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My favorite Milk Tea place is Affinitea

I have this huge obsession with milk tea. Milk tea makes my day, milk tea soothes me, milk tea gives me life, milk tea runs in my blood.

Ever since I had this calling for milk tea, I decided to try all milk tea houses I see and so far, I’ve gotta say that Affinitea is my favorite.

Affinitea has a lot of branches across Manila, you may check their branches online but the one closest to my place is their Legarda branch beside Mang Inasal and Chowking. I always drink here so halos lahat ng drinks nila na-try ko na lol! Here’s their menu:

Let’s now talk about the drinks. I’ll start with my top favorite drinks sold here:

1. Dino Milk Tea with Nature Salt & Cheese (P135) – has a premium milk tea base topped with milo powder and nature salt & cheese toppings. It’s a perfect blend of sweetness and saltiness. I usually take off its cap so I can eat the milo powder and chunks of NSC. The milo x NSC just brings a twist to the milk tea base that’s why I really like this one. I never tried any other tea house with such blend.

2. Oreo Milk Tea with Cream Puff (P125) – has a premium milk tea base then crumbs of Oreo as toppings na usually nagsisink down sa baba. It doesn’t have pearls but it has this cream puff that’s like all purpose cream with a thicker texture and tastes creamy. Its creaminess balances the smoothness of the milk tea base. I usually take the cup’s cap off to eat the chunks of the cream puff. I can say that this blend of Affinitea is also unique, there are a lot of Oreo milk teas out there but the cream puff in this drink just gives it a twist. This is Affinitea’s top one best seller tho!

3. Wintermelon Milk Tea with Pearl(P105) – just like your common legit wintermelon milk tea topped with the chewy sweet tapioca pearls. If you’re craving for wintermelon milk tea, this one’s for you.

4. Premium Milk Tea (P115) – this one is like wintermelon milk tea except that it’s leafy flavor is a little less than the Wintermelon milk tea. It’s like a milk tea with a higher content of milk. It also has these chewy and sweetened tapioca pearls that you can chew while you drink. If you’re a milk tea lover who loves legit milk teas, you’ll probably love this.

5. Milk Tea with Pearl (P105) – the most basic milk tea in this beverage house. It’s basically just like the premium milk tea, I honestly don’t taste much difference between the two so if you’re short by P10, you can get this one instead of the Premium Milk tea. It still goes with the tapioca pearls anyway!

Those mentioned above are my favorite drinks from this tea house. Y’all should give it a try!

Affinitea in Legarda has french fries (available in salted, sour cream and cheese flavor), nachos and burgers that you can munch while you drink your favorite beverage. Just recently, they started tk offer rice meals available for P99 though I can’t really recommend it because it’s not as good as their drinks. Last time I ordered corned beef with egg, I was disappointed because the egg felt so raw like it was cooked for 10 seconds and then got served, lol!

Moving on to the place, I haven’t tried visiting other branches of Affinitea so I’ll just describe their branch in Legarda.

The place is kinda small, it can only accommodate around 22 people in maximum. The staffs are very fast movers, you don’t have to wait for so long for your orders but what I don’t like is that they don’t smile a lot to the customers.

Affinitea has been my favorite milk tea source ever since and up until today pero ito rin yung isa sa pinaka-pricey na milk tea source because usually, the common budget for a cup of milk tea is around P90-105 pero dito it ranges P105-135.

In Summary:

Taste: 5/5

Packaging/Cup: 3/5

Price: 3/5 (Priciest milk tea I’ve had so far)

Will go back again? Yes

Will recommend? Yes

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God, I love Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory

I’m not really a big fan of ice cream desserts but after trying the Cow Cow ice cream from Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory, I changed my mind.

Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory have seven branches in the Philippines but the only ones I’ve visited are their Robinson’s Manila, Alabang Town Center and The Podium branch.

First, I tried their Cow Cow ice cream from Alabang Town Center. You get to choose the base ice cream from the three options given:

•Milk ice cream @ P130

•Cheese ice cream @ P150

•Mix (Milk+Cheese) @ P150.

Then you can also put some add ons to your ice cream:

•Cheesecake @P100/slice

•Salt&Camembert @ P50/pc.

It’s my first time so I wanted to try it all. I chose the Mix ice cream with Cheesecake and Salt & Camembert. That’s P300 all in all.

