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Dazzling Beverages

On the hunt for some spectacular thirst quenchers...
Vanessa Kou
Vanessa Kou
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Giving the start of the long weekend a chocolatey boost with Curious Palette's Sea Salt Chocolate - a smooth concoction layered with bright citrusy noted and hints of salt.

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Hot Chocolate is a must for me every Christmas and who doesn't like to curl up with a warm cuppa of cocoa! Hence, being one of the best that I had of late, The Glasshouse’s Single-origin Chocolate was utterly delightful. I am no hardcore chocolatier but expect a well-rounded cup with the perfect balance of milk and lingering bittersweet chocolate finish. Not overly thick like drinkable chocolate, the concoction was also pretty decadent on its own with the unique, unmistakable aroma of cocoa.

Caught news that Cha Tra Mue's popular Rose Tea Soft Serve Ice Cream will be hitting our shores and made available at selected outlets starting tomorrow (30th November) but would have to make do with their aromatic yet mildly laxative Rose Milk Tea for now. And if it is anything like the smooth bandung-like concoction, it should be all rosy, pinky and pleasantly milky. Mmmm…

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Double Iced Cappuccino ($8), Cafe Latte ($7) & Matcha Latte ($7.50)

Unfortunately nothing to shout about, my Matcha Latte from Omotesando was a tad too milky and lacked the distinctive bitter-sweetness of quality matcha. But ultimately the smooth concoction was worth a try to see what the hype was for.

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With the recent rainy weather, I just want to cuddle up and stay indoor with VXX’s Butterscotch Hot Chocolate ($7). Slightly salty and sticky sweet, the concoction was not your typical gooey and rich hot cocoa. But instead a little more milky which resulted in a somewhat smoother and balanced cup, imo. Combining their house-made butterscotch with 52% cocoa and honeycomb crumble; the bits of confectionery was a nice touch - adding a crunch and another dimension of sweetness.

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There's nothing quite like having a warm, creamy-smooth cup of Matcha Latte ($5) in a quiet cafe hiding from the rain.

It was a little on the sweeter side, but the evident fragrance from the bittersweet matcha powder and the combination of milk was 💯!

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Fruce's signature, Coco Fruce ($4.80) is a coconut lover's dream come true. Like a sip right from the husk of a fresh young coconut, be sure to add a topping of capelini to double the enjoyment. The alluring sweet blend was also light yet surprisingly strong and clean. You just have to try it for yourself~ And for something stronger their delectable creations such as Avocado Coconut and Red Velvet Truffle are literally drinkable dessert in a cup!

In a “tea coma” since last night, join in the festivities at the first-ever #SGTeaFest located at @ion_orchard B4 ION Station from 10am - 10pm tomorrow (last day)! Showcasing over 18 local brands, this 2-day celebration organized by The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. sees many teas and tea flavoured treats in one single spot. The four main elements being the ‘Tea Market’, ‘Teapitiam’. ‘Tea Room’ and ‘Tea Museum’.

Cleanse and incite your palate at the market with @infusiondevie organic teas expertly blended with Chinese herbs, @hellojuantea colourful home-brewed herbal potions, @tea.chapter traditional concoctions, @amuseprojects artisanal alcohol-inspired mash-up (love the Pina Colada) and @pinteaonline localized floral-themed brews.

Then fill your belly at the pop-up cafe with modern tea bites such as @bopgelato Chamomile & Torch Ginger Blossom gelato, @inthebrickyard fluffy Ondeh ondeh cake and @BirdBirdSG Berry Pockie OGnut infused with @1872clippertea Blissful Berries. What’s more get your hands on @1872clippertea’s National Day Collection and yummy chocolate bars! Yass!

All thanks to @burpple for the lovely invite and the awesome goodies!! Be sure to pop by their booth and redeem a cute pack of stickers when you flash their app~

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For the taste of summer the Provencal Iced Ceylon Tea ($5.50) comes infused with herbs (rosemary and thyme) and their housemade lavender syrup. (Like “liang teh”) And by just topping up another 50 cents, smoothen the concoction and soften the herbal notes with a pitcher of milk.

And if that sounds like your cup of tea, make reservations via chopesg and simply vote at the listed cafe/ restaurant to stand a chance to win a 3D2N all-expense paid staycation at M Social 5 Star Luxury Hotel and gifts of tea from Dilmah till 31st July. Also be sure to share your photos of your tea-inspired treats with the hashtags #TeaInspiredAwards #TeaInspired #DilmahSG.

Read more here:
http://competitions.dilmahtea.com/tea-inspired-awards/

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Sharing the joy and the appreciation of tea, homegrown brand Yuan Cha 源茶 derived from a famous proverb, 『掘井之人,飲水思源』is literally 'armed' with a purpose to deliver quality tea experiences as each cup is manually shaken by their trained staff. And sourced directly from a trusted plantation in Taiwan, you can certainly get the distinct and full taste of tea from the range - classic black/ red tea, green tea, Tie Guan Yin and Puer tea.

A healthier alternative to the mass bubble teas shops we have, the focus is on more tea than bubble as replacing the usual black tapioca peals is their QQ toppings (+80 cents) made from green tea, sweet potatoes and yam (my favourite). Chewy and imparts a tinge of natural sweetness.

For the serious tea lovers, their basic tea would be right up your alley. And for something sweet but not cloyingly so, have a go at their Honey Series which is customizable with their honey level - the Honey Osmanthus Tea ($4.50/$5.70) we had being pleasantly floral and light but note to adjust the sweetness to 50% for optimal enjoyment. To open up your appetite and to take-on the hot day, their Apple Vinegar Oolong ($3.80/$4.90) from the Fruit Vinegar Series was both tangy and refreshing. Not a fan of vinegar, I overcome the initial sharpness of the fruit vinegar and everything just balanced perfectly after the first sip. However, my pick would be pairing the Snow topping (+$1) with their basic teas as the luscious, creamy layer didn’t overwhelm the tea and instead enrich the fragrance.

What’s more expect a third outlet opening soon at Nex! Be sure to listen out for the rolling and rhythmic sound of their shaking~

Thank you Yuan Cha Singapore for the hospitality and Mr Goh for sharing with us; a huge thanks to Burpple for the kind invite!

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With no shortage of quaint coffee shops to sit and sip along Keong Saik Road, The Daily Roundup’s interior boasts a lovely industrial yet cosy vibe. And when better to appreciate the space than when it’s dark and gloomy out, with a cup of hot tea to warm you up or a refreshing drink as a perfect accompaniment to our blazing afternoon sun.

Serving a sweet variety of crêpes, the Berries ($14) comes with a medley of seasonal berries, creme Chantilly, caramelised almonds and red fruit coulis. A good balance of tanginess and do remember to couple that with a scoop of Vanilla Bean ($4) ice cream to amp up the factor of lusciousness. The crêpe itself, made with premium wheat flour was distinctly light and slightly stretchy when pulled apart. Though the price is the main deterrence for me, their Roselle Hibisus Iced Tea ($8) was a thirst-quenching concoction to wash the crêpes down!

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Cookie Straws : Practicality as a straw is about a 2 out of 5, but as a cookie wafer I will give it an additional 2 points as it did add a nice hit of chocolate to the Matcha Earl Grey Jelly Frappuccino.

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Do I eat too much dessert?! I don't think so~ IG: @vanessa_kou | Tumblr: dessert-foodi-li-cious

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