Hey there, tea drinkers! I hope you’re having a great week. Today’s post is the first in a new ongoing series: Tea Out. In these posts, I want to share experiences in which I come upon tasty, or even just interesting, tea when I’m out in the world, at restaurants, cafes and the like. So, I’ll just jump right in with a recent experience.
My girlfriend and I recently went out of town for a friend’s baby shower, and after the shower we travelled a little further to go visit some of my family. We passed through Tyler, TX, which is the city nearest the more rural area where I grew up; the City of Tyler is home to The Rose Garden, and it is the self-proclaimed “Rose Capital of the United States.” On our return trip the following day, we passed back through Tyler again. It was around 6ish (p.m.), and my girlfriend and I decided that we should just go ahead and stop for dinner in Tyler before finishing the rest of our drive back to Dallas, TX. After a quick online search for Thai food, we ended up going to a relatively new Thai restaurant named Chiangmai Thai Kitchen (it said Chiangmai Thai Sushi on the exterior) just off of Broadway in Tyler. While at Chiangmai we enjoyed a pleasant dinner during which we noted that the restaurant also had a selection of Bubble Teas; this was noteworthy to me because I still remember a time, not so terribly long ago, when Bubble tea didn’t exist in Tyler. My girlfriend and I are big fans of Bubble tea, and we have it pretty regularly while at home (back in the Dallas area). Therefore, we decided to splurge and grab a couple for the road. I ordered a green milk tea with (tapioca) pearls while she ordered a Thai tea with pearls.
To my delight, they were quite tasty, and my girlfriend and I both enjoyed our Bubble teas during the drive back to Dallas. The flavors of each one were great, and the pearls/boba were pleasantly soft and chewy: all around a great bubble tea experience.
So, there you have it: some rather tasty green milk and Thai bubble teas prepared by the Chiangmai Thai Kitchen in The Rose Capitol of the US, Tyler, TX. My only complaint (and I say this in jest) is that they used the rounded open-top lids and not the flat laminated lids.
Thanks for reading! I hope this post inspires you to get out there and to keep trying new teas. Do you have any experiences of your own that you’d like to share? Or maybe you have a tea or place you think I should tea out? Drop a line down in the comments to let me know.
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That’s it, tea drinkers. Until next time, keep enjoying the wondrous taste of tea! — Blake – the tea drinker behind Blake’s Tea Journal