I live in Seattle and I don’t drink coffee. Never have. I know, that’s completely unheard of, but it’s true. Because of my coffee-less lifestyle I rarely get the chance to stop in at Starbucks. Sure, the occasional decadent hot chocolate in the cold of winter or hot caramel apple cider when I’m feeling particularly naughty, but otherwise it’s a once-a-year stop to pick up gift cards for others.
So when I found out that Starbucks has introduced Bistro Boxes I was curious. I knew they already served pastries, muffins, and cookies, but to that they were adding “real” food. I’m all for quick food that’s not fast food as far as nutrition goes, so I set off to my local Starbucks which is less than a mile away, to see what’s new.
What’s new is a group of Bistro Boxes that everyone will enjoy. For the vegetarian (me) there were several options which fit – a cheese and fruit and a protein box. There is a third vegetarian option that my store was sold out, a Sesame Noodles box with tofu. They also had several sandwich selections available (egg salad for me) as well as wraps.
I was also excited to see they carried yogurt (I forgot to ask if it was gelatin-free, but will on my next trip), and they have breakfast! Evidently I need to get out more often, I had no idea they offered so much more than coffee.
My only disappointment is that both of the boxes I tried included apples, but sadly they were not organic. Apples have one of the highest pesticide residue issues and I would have appreciated they be the best apples available. Still, compared to a Big Mac® and fries a non-organic apple isn’t a big thing. These are kid-friendly and a perfect way to wean kids off of other high-calorie, low nutrition fast foods.
But how’d they taste? The fruit in both boxes was fresh and well chosen. The hard-boiled egg cooked perfectly and the little round bun was very tasty. If you get a box to-go, ask for silverware and salt and pepper and neither is included. I also wasn’t able to get the peanut butter package open (a sharp instrument was needed – the tear strip didn’t work) so I at the bun sans peanut butter. I slipped in the egg salad sandwich, though technically a Bistro Box and found the egg filling to be seasoned well and just the right amount of sloppiness, but the bread was a bit dry. Not so dry as to be trash can worthy, but it was noticeable.
I’m now a fan and I’ll be visiting again soon. It’s nice to have one more place to pick up a quick meal or snack of some “REAL” food. The boxes range from $5-$6 and all have less than 500 calories. Find them at participating Starbucks locations nationwide.
Note: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Starbucks Bistro Boxes and received a gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for taking the time to participate.
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