Wabi Sabi Tea Café now brewing in Laoag

Wabi Sabi

The one week old tea place right within Laoag’s U-Belt conjures up the same Japanese wabi sabi aesthetic sense embracing simplicity, quietness, transience and change it was inspirited of. The focal point — beverages actually originating from what were once fresh, full leaves — mirrors the very essence of natural progression — the bloom of time — a reality that nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.

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Diverting away from his clan’s public service-oriented world, JV Respicio, the 21-year old University of the Philippines Public Administration graduate is now an aspiring entrepreneur. His idea is to democratize milk tea in a sense. Prices are friendly. The café itself is devoid of frills. Minimalist to the point of bareness, nothing but the earthy tones of milk tea drinks set against simple, natural woodgrain furniture, a refreshing quality so stark.

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Meet JV Respicio. He says, as a child, he has always liked tinkering in the kitchen.

Prior to hitting Wabi Sabi, imagined myself finally going wild about Wildflour Cafe + Bakery’s croissant-donut, a cronut knock-off of New Yorker Dominique Ansel’s outrageously hot hybrid pastry (note: he’s patented the use of Cronut early this year). I heard they’re really good! The croissant-donuts all gone in a flash when they arrived, frustrating, kinda.

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Shared with Brandon a spot on, full and creamy dark chocolate milk tea with wabi cream (Wabi Sabi’s version of rock salt cheese, one of the add-ons).

Expect another post about Wabi Sabi’s sweet and savory food selections soon.

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My cup of tea — feeling chummy with Mikyong, Grant and their pretty friends, all students of MMSU-Batac:)

Wabi Sabi Tea Café, 44 P. Gomez St. (beside 7-Eleven),  Laoag City

Photos by Brandon, Marianne and Blauearth
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Share Tea one drink a day challenge: Sharetea Classic milk tea

Sharetea Classic milk tea

I intended to get Taiwan classic pearl milk tea without the boba pearls, but the lady at the counter suggested I should get the Sharetea Classic milk tea, which is exactly the same milk tea in the Taiwan classic. Okay, so I get drink #1 on the menu board.

I’m happy with my choice — it’s a straightforward milk tea, creamy, yet elegantly balanced with a clean finish. You can’t go wrong with this tea if you’re too scared of trying out the other exotic-sounding names. No wonder it is Share Tea’s signature drink.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012

Share Tea one drink a day challenge: Okinawa pearl milk tea

Okinawa Pearl Milk Tea

The name Okinawa somehow brings me back to war stories, particularly the Japanese takeover in the country following the outbreak of WWII.

Trying to figure out why the Okinawa pearl milk tea is named as such, I came across an article about Okinawa taking pride in its brown sugar industry. Not your ordinary brown sugar, but high-quality, made from vitamin and mineral enriched sugarcane — a significant aspect of the Okinawan culture and history, dating back to the 17th century. Not sure if the brown sugar in the drink is Okinawan, but it definitely gives the milk tea a rich, deep flavor, making it more exciting than the vanilla-laced Nagoya milk tea, and at par, yet distinctively different from the caramel-infused Hokkaido Milk Tea. Absorbing the full-bodied taste inspired by Okinawa, the tapioca pearls were a delight.

Let bygones be bygones, I welcome the Okinawa pearl milk tea with all my heart. Barioishii!

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012