Thursday, November 6, 2008
Starbucks finally caught on
I occasionally do business in Anchorage, Alaska. A couple of years ago I discovered this great little coffeehouse just around the corner from Humpy's, a restaurant I know is popular with flight crews. I was looking for coffee, and found the greatest breakfast--oatmeal to go, with several choices of healthy toppings. The owner of this place, the Dark Horse Coffee Company, told me she was very popular with pilots.
I also venture to New York on occasion and have spent more than my fair share of time in JFK. There, in Terminal 2, I found another popular oatmeal bar with literally dozens of options for toppings.
Now, fortunately for those of you who travel for a living, the ubiquitous Starbucks has finally realized the potential in this idea. They're serving oatmeal to go.
Here is the nutrition information I was able to find, right off of their website:
Each order can be customized with three different toppings; a portioned 50-calorie pack of brown sugar, 100-calorie pack of dried fruit and 100-calorie pack of a nut medley, and contains 140 to 390 calories depending on topping selections, up to 7 grams of fiber and 1.5 servings of whole grains – half of your daily needs.
I'm quoting them, and am not really endorsing that 7 grams of fiber is half of what you need, but I do want to draw your attention to the fact that you can now get this great breakfast option even if you're not laid over in Palin Country or based out of JFK's International Terminal. I have to take a closer look at the other breakfast options, that's a topic for a future blog post.
And, if you DO happen to find yourself in Anchorage, I encourage you to venture around the corner from the main drag to the Dark Horse. It's got some great down-home local flavor. You betcha!