“…now addicted to milk teas – Wintermelon pearl milk tea from Tutti Frutti and Matcha Red Bean Smoothie from Chatime”  is what my FB status says. And no, I did not write anything on my status yesterday about the Pacquiao-Marquez fight like everyone did. I’m writing this to get over my writer’s block – I joined Nanowrimo this year for the first time and I managed to get to 50k words already, but I’m now having problems on how to end my novel. But since I had milk tea last week, then yesterday and today, I decided to write about it.

Let’s begin with Tutti Frutti http://www.tuttifrutti.com.ph. Now, this is a frozen yogurt chain of stores with 50+ flavors of yogurt currently, with a new addition to their menu, the milk teas. They have several flavors of milk teas, fruit milk teas and yakult milk teas; (this one of those times I wish I took pictures of the menu) the ones we ordered were the Royal Milk tea and the Wintermelon milk tea, both with coffee jelly. You have to believe the staff when they say one of their best sellers is the Wintermelon milk tea. So the next time I get to order again, (that was yesterday) I bought the Wintermelon milk tea, but with pearls (tapioca) this time. For me, I prefer just 50% sugar for the wintermelon milk tea. It’s P85 for a 500ml order of this delicious milk tea. And while we’re there, my husband decided to order vanilla yogurt. Tutti Frutti is one of those yogurt chains which are self service – and they weigh the yogurt for the price, not with the size of the cups; and it’s P20 per ounce. I’m not a fan of frozen yogurt; I never really liked the tartness (I know, you’re probably screaming at the screen “because it’s yogurt!”) but Tutti Frutti changed all that. My husband and I were actually surprised that the vanilla yogurt had no tartness and tasted like a normal vanilla ice cream, although it was not that smooth (you’re probably screaming again “because it’s frozen yogurt!”). But considering that it’s P20 an ounce, it seemed expensive especially they only had one cup size (large) available.

Chatime http://ichatime.com (this page is in Chinese though) – is  chain of milk tea branches, which is quite new here. They also have branches in Taiwan, China, Hongkong, Singapore, Macau, Vietnam, Malaysia, USA and Australia. I’ve gone to their SM North Edsa branch twice, and tried their Pearl Milk tea for the first time. I had the choice to have my drink with normal ice and sweetness. But they do have these following options: 0% No Ice, 70%  Less Ice, 100% Normal Ice, and 110% Extra Ice and 0% Sugar, 30% Sugar, 50% Sugar, 80% Sugar, 100% Normal Sugar, 110% Extra Sugar. It was the usual milk tea experience for me; I didn’t quite smile or raved about it but neither did I hate it. But they do have these small, black, circle coaster like thingies which is given to you after you order, that flashes your designated number and vibrates when your order is up at the counter. The next time I went there, I ordered their Japanese Matcha Red Bean Smoothie – and I will rave about it now. I admit, I am a fan of Matcha, from simple Matcha tea to Matcha frap of CBTL but not Starbucks. Why? Starbucks Matcha frap is overwhelmed by too much sweetness. Matcha Red Bean Smoothie has that distinct, tea flavor that makes it stand out from other teas out there, aside from the color being green.  The matcha taste still stands out, but perfectly blends with the flavor of the sweet red beans, a perfect partner for matcha. I will definitely order this again, but will go for large next time! It’s a much cheaper alternative for Starbucks or CBTL, right?

Now off to finish my novel! 😀