Cafe Medina: Where have you been all my life?!

On another spontaneous work lunch outing, we decided to go to Cafe Medina! I’ve never been but I’ve certainly heard a lot about them. They have rave reviews! Also, long line ups but hey that’s how you know the food is good right? Thankfully it was a weekday and there was no line up at 1:30pm. Hurray (I hate line ups)! They are located on Richards and Robson Street now.

Cafe Medina

One of the items you must try is their lattes. They have some interesting flavours like lavender, salted caramel and raspberry caramel. We decided to share the Raspberry Caramel Latte. I am not a coffee aficionado (really I go to Starbucks/Blenz ย if I do get coffee…) but I could tell this was a superbly well-madeย latte! It was velvety in texture with hints of raspberry and caramel. I believe it is the smoothest latte I’ve ever had and I was nothing but impressed.

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Chestnut Praline Latte and Hello Dolly Bar from Starbucks

The holiday season is upon us again! Christmas goodies and drinks from Starbucks hold a special place in my heart as an ex-employee so I was excited to hear they were going to launch their first new holiday drink in five years!

The new drink is the Chestnut Praline latte which is supposed to taste like carmelized chestnuts and spices topped with whipped cream and spiced praline crumbs. Due to the spices in the drink, it reminded me of a nuttier version of the pumpkin spice latte. It was not bad and I wouldn’t mind getting it again in rotation with the Caramel Brule latte and the Peppermint Mocha. Sorry no picture because it would just look like a regular Starbucks cup!

hello dolly bar starbucks

They also have the Hello Dolly Bar this year which is exclusive to Canada and it has a shorbread crust, chocolate and coconut layers and hazelnuts on top. Of course it is on the sweet side but the portion is small.

I still prefer the Cranberry Bliss Bar though with the blondie cake layer, cream cheese icing and cranberries on top. It’s just so soft and sweet with a slight hint of citrus and white chocolate pieces in the middle. I just have a thing for holiday stuff from Starbucks I don’t go often the rest of the year!

cranberry bliss bar Starbucks