March 9, 2013
Starbucks, Hamilton NJ
Cherry Wood Ham & Swiss
Airplane food is never good so when we had to stop at Richard Stockton Service Plaza on the NJ Turnpike, I picked up the Cherry Wood Ham & Swiss Sandwich from Starbucks. Somehow, a simple sandwich with savoury ham and creamy cheese sounded good after thirteen hours on a plane, one hour in line at the airport, and another two on a bus.
The rye bread was good with the Dijon coarse grain mustard. The lettuce did not add much to the sandwich and the flavours were simple. The ham was good, though, but the cheese lacked a little flavour. I think I would have preferred something sharper.
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 1, 2013
Starbucks, Honolulu HI
Happy New Year! This year will be amazing, I promise. Okay, now onto the post. There is literally a Starbucks around every corner in a North American metropolis. Walking from the Ilikai to Waikiki beach, I passed by at least three Starbucks.
I am not sure if this Croissant Sandwich with egg and ham is a special of Hawaii. It is certainly not on the online menu, and I have never seen it elsewhere. However, there is nothing so Hawaiian about it. It is simply their butter croissant with an egg omelet and savoury ham, along with a slice of processed the cheese. The ingredients worked together very well, actually. After being toasted, it was warm and savoury, with the croissant flaky and light.
The Chocolate Croissant would have been better had it been toasted as well. The croissant was airy and flaky but could have tasted moister and more buttery had it been warmed. There was not enough chocolate filling in my opinion, and what it did have was not sweet or rich enough. Although, if you prefer a darker chocolate, the filling would have been nice.
Two croissants, two flavours, two completely different experiences. I prefer the breakfast sandwich, hands down, because the flavours were much more complex and complete. However, it is difficult to compare two very different items, so let me just say they were both enjoyable on a sunny morning.