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Sunday Snack – Steveston Bakery

July 14, 2013
Steveston Bakery, Richmond BC
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Strawberry, Spinach, Feta, Pecan Salad
Tuxedo Cake

Nanaimo Bar
Blueberry Scone
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ImageAfter staying inside all day, I decided to venture out and grab a late afternoon snack at Steveston Bakery. There were a couple of people who came in to buy some baked goods and two other ladies drinking tea at a table. Considering it was an hour before closing on a Sunday, it was pretty good. 

My Strawberry, Spinach, Feta, Pecan Salad, at $2.50 for a small, was really good. The quality and the size together would have easily cost double in most casual restaurants. The dressing was tangy and light, and everything was just very fresh.Image

The Tuxedo Cake was also delicious, not too sweet with cake that was soft and moist. I loved the multi-layered treat, especially the shaved chocolate on the side and the chocolate frosting layer on top.Image

The Nanaimo Bar was wonderful as well. It was a perfect amount of sweetness that did not leave you grossed out. I loved the custard and the coconut chocolate bar layer on the bottom was not overly greasy and dense. Image

Finally, the Blueberry Scone, being a day-old item, was a little disappointing. It was okay but not buttery enough or light enough. It was just overall quite bland. It was still fresh enough, though.

The service was extremely friendly; the two girls behind the counter were eager to answer any questions and served everyone with a smile, making it a nice end to a day. 

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Sayonara, Shinjuku – Starbucks

March 9, 2013
Starbucks, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
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ダーク モカ チップ フラペチーノ (Dark Mocha Chip Frappuccino Blended Coffee)
ほうれん草とハムのキッシュ (Spinach & Ham Quiche)
メイプルクリームの全粒粉スコーン (Maple Cream & Whole Grain Scone)
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ImageThere were still so many things to try at Starbucks and I knew I could not get to all of them. So, I had to be selective for my final breakfast in Tokyo.

The ダーク モカ チップ フラペチーノ (Dark Mocha Chip Frappuccino Blended Coffee) was incredibly good. It had the sweetness of the chocolate in the mocha sauce but it was also made from dark chocolate, giving it a slightly bitter but richer taste to it. The ice was blended finely and the drink was not overly sweet. The whip cream was quite watery and not as greasy as back in the US. I really liked that. It was a finely made drink.Image

The ほうれん草とハムのキッシュ (Spinach & Ham Quiche) was also delicious. The pastry was flaky and buttery, although it was a bit hard to cut into with a fork. The egg and spinach filling was so good that I wished there were more of it. The ham was savoury and I enjoyed the vegetable stems inside. However, I also got large pieces of potatoes under the ham, which just made it creamy but slightly bland.Image

The メイプルクリームの全粒粉スコーン (Maple Cream & Whole Grain Scone) was better than I expected. It was just whole grain scone with a little bit of maple cream spread into the middle. I wanted more of the sweet cream, but for what was there, the maple aroma was strong. The whole grain scone itself was crumbly but slightly dry. However, it was sweet and for that, I loved it.Image

My last visit to a Japan Starbucks for at least quite a while was definitely a good one. Starbucks service is already great to begin with. Add to that a country that prides itself on the respectful culture, you have got a café with perhaps the best service around.

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Vanilla All Spiced Up – Starbucks

ImageFebruary 8, 2013
Starbucks, Philadelphia PA
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Vanilla Spice Latte
Turkey Rustico Panini
Cheesecake Brownie 
Petite Vanilla Bean Scone
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Unfortunately, Starbucks rewards expires sooner or later. Being so busy, I literally left it till the last day to redeem mine but it allowed me to go sit in a cafe for a while and de-stress and unwind. There is nothing more lovely sometimes than smelling coffee on your jacket for the rest of the evening. That aroma is just lovely.

