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GoTea Milk Tea Cafe

I have to start this by saying that I’m not a fan of milk tea. Actually, the idea of putting milk in tea is too weird. To me, the flavor of tea is too weak to need to be lightened by milk. But that’s just me. Everyone else loves it, the numerous milk tea shops that have sprouted all over the country is a testament to that. In an obscure building in Makati, far from the major hotspots frequented by the young ‘uns, the colorful sign of a new milk tea cafe called GoTea pops out at you, inviting you to go in. So I did.

The interior was a cute and bright little cafe area with a pink and green motif that just makes you feel cheered. It was just so happy and adorable inside the cafe without being girly at all (if ever I do open up a cafe, I’d hire their interior designer). Anyway, (what seemed to be) the owner was there that night, helping things along. He’s a Japanese (or maybe Korean, or Chinese) dude who can’t speak a lick of English or Filipino with a very J-pop look to him, beeteedubs. Not that the way he looks affect the noms at his cafe, of course.

GoTea Cafe

Speaking of the noms, they have a wide selection of milk tea flavors, just like other cafes. One of my favorite things about milk tea cafes is that you can choose how much sugar to put in your drink. I like sweet things but most of the time, 25% sugar is more than enough for me to be able to taste the actual flavor of the drink. GoTea has this option too, I ordered a small Milk Tea with Coffee Jelly with 25% sugar. It was milk tea but with coffee flavored jelly mixed in. I liked it a lot, considering that I’m not a big fan of these drinks. It was good, like a weak (not a bad thing), not overly sweet, and lighter version of a coffee jelly frappe from other more well known coffeeshops.

My milk tea buddy ordered one of their more popular flavors, the Wintermelon milk, also with 25% sugar. This drink does not have tea in it, it’s just flavored cold sweet milk. I personally like the unique taste of Wintermelon, it gives milk a tasty twist. To go with our drinks, we ordered one of their fairly priced crepes- the failsafe Fresh Mango Crepe. Not only did it not fail, it surprised us by being really good. I’ve had many a crepe in this city that tasted like crap. Unlike those that suck, GoTea’s Fresh Mango Crepe is a delightful little number. The mangoes were sweet and fresh, the crepe was thin and moist, the mango ice cream topping was creamy, and more importantly, the caramel syrup complemented all the other flavors and did not erase the taste of mango.

Milk Tea with Coffee Jelly (S, p65), Wintermelon Milk (M, p75), Fresh Mango Crepe (p140)

It was a nommy nightcap. But that’s not all there is at GoTea, besides dessert noms, they also offer main courses on their menu. They have an eclectic mix in the list with dimsum, pasta, and rice meals too, all offered in their cute little cafe. I have yet to try one of those but judging from their desserts, I bet I’d be sold and would be gushing about them all over Instagram.

Probably the only downside to GoTea is it’s inaccessibility. Their location is not a place that many milk tea lovers go to. They are located at AGS Plaza along Washington street in Makati, near Dela Rosa. For more directional details and pictures of noms, here’s their Foursquare checkin link. The cafe is relatively near The Collective in Makati, perhaps you can drop by this little milk tea shop after after a night out (they’re open pretty late, but I’m not sure how late). Oh, I also feel it important to note that there is free parking available in front of the cafe and next to it is a 7-11.

BTM Rating: For good noms and tasty drinks, GoTea Milk Tea Cafe gets 4 out of 5 bacon strips. Highly recommended!

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Way Too Easy Banana Craisin Muffin BabyCakes Recipe

Since the convection oven was installed in the house, the Babycakes cupcake maker has been collecting dust in a sad little corner of our kitchen. It’s not that I’ve forgotten it, it’s just that I’ve been on a cupcake roll lately and the smaller-than-regular-cupcakes-but-bigger than-mini-cupcakes Babycakes cupcake size is more suited for muffins, or at least I think so. One morning, I needed a break from cupcakes and sweet frosting but still had an itch to bake. It was the perfect time to take out the Babycakes maker to make some breakfast muffins!

Stashed in my recipe inbox is the Banana Craisin muffins which was exactly what I was looking for that day. I had little time before heading to work so I needed something quick to make and relatively healthy. This recipe I’ll be sharing with you can’t get any easier.

Next time, I'll try scooping a little less batter into the cupholes.

What you need (recipe makes 16 Babycakes):
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup mashed banana (about 2 small ones, or 1 large one)
1/8 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cups flour
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cups Craisins

What to do:
1. Beat the butter until creamy, slowly add the sugar until incorporated.
2. Next, add the egg, mashed banana, milk, and vanilla.
3. Then add the flour and baking powder and mix until there are no lumps (about a minute).
4. Turn off the mixer and fold in the walnuts and Craisins to the mixture.
5. Scoop into the Babycakes maker holes and bake for about 5-7 minutes (yup, that quick).
6. Test with a toothpick. When done, let muffins cool upside down on a wire rack.

*Loop from the fifth step until you run out of batter.

I'm still using a crappy camera. Sadfez.

Besides the fact that it requires little cleanup, the one thing that I love about the Babycakes maker is that it doesn’t need preheating. As soon as you’ve all the lumps in your batter, you can scoop it in and start baking without having to wait for it to get to the right temperature (I’m impatient like that, yes).

All in all, it took me about 30 minutes including cleanup (short rant: I hate it when the recipe duration doesn’t include cleanup when it usually takes about as long as it takes to prepare the batter) until I was able to enjoy my freshly baked muffins with a tall glass of milk and my morning dose of Reddit. Way too easy, I love it! The muffins were dense and buttery, the banana and Craisins gave it a fruity combination of sweetness and tartness and the walnuts provided a nice crunch with every bite.

P.S. For those having trouble finding cupcake liners for the Babycakes maker, I’d suggest to get the 1 oz liners. They’re slightly smaller but they work.