May 11, 2019

Starbucks Reserve Roastery Shanghai…a coffee-lover’s Disneyland

Once upon a time, Starbucks prompted millions of consumers to do away with cheaper instant coffee for a more expensive specialty product. With this Reserve Roastery, it is third-wave coffee.

Upscale, and they feature cocktail bars, bakeries, snake-like tubes that transport beans across the store and unique elements, this roastery is completely unlike a typical Starbucks. There are tons of food and coffee options, plus plenty of places to sit and stay for a while with staffers navigating selections the way a sommelier might do with a wine list.

Indeed the food and drinks are, well, a few stars better than your standard Starbucks offerings. My personal favorite is the dark chocolate mocha, which is just sweet enough with a good bitter bite from the espresso. Milanese bakery Princi provides the food, notable ones are cheesecake lampone, carrot loaf cake and torta princi.

Looking around, I see coffee fiends pilgrimage here from all over. You’ll hear different languages, see a spectrum of generations, and many different styles of clothing. If you’re a coffee lover, you won’t want to miss this stop.

This massive, gleaming roastery is the Starbucks Mecca. Translation: Be prepared to be awed and overwhelmed. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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December 26, 2015

Cheesecake Factory, Orlando…insanely popular

Anywhere you go in America, the insanely popular Cheesecake Factory has 45 minute-plus waits. Usually an ever-present line, packed dining area, and palpable levels of excitement are reliable indications of great food, but I’ve never had a truly outstanding dish….until now.

The dishes are all American size, meaning quite large, so you certainly won’t leave the restaurant hungry. I have had herb crusted fillet of salmon, garlic noodles- Spaghetinni, fresh asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, oven-roasted tomatoes in a delicious garlic sauce with shrimps, grilled monterey squid, Black eye peas, oven tapen. The light crab bites at the Mall of Millenia, Orlando was the standout. This is amazing! I thought. this has got to be the tastiest thing I had at a Cheesecake factory.

Their cheesecake is world-renowned and comes in many flavors that is sure to satisfy anyone and everyone.

Opening the menu at The Cheesecake Factory is like opening an encyclopedia the large menu gives you different things to try each time. So check it out. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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June 3, 2012

The Cheesecake Factory, Glendale, Los Angeles…Classically American

The Cheesecake Factory is a major chain that’s always packed and with an absurdly large menu. It is a great place if you want delicious food and a grandiose atmosphere with high ceilings and dim lighting.  There’s pretty much something for everyone here. The food is mostly good.  Not $$$$ fine-dining good, but well, for what it is, it’s good….and the service was spot on.

Located at the Americana at Brand in Glendale, this is one of the nicer Cheesecake Factory that I’ve been to. The place was super packed. There was a line just to put your name on the list, and even then you had to wait about 15 minutes just to get the pager thingy, with an expected total wait time of over an hour. Luckily I stood outside because I had a chance to see The Americana, which was really nice at night with perfectly manicured lawn resembling astro-turf, a local “train”, and picturesque stores.

Their slice of cheesecake is massive! Don’t be a pig and be prepared to share this collossal piece of yumminess. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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