December 31, 2012
Starbucks, Honolulu HI
Starbucks Hawaii Oat Cake
Zucchini Walnut Muffin
Before heading for another round of frozen yogurt after shopping while Dad stayed back at the hotel to do some work, Mom and I dropped by Starbucks to see if there was any specials. There was, and I got them, as well as a Hawaii gift card!
The Starbucks Hawaii Oat Cake was scrumptious. It was dense and filled with lots of oats and berries. It was like a lighter, oat-ier version of the traditional Chinese pastry called tanghuoshao (糖火烧). It was dense and rather old-school. It was not visually appealing in any sense but very tasty, with great ingredients hastily assembled and baked. My first oatcake and it was good.
The Zucchini Walnut Muffin, though not a Hawaiian special, was hard to find in the Starbucks in Washington and Philadelphia. I have never seen it anywhere although it was always on the online menu. It was a very light, non-sweet muffin, thanks to the zucchini. It had a pale olive green tone that was not exactly appetizing but tasted fresh and light. The walnuts added a nice crunch.
Finally, Mom appeared to think the muffin was okay. Thanks, Starbucks. It is always great to find some regional specialties; in North America, there are only so many special options to choose from.