I tried the new Starbucks Pineapple Refresher

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  I had stars that were going to expire so I decided to try the new refresher. I have seen some reviews of people that love it and others of people that hate it. It’s often sold out but I was in a location where they had it.  I am not really a fan of pineapple flavours. I like other refreshers from Starbucks and I love passion fruit so thought it might be good. There are options to add coconut milk or lemonade. I always get coconut milk in my coffee but I don’t like it in refreshers and I always like lemonade. The drink at first seemed okay but it had a strange bitter aftertaste after each sip. I am not sure the addition of the lemonade made it like that but my mom and I both didn’t like it. It was drinkable but not something I would order again. I will stick to the the Mango Dragon Fruit refresher as my go to refresher from Starbucks.  Let me know if you have tried it in the comments or on Instagram @livingottawalocal.

October 8 2016 - haircuts at annex, a stop at l'occitane and tea at soirette

Had a fun day catching up with a friend I haven't seen for awhile. We first met at annex to get our hair cut. This is my favorite salon as all the stylists know how to handle my naturally wavy hair and they give you a shoulder massage with your haircut. My hair always looks good when I leave and the price is very reasonable for the service they provide. They remembered cutting my friend's hair in July impressive.

L'OCCITANE
some of the l'occitane haul as some items already given to my friend

We then went to l'occitane to pick up our free gifts I am a l'occitane vip and have a bit of a problem with buying to much when I go to the store. I only go there a few times a year and always when I qualify for something free because I always leave with over $100 in products. I had two coupons that they let me use separately. The first was the free gift with $10 off if you spend $35 or more so I bought shampoo and conditioner since I needed that anyways. The other was a free gift with $70 purchase I bought a $65 manicure kit I use the lotion and the nail oil and am out of both this is probably something I didn't need to buy if there was no free gift. My friend let me purchase her $6 soap to get the $70 so I could get the gift. We still  had some time before our 230 tea reservation and it was raining so we went into roots and Victoria Secret but neither one of us purchased anything.

SOIRETTE TEA HOUSE

We then walked over to soirette  where we had reserved tea and my vegetarian option request was confirmed. We were a little early and 3 of the 4 tables were full they were accommodating and seated us at a table that was obviously ready for someone else as there were three settings so they removed one

On arrival I went to the bathroom while my friend was given the tea menus and informed we also chose a macaroon flavour each. I had to go to the display to chose my macaroon and there was a few samples out I tried one I think strawberry chocolate but found it sweet. They took our tea order while I was looking at the macaroon. I chose a robios with mango and passion fruit. I am not sure what my friend chose it was an herbal tea with ginger. They brought the tea gave us a few minutes.


A few minutes later they asked if we had chosen our macaroons, I chose a creme Brule my friend had a fleur de sel caramel. They brought out our platters the girl told me my prawn tart was replaced with dill cucumber. Then another girl came and explained all the other items but I wasn't paying much attention. I did take a pic of each item as I ate it so will try to explain individually below. I did hear her say chicken sandwich so I asked her what was in mine it was a morrocon cabbage. Our macaroons were on the wrong plates so we switched them and began to eat.


I started with the croissant sandwich with white bean spread. This was really good it had cucumbers and the spice on the carrots was really tasty.

Next was a scone I almost ate it before I took the pic that's why it looks eaten. I am not sure what flavour it was but it was really moist. I also don't know what the two spreads were I think vanilla cream and some butter I really should have paid attention when the girl explained. It was tasty and
th scone was moist.


Next I are the sandwich which was morrocan cabbage it kind of tasted like an egg sandwich with cabbage instead of egg. I would have never thought of making a sandwich like that. The bread was really soft and I liked it. Don't worry if you are not vegetarian you get a chicken sandwich.
Next I ate the cone. I think it was a hazelnut mouse it was good.
Then I ate the orzo salad again good
Then I was getting full but only a few dishes to go. I ate the poached pear panna cotta next. This was really good I didn't really know it was pear until i heard the waitress explaining to someone else that it was a poached pear in hibiscous my friend said she knew it was pear. I really liked this the texture was really nice.
Next was the cucumber dill tart. This is a prawn tart for non vegetarians. I really liked the dill flavour in this and the cheese was really smooth.

And the last dish. I am not really sure what the cookie was it was good it had nuts and chocolate pieces inside it. The macarron although the stores speciality was my least favorite. It was really sweet. I have a sweet tooth and really like a good macarron but this one was just too sweet for me.
The price of this tea was $37 overall it was a good experience one time and the food was good. It is a cafe style they only have 4 tables at it is a small location. This is my first tea experience in Vancouver so I do not have much to compare it to. I enjoyed the food but for the price would have liked a nicer atmosphere. My friend who has been to many tea's said this was in the mid level of the ones she has been to. I would recommend trying it once for a special occasion.

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