I love muffins, and that is a super understatement. Maybe I should just refine that sentence to “I worship flour”. Generally, I have an unfathomable weakness for breads, muffins, pastries and the likes. Granted that I don’t exactly adore every single thing made of flour, for instance I am not a big fan of say, ban mian, because I find it too “flour-y” if there is even such a word. But things like breads and muffins and loaf cakes, what-have-yous, such things can be the staple of my diet if only they aren’t so unforgiving and if only they can be healthier. We can’t just survive on bread alone even if I just eat multi-grained, gluten-free ones or whatever.
Anyway, pardon my verbal diarrhea. It has been a long while since my last post. I have been feeling out of sorts and out of it. Not that I wasn’t in the mood to write, but I just felt drained of energy and didn’t feel like spending time to craft a post on this blog.
Spinelli is one of my go-to places for muffins out of convenience. In town, Starbucks and Coffee Beans are always crowded. There are some times when the Spinelli outlet I pop by actually has empty seats. And I love their muffins, especially the Raisin Oat Bran muffin, although I think its quality has dropped over time, but the crushed nuts mixed with some raisins prove to be quite a winning formula for me, even when I started being enamoured with Starbucks’ Blueberry then Banana Walnut muffins, and CBTL’s Cranberry muffin. Well, tastes do change and like I said, their quality and standards aren’t always consistent.
Quite recently, I got a really weird-shaped muffin that was gigantic. You can’t see the comparison with what I am going to post but in the background there is a fork, so maybe you can try to imagine. Plus we always have this idea muffins are round; not this with its overflowing “muffin-top”.
Just a couple of weekends ago, as I went to Spinelli for my usual coffee-cake/muffin fix, I realised that they have downsized. I commented to one of the crew, who replied that customers complained that the original ones were too big that they couldn’t finish so they made them smaller. I was like, what? Who complained they are too big? It’s just a muffin, for goodness’ sake, unless they are alluding to it being too big and therefore containing too many calories no thanks to how these things are made, i.e. sugar and flour, etc… Otherwise, if someone can eat a McSpicy burger together with a pack of fries and cola, what is a muffin, seriously? Unless the muffin is their dessert after a sandwich and large latte, or something like that. Or the crew was just trying to pull a fast one on me.
The muffin now looks cute and finally, it does resemble what a muffin is supposed to look like. But in terms of its size, it is just pathetic. With a muffin this size and a cup of coffee, I don’t know which part of my stomach it fills up if this is going to be my breakfast or lunch. Originally, one muffin costs S$3.60 I think, now at this size, I think it’s either S$2.30 or S$2.80. Either ways, I think the reduction in price is disproportionate with the decrease in size. Well I guess that is always how things work but maybe this will make me gravitate back to either Starbucks or CBTL with muffins that are slightly bigger and costs S$3+, but perhaps are more substantial for me to count as a meal.