I’ve tasted so many cheese ice cream and cheesecakes so I was expecting an intense cheesy taste on my mouth but as I tried this one, I was surprised because the cheese didn’t taste so harsh on my mouth. It’s very milky. The ice cream had this cheese taste but it’s not like the conventional cheese ice creams. The cheesecake was different from the typical cheesecakes too. It has a creamy taste that’s balances its saltiness but you can still taste the cheese in it. The Salt&Camembert is a cookie with a cheese filling and just like the ice cream and cheesecake, it doesn’t taste salty.

What’s good in Cow Cow Ice cream is that you wouldn’t feel so bummed about having so much cheese despite that I had cheesecake and cookie in my mix ice cream because it’s taste is a well balanced mixture of milk and cheese. Hindi ka mauumay kahit puro cheese. You would actually crave for it once you try it.

After a couple of weeks, I went to Robinson’s Manila with my friends and came across the Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory stall/booth and of course, I wanted to buy some ice cream but unfortunately, not all TMCF sells the Cow Cow Ice Cream. They said the ones that sell the ice cream are the TMCF with a place at the mall.

So then, I decided to just buy a cheesecake. I bought a whole Milk cheesecake from them for P950 because they don’t sell ones per slice and I’m badly craving for it so I bought it anyway.

The packaging is nice. It’s within a round wooden container and wrapped around a cheese-yellow felt paper (I’m not sure if that’s what this paper is called lol) and the cheesecake itself is held by a plastic container that perfectly grasps its shape. The cheesecake itself is so plain though. It’s just this smooth round cake.

It’s good for gift giving actually. I think this whole cheesecake can be eaten by 3-4 people. It’s just about 6 inches (15.24cm) in diameter, sold at only one size.

For everyone’s convenience, you may try visiting their branches at SM Megamall, Okada, Alabang Town Center, Robinson’s Manila, Trinoma and Evia.

In Summary

Cow Cow Ice Cream

Taste: 5/5

Packaging/Cup: 5/5

Appearance: 5/5

Price: 2/5 (P300 Kinda pricey for an ice cream lol!)

Milk Cheesecake

Taste: 5/5

Packaging/Cup: 5/5

Appearance: 4/5

Price: 4/5

Will go back again? Yes.

Will recommend? Yes.

Man, I love Macao Imperial Tea

I recently just discovered this milk tea house in Lucky Chinatown Mall called “Macao Imperial Tea.” It’s at the mall’s second floor.

If you’ve been following my social media pages or you’re my friend, you should know by now how much I love milk tea. I basically live to try all milk tea brands/shops.

March 11, 2018 is when I came across Macao Imperial Tea and decided to give their beverages a try. I was actually heading to Happy Lemon but then I came across this tea house so I think it’s destiny’s work lol!

Macao Imperial Tea on Zomato

During my first visit, I tried their Creamcheese and Pearl Milk Tea for P100. They only have one size for their beverages.

Man, it’s super worth the price. This Creamcheese and Pearl Milk Tea has this distinct and unique taste but once it reaches your mouth, you’ll know it’s LEGIT milk tea. Hindi lang siya yung powdered milk tea. It’s like the classic milk tea then meron siyang creamcheese blend na parang nestle cream ang texture and it tastes milky and slightly salty like Nature salt and it balances the sweetness ng milk tea.

March 22, 2018, I came back here again to try some other beverage and I chose to try their Creamcheese Milk Tea for P120.

I really like the cup of this one. It’s actually durable, pwede siya iuwi and gamitin ulit.

The taste? It’s fine pero I still prefer the Cheesecake and Pearl Milk Tea. Ito kasing Cream Cheese Milk Tea is like Cheesecake and Pearl Milk Tea pero halo na siya, blended na siya maigi. Yung CPMT kase separated yung cream from the milk tea, itong CMT parang nablender na siya plus mas mafefeel mo yung rock salt sa drink kase may buo buo talagang rock salt.

November 2018, my heart went back to Macao Imperial Tea when I tried their Cream Cheese Uji Matcha na super sarap like it’s not milk tea pero it’s creamy and the leafy taste ng Matcha is there though medyo pricey siya, I think it’s worth the try.

Top Flavor Picks:

• Chestnut Series: Chestnut Cocoa

• Cream Cheese Series: Cream Cheese Uji Matcha

• Milk Tea Series: Cheesecake and Pearl Milk Tea

• Special Drink: Kitten Milk Tea

• Soda Series: Over the Rainbow

In summary:

Taste: 5/5

Packaging/Cup: 5/5

Price: 3.7/5 (Price went up around July 2018!)

Will go back again? Yes

Will recommend? Yes