If there was one thing I disliked about the Vanilla Spice Latte, it would be that there was no skinny option, or rather a sugar-free vanilla spice syrup. Besides that, I found it to be so much better than your regular vanilla latte. The spice really brought out the sweet, aromatic vanilla bean flavour since it provided contrast to that mild but definitely present spice. It was quite sweet but very flavourful.Image

The new Turkey Rustico Panini was actually really delicious. The wheat focaccia was toasted nicely and I loved the crunch of the sesame seeds on top. The turkey was sliced thin but had a generous portion. It tasted quite fresh. I loved the wilted baby kale with the sweet onion marmalade. They melted into the smoked Swiss cheese nicely. The Dijon mustard was a bit overpowering compared to the rest of the flavours. The mustard seeds were just a bit on the strong side.Image

Also new was the Cheesecake Brownie. It was literally half cheesecake, half fudge brownie, with some swirled fudge on top. I guess I was just expecting a thin layer of cream cheese topping but instead, I got sweet, creamy, and thick cheesecake. It was actually really good, especially with the fudge. The brownie on the bottom was very dense and the chocolate flavour was very strong. The whole thing was somewhat greasy and very dense, but still very good. I loved the chewiness.Image

The Petite Vanilla Bean Scone owed all its flavours to the vanilla bean glaze. It had that sweet aroma I was looking for. The scone itself was buttery, flaky, and crumbly but lacked much flavour overall.

Starbucks customer service is always so good. I think that is why reason people keep on going back. Whatever you need, they will get it for you. Oh, and did I mention free refills of regular brewed coffee for all registered card holders? 

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Chubby Portobello – Così

February 4, 2013
Così, Philadelphia PA
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T.B.M. Squagel
Così Break Bar
Stuffed Portobello Bowl
Lobster Sandwich
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin
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ImageCosì will now be my go-to place when I want a fast but quality breakfast sandwich. Oh, and keep in mind, they also serve great, fresh sandwiches, grain bowls, soups, and dessert bars. The atmosphere at 10 a.m. was so relaxing, quiet, but still upscale and not like a quirky neighborhood café.Image

I ordered a T.B.M. Squagel on the new Sun-dried Tomato and Parmesan Squagel. Silly me forgot to ask for egg whites, so on my square bagel – thus squagel – I got lots of fluffy regular scrambled eggs. They were really good and hot. The tomato did not have too much of the tangy goodness of ripe tomatoes but they are not in season anyways. The mozzarella was light and fresh and while the Così dressing was not very distinctive, the fresh basil leaves were. The sun-dried tomato on the squagel was kind of dry and crumbly but went well with the hardened Parmesan shreds.Image

The Così Break Bar was also quite delicious. It was a mix of pumpkin seeds, pistachios, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds bound together with a sweet, syrup or honey-like concoction that has hardened. It was hearty, full of quality ingredients, but also really crunchy and hard. While it was very sweet, you could still taste the individual flavours of the various components.Image

It was National Stuffed Mushroom Day so I went with one of their new entrée items, the Stuffed Portobello Bowl. It consisted of a large roasted Portobello mushroom with a slice of fresh mozzarella, something similar to a sweet tomato chutney, and some chopped basil leaves. On the bottom was a bed of different grains and roasted vegetables that included squash, zucchini, red bell peppers, and cauliflower. I loved the mushroom but it, along with the vegetables, were too greasy for me. Vegetables do not need that much oil when being roasted. This oil also drizzled down to the grains, coating them in a layer of grease. The tomato topping was delicious with the mozzarella and basil, though.Image

Another limited-time item was the Lobster Sandwich. This was just a premade lobster salad that had large pieces of tender and sweet claw meat with crunchy, refreshing diced celery. I found the shredded romaine bland, though, and did not add much texture either. It was very creamy so the celery was certainly appreciated. While it was fresh, the herbs in the lobster salad were not prominent. The flatbread was very chewy, which I really liked.Image

For dessert, I had a Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin. This was one of the best double chocolate muffins I have had. It was dense, moist, rich, and sweet, despite the cocoa flavour not being too strong. It had less of the bitter dark chocolate flavour that I am not a huge fan of.

