Chain Eats: Peet’s Coffee & Tea

They have a large retail section for coffee beans and tea leaves.  Coffee is good, and the store feels welcoming.  Staffs are friendly and helpful with coffee selections.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Hibiscus Breeze Tea Cooler
A bit too sweet.
Coffee

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Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Various locations.
www.peets.com/

Chain Eats: Mister Softee

Still the creamy soft served ice cream like the ones I had back at home.  Too bad the American Mister Softee doesn’t have music in the ice-cream truck.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Soda float
Didn’t really float.  I heard you need to use diet coke to make the ice cream float.

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Mister Softee
Various locations.
www.mistersoftee.com/

Chain Eats: Emack & Bolio’s

It’s an ice-cream specialty store that originated from Boston.  Their stores are marked with very hippie and colourful artsy decorations.  Price is steep but quality is good here.  Besides ice cream, they also sell ice-cream cakes, chocolate, a variety of decorated waffle cones, smoothies and more.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Mascot

Citrus cooler
Orange juice, lemon sorbet, raspberries, sparkling water
Made with real fruits, and it was very smooth and thick. I’m also glad it’s not oversweet.

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Emack & Bolio’s
Various locations.
www.emackandbolios.com/

Chain Eats: Au Bon Pain

Wasn’t wowed by their pastries, and their store-made drinks were either oversteeped (the iced tea) or it was overly sweet (iced peach tea).  Really not very impressed with the food here but it often appears to be a welcoming choice when you just need a quick bite to go.

My ratings: ❤❤
Price range: $

Strawberry and cheese croissant
The croissant was hard, wasn’t too flaky.  The cheese was watery and flavourless.  I don’t know what kind of cheese it is, it just made me feel like biting into uncooked soggy dough.  At least the strawberry tasted fresh.

Lobster Salad Sandwich
Over 1/4 pound of lobster and mayo in our new buttery croissant
Au Bon Pain originated from Boston so this lobster salad sandwich fit its origin (well it is also available in all stores that’s outside of Boston).  The roll was pretty full of the finely shredded/small chunks of lobster.  There’s a bit too much mayonnaise.  The filling wasn’t too bad in taste but the pastry was disappointing again — cold, somewhat soggy, and just wasn’t flaky.  If the pastry was in better quality this sandwich would taste a lot better.

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Au Bon Pain
Various locations.
www.aubonpain.com/

Chain Eats: Rita’s Italian Ice

Bad Italian Ice.  Just look at the huge ice pieces!  The staff also used the same piece of cloth to wipe off the paper cup for every order. Gross!

My ratings:
Price range: $

Swedish Fish

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Rita’s Italian Ice
Various locations.
www.ritasice.com/

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