Monday, October 31, 2011

Thai Iced Tea

When was the last time you tasted something that completely blew your mind (or should I say, tastebuds?)??

Mine was today at 11.15am.

Today I had the best Thai Iced Tea and best smoothie of my life.

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Brian and I decided to take some books and magazines to a quiet coffee shop in our area and just sit and relax. There's a little hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese coffee house near us that I wanted to introduce him to, and I knew it would be quiet because it's near a Starbucks that seems to attract all the attention.

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Thai Iced Tea. If you haven't had it before, it's a black tea flavored with tamarind and star anise and mixed together with condensed milk. Yes - you read correctly - condensed milk. But that's not news to me, I've had
Thai Iced tea many times before and always thought it was really good, the perfect blend of refreshing and sweet, but today's was different. It was a Thai Iced Tea Frappé. So imagine all that sweet thai goodness blended. With a ruffle of fresh cream on top. Divine!

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And as if my
Thai Iced Tea Frappé wasn't amazing enough, Brian's smoothie was the best smoothie ever! Have you ever heard of soursop? I'd never heard of it until Brian ordered a Soursop Smoothie. Apparently, it's a tropical fruit - and it has a sweet, tart flavor to it - the makings for an incredible best-ever-in-your-life smoothie! :)

After this little cafe visit, I spent ages researching soursop and how to make the perfect Thai Iced Tea.
When was the last time your taste buds were blown? And I don't just mean a yummy meal. I mean a "I need to have this every day of my life" type of impact. Do tell!

37 comments:

Little Miss Tiara said...

Oh dear.. you certainly need to come here, the other part of the world called asia... I guess you'll love everything here, lol...

the food are tastier, with spices and all.. and the fruits tasted richer (IMHO, of course) I mean... it's not only apple, it's pineapple everywhere (apples too, of course) and all those weird fruits you've never seen (or tasted) before.

Soursop grows randomly here, I had one in the backyard of my old house... and mangosteen... and starfruit... and rambutan (hmm.. not sure what it's called abroad..) oh you certainly need to come here darling! :D

Dionne said...

I love the fruit in Asia! Japan, the Philippines, Singapore - I loved everything I ate over there! It's similar to the food in Australia. I guess it's the tropical climates that give Asia and Australia such flavorful food! :)

Leslie said...

I love Thai iced tea. It's one of my favorite treats but it makes me SO wired, I have to have it with an EARLY lunch only lol!

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Natalie Nicole said...

Jasmine pearl tea from Hubbard & Cravens coffee shop. An amazing treat of jasmine blossoms and green tea leaves. I never knew a drink could taste so--soft!
Also, those lights caught my eye! There's an easy DIY project to make those involving yarn, glue, and a balloon :) I'm feeling more fun Christmas lights.
Thanks for the fun post, Dionne!

Dancing Branflake said...

Honestly? Saturday night. I went to a Thai restaurant and my friend ordered this salmon curry dish and I said "That may be the best thing I have ever had in my entire life." THe salmon was pan seared and had a glorious amount of veggies and this wonderful sauce. It was savory and flavorful and amazing.

jacquelyn | lark + linen said...

My favourite meals are always Thai - but I've never tried it in iced tea format!
DEFINITELY going to have to look into this

Sey said...

Hi Dionne, if by any chance you come to the Philippines one day let me know. We have a soursop tree in our backyard. We call it "Guyabano" in our local language. We laso have different local fruits that I want you to taste. My mom loves soursop and we also have wild mangosteen.

I'm not adventurous when it comes to food. I order the same food when I go to restaurants. Because of what you posted, I will be adventurous next time.

amy b.s. said...

okay. 2 more things on my list of yummy things to try!

Piggy said...

Hi Dionne - it's been a while since I drop by. Miss your illustrations! I love Thai Ice tea :) Do give me a buzz if you are ever in Singapore :)

Cheers
Alice
http://piggylittleshop.blogspot.com/

Daisy said...

That looks so good and pretty too!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

these both sound amazing!! what a fun and relaxing day :)

happy halloween!!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

wow sounds {and looks} awesome Dionne! xo

K said...

Mmmm, I love Thai iced tea but I never thought of having it blended! Love it. I have to say I was pretty blown away when I was introduced to Vietnamese iced coffee.

theeclecticlife said...

Dionne, I have to know the name of this Vietnamese coffee shop! I literally just acquired a taste for Thai Tea this past summer when we were in New York. Quickly is a bubble tea chain and after years of trying my husband's thai tea, I finally understood how delicious it was. I've been on a Thai tea kick since this summer! Bistro B has one of my favorite Thai iced teas and if you order it in the restaurant, they give you a massive glass portion! I would love to try this bubble tea place out! Thanks for the introduction.