I will give them credit for setting up a rewards system that is based on the type and number of items purchased, unlike how Starbucks does theirs by the number of transactions. Così’s way makes so much more sense.

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Seeking Out Our Staple – Starbucks

ImageDecember 19, 2012
Starbucks, Minneapolis MN
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Double Chocolate Muffin
Iced Chocolate Chip Scone
Southwest Chipotle Grilled Chicken
Oatmeal Raisin Cran Cookie
Iced Cranberry Orange Scone
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Still hungry by the time I got to Minneapolis, I went to check out Starbucks. Their special locations – especially airports – have a different food menu and so are always interesting.

First was the Double Chocolate Muffin. There were a decent amount of chocolate chunks in this muffin but overall, I found it to be bland. It was not sweet enough and the chocolate flavour could have been a lot more prominent. The muffin had good texture, at least; the inside was dense, moist, and soft.Image

The Iced Chocolate Chip Scone was also just okay to me. The chocolate chips and chocolate icing drizzle were nice but the scone base was just buttery. It was very fresh, to be sure, and had a good crumbly texture. However, I do not think a little more sugar and a little less butter would hurt.Image

I wanted my Southwest Chipotle Grilled Chicken sandwich toasted but the barista informed me they do not toast any sandwiches at this location. Still, I got it, as I needed lunch. For over $8 after tax, it was comparable to all the other options at the airport. The grilled chicken breast was a little dry and flavorless in the middle. However, the chipotle pesto gave the sandwich a decent flavour, slightly spiced. The romaine was actually a nice addition to the sandwich. The French baguette should have been good but because it was refrigerated, it was cold and crumbly instead of chewy and soft.Image

The Oatmeal Raisin Cran Cookie was my favourite item this time around. The raisins were juicy and sweet while the cranberries were tart. The oatmeal cookie itself was so soft and chewy it was extremely delicious. The texture and taste were both everything you can expect from a cookie that is not fresh out of the oven.Image

Finally, the Iced Cranberry Orange Scone was better than the chocolate chip one. Even though it had the same crumbly, buttery base, the orange drizzle and cranberries scattered throughout provided a tartness to cut through the rich, buttery base. That gave it more layers to the flavour.

Starbucks is literally a North American staple, found in every city, around every downtown corner, and you can be sure to see a few at every airport. So, Starbucks lovers, have no fear for you will always get what you crave the most!

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Sausage and Sweets – Starbucks


12-12-02 - Chicken Sausage Breakfast Wrap(1) - StarbucksDecember 2, 2012

Starbucks, New York NY/Philadelphia PA
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Chicken Sausage Breakfast Wrap
Banana Walnut Bread
Mallorca Sweet Bread
Raspberry Scone
Apple Pie
Cherry Pie
Apple Fritter
Grandma’s Turkey Sandwich
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Instead of having bagels again the next morning, I opted for Starbucks. Not just in the morning either but rather throughout the day. Conveniently, one was located just across the street from the competition venue. Also, since it is New York, the quality of the café was quite decent. I also happen to pass by a Starbucks once I got back to Philly so I decided to get a quick dinner from there as well. All in all, it was just a Starbucks kind of day.

12-12-02 - Chicken Sausage Breakfast Wrap(2) - StarbucksI started my morning with the Chicken Sausage Breakfast Wrap. It was toasted and came out piping hot. The wheat tortilla was warming, surrounding melted, gooey cheese, chicken sausage, and eggs. The cheese and the sausage were both very flavourful. The sausage was especially nicely seasoned and tender. The eggs were great and everything came together for one delicious breakfast wrap.12-12-02 - Banana Walnut Bread - Starbucks

The Banana Walnut Bread was sweet and nutty. The banana flavour was that of a sweet and ripened fruit. The cake was moist yet dense and studded with crunchy nuts. The slightest tinge of bitterness was almost masked by the banana flavour but not quite.12-12-02 - Mallorca Sweet Bread - Starbucks

The Mallorca Sweet Bread was bite after bite of scrumptiousness. It was very doughy and chewy, moist and sticky at the same time. The powder sugar on top was not very sweet and kind of stuck to my mouth a bit. However, it was not the kind that you eat and end up covered in powder sugar. It was rich in a very non-buttery kind of way.

