Let's kick off this series with Starbuck's new Iced Vanilla Macchiato.
Handcrafted one layer at a time, this macchiato promises a tantalizing journey of textures and flavors. Velvety-smooth foam. Sweet vanilla-flavored syrup. A perfectly pulled shot of our bold espresso. And on top, a drizzle of Madagascar Bourbon vanilla mixed with brown sugar, butter and a dash of salt. from the Starbuck's website
|Hot version from Starbuck's website|
I ordered the Tall Iced Vanilla Macchiato for $4.75. I'll be honest, I didn't taste the Madagascar Bourbon (wow, that sounds so exotic) and couldn't really distinguish the brown sugar, butter, or salt. All I tasted was a sweet, caramelish flavored syrup on the bottom of my cup. When I mixed it with the rest of the espresso and milk, the flavor completely got lost in the strong espresso. If I was to do it again, I'd get it hot instead of cold. The hot isn't as diluted in flavor and they put a generous lacing of the Vanilla on top of the foam. So, I'd say the iced version was a bust. It was good, but almost the same as ordering an iced latte then adding some sugar.
The day was not completely lost! I was still at the ultra-busy New York New York hotel, home to America Restaurant, home to the best donuts in the world!
The day before I ordered the original cronut, the nutella cronut and the bacon maple bar. The cronuts are absolutely amazing. It has that perfect airy texture, with each separate layer having a flaky crispness. Delicious and well worth the $3.50, the cheapest I've seen in town. The bacon maple bar was good too, the smoky bacon flavor was getting lost in the dough, so I just peeled off the top layer and ate it. Their raised donuts were okay but not my thing.
Of course I had to get up at 5am the next morning to try some more! The next day I got the maple bar, their special (it tasted a lot like a lemon-herb cream-fill), lemon cronut, apple fritter and a glazed twist.
|Best Apple Fritter in the World!|
|Lemon Cronut and Iced Vanilla Macchiato|
The lemon cronut was great but my favorite was the nutella. The glazed donut and maple bar were great too. Before I knew it, they had vanished!
In conclusion, go to America for the doughnuts. I haven't eaten at the restaurant but from reading other people's reviews, I'd say, "pass." Looks like an over-priced tourist trap.
But the cronuts are legit!