Hey there, tea drinkers! I hope you’re having a great day. Today’s post is the second in my new ongoing series, Tea Out, in which I share experiences where I’ve come upon tasty, or even just interesting, tea when I’m out in the world, at restaurants, cafes and the like.
I recently discovered the existence of matcha LOVE Dallas, a little matcha LOVE retail location amongst food court shops within the Mitsuwa Marketplace in Plano, TX. The café selection includes a few flavors of matcha ice cream, some shakes (with a boba option), and a small selection of hot Japanese teas available by the cup. The shop also sells some tins/packages of matcha, some matcha accesories, as well as small selection of Ito En loose leaf teas. Here is a shot of the storefront:
So far, my girlfriend and I have visited the shop twice. The first time we went we got to try a sample of a cold/iced sencha green tea, which was quite tasty. We ordered a hoji boba shake: a shake made from their hoji (roasted matcha green tea) ice cream with a dash of boba (black pearl tapioca balls, like those used in bubble teas). It was quite a delicious treat, and I really enjoyed the roastiness of the hoji flavored beverage. Unfortunatlely, in my excitement and with the tastiness of the drink, I didn’t think to snap a photo. The next time I purchase a hoji boba shake I’ll try to remember to snap a photo and come back and add it here.
On our second visit, yesterday actually, we purchased a matcha boba shake (made with the matcha green tea ice cream). This one was also delicious, with a strong matcha flavor and not too sweet; the boba were also nice and chewy. Here it is:
So, there you have it: tasty matcha shakes from the matcha LOVE Dallas café in Plano, TX. If you are in the Plano/Dallas area, I’d definitely recommend giving matcha LOVE Dallas a try; I also think the Mitsuwa Marketplace in a fun place to visit in and of itself. I’m looking forward to future visits, and I think that next time I’ll try out one of the hot teas: maybe the subject of a future post…
Thanks for reading! I hope this post inspires you to get out there and to keep trying new teas, or in this case, tea infused treats.
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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