12-12-02 - Raspberry Scone - StarbucksThe Raspberry Scone was rather disappointing. The scone itself was not very sweet but rather buttery. The raspberries were not that plentiful and they were not extremely juicy either. They did have that raspberry bitterness but it was not masked nicely by the sugar on top. It was a little bland, a little too buttery, and a little too dry for me.

The Apple Pie was rightfully eaten. The previous day was National Red Apple Day and National Pie Day. The next day was National Apple Pie Day. No matter how you look at it, it was apples and pies. This mini pie packed in a ton of flavour. The sweet and tangy apple mixture with a touch of cinnamon worked well in the crumbly pie crust that was slightly buttery.12-12-02 - Apple PIe - Starbucks

The Cherry Pie was the other petite pie Starbucks offers. The cherry filling was rather artificial tasting, though, and not very sweet or strong of any flavour. Thus, the crust to filling ratio was a little high for me. The bright red seemed to suggest a strong cherry flavour but I got none of that. However, it was still a nice small bite in the evening.12-12-02 - Cherry Pie - Starbucks

I also got the Apple Fritter since it was National Fritters Day. What is with all these apple treats around the beginning of December of all times? The last one in the case, it was left out too long. The apple and cinnamon flavours were there and the sugar glaze was good and sweet. The doughnut itself was dry, though. I did like the few mini slices of apple I got and wished there were more of those embedded throughout.

Finally, for dinner, I had Grandma’s Turkey Sandwich. It was a rather good sandwich. The wheat bread was hearty and fresh. The turkey breast was slightly dry and bland but the well-seasoned stuffing made up for it, as did the sweet and tasty cranberry sauce, with juicy cranberries clearly distinguishable inside. I did not touch the mayonnaise as the cranberry sauce and stuffing gave the sandwich enough flavour already.
12-12-02 - Apple Fritter - Starbucks

Quality food? Check… at least when it is not left out on display for too long. Starbucks seems to have a way of providing fresh offers despite the cafes not having capabilities to freshly bake the goodies on the premises. Taking this into consideration, they clearly offer some of the best café goodies at comparable prices.
12-12-02 - Grandma's Turkey Sandwich - Starbucks

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Ginger All the Way – Starbucks

 

ImageNovember 15, 2012
Starbucks, Philadelphia PA
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Caramel Brulée Latte
Gingerbread Latte
Turkey Bacon & White Cheddar Classic Breakfast Sandwich
Holiday Gingerbread
Frosted Snowman Cookie 
Starbucks Classic Coffee Cake
Blueberry Scone
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The holidays are finally here! Starbucks is still keeping up with their tradition of holiday beverages, served in warming little cafés decked out in cozy holiday décor. Image

The Caramel Brulée Latte is by far my favorite Starbucks hand-crafted beverage. The caramel brulée syrup is so rich and sweet, with a very strong torched caramel flavor. With espresso shots and coffee aromas, it is one of my must holiday indulgences. The crunchy caramel sugar bits on top were a great addition!

 

This was my first time trying the Gingerbread Latte. It was not very sweet but with a rather rich gingerbread flavor. However, it was not too strong that it became overwhelming. Instead, it was aromatic and with a rich coffee aroma. Image

The Turkey Bacon White Cheddar Classic Breakfast Sandwich was toasted to perfection. The whole grain English muffin-like bread was soft and aromatic, especially with the melted white cheddar cheese. The egg whites were light and fluffy, a perfect complement to the cheese. The turkey bacon was savory and crispy. It was certainly a quality, satisfying breakfast sandwich!Image

The Holiday Gingerbread is another holiday classic and a must-have every year. The gingerbread loaf was very soft and moist while dense enough to be slightly chewy, like a pound cake almost. The ginger flavor was just right and it was also sweet enough. Slightly greasy, it did not taste like it, which is good. The icing was also very sweet, perfect for my taste and clearly made with a lot of sugar. The candied orange bits on top were not my favorite bites, but it did provide a little extra flavor and texture.Image

