Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Let me let you in on a little secret that I know to be true: Salvation can be found in a cup of tea. At this not-so-ordinary teahouse in Cagayan de Oro City, Chingkee Te brings her creative flair to her artisanal tea and serves up a range of other legit Taiwanese drinks that would impress the most fussy tea lovers. 

At any time on any given day, you will find this teahouse filled with happy customers, every table occupied, and a queue of wishful tea lovers at the door. Lucky enough I got to go there first thing in the morning on a weekday where it was still serene, but it wasn't for long haha! I'm sure everyone has already heard of this lovely tea shop, but that won't stop me from sharing with you all my tea experience at Chingkeetea. I've been looking for a chance to blog about this place and I guess now's the perfect time (better late than never, right? Haha!). 

Chingkeetea deserves a spot in my heart and in my blog. I have been an avid fan of this teahouse ever since it opened around 2011 (I guess). I could still remember my first drink, which was, still, and will be my forever favorite, the wintermelon milk tea with noodles haha! I have witnessed the humble beginning of this place where they started out as a small teahouse until they already expanded their space to accommodate the never ending growing population of milk tea patrons in the city.  
Chingkeetea is home to CDO's authentic Taiwanese tea drinks for a very affordable and reasonable price! Ranging from Php60 to Php80. They use only high-quality tealeaves handpicked from Taiwan, the hometown of milk tea. Service is fast and friendly with minimal fuss. While looking for a vacant table can be difficult, it doesn't seem to intimidate the hordes of tea lovers that make their way at this place at all hours of the day! It's especially packed even on rainy afternoons, when you can hear lots of slurping! 
Definitely not fine dining but nowhere near fast food, Chingkeetea sits comfortably in the middle. It's most definitely a cool place to be with its casual vibe, upbeat hipster music, and creative space with a contemporary artsy fartsy aesthetic. It's no question why this place won the most voted #WonderfulMindaNOW spot for 2014. Again, Congratulations! This is not your ordinary milk teahouse so better come with an open mind and fully charged phone because honestly, every nook of this place is simply instagram-worthy! 

Visit and like Chingkeetea's facebook page. This lovely teahouse is located at Marfori Compound, Pabayo-Gaerlan Sts., Cagayan de Oro City. Go now and have a magical tea experience!

Oh My Pastry Cafe

Saturday, September 06, 2014

It was a calm afternoon and a slow day for me after school so it made me thought to myself, this is probably the best time for me to go binge eating and have some “me time” haha! The first food spot that popped inside my head was "Oh My Pastry and Cafe". This gem of a bistro continues to draw loyal crowd of repeat customers seeking the comfort of its honest to goodness frappes and pastries. The cafe has that distinct characters of artsy-ness, a bit left-of-center, but never intimidating, and it remains approachable even its pastry chef, Honey Ching, who is fond to play with flavors of all sorts!

It’s not my first time here though, but every time I go to this quaint little cafe it just feels like my first time because something new always seems to pop out in every nook of the shop. For the first time, I tried their matcha green tea frappe 16 oz. (Php110) (it’s also available in  8 oz.) and I didn’t regret it! I swear, I’m not really a big fan of green tea, but this one (next to my fave kitkat green tea flavor lol) is an exception! The HOT matcha is also a MUST TRY! I also tried their oreo crumbs (sylvannas coated with crushed oreos)(Php40) and their oreo cupcake (Php55). I just love oreos and it was surely an oreo overload for me!!! Hahaha. What I love about this place is that they offer a selection of chalkboard specialities that changes regularly. As of now, they’re offering sandwiches and how lucky I was to have a bite of their Canadian ham sandwich (Php75). Simply delish! (Oh yeah, the sandwiches menu was made on-the-spot by yours truly haha! I’ve been into basic typography and lettering lately.) All their pastries and sandwiches are freshly baked on the premises and are of outstanding quality. The warm and friendly atmosphere makes it a perfect choice for a first date! 

  • Chocolate frappe
  • Matcha Green Tea frappe 
  • HOT matcha green tea
  • Sylvannas
  • Carrot cake (One of Chef Honey’s top pick!)
  • Canadian Sandwich
  • Lasagna
  • Flavored iced teas
Oh My Pastry and Cafe should be in your caffes-to-visit-list whenever you’re around CDO. The chef’s inventive takes on pastries are always a treat to discover! They’re located at Yacapin-Velez Sts., Cagayan de Oro City

Lifelike Sugar Flowers by Chef JP

Thursday, September 04, 2014

I love exploring! I love trying out new things especially when it comes to food. Just recently, I discovered something new that is surely a game changer in the pastry world–Lifelike Sugar Flowers by Chef JP.
Admit it, at first glance you thought those flowers on top of the cake were real, didn’t you? Because that’s what I’ve thought the first time I saw these beautiful and delicious creations by Chef JP. How can something so beautiful be edible? Read more to find out!


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