Another tea shop had opened in the neighborhood–Fruiteamix, located in Connecticut Street, Greenhills, San Juan. While the place was small, it was cheerfully decorated, with a splash of bright and happy colors. There are also a number of parking slots located right outside.
On with the teas. We ordered their Royal Milk Tea with pearls and Strawberry Milk Tea with jelly strips. I loved their Strawberry Milk Tea!! It’s the best drink for the summer. You know how strawberry drinks would either taste so artificially sweet or like cough syrup? Well, Fruiteamix’s Strawberry Milk Tea isn’t any of that. It has just the right amount of sweetness and the blending of the strawberry with the tea and the texture of the jelly strips make a big difference 🙂 As for the Royal Milk Tea, I specified 50% sweetness, which made it bland. If you’re going to order this, get it with 100% sweetness.
We also ordered Potato Cheese Balls (I remembered to take a photo when there was only one ball left though). They were served really hot but they were good with the tea.
I was also able to chat with the owners, Michelle and Kat, who are sisters and business partners. They told us that Fruiteamix was a start-up business that they conceptualized, and not a franchise from abroad as other tea establishments like Chatime or Happy Lemon.
They said that what makes them different is that they freshly brew the teas for individual drinks and they also have a selection of fruit-based drinks that are appropriate for kids whose parents don’t want to give them caffeinated drinks. And I also learned that Kat’s husband owns Konbini, the Japanese grocery next door, which also has a Japanese restaurant that’s becoming popular. They recommended some items to try there and I’d definitely like to visit Konbini soon 🙂
And for the first time, I also got to try my Foodie Journal, a gift from a year ago 🙂
Here’s a photo of the complete menu. Please click on the photo to enlarge.
Recently, I had a discussion with friends on whether tea shops are only big in areas with Chinese-Filipino communities, like Greenhills or Banawe. Like how successful will Serenitea be if it’s located in Makati? Personally, I didn’t take to liking milk tea drinks until recently. When I got to taste them, I found I liked them too. Filipinos definitely don’t grow up drinking milk with tea in the same way as we do with Coke or blended coffee drinks. But maybe if tea shops would be more accessible to more people, then perhaps we’ll see if it will really suit the Filipino palate. Until then, the verdict is still out whether tea shops will only be successful in Chinese-Filipino enclaves or worse, just a short-lived fad like Zagu.
After that short treatise on milk tea in the Filipino culture, on to more sartorial pursuits, such as an outfit post in the late afternoon sun 😉
Lucca from The Ramp at Crossings white wraparound shirt
Red SM department store skirt
Black with leopard detail SM department store belt
Random aviator sunglasses
Forest green 168 bazaar bag
Charles & Keith heels
Sometimes, it can all get a bit too stiflingly urbanized. But there are days, just like that day, when one spends enjoying a weekday afternoon with some cool drinks and the golden light, I get to be thankful for being nowhere else but here. Cheers! 🙂
#57 Connecticut Street, Northeast Greenhills, San Juan