The Frosted Snowman Cookie was quite simple – a shortbread cookie with sugar frosting and chocolate frosting. The cookie was quite thin and not buttery enough. However, with the amount of decorating frosting, it was sweet enough for a cookie. The cookie was also not very crumbly but a little dry and hard. It was sweet and cute, though!Image

The Starbucks Classic Coffee Cake had great flavor. It was very similar to the Reduced-Fat Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake but with less cinnamon streusel. The crumble topping was good but a little too buttery and not sweet enough. The cake was also slightly dry but that was probably due to being left in the food case a little too long. It would have probably been better had it been freshly taken out of the packaging. Still, it was a great compliment to the coffee. Image

 

 

 

 

The Blueberry Scone was not too dry and could have been a touch sweeter. It was quite buttery but it was not a heavy dessert. There were plenty of sweet, ripe blueberries, giving it a distinct fruity flavor. It was not my favorite scone ever but the quality was quite good and made for a nice afternoon treat.

A whole two months to celebrate the holiday spirit sound absolutely divine. The entire café is just so cheerful and comforting that it is almost magical. Clearly, this is one of my favorite spots to sit and sip on some caffeine during the winter months. 

 

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On the Need for Paninis: Part VIII – Starbucks

ImageNovember 8, 2012
Starbucks, Philadelphia PA
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Cappuccino
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
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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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Not at all Spooky – Così

ImageOctober 31, 2012
Così, Philadelphia PA
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Spinach Florentine Wrap
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Blueberry Muffin
Blueberry Scone
Blondie Brownie
Rocky Road Brownie
White Chunk Walnut Cookie
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
Turkey & Stuffing Sandwich
Steak and Cranberry Chili
Chipotle Lime Chicken Salad

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Happy Halloween! Instead of trick-or-treating out in the cold, especially after the passing of Superstorm Sandy, I decided to eat at a very cozy café. It started with breakfast and my day included many sweets and savory items. I had a lot of leftovers but I enjoyed treating myself to make up for all the candy and chocolate that I did not indulge in this year.Image

The Spinach Florentine Wrap was smaller than I expected but a lovely start to the day. It was toasty warm with a savory artichoke spread that went well with the Swiss cheese. The cheese was gooey and lovely. There could have been a lot more of the wilted spinach but the flavors were comforting. The eggs were also very flavorful and soft… absolutely lovely in the morning.Image

They had a promotion on Halloween, offering a medium Pumpkin Spice Latte for only $0.99. It was nicely spiced and sweet. The steamed milk was great but I was disappointed that although I forgot to specify I prefer skim milk, they failed to ask me. I think it is important for restaurants and cafes to ensure they offer their customers all the available options. The coffee was good though it was nothing special since every coffee shop nowadays has the pumpkin spice latte.

The Blueberry Muffin was not good. It was dense and fresh but not sweet enough. Rather, it was very buttery that it got a little too much near the end. Just greasy flavors without sweetness are not good in my opinion. The blueberries were very small and neither juicy nor sweet. Even the sugar on the crust was not enough to give the muffin more flavors.Image

The Blueberry Scone was not great either. It was crumbly but very dry. The blueberries were not even whole berries but rather tiny bits. They were not sweet and the scone was just buttery. However, it was not moist, so it was dry and buttery. I never cared for just plain butter flavor so it did not appeal to me. There could have been so much more blueberries in this.Image

The Blondie Brownie was okay at first. It was chewy and soft, with great chocolate chips mixed into the very dense brownie. However, after a while, the artificial almond flavor really got to me. More vanilla and chocolate would have been okay in this case but that fake nutty flavor was not the best.

