakes go. I was not too pleased with the buttery crumble on top as it lacked sweetness, but it was not overly buttery either.ImageImage

The Chocolate Hazelnut Tart was not the greatest treat ever. The chocolate filling was only semisweet and had a very light hazelnut aroma. I found the tart shell to be slightly dry and not sweet enough. It was just a light buttery taste that sort of overwhelmed the chocolate. As a little bite, it was pleasant but not amazing.

The Brown Sugar Walnut Tart was a slightly better petite dessert. The brown sugar and walnut mixture was sweeter and had a crunch thanks to the walnuts. The shell was again a little on the buttery and bland side but at least the filling was sweeter. This is more of a fall treat than a winter treat in my opinion, but they offer it year round for you to indulge in.Image

Sipping coffee and savoring every bite of delicious desserts just makes school work that much more appealing and bearable. It is simply one of the best remedies when I feel like getting out of the comfort of my room. Nothing screams “enjoy every moment” more than that of a great Starbucks café atmosphere. Image


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