Tea Mama: Tea that’s good and good for you

We love our tea, whether infused with fruits or milk. We cannot seem to get away from our daily dose of sweet sugary tea goodness. It’s more than an addiction but also a part of our lifestyle and with that lifestyle comes the real question…

Is this good for me?

Now, you’re given a choice of what’s good for you without sacrificing the flavor and goodness of tea.

Tea Mama knows what’s good and good for you. 

Like any mother, Tea Mama knows what’s good and what’s good for you just like our real moms. Our moms only want the best for us and so does Tea Mama. We make sure we preserve the freshness and bring out the natural flavors of each drink. Tea is warm and fulfilling and that’s our goal with each cup that we blend for you. Each of our tea blends are unique and carefully sourced from all over the world by the country’s First Certified Tea Master, Renee Sebastian.

Tea Mama Fruit Series

#ChooseGood

Tea Mama encourages you to Choose Good by making sure we use only the freshest ingredients and expertly brewed tea to bring out the best in every drink. We want our tea to help nourish, soothe and uplift the body. Tea Mama is made for the health conscious you.

#DoGood

Tea Mama is a sustainable brand that encourages care for the planet by using only eco- friendly methods and biodegradable materials. We also source some of our ingredients locally and is proudly produced in the Philippines.

#FeelGood

Tea Mama wants you to enjoy the goodness of tea, just the way you prefer it. With various options, you can create you tea drink, just the way you like it. Tea Mama offers vegan, non-dairy and other options that fits your lifestyle. Treating yourself to a tea infused drink is now guilt-free.

Tea Mama Vegan Options

Tea Mama offers fresh and fruity tea blends, healthy vegan & non-dairy milk tea
options and delicious matcha latte blends.

At Tea Mama, we let you get to know more about each tea blend that you are about to
consume. Go ahead and always feel free to ask us with what goes inside your cup. Let
us help you elevate your appreciation for tea. Tea Mama shares this warmth with
everyone who comes across our shops and beverages.

Time to #ChooseGood, #DoGood and #FeelGood with Tea Mama.

Tea Mama will open its first branch in the country at the SM Megamall Food Hall on July 10.

Product info and images provided by Tea Mama via a press release.

Authentic Sichuan Cuisine at Fantaste, Salcedo Village

Sichuan (also called Szechuan) cuisine, which originates from Chinese province of the same name, is known for its bold flavors, resulting from the variety of seasonings and cooking methods used.

Newly opened restaurant Fantaste brings a taste of Sichuan into the heart of Makati City.  Along with a selected group of bloggers and foodies (as well as my daughter, #ExhibitA), I was able to attend its Grand Opening and sample its many food offerings.

The restaurant’s mascot is reminiscent of Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda, chosen because, according to the wait staff, the panda symbolizes friendship, unity and world peace.

Fantaste’s claim to fame is its rice bowls.  These dishes are individually cooked in their own clay pot bowl, topped with hearty servings of viands, accompanied by steamed bok choi and half a salted egg, then doused with a secret sauce upon serving.  Its heated clay pot container maintains the rice bowls’ heat during the entire meal, even giving the bottom grains a slightly toasted crunch and flavor.

Given a choice of which among its twelve rice bowl choices to sample, I opted for the Chicken and Mushroom (Php260) while my daughter got intrigued with the mysteriously titled The Best of Fantaste (Php220).  To be honest, I think I had the better choice, my bowl having a better mixture of tastes and textures.

I overheard from my seatmates (and seconded by my daughter who is more well-traveled than I) that the dishes feature the taste of mainland China’s provinces, rather than the taste we normally associate with Hong Kong which is more familiar to the Filipino palette.  We all welcome the variety that these bring to our dining experience, although some would be an acquired taste: the Red Jujube and White Fungus Soup (Php120) for example, had a seemingly bland broth with explosions of sweet and tartness from the date fruit and the meat flavor of its chicken bits.

The restaurant also has a breakfast menu which we were all also able to sample: the Congee (Php120) and Beef and Lettuce Congee (Php140) which, to me, served as a subtle palette for toppings; the Steamed Vermicelli Roll (Php120) which had a nice spicy kick; the carbo-loaded Yangzhuo (or more commonly known as Yang Chow) Fried Rice (Php160); Pork Ribs coated with Glutinous Rice (Php140); the Dry Fried Noodles with Beef (Php180) which had a nice peanut-ty taste; and the Fried Noodles with Three Shreds (Php180).

Those looking to complete their taste of authentic Chinese food can even opt for drinks imported from the mainland such as Chinese versions of our favorite softdrinks, flavored yogurt drinks and flavored teas.

Given the novelty of its food offerings, I would suggest to the restaurant manager to consider having a menu with pictures and descriptions of the dishes.  That way, the really adventurous foodies would know which items are in line with their palates while the less gastronomically conservative patrons can choose those which more closely align with their taste.

I would also suggest a less upbeat background music: the resto’s offerings are somewhat traditional and some can even be considered medicinal (particularly its herbal teas) .  If the resto would like to capitalize on the health benefits of its cuisine, a more languid and traditional background music would be more appropriate.

Just my two cents… 🙂

Foodies who will journey all the way to Makati to visit this resto should also consider where they can park.  Parking spots are severely limited and the nearest pay parking area charges Php80 for just two hours.

Disclosure: Together with other bloggers, I was invited to attend this restaurant’s Grand Opening.  All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Fantaste Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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