Apparently I have a lot of opinions about Starbucks lately...
So I went to Starbucks this afternoon and discovered the whole place was covered in PINK (side note: I hate pink and I love green so I wasn't very happy) . There was so much Pepto-Bismol pink that I think I stared through the window at the tables covered in pink cloth decorated with pink roses, large planked pink signage and painted pink awnings on the storefront glass for like a full 5 mins before walking inside, racking my brain as to WHY on earth it would ever make sense to use this much pink unless Starbucks were birthing a child.
I guess in some ways you can kinda say that they did. Typical me, I walked right up to the manager and asked for an explanation to the reason for this color intruding on sacred ground. And here's why I love Starbucks so much...without missing a beat, she took me on this impassioned verbal journey about Starbucks wanting to simplify and elevate the ingredients in its food offerings, taking a more back-to-basics butter, sugar, milk approach vs. all those preservatives to bring a true quality product to customers that matches the thought put into their coffee and beverages. All of Starbucks pastry recipes have been deconstructed and revamped (if not completely eliminated and reimagined) by San Francisco based restaurateur and former owner of the now Starbucks owned La Boulange Bakery, Pascal Rigo. Adding a whole new excitement to choosing from the glass food case that I had always pretty much ignored.
Some of the pastries include Caramelized Apple Cake with Washington Apples (New York Apples for the East Coast), Chewy Chocolate Meringue Cookies, Butternut Squash and Sage Savory Squares and Pumpkin Cheesecake Croissants. All pastry items will now be heated upon serving (unless requested at room temp) and you can add fun additions like customized glazes to top your loafs or doughnuts. I tried a warmed Blueberry Yogurt Muffin with Honey today and it was fantastic, any foodies tastebuds would rejoice! It was SO much better than their previous Blueberry Muffin and tasted as if I had baked it at home...which is exactly what you want in the morning!
**And how perfect for Southern California fans...they even have gluten-free and reduced-fat options so you can pretend the 5 yummy muffins you ate in one sitting were all good for you!
Starbucks has already began introducing La Boulange pastries in major cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and soon to be New York and Boston with plans to expand to all locations by summer 2014.
Check out the introduction video to La Boulange and see some of their amazing new pastry additions here.