UPDATE (11/13): My sister finally posted her nibbling experience! Check it out.
Hey, it’s Lisa.
So I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been getting used to classes and chilling with my newly made friends. YES, I have made friends. The one thing I was dreading the most, but I somehow did it. I made some really great friends which I will talk about in my other blog post I have been planning to write.
In this post though, I’m going to be writing my very first International Nibbles post. International Nibbles is a series my sister and I are starting for our long distance relationship in which we both have a similar food/drink/cuisine in our own countries (Canada and Japan) and write about it in our blogs to see what the others is like and find places to go when we visit each other.
In this edition of International Nibbles, we decided to go to our local coffee chains. I went to Tim Hortons, which is Canada’s Starbucks for those of you who don’t know, and my sister went to Tully’s Coffee, which is one of the big coffee chains in Japan. What I didn’t know (I literally just searched it up and found out) was that Tully’s actually comes from Seattle, Washington and they sold their brand license to Japan. So I wouldn’t say it’s completely purely Japanese but still. We liked the way the title of the article sounded since they’re both coffee shops that start with T. Timmy’s and Tully’s.
It’s October, it’s fall, I live in North America, you know what that means. Yes, pumpkin spice lattes. I tried Starbucks’ for the first time the other day with my sister’s friend, MC. They’re pretty good, not much pumpkin for those of you who don’t like pumpkins but very much spice for those of you who don’t like spice. Which is me. I don’t really like spice so I wouldn’t run for the PSL’s the moment they’re released and they wouldn’t be my first choice when I enter Starbucks.
BUT my sister and I decided that we would try the seasonal drinks and snacks/pastries for our October post so I went up to the Tim Hortons cashier, looked the guy in the eye and ordered myself a Pumpkin Spice Latte and an Apple Pie Fritter.
“Apple Pie Fritter?” the guy repeated confusedly as he went to check their glass case full of delicious looking donuts and muffins. He did not seem to be aware of their new fall menu even though the screen behind him was advertising all their new yummy pastries. I nodded at him and eyed the top row of the glass case. “Oh.” The guy grabbed one Fritter and passed it over to me. I’d finished paying and was waiting for a receipt, unsure whether it would come so stood there in front of him fumbling with my wallet for a while. He eyed me and said “thank you…?” I realized my receipt was not coming. I should’ve asked for one but I was too shy so I smiled and said thank you back and edged toward the pick up counter. I always do this to myself.
“Pumpkin Spiced Latte!” the lady shouted out to the food court as she put down a plastic cup on the counter. I looked at it because it was in a plastic cup and not the paper cups for warm beverages. It took me a while to realize that at Tim Hortons, their Pumpkin Spice Lattes were Pumpkin SpICED Lattes. Yes, they are cold beverages. I don’t know why, but I was convinced that my hands were going to be warmed in that air conditioned food court at Metrotown. I was wrong, I had stood in that line with a preconception, probably based on the Starbucks latte I’d had a few weeks earlier.
So my review for the PSL at Tim Hortons: first off, they are iced so not a drink to get when you want to warm yourself up and forget about the fall weather. That’s not to say it’s a bad drink though. It is less pumpkin and more spice like Starbucks’ but being not much of a spice enthusiast, I can’t say much. I’d say it’s “weaker” in flavor than Starbucks but maybe that’s just my ice melting? It’s topped off with whipped cream which stays afloat and is the only thing left at the end of your drinking experience so your last few sips are very very sweet. It also wouldn’t be my first choice drink when I enter Tim Hortons because I think there are better options.
My sister loves spices though so maybe she’ll like it. She’s never had a PSL, we didn’t live in PSL available countries when we finally became interested in coffee and fancy drinks.
I have better things to say for the Apple Pie Fritter though! That was really good. It also has a little spice (cinnamon) but it’s not as strong as all the spices in the latte. The glaze is perfect and pretty sweet but there’s an apple filling inside (with real diced apples!) that balances it out. The fritter is really soft and I loved it. I can only imagine how high the calories must be but it was delish. Highly recommend, mmmm. And it’s just 1.49 CAD! I’d say that’s cheap but maybe it’s because I’m from Tokyo.
So that was my experience with my local coffee chain and seasonal drinks and food. Hope you (and my sister!) enjoy!
Check out my sister’s blog to see her Tully’s post! It will probably be up soon enough and I’ll update my post/link it when it does (she did post and I did update! 11/13)