It was around July of last year when I first learned about Charabento and visited the place by accident. My friend, Chasing James and I had our very instagrammable bento meal that time. Later, I learned from the owner, Ms. Ajero, that Charabento offers tutorial sessions on how to prepare these very cute bento meal arts. Without second thoughts, I jumped into a new fun and learning experience. I was able to create my very first “bunny” bento meal. Read my blog here or you may also watch my experience on this video below.
Well, obviously, I truly had fun in my very first ever creative bento meal art! 🙂
What’s I did not show you is how comfy it is to stay here at Charabento cafe. The store is spacious and can take quite a number of guests. Students love coming here hugging giant teddy that makes you feel always a kid at heart, plus there’s a sense of “home” in here.
Because this coffee and tea house is located at Timesquare Talamban, students from nearby schools (Talamban NHS is just in front) are the major customers. During my first dine here, we were surrounded by a lot of teeners chit-chatting, students who just had a break from school. Why not? It’s not just near and the place is not only cozy, but the prices are also affordable – VERY STUDENT FRIENDLY.
Every corner is a nice spot for that perfect smile, too. Make sure to bring that photographer friend of yours and ready that “pangmalakasang-pose” 🙂 I tell you, there are a lot of instagram-worthy corners here.
Aside from the bento meals that this cafe is very well known of, they also have a wide array of different drinks. One of my favorite is the Sunset Drink – it’s very colorful and it can really quench your thirst.
Of course, who would miss the favorite drink of today’s time – MILKTEA! They offer different flavors of milktea, too, which use fresh milk and not just creamer. Watch my video below and get a gyst on how they prepare their milkteas.
So yum-yum isn’t it?
For milktea lovers, make sure to drop by at their store this Sinulog month. They have a promo running until January 31, 2020. For a price of 199php, you get to have unlimited milktea and unlimited fries! Sobrang sulit na!
Growing up, I have not been a tea fan or tea lover because I feel that the taste of it is so plain and it does not satisfy my palate (or maybe I have been tasting the cheapest teas before 🙂 I grew up loving sweets and sweet drinks, and tea is never on my list. However, the rise of milkteas changed my perspective. In Zamboanga, there’s this rising milktea store in the school where I have taught that really made every student and teacher crazy! On my first year here in Cebu City, I’ve been hopping to café shops to find the best milktea, and taste the best frappes and smoothies in town.
Early this year, I became conscious of my body and weight, and I promised myself to lose weight and look better on the outside. I went into a fitness gym and never rested except Sundays of the week. During my first week at the gym, I had a hard time controlling my food intake, and I remember I have a former student who’s now a registered nutritionist/dietician and a fitness instructor. I tweeted her and ask for some advice like the basic things to do when attending gym sessions. One of the things she said was to drink tea, specifically green tea, and more importantly to drink this before bedtime. That’s how I got to know tea better, and the health benefits it gives to our body. By that time, I forced myself to at least do the routines of drinking tea twice every day. But still, I only do that for the purpose of losing weight to partner with my gym routines, and because I still don’t love the taste of it, drinking tea did not become a habit and it did not last.
Checklist on the Health Benefits of Tea
Tea contains antioxidants.
Tea has less caffeine than coffee.
Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Tea may help with weight loss.
Tea may help protect your bones.
Tea may keep your smile bright.
Tea may boost the immune system.
On Tasting the Best Tea
I realized that the taste of teas perhaps depends on the type of tea, or on the brands you take. I remember my co-teacher in Basilan, Ryan, who has been ordering and drinking tea whenever we go and eat out with some friends on the famous hotel and restaurant we have there in town, I actually love the taste of their tea there. Although I don’t order teas, but Ryan will always willingly share or let us taste the tea he will order every time we go there. There’s a smell and taste of sweetness that soothes perfectly to your nose and throat. I thought that was the best tea I will taste ever for the rest of my life, until I tasted the tea of Island Tea Co!
Getting to Know Island Tea Co. More!
Island Tea Co. is not just a typical milk tea store! For the information of everybody, they are not even a milk tea store. They are actually a TEA STORE that sells one of the finest tea in the country. Their edge over other tea or milk tea stores? They give us the best and finest Ceylon Teas that are ONLY produced in Sri Lanka! Plus, what you get are not just ordinary teas that are prepared on tea bags and concentrates, but theirs are teas that are prepared from loose, dry tea leaves! So, yes, you are tasting not only the imported and finest teas from Sri Lanka, but you know as well that the tea you are drinking are more organic, healthier and 100 % natural tea compared to other tea beverages you’ll taste on some café or milktea stores!
So, yes, they are proud to claim that they serve the real tea because of their loose leaf teas! And yes, after tasting their teas and milkteas, I am more than convinced, without a doubt!
At first, the idea only started with bringing and selling loose tea leaves here in the Philippines, until the owner, who’s by the way a Sri Lankan himself, thought of expanding it as a store that caters other trendsetting tea beverages.
Today, what they have in their stores are the following: milk teas, black teas, green teas, fruit teas, tea mocktails, tea shakes and tea smoothies. They also serve pure ceylon hot milk teas that are very new and are not seen on other milktea or tea stores. Just as you thought milk teas are cold drinks only, they have hot milk teas here that will perfectly compliment your mood.
If you have tasted their tea, for sure you will love to come back. If you’re on tight budget, don’t worry because you can still get your finest teas and prepare it at home! They actually sell loose tea leaves of different flavors by grams.
After having been gone to Island Tea Company, I honestly started looking online for tea infusers so I can start buying loose tea leaves from them and have a tea party any time at home! I am excited to share this best tasting tea to my friends, and to Ryan, when I get back to Basilan. 🙂
They also offer other pastries that vary every day, to perfectly compliment with your favorite tea beverages.
Island Tea Co Branches:
Join their team as they are open for franchise! As of today, they have the following branches open nationwide:
Now Open – SM North Edsa Manila Ayala Feliz Marikina, Ayala Market ! Market! BGC, Taguig Outlets at Lipa, Batangas SM City Cebu, SM Seaside City Cebu, Robinsons Galleria Cebu, Parkmall Cebu, ICM Mall, Tagbilaran, Bohol, J Center Mall, Mandaue, Cebu, SM Uptown, Cagayan de Oro, South Town Centre, Talisay, Cebu Shopwise Batangas, H Mall, Mactan.
Opening Soon – SM Taytay, Manila, SM Masinag, Manila, Sundance Residences Cebu City, Gaisano Mall, Davao, Ayala Central Bloc – IT Park, Cebu, Ayala Abreeza, Davao, Festival Walk Mall, Iloilo, Pacific Mall, Mandaue & Many more locations nationwide !
For further information, and for some promos available in their selected stores, visit their Facebook Page here.
Definitely I have changed my idea on teas after having been gone to Island Tea Co. It’s absolutely a must-try. If you’re like me who’s not a fan at first of tea, come and taste the purest Ceylon Tea in the country now and let me know your experience! This is something you don’t want to miss out!
Please make sure to check and subscribe to my YouTube Channel: Maistrang Laagan for the video of my Island Tea experience. Link is here.