Notes from Holly St. said...

I'm a huge fan of Thai iced tea and frappe form sounds amazing!!

Gloria said...

My husband looooves Thai iced tea, but I've strangely never been too into it. Oh well, more for him! :-)

Looking Glass said...

How scrumptious! I need to track down one of these thai tea frappes!

I've never ever heard of soursop. I wonder if you can get it in Australia? I shall see....

~ Clare x

Tender B. said...

I'm going to have to investigate this soursop.

Jaime Lee said...

thanks for stopping by my blog!

I will have to try that iced tea.
The last time I had that was when
I tried a nothing bunt cake. So good.
I keep forgetting to blog about it.

Jesse said...

I love thai iced tea, so delicious!

Kristin said...

I want to see more pictures of this adorable coffee shop. I love nothing more than a much-used (and much-loved) chalkboard listing all sorts of mouth-watering goodies.
I've never had thai iced tea before... you've certainly piqued my interest!

Mabel and Zora said...

We haven't enjoyed a Thai tea in a while. thanks for the inspiration. Tif recently made Beet Rissoto that was fantastic.

MK said...

I stumbled accross your blog and love it! Going to seek out some Thai tea in NYC to try :)

amy anne said...

I've never been a bug Thai tea fan, but this variation sounds extra special! Hot tea is perfect simplicity, or Chai tea if I'm feeling fancy :)

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Sarah (Snippets of Thyme) said...

What a wonderful wonderful Houston blog! I just cannot wait to read more of your articles. We haven't been in Houston that long so perhaps I'll find all sorts of new things.

Urban Girl said...

Dionne,
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment today... I am glad you did so I found your beautiful blog. I love the pictures, and look forward to going through it! Now I have to go see where I can find Thai iced tea in my neck of the woods...

mel said...

I tried soursop for the first time after randomly buying it to photograph it last year. Now, I love it in smoothies! It's tough to work with and not make a sticky mess, but I loooove it.
Oh, and I could eat fresh pineapple (from the tree fresh, not bought in a Canadian grocery store 'fresh') every day for the rest of my life.

.........my messy girlfriend said...

its the first time im visiting your blog..and i really like it:)... thanks for the comment..x
ginella

Calico Child said...

Hi Dionne, what a gorgeous blog you have it, was so nice you made the time to stop by & leave a comment many thanks :)

I am sat here drooling over the Thai Iced tea never had the pleasure, I do love Chia latte's & often make my own on the stove.

Brians smoothy sounded yummy too I will have to see if one can be made when I head to Brisbane I live in Mackay north QLD so don't think I will find one here :(

Have a lovely weekend by from a fellow Sagittarion :))

Becca said...

oh my goodness. why does EVERYTHING on the menu look perfect?
your drinks sound so exotic and crazy and yummy!

Phoenix said...

Okay, you are SERIOUSLY making me hungry. Not cool, Dionne. The last time something blew my tastebuds... was probably at the little Toluca Lake shop called Sweet Salt that makes to-die for sandwiches. :)

Miss your face! Are you around SoCal for the holidays at all this year? Do tell!

Chrissy said...

Hi Dionne: I came across your blog 1 week ago and I am already hooked. I am originally from Toronto where I would frequent many Vietnamese coffee shops and indulge in soursop shakes. I will be relocating to Houston during the New Year. Can you tell me the name of this coffee shop? I would definitely want to check it out.

All Things Photography said...

Favorite post ever! of course because I love tea and smoothies and a thai tea smoothie sounds divine ;)

The last time I had my taste buds amazed was when I tried the entire peppadew at peli peli haha that was definitely an explosion but in a good way.

And of course the peli peli salad was amazing! I could definitely eat one of those on a daily basis, so good!

Thank you for sharing your amazing life experiences with me :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Lovely illustration and pictures! That ice tea frappé looks amazing.

Cheers,

Rosa

Rebecca said...

That sounds delicious. If you ever have a chance, try Jamaican Iced Tea. The only place I've ever had it is City Dock Cafe in Annapolis, MD, but maybe you'll stumble across it somewhere else. DELISH.

Shortening Bread said...

This year I went to Zea's Restaurant and had mediterranean hummus. This is the best hummus ever! I've had hummus before but never like this. This yummy dish consists of sun dried tomatoes, calamata olives, feta cheese and roasted garlic! Mmmmmmmm good! :)

kaftan said...

Yummy cant wait to have it