The Rocky Road Brownie was delicious – chocolate-y and nutty. The walnuts were crunchy, adding texture to the otherwise chewy and dense chocolate brownie. It was nothing special but it was a very good brownie. If it had been fresh out of the oven, it would have been even better. However, it was fresh and sweet.Image

The White Chunk Walnut Cookie was absolutely delicious. I love white chocolate and there were plenty of chips in this cookie to satisfy my sweet tooth. There was not that much chopped walnuts. Actually, I could barely find any. However, just white chocolate chips embedded in a soft and sweet cookie dough is enough to make me happy.

The Oatmeal Raisin Cookie was also great. It was soft and sweet, with plump juicy raisins throughout the cookie. I love the oat texture of the cookie dough as well. The edges could have been softer and chewier, but the middle was definitely great.Image

The seasonal special, Turkey & Stuffing Sandwich, was one of the best sandwiches I have ever had. The turkey was super tender, a nice contrast to the crispy and chewy flatbread. The sweet cranberry sauce was absolutely lovely. It was not bitter at all but rather refreshingly sweet and comforting. The stuffing was nicely seasoned and moist. All together, the ingredients complemented one another and it was very fitting for a chilly day as dinner by the fire. Image

The Steak and Cranberry Chili was a nice pairing with the sandwich. It had cubes of steak that were perhaps a little dry and tough. The vegetables and beans in the chili were nice, though. I loved how the chili had a spicy kick yet also included the sweetness of cranberries.

Finally, the new Chipotle Lime Chicken Salad was very refreshing. A mix of salad greens, pineapples, corn, black beans, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and chicken tossed in an avocado citrus dressing, it was crunchy, juicy, sweet, sour, spicy, and light all at the same time. The chicken was extremely tender and flavorful. This would be the perfect salad if you were looking for something light but not dull.Image

Perhaps I went a little overboard with my orders that day, but considering how I normally eat so much candy and chocolate on Halloween, it was not too much of a stretch. After any storm – thankfully we did not lose power or were largely inconvenienced – it was nice just to go into a cozy little restaurant and order comforting food.

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Pumpkins and Breakfast – Starbucks

ImageOctober 21, 2012
Starbucks, Philadelphia PA
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Spinach, Egg White & Feta Breakfast Wrap

Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin Scone
Pumpkin Bread
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It was the last day of Starbucks’ breakfast sandwich promotion – each only $2 with the purchase of a handcrafted beverage. Naturally, I had to go and try at least one item, and so I did after going to the gym.
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The Spinach, Egg White & Feta Breakfast Wrap was extremely tasty. Toasty warm, it had egg whites and a blend of spinach, feta, and bell peppers wrapped inside a soft tortilla. The egg white omelet was quite large and soft. The spinach and peppers were nice although the feta was a little too salty for me. There was just slightly too much in some of the bites. Overall, it was a tasty breakfast option, and a healthy one, too!
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The Pumpkin Spice Latte was one of my favorites when I was taking college courses during grade 12. I had a coffee every single class because the extra two hours after a full day in high school always made me doze off in class unless I had caffeine in me. This particular cup was nicely made, sweet and spiced. The whip cream is needed to add that extra richness, especially since I get it with skim milk. However, just a little bit is good. I love the pumpkin spice in the creamy coffee.Image

The Pumpkin Scone was also delicious. The hardened icing on top was very sweet, which is why I loved it. The scone itself was soft and dense and just moist enough for a scone. It was quite crumbly and slightly more like a cake than some of the scones I have had at other places. I like the texture, though, since I like cakes more than I like pastries and breads. The scone was actually not very sweet but instead had the lovely pumpkin spice.

The Pumpkin Bread also had that lovely spice, but it was a lot sweeter than the scone. I did not mind at all, though. It was moist and very tasty. The pumpkin seeds on the top added a nice crunch. I am always amused at how Starbucks manages to keep its cakes and breads so moist, and I certainly appreciate it.Image

All the pumpkin choices at Starbucks, including the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin I had before, certainly signify the autumn season. The pumpkin spice definitely makes the cafés cozy and comfortable. With a cup of warm coffee in mind and peaceful music playing softly in the background, it is easy to imagine that the world is problem-free. 

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