December 28, 2012
Starbucks, Richmond BC
Holiday Turkey Sandwich
Raisin Bran Muffin
Lemon Poppyseed Loaf
The Holiday Turkey Sandwich was actually different from the Grandma’s Turkey Sandwich you can find in the States. This one was sliced turkey breast, stuffing, reduced-fat dressing, lettuce, and cranberry sauce on rosemary focaccia. The turkey was fresh and light and the stuffing well seasoned. I love the mushy texture of stuffing. The cranberry sauce was served on the side and it tasted very tart and sweet. The focaccia was the most disappointing. It does not hold up to refrigeration very well and the rosemary aroma was almost non-existent. The texture of the bread was dry and crumbly, not that great at all, despite the good-tasting ingredients inside.
The Raisin Bran Muffin was surprisingly unsweetened. The texture was rough from the bran and yet, it was still moist, slightly airy, but also slightly dense, like a muffin should be. It could have been sweeter but the way it tasted really helped the juicy, sweet raisins to stand out.
The Lemon Poppyseed Loaf had always been one of my favourites. It is quite refreshing from the tartness of the lemon. The poppyseeds do not have much flavour but I love the little crunchy devils that want to get in between your teeth. The sugar glaze made it slightly sweeter but not by much.
Starbucks need to figure out how to not rely on the fridge to keep their foods fresh. I would rather not have my cakes, sandwiches, and other goodies at colder-than-room-temperature levels.