Sunday, April 9, 2017

Awesome breaks at Seattle's Best Coffee

I'm having a new favorite place for food and coffee, one that I tried for the first time only early in January this year, though it's no newbie in the gastronomic scene. Yup, Seattle's Best Coffee has been in the Philippines since 2000 (it opened in 1991 in its place of origin -- Seattle, Washington), but I only paid attention to it when I saw its beautiful-looking store inside UST. And what do you know, I fell in love with the food, drinks and ambiance of this place that I've gone back regularly since the first visit. 
What I've tried so far:

All-vegetable salad, P165. 
This was my very first order and already my favorite. I have this almost each time I visit. Crunchy greens, carrot strips and croutons plus yummy Caesar dressing (there are other kinds of dressings, by the way), it's a health buff's treat. Well, that's what I'm trying so hard to become - a health nut. The only thing I dislike in this plate? The heap of potato chips! When you're trying to eat healthy, this could be a step back so I try not to eat it. 
I fail every time, though. Hehe.. 

Regular Breakfast 2, P190.
My next visit was an early one like the first, so I had breakfast at SBC and this was my choice. The corned beef was really good! A little salty as expected, but very juicy and flavorful. There were bits of potato to tone down the saltiness, thankfully. Together with the pieces of wheat bread and two sunny side up eggs, my breakfast plate was awesome! Surely a nice way to start a work day. 😉

Clubhouse Sandwich, P200.
I shared this and an order of All-Vegetable Salad with my youngest child one time. I loved that wheat bread was used in the clubhouse instead of white tasty bread. As you could see, scrimping on fillings is unheard of here. There's 
a lot! -- ham, bacon, cheese, egg and veggies. Potato chips also come 
on the side. If I still need to say so, this sandwich 
is both delicious and filling!

Pesto, P180.
One Sunday after church, I again decided to drop by UST before heading home to have snacks at Seattle's Best. This time, I chose to have pasta -- Pesto. This one was really good! The sauce made up of olive oil, basil, nuts and garlic was bursting with flavors, you won't want to stop eating till the last wee bit of morsel! 
I even wanted to lick my plate clean. 😁

Ham & Cheese Croissant, P90.
One of my two daughters joined me once at SBC. I then had the all-vegetable salad while the young lady went for this Ham and Cheese Croissant, 
which was delicious -- flaky and crusty.

Chicken Pie, P85.
Just yesterday, I was with my helper at the very new (just opened this week!) SBC store at Fisher Mall in front of the stand-alone Cotton On after plant shopping at QC Circle, and this was her choice. She said the pie had a good amount of filling and that it was good and she liked it. She paired this one with Snapple Pink Lemonade.

Adobo Pandesal, P75.
This was mine which I paired with Matcha Javakula and it was a perfect match! This pandesal is light and soft and deliciously filled with shredded pork adobo. It's so apt for a light snack and even for breakfast, with fried egg and brewed coffee, I could imagine.

Almond Caramel Roca - P145.
One time, I met with a friend at Seattle's Best and it was good to have someone to share the guilt of eating cake with. Hehe...This teardrop-shaped babe brought no remorse, though, 'coz it was undoubtedly the best cake I've had in a long while. It's not entirely chocolate, it's actually layered inside. There's marshmallow and a layer of what tasted like sans rival. This Almond Roca is like a piece of heaven! I could totally 
ignore the diabetic's guilt with it. Hahaha!

Oreo cheesecake, P145.
My kids and I love Oreo (though I could only eat apiece once in a while). Who doesn't? It's sweet and comforting - handy when one needs to chase the blues away. Double the goodness when you find it on top of your cheesecake! You bet it's perfect to have while sipping steaming cup of joe.

Matcha Green Tea Javakula, P180.
This is one of the four special Javakula flavors SBC is offering this summer. The others are Peppermint Pot, Sea Salt Caramel and Java Chip. Because I love Green Tea on account of its health properties, I tried this flavor first. It's cool and refreshing..Perfect to have on a searing hot summer afternoon. And isn't that emoji topper cute?

Green Tea Latte (M), P165.
Loved this one too, which was my breakfast drink one time at the UST store. It had a rich and creamy taste with nary a hint of tea bitterness. Too bad I forgot to ask the crew who got my order to tone down the sweetness or scrap sugar altogether so the yumminess of my drink didn't pass without some guilt.

Iced Breve (S), P130.
It was at SBC when I first learned about Breve coffee. And it was love at first sip! Breve is half-half of milk and steamed milk plus espresso.
Chocolate milkshake, P175.
My son's order which he finished to the last drop. I guess it's good? 😀

Raspberry Mocha Kiss (S), P155.
Daughter's drink which she regretted ordering 
for the "medicine" taste.

Latte (S), P120.
What? No latte art? It's the only downside to this. Perfect 
cup of joe taste-wise, though.

Brewed coffee (M) P115.
My early morning elixir when I had breakfast at SBC. Some jolt, it provided, to literally jump-start my day.

Seattle's Best Coffee at UST

The newest Seattle's Best Coffee branch, opened April 6, 2017 at Fisher Mall

Needless to say, I've added Seattle's Best Coffee to my list of cafés to regularly visit. The food is good, coffee is crave-worthy (the Breve is tops!), and the prices don't  require breaking the bank. What's more, I love the peace and quiet I get to enjoy at the UST branch, which, as an added bonus, is very near our home. The only other branch I've been to so far is the new one at Fisher Mall but it's really small so we had to sit outside and as it was a hot summer afternoon,
I didn't get to enjoy my stay much.
 Try Seattle's Best Coffee in case you haven't, guys. It has many branches in Metro Manila and surely, there's one near you. By the way, for a bit of trivia, SBC is owned by the same ones of Starbucks. Quality-wise, I think that's an assurance, though I must admit I'm no fan of the latter.
Happy eating!

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