Sunday, March 3, 2013

Starbucks New Featured Food Items

Mark your calendars on March 5, 2013  as Starbucks Coffee Philippines brings you exciting and delicious new featured food items and the most awaited Asian Dolce Latte to all their stores!
 Dark Chocolate Turtle Cake - P120/slice, P1350/whole
Amazing, moist and dense chocolate buttermilk sponge cake layered with gooey caramel pecan fudge on a “melt in your mouth” chocolate cookie pecan crust, covered with dark chocolate icing. Simply delicious!

 Chocolate Hazelnut Eclair - P85
Indulge yourself with this delicious decadent mouthful of crisp pastry oozing with creamy and velvety chocolate hazelnut cream custard. Perfect for afternoon tea or as an after dinner treat or anytime of the day actually.

Crab Stick Salad on French Bread Croissant - P120
Your usual buttery, flaky and perfectly crisp croissant by Starbucks but this time it is filled with a creamy crab stick salad, chopped crunchy celery and hard-boiled egg with hints of wasabi. Simple yet delicious.

Kung Pao Chicken Wrap - P155
All natural chicken breast cubes, fresh asparagus strips, carrots, tomatoes, ginger, onions and garlic sautéed in a sweet soy sauce then sprinkled with roasted chopped peanut and wrapped in pita bread.

Starbucks Coffee Philippines also introduces its new finger sandwiches!
Forest Ham and Monterey Jack Cheese on Brioche Loaf Bread - P110
It is the simplicity of this sandwich that makes it so elegant. Forest ham and Monterey Jack cheese on a soft sweet bread loaf. It is simple yet bursting with flavor. A great light snack for people on the go like me.

Salmon and Capers on Parmesan Bread - P110
A creamy salmon spread gets a little kick from tart chopped capers and lemon juice, mouth-watering chopped cucumber and sharp aged parmesan cheese. This is a delicious sandwich and healthy at the same time because it is also loaded with heart-healthy omega 3 fatty-acid.

Cheesy Egg and Bacon Salad on Simple Bread - P110
A classic egg salad made cheesier with a twist by adding bits of bacon and a hint of horseradish. This is a wonderful tasting egg salad sandwich that you will definitely be craving for!


Starbucks Coffee Perfection + Asian Dolce Latte

Starbucks launches the Starbucks Coffee Perfection 2013 to educate people that coffee is not just something served to you whatever comes out of the machine or press. It has its story starting from the growers, buyers, roasters up to the baristas and finally to your hand that is why Starbucks encourages you to make your drink however you want it, the way you would enjoy it!

Starbucks only serves a perfect cup of coffee and here are the things to look for in a perfect cup: smooth, rich, balanced, roasty and personal.

Coffee, just like wine or any other drink, has different kinds or blends that can be paired with different food. Amazingly, because Starbucks is good at what it does and that is making coffee, they paired certain blends of coffee to meals prepared by Tapella.
Bruchetta on tomato salad on slice of baguette topped with goat cheese and herb (L), and Chorize spread on slice of baguette topped with machego cheese (R) were paired with Starbucks Tribute blend, a spicy and full-bodied blend with berry and dark cherry notes.
Cold tomato soup topped with vegetables, and Grilled mixed peppers tower of salad were paired with Starbucks' new drink, the Asian Dolce Latte that is made of sweet dolce sauce combined with freshly steamed milk, topped with velvety foam and marked with 2 shots of rich espresso!
To briefly explain the story behind the concept of the new drink, Starbucks wanted to associate a type of coffee with Asia like when you think of espresso, it is linked with Europe and the same for brewed coffee with America. From this, Starbucks came up with Asian Dolce Latte, a drink I think suits the palette of Asians specially in the Philippines because we generally like anything  that is sweet. But with the shots of espresso poured in the Asian Dolce Latte, the sweetness balances out. The drink also comes in an iced form. NOTE: BEST NOT STIRRED to experience the foaminess at the top, richness of the espresso in the middle and the creaminess of the milk at the bottom! 

Cod fish cooked the Vizcaina way and paella (TOP), and Moorish chicken drizzled with almond sauce on bed of coursous (BOTTOM) were paired with Colombia, a smooth balanced coffee with a nutty flavor.

The mix of the coffee with the food was so good that the coffee brought out the the flavors of the food more but not to the point that it over powers the coffee. It was an awesome experience to pair coffee with meals and not just desserts or pastries. 

The Asian Dolce Latte will be available at all Starbucks Philippines store on March 5, 2013 at a price of Tall - P115, Grande - P130, Venti - P140 (for hot) and Tall - P125, Grande - P140, Venti - P150 (on ice). I think I found my new drink! :)


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