Peanut butter ganache cake – Starbucks

Peanut butter ganache cake - Starbucks
Starbucks, San Francisco CA

Yet another example of how United States Starbucks desserts really suck compared to their foreign stores. We don’t get any cool cakes like this back in the States. The barista had attitude though! They need to train them better in Seoul.


Caramelized apple cake – Starbucks

Caramelized apple cake - Starbucks
Traditional pound cake with caramelized apples and brown sugar. $2.45
Starbucks, San Francisco CA

Caramelized apple cake - Starbucks
As far was “American” Starbucks pastries go, this was actually ok. It’s not the best cake ever, but it was at least moist and didn’t taste like cardboard (like most of the crap the pass off as pastries).

California poppy
California poppy (Eschscholzia californica, Papaveraceae), Bon Tempe Lake.

Mango madness cake – Starbucks

Mango madness cake - Starbucks
I couldn’t find a description of this dessert on the Starbucks Philippines website, but I would describe it as a soft whipped cheesecake layered with buttery golden graham cracker crusts, topped with mango slices, whipped cream, and decorative white chocolate. Yet another example of how Starbucks shafts their American customers with crappy food options! 140 PHP
Starbucks, Tagaytay PHILIPPINES

Starbucks, Tagaytay
This is probably the most beautiful Starbucks location I’ve been to yet. The store is literally built into the side of a cliff overlooking Taal lake and volcano!

Starbucks, Tagaytay
Looking from inside the Starbucks down to their fire pit area over looking Taal Lake.

Frosted snowman cookie – Starbucks

Frosted snowman cookie - Starbucks
Hand-decorated shortbread cookie topped with white chocolate icing and a milk chocolate hat. $2.25
Starbucks, San Bruno CA

Merry Christmas everyone! I’m stuck at work today, but I hope that everyone has a wonderful day with family and friends. Remember, it’s not the gifts under the tree that makes this holiday special. It’s the quality time spent with loved ones. I can’t wait to get off work so that I too can share in the holiday festivities. Be safe and be merry! 🙂

Yellow mariposa lily
Yellow mariposa lily (Calochortus luteus, Liliaceae), Bon Tempe Lake.

Pumpkin cream cheese loaf cake – Starbucks

Pumpkin cream cheese loaf cake - Starbucks
Pumpkin cream cheese in a classic, reduced-fat coffee cake recipe. $2.79
Starbucks, San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

I’m still disappointed with Starbucks pastries even though they’re now “made” by La Boulange. They still look sickly and inferior in the display case. Why do Starbucks stores in other countries serve such better quality bakery items?! I mean, Starbucks originated in the US. Why should be punished with these horrible products? 😦

Whale tail
Whale tail made of rope, Terminal 3.

Blueberry streusel muffin – Starbucks

Blueberry streusel muffin - Starbucks

I think the bakery items at Starbucks taste like crap (at least at the U.S. stores), but if it’s the only coffee shop open at a small airport when it’s really early in the morning, I’m not past buying one. I swear these muffins have no flavor and taste like cardboard so you really need the coffee to help wash it down.. $2.59
Starbucks, Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)

Bighorn sheep statue

Bighorn sheep statue with oasis theme, PSP Airport.

Banana and honey yogurt parfait – Starbucks

Banana and honey yogurt parfait - Starbucks

Creamy yogurt with banana, honey and toasted granola. $4.99
Starbucks, Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)

This is definitely one of those things that makes way more fiscal sense to make at home, but I was starving after my flight so I had to get it, hehe! With full sugar and full fat, yes, it was yummy. 🙂

Red/orange/yellow lantana flowers (Lantana camara, Verbenaceae). It’s always bright in sunny in the backyard at the Palm Springs house.

Dark chocolate and chilli petite – Starbucks

Dark chocolate and chilli petite - Starbucks
A chilli infused, fudgey, dark Belgian chocolate torte with a smooth dark chocolate ganache topped with dried chillis. Contains nuts, vegetarian. 170 calories, 4.9 g sat fat. Buy 3 or more, Eat in £1.20 each
Starbucks, London ENGLAND

This was my favorite of three bars I tried because it was the least sweet! It had a great chocolate and chilli flavor and I enjoyed the dense, fudgey texture.

St. Paul's Cathedral, Statue of Saint Paul

St. Paul’s Cathedral, Statue of Saint Paul. We approached the cathedral from the back side where it’s actually green and quaint as opposed to the stark, cement area in front of it. We walked inside for a little bit and it’s absolutely beautiful! The stained glass windows and large organs are amazing!

Strawberry shortcake petite – Starbucks

Strawberry shortcake petite - Starbucks
A vibrant fruity strawberry shortcake topped with yogurt and strawberry pieces. 207 calories, 6.3 g sat fat. Buy 3 or more, Eat in £1.20 each
Starbucks, London ENGLAND

It’s a little bit odd that Starbucks in England charges you more if you’re going to eat the food in store. I guess we’re just not used to that in the States. It’s usually built into the price already. This bar was, again, super sweet! Probably my least favorite of the bars I tried.

London Eye, Millennium Wheel, River Thames
London Eye, Millennium Wheel, River Thames. This is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe and the tallest structure in London. It’s a bit of an eyesore but I think it’s pretty cool anyway. I snapped this pic from the Hungerford Bridge and you can see the Palace of Westminster on the right bank of the river.

Salted caramel pecan bar petite – Starbucks

Salted caramel pecan bar petite - Starbucks
Salted caramel, pecan and biscuit filling on a chewy biscuit base topped with milk Belgian chocolate and pecan pieces. Contains nuts, vegetarian. 248 calories, 4.1 g sat fat. Buy 3 or more, Eat in £1.20 each
Starbucks, London ENGLAND

We don’t have these petite bars available at U.S. Starbucks which is totally lame! The Starbucks in Europe have such better pastries, desserts, and food in general than those in the States. This was a little sweet for my taste but definitely delicious. I can’t believe they can pack almost 250 calories into this tiny morsel!

Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, London 2012 Olympics Countdown Clock
Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, London 2012 Olympics Countdown Clock. The fountains in the square are also pretty cool and they have sea-themed statues in the middle like this one with mermen and dolphins.

Egg salad sandwich – Starbucks

Project 365: Day 93

Yay, I’m SO glad it’s Friday! Now I get to take a break from work and relax a little bit, maybe see some of downtown Charleston this weekend. I’m feeling kind of restless so I’ll probably check out the downtown nightlife this evening. Can’t get crazy with the alcohol though since I’ll be driving.

Egg salad sandwich Starbucks

“Classic egg salad with dill, mustard, celery and lettuce on whole-wheat bread. This traditional lunchtime favorite is dressed with all the trimmings of a truly outstanding sandwich. Crunchy bits of celery, crispy lettuce, delicate hints of dill and a touch of mustard for extra zip. At once creamy, tangy and bright, this superb egg salad, served on hearty whole-wheat bread, makes a deliciously substantial meal.” $5.25
Starbucks, Kettleman City CA