It’s been a while!
So a new shopping centre popped up in my local area last year and I was ecstatic that a Daiso store was going to open up there!
At last, I finally got to to visit the store and boy did I find lots of green tea goodies! I selected a couple of interesting matcha snacks…
1. Furuta Everyone Cookies
The cookies come individually packaged. You get a whiff of green tea once you take the cookie out of its packet and there’s a subtle matcha taste. Other than that, it tastes like a chocolate chip cookie.
2. DARS Uji Matcha Chocolate
Haven’t been to a Daiso store in a while and am a little heartbroken that they no longer go by the “EVERYTHING $2.80”. This chocolate was $3.80… yikes.
It’s a dark chocolate… very rich chocolate (no pun intended) with a matcha centre.
I’m a big fan of the dark chocolate taste and I was also pleased that the chocolate came as individual pieces like they do with some Lindt chocolates.
3. Meiji Hello Panda – Matcha Green Tea Cream Filling
Growing up, Hello Panda was the go to snack and I fondly remember my school canteen selling the chocolate and strawberry cream filling flavours. It was the closest thing to junk food the canteen sold once they removed ice cream and chips from the shelves. So, bonus points for nostalgia.The green tea cream filling tastes a lot like the green tea kit kat.The matcha taste is distinct which I love.
4. Meito Condensed Milk & Green Tea Candy
I’m not a big fan of hard candy but I was curious what this would taste like. It has a very matcha taste and there’s literally condensed milk inside. I like to chew on my candy and I found the shell to be quite thin, so less sucking time. I thought it was an ok candy.
Well, that’s it for my Daiso… haul (?). Until next time!
I treated my mum and aunt to some lunch the other day because I finally got a job. A casual retail one, that is. But still, a job! So I decided to treat them to The Sugar Hill Cafe!
I am impressed with the coffee, blueberry bagel and also the service I experienced at the store. I shall expand on those things later on in the post, but for now… my comments on the iced green tea latte.
It wasn’t an ice cream based ice latte. It was a latte with ice cubes in it. Or maybe I haven’t had many iced lattes in my life so I was under some wrong assumptions when ordering. But the lack of ice cream did not make it any less tasty. In fact, it was delicious! I loved the bitter matcha taste of the latte which was quite prominent! It had just the right amount of sweetness in it that didn’t make the bitterness so overpowering. The drink made me really happy. But I did get annoyed with how many ice cubes were in the mug because that meant less room for the drink.
The iced green tea latte was pretty pricey though. It was $6.50 but hey, much cheaper than the Boost Green Tea Mango Mantra I had the other day. As for everything else I ordered that day, I ordered a Blueberry Bagel which came with ricotta cheese and strawberries inside it.
Now, with the blueberry bagel, it’s not your average dodgy purple blueberry bagel where it’s been sitting in the cafe display for a couple of days waiting for someone to buy it. This bagel was brown and the blueberries still maintained it’s spherical shape within the dough. And just look at the brown, crunchy exterior! I admit it was a little difficult to cut through with knife and fork, so I had to eat it like a burger. Is that how bagels are meant to be eaten? I’ve no idea.
My mum and aunt ordered lattes and I didn’t have a sip but they really enjoyed it. In fact, they’ve visited this cafe with their friends numerous times before and love to come back. The people serving us were really friendly. And I got a free biscuit because my mum hash-tagged #thesugarhillcafe on instagram. Yep. My mum has her own instagram and I don’t. LOL.
The cafe in general was really nice. Had a good ambience but there’s something about the chairs and tables that weren’t very comfortable to sit on. It was very wobbly so whenever I tried to cut into my bagel, the table would shake and spill my beverage everywhere.
Overall, would definitely recommend this place.
I was waiting around in front of the cinema the other day. My movie (Boruto: Naruto the Movie) wasn’t to start in half an hour and I thought I’d buy myself a Boost drink from the booth nearby. I’ve been a big fan of Boost’s Green Tea Mango mantra but drinking that before watching the movie I’ve been waiting 6 MONTHS to come out was a BIG MISTAKE. Probably missed one of the most sentimental scenes of the Boruto movie 😥
Not sure what I was thinking, buying a drink that not only was I technically not allowed to bring into the cinema, but was a whopping $7.10!
Apart from being a pretty strong diuretic, you can’t go wrong with a green tea mango mantra.It’s very refreshing on a hot spring-summer day! I love the taste! It has this pleasant combination between sweet, sour and bitter. The green tea and mango go together really well. It’s inspired me to mix the two together when making desserts or when baking. But I must say, the mango flavour is the dominant taste, while the green tea is subtle.
One thing I am not so sure about is if it’s matcha that they used. The green tea taste was too strong to be from tea bags though. I hope they didn’t use artificial tastes! I didn’t see the process of them making the smoothie so I also can’t be sure if they are as healthy as they say they are. For all I know, they could’ve been using mango ice cream with sugars and all that stuff. I haven’t done much research into the company so I will leave it at that.
But upon inspection of the liquid, it looks green enough to have matcha in it right?
Even though it kinda ruined the movie for me, it didn’t stop me from ordering it again a couple of weeks later. Boost has so many drinks to choose from so when in indecisive doubtfulness, I always go for the green tea mango mantra.