Why is it that going to Starbucks always seems to make me happier? Whether it’s a latte, an egg salad sandwhich, a reduced-fat coffee cake, or just a plain ole’ cup of joe, something about that place puts a little spring in my step. Maybe it’s because I consider it a well-deserved “treat,” or perhaps it’s because I’ve been known to spend hours there gabbing with a girlfriend (pre-baby, of course!). Starbucks is a success because they have masterfully created an “experience” for the customer. As an aside, the last time I was at a Starbucks, a customer was rude to me. I didn’t say anything, but the person I was with did. The barista later came over and gave me a free drink coupon for the next time I come in. How sweet is THAT? But, I digress…
I’ve been eyeing the new Bistro Boxes at Starbucks. Those of you who know me personally know you can usually find me by the food; I’m a grazer. I would rather eat smaller portions all day long, than big meals that leave me feeling sluggish. The fact that that these portions in the Bistro Boxes aren’t huge, yet look satisfying are a huge bonus. I had trouble deciding which one to try because, with options like the Chipotle Chicken Wraps, Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Cheese & Fruit Bistro Box & the Protein Bistro Box, all of them looked good. I finally settled on the Chipotle Chicken Wraps (BTW, does anyone else think it’s funny when people say chuh-POLE-tee?)
The Chipotle Chicken Wrap contains seasoned grilled chicken, pepper jack cheese (my fave!), and whole wheat tortillas. It’s served with lime-cilantro slaw and avocado & roasted tomato salsa. For dessert, a piece of dark chocolate. Not too big, not too small. Perfect! Nutritional info: 380 calories, 15 grams of fat, 26 grams of protein, 35 grams of carbs. I should note that I ate this at Starbucks. This is not a meal you can easily prepare while driving, but it’s great to take to a meeting, to work, to playgroup (while the kiddos are playing).
On the way out the door, I grabbed the Cheese & Fruit Bistro Box for my 19 month old daughter because, like a dope, I forgot to bring her snack cup and the Chipotle Chicken Wrap was too spicy for her. I opened it for her in the car and she was able to snack on the apples, crackers, dried cranberries and cheese while we were out running errands. Nice. Happy baby=happy mama!
Disclosure: 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.