March 9, 2013
Starbucks, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
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)
There 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.
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.
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.
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.
January 8, 2013
Starbucks, Minneapolis MN
Blueberry Streusel Muffin
Having had that Blueberry Bar earlier, I was suddenly craving blueberries. Sweet, dear blueberries are my favourite berries, hands down. So, when I got to Minneapolis and had a long while before my connecting flight, I stopped by Starbucks again.
The Blueberry Streusel Muffin was so delicious. It was moist, dense, slightly buttery, and just sweet with a lovely blueberry aroma. There were not as many blueberries as I would have liked, but the muffin itself was just exceptional.
January 8, 2013
McDonald’s, Richmond BC
Steak N’ Egg Bagel
Chocolate Raspberry Muffin
So much time spent at the airport means too much airport food. Therefore, I needed a decent breakfast sandwich that morning – not from the airport – so Mom drove me to McDonald’s before I took off.
The Steak N’ Egg Bagel is a limited time offer and will soon be gone. I made sure to try it before I miss my chance as steak, onions, and sauce sounds delicious with eggs and a bagel. The bagel itself was chewy and dense. The folded eggs were decent but went well with the steak sauce. The sautéed onions were a bit greasy for me but otherwise good. The steak was tender and juicy enough for a fast food place like McDonald’s. I think this was definitely a good idea, especially for those preferring more meaty substance in their breakfast sandwich.
I never knew they offered the Chocolate Raspberry Muffin until I checked the nutrition information online. I assume that this was released along with the Chocolate Raspberry Pie. The muffin was moist and fresh. It was light in color but had a decent chocolate taste. The raspberries were embedded throughout but I found it lacked the berry tartness in general. It was just a really light muffin, not greasy or overly sweet.
I have to say, sitting in the airport, I was excited to eat McDonald’s for breakfast. Looking at other options there, the people were paying a lot for something that was at best as good as my meal from McDonald’s. Despite not being able to take liquids past security, I always keep in mind that food is allowed!
December 28, 2012
Starbucks, Richmond BC
Holiday Turkey Sandwich
Raisin Bran Muffin
Lemon Poppyseed Loaf
Since Tim Hortons was mostly for snacks and treats, I went to Starbucks to grab a sandwich as my lunch, conveniently using my free